Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the city #2) by Penny Reid
Before I start, let me just state this is the 2nd book of the Knitting in the City Series. I had no idea. So later I will be reading the first book and will be blogging about that one.
What an amazing book. Different. Funny. Smart. ROMANTIC. Real good stuff. I enjoyed reading it.
So we have Nico, the celebrity has who has had the same love his entire life. Nico is loveable and funny. And God… sooooooo swoon worthy! Then we have Elizabeth. Essentially the stereotypical role of male was actually Elizabeth. She was a maninizor. Sleeping with men and dumping them when she got board. And then we have Nico *swoon* the hopeless romantic who has loved the same girl since he was potty trained basically.
This story was very heartbreaking in so many ways. Boy has always loved girl. Boy makes fun and teases girl because he doesn’t know how to show her he likes her. Girl is sad and confused on why boy makes fun of her and is uber teased by him. Girl meets other boy. Old boy and new boy become best friends. New boy becomes girl’s boyfriend. New boy is diagnosed with disease. Old boy and girl become close to apease sick boy. Sick boy dies. Girl is DEVASTATED. Old boy helps console girl. Old boy sneaks in to girl’s window and holds her at night. Old boy and girl sleep together. Girl leaves town. Fast forward to 10 please years later they reunite and this is where the story starts. Its heartbreakingly beautiful!
I love the character dynamics. Even the lesser characters. Great read. Good romantic scenes. I love the fact that she gave us two different chapters for one of them and explained it to us. LOVE THAT! All in all— 5 mother fucking stars!
I’m going to say it… Penny Reid made me want to write Romance novels! Except I can’t write for shit (ei. this blog) and I don’t have great ideas. But eventually I want to write like she does. Good stuff!