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{January 24, 2014}   {ARC Review} Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

Anything to Have YouFrom Goodreads: Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

Natalie and Brooke have had each other’s backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can’t remember and Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden, can’t forget. Suddenly there’s a question mark in Natalie and Brooke’s friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.

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I wanted to like this novel, but in the end I really didn’t care for it all that much.  The main characters, both Natalie and Brooke, grated on my nerves.  The way they interacted with one another, the flirting, drinking, and obsessive behavior made them less than likable, in my opinion, and I didn’t find any redeeming qualities in either of them.  Brooke wants all the boys attention, even if that means flirting right in front of her own long-term boyfriend.  She’s melodramatic and doesn’t know a good thing when she sees it.  She’s a party girl all the way, definitely not the type I’d be friends with, and her overall demeanor made me sick.

Natalie, on the other hand, is quiet.  She doesn’t date or party—in fact, she rarely goes out anymore.  Nor does she drink.  However, she does go out one evening, under the intense pressure of her “best friend” Brooke, and ends up getting so wasted that she can’t remember anything, but she knows she slept with someone.  I don’t know, perhaps I was just a good kid, but I’ve never ever been in a situation where I didn’t know what was going on, and I found it a little hard to believe that Natalie’s goody two shoes self would allow herself to get this drunk knowing that she was a lush.  I know it can happen to the best of us, but I just didn’t see this as being all that feasible.  At least, Brooke should have been watching out for her best friend knowing that she didn’t like to drink and obviously was a light weight… but, I guess we travel in different crowds.

Even so, Natalie doesn’t come clean right away.  She’s not sure what happened, it too afraid to ask, and then continues to “accidentally flirt with Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden—the boy she thinks she might have slept with.

In the end, this novel isn’t what I expected it to be. Based on the title and cover photo, I thought it would be something like Fatal Attraction, but it really isn’t. Two stars.

2 stars

Harlequin TEEN had been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on January 28, 2013.

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