From USA Today bestselling author Kilby Blades, a tale of first teenage love, complete with interfering friends and mixtapes...
Compared to life on tour with her wannabe rock star mother, finishing high school in Rye is a snooze. At least Roxy has her best friend, Zoë, her dad, and her music. When her standoffish Civics class partner, Jag Monroe, breaks ranks and randomly friends her on Instagram, Roxy swiftly declines.
Jag is Roxy's total opposite: stinking rich, conceited, and hot in that obvious kind of way. Roxy's sure that his repeated friend requests must be a joke. Then Zoë does the unthinkable: snatches Roxy's phone, accepts Jag's latest friend request, and follows him back.
As the posts (and sparks) fly, Roxy begins to suspect that Jag may not be as shallow as everyone thinks, and that he may be into more than just her music.
“This YA mosaic novel uses music as an effective backdrop for a tale of social media, drama, and romance.”
- Publisher’s Weekly review of Friended, Book 1 in the Modern Love series
"This book is super hilarious, and the music references make me want to pull up Spotify and disappear in them for awhile."
- Auburn, Goodreads Reviewer
"This novel was funny, nostalgic, and heartwarming. With a depth you would find surprising."
-Isiah, Goodreads Reviewer
"A fabulous story of teen love. I love that this story is about the ice breaking, the friends, and the scary parts. So many modern love stories are about sex but this is about love. A great book."
- Teen Angel, Amazon Reviewer
Awards and Accolades for Friended
1st Place Winner: 2019 New England Reader’s Choice Award
2nd Place Winner: 2019 International Digital Award
Finalist: 2019 WISRWA Write Touch Award
Finalist: 2019 National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award
Finalist: 2019 CRWA Stiletto Contest
Finalist: 2019 Book Buyer’s Best Contest
High school junior Roxy Vega recently relocated from L.A. to Rye, her parents' California hometown, to live with her father after her parents' divorce. After years of neglect, Roxy's mom has gone on tour as a backup singer and her dad has gained sole custody. Classmates consider Roxy pretty but prudish, though Roxy's best friend Zo believes Jagger Monroe, Trinity High's resident hot guy with a bad-boy reputation, has a crush on Roxy. Unbeknownst to Jagger, his close buddy Declan sends Roxy a follow request from Jagger's private Instagram account. Roxy, skeptical, eventually allows Zo to hit confirm, and soon Jagger and Roxy are exchanging messages. Both music enthusiasts have hidden sides, and as they discover commonalities, a deep relationship forms only to be damaged by a lie of omission. Blades's archetypes adhere to genre mainstays, and mentions of child neglect, abusive boyfriends, and rape feel contrived. While today's teens may not resonate as strongly with Blades's nostalgic references to movies such as Say Anything, this YA mosaic novel uses music as an effective backdrop for a tale of social media, drama, and romance. Ages 14 up. (Self-published.)
Enjoyed this. I couldn’t put it . It was far better than I expected.
I loved it. Absolutely could not put it down. It’s very cute, very intense feelings these teenagers have. But overall very well written.