From the bestselling author of two of the loveliest, funniest novels of the last decade comes "Just Friends", a fresh romantic comedy that wittily ...Show synopsisFrom the bestselling author of two of the loveliest, funniest novels of the last decade comes "Just Friends", a fresh romantic comedy that wittily dissects love, friendship and the true meaning of compatibility. Freya and Jack are just friends - which is fine until she moves temporarily into his New York apartment. Jack is a spoilt Southern playboy sporting an unfinished novel and a girlfriend with a tongue-stud; Freya is a tall English blonde with attitude and a knack for choosing the wrong man. The strain of living together threatens to end their friendship, but then Jack escorts Freya to Cornwall for the wedding of her younger sister. Could intimacy breed romance? Or do they know each other far too well to fall in love?Hide synopsis
Just Friends (Ballantine Books) – Hardcover (2001)
Hardcover, Ballantine Books 2001
ISBN: 0345442288 ISBN-13: 9780345442284
After her break-up with Michael, Freya crashes at her friend, Jack's place. But when Jack wants to be alone with his new girlfriend, Candace, Freya is there. Truth be told, Jack doesn't really want Freya to leave. It doesn't take long for Michael to bounce back with a new girl--Freya's best friend Cat. Set in London and New York, this story asks, will everyone remain friends?After her break-up with Michael, Freya crashes at her friend, Jack's place. But when Jack wants to be alone with his new girlfriend, Candace, Freya is there. Truth be told, Jack doesn't really want Freya to leave. It doesn't take long for Michael to bounce back with a new girl--Freya's best friend Cat. Set in London and New York, this story asks, will everyone remain friends?Hide
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Freya is a thirty-something, Britain-born, artist protégé. Her story begins as she prepares for what she thinks will be her engagement dinner with her boyfriend Michael, who she's been living with for a while - he's got the credentials - he's an attorney and even though he doesn't exactly make Freya's heart "sing" - she figures the time is right - but it's not to be, Michael has actually called for this dinner in order to break up with Freya, for he feels as she does - that their relationship is lacking.
American-born Jack is also in his thirties and unmarried and is a full-time author. He doesn't have to work thanks to the monthly allowance he gets from his Dad, but Jack sometimes teaches a Creative Writing course and is currently dating a student - Jack likes playing the field.
Freya & Jack became friends years ago when they met in NYC and they've stayed in touch, usually whenever Frey decides to show up at one of his macho almost-boys-only poker nights at his home. When Freya's on the street thanks to her breakup, Jack reluctantly lets Freya stay at his place. Freya decides to try her hand a love again when she meets a young actor and they hit it off. In fact they even decide on a double date with Jack & his student, but later on, when Freya brings the guy back to Jack's place, the close proximity to Jack & his student are too much for him to handle and he leaves rather abruptly.
Freya is also in another dilemma - her step-sister's wedding back in England is coming up and she hates the idea of going alone so she decides to check out the personal ads and see if she can come up with any prospects. She uses Jack's computer though, and when he finds out, he decides to make cyber-dating a little more interesting for Freya! When no one really pans out, Jack decides to accompany her under the guise that they are boyfriend & girlfriend. Her parents actually put them up in the same room and Freya and Jack haggle about who's going to get the bed! The visit brings out some feelings in Freya for Jack, but she's afraid to take it any further. She starts to see him from different eyes as he plays the role of her boyfriend to a tee. Even Jack is beginning to look at Freya differently.
Despite the interesting story line, this story was kind of dry - I kind of had to force myself to continue reading it. I think my problem with this book centers on Freya - she's kind of cold. She's always second-guessing everyone's motives and it was hard for me to develop the warmth that I need to feel in order to really invest in a character's story.
Even though this wasn't my favorite book, I do believe that Robyn Sisman has talent - I especially liked her descriptions of woe that an author can feel when experiencing writer's block and how intimidating the publishing industry can be. She also drew beautifully descriptive images of the English countryside, but the main characters just didn't inspire much warmth from me. The one relationship that did interest me was that of Freya's ex-boyfriend Michael - he winds out finding love where he would have least expected it and I liked the descriptions given regarding how those two felt about each other more than the story between the two main characters.
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