Friday, February 6, 2015

Review: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

When Joss Met MattWhen Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill
368 Pages
Release Date: February 24th, 2015
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: (New Adult) Contemporary
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 4 STARS

Goodreads Summary: 
Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.

Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love. 

      Oh god this was totally unexpected. Super sweet and plain adorable, When Joss Met Matt depicted the ups and downs of friendships and relationships. So this book went over a span of 7 years memory wise while only seeing one day of them during present time. I did think some memories really weren't needed and just seemed a bit excessive. What the memories did help to do was present Joss and Matt's relationship/friendship plain and simple. From the first time they met, their first fight, sorbets to best friend help crisises.

     Joss went through the most character development. It was easy to see her change over the 7 years. Her boyfriend choices/how she chose them pretty much reflected her year. And after each time, she had the Matt's comfort with sorbet. Matt also had the same girlfriend issues except I think he was more prone to long term relationships. I don't think his personality changed much. He just grew up and head on faced the problem with their sorbets. Funny and adorable, Matt is the epitome of a perfect boyfriend. What I was surprised about was how they usually ended up back in pretty great terms with each other after sorbet. There was barely any awkwardness and they fell back into their friendship. 

    Ok so I can't believe they took that long to actually get together. There were always feelings here and there hinting mostly at jealousy. But I did love seeing their friendship. It was easier to connect to their relationship with everything they went through together. Everything they did for each other. Their banter always had me smiling and you could just see them falling for each other or well at least on Joss's side. Just as well the concept of the sorbet was an interesting twist especially since it wasn't totally like a friends with benefits kind of thing. It wasn't anytime or all the time but whenever one or the other had a breakup and needed to just release and feel clean after. 

     When Joss Met Matt is a fun and a roller coaster of a novel that covers the root of friendships, relationships (good and bad), and the truths falling in love. This is definitely the book for NA lovers (with a lot less intense/dark feelings), contemporary readers, and the romantics at heart. Happy Readings! 

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