The Best Friend Problem by Mariah Ankenman is 100%, without a doubt, a massive guilty pleasure read. That is, the book doesn’t have a lot of substance, is slightly unrealistic, and largely just feels like a way to enjoy wasting your time. Did I enjoy it? You bet. Would I read it again? Probably not. Ultimately, I kind of feel like I probably should have spent my time on something else more useful, but I was definitely drawn in by the story and it managed to keep my interest throughout the whole thing. It’s not a bad book, but it sure isn’t a great book, either.
Despite the numerous time I cringed and rolled my eyes while reading this, for the most part I did enjoy it. The Best Friend Problem is overly cheesy, has many unrealistic moments, and even subscribes to the massively annoying plot device of using friends and family members to pester the main characters into recognizing their feelings for each other–as though no one person is able to grow on their own, they have to have their friends all point out the plots to them–but it’s still fun.
In truth, I don’t find Finn believable as a character. He was kind of flat in a lot of ways and really did fall somewhat to the cookie-cutter version of the man that most women want. This isn’t a problem, exactly, if you’re not looking for a realistic book. I enjoyed reading his thoughts and I enjoyed his role in the novel, I just frankly don’t see him as all that realistic. Also, as I mentioned before, the single interaction he had with his father annoyed the hell out of me. Finn also had a lot of cheesy lines and I hated his stupid pet name for Pru.
In truth, both characters had some moments that made me cringe and roll my eyes. I also hated the sex scenes, but that was to be expected since I typically avoid romance novels because of them. I just think it was all over the top. Past that, this book really is pretty typical as far as best friends sleep together and one gets pregnant kind of stories go. If you’ve already read one, this book fits the mold pretty well. In fact, it’s 100% predictable as a result. As I said, I consider this book a guilty pleasure, so I did enjoy the majority of it. I don’t think it was amazing, but it wasn’t terrible either.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.