I Liked It!
I really enjoy the range of Monica Murphy’s writing and and Saving It was a beautiful journey into her young adult world. Saving It is the story of two high school best friends, Eden and Josh, who struggle with their relationship and the feelings that start to develop outside of their friendship when Josh comes to Eden with a request to help him find a girl to help him lose his virginity to before he graduates from high school.
When we first meet Eden and Josh, you an almost immediately feel the chemistry between these two. They are closer than best friends, and share so much with one another. They are each others “person” even though they have other really close friends. Everyone around them can see there is more to it than friendship except for them, but both of them are either too blind to see it, or too scared to admit it. When Eden starts trying to help Josh hook up with other girls, she starts to see that maybe it’s her she wants Josh to be with, and every girl he ends up trying to connect with he ends up comparing to Eden.
Watching these two go back and forth with one another, and trying to come to terms with their feelings was awkward and sweet all at the same time. I loved how Monica Murphy truly put in the weirdness of high school into this, yet the emotional strength of both of these characters to know that taking anything further with their friendship could destroy the years they had together. Both of them were afraid to lose each other as a friend, but the feelings they had for each other were getting to be too much. No one seemed to compare to what they say in each other, and it was getting to be too much. When they finally came to terms with it, everyone was like FINALLY, but insecurity set in and I wanted to scream at them for letting something so trivial tear them apart. They had been through so much to let something so small break them apart.
I loved how Abraham and Molly were able to get them to see past everything before and after, but more so I loved how they fixed their problems. Watching these two come to terms with their feelings, and moving their friendship to the next level was amazing. It was awkward, sweet, a bit angsty, and definitely romantic at heart. Josh and Eden are perfect for one another and I truly adored watching their story play out. If you’re looking for a sweet young adult romance, I highly suggest picking up Saving It by Monica Murphy today, this book will not disappoint!