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Reviewed by Ammaarah Seboa for Readers' Favorite
Elizabeth Stevens' Love, Lust and Friendship borders on the Kissing Booth inspired/re-telling variety with a focus on Addy, her best friend and soul mate Ander as well as Ander’s older brother Topher. Stevens had me confused in the beginning, as the synopsis was a little misleading. Alas, we get sucked into the world of Addy, Ander, and Topher as their dynamic changes. Other topics dealt with include a best friend’s brother, high school, romance, and comedy.
Elizabeth Stevens breaks long-standing societal norms with the characters and their story in this coming-of-age novel. Love, Lust, and Friendship’s characters seem to be a little more developed than their predecessor, in addition to the situations the characters find themselves in. My favorite character has to be the boys’ guardian and 80’s movies-obsessed Aunt Jelly. You can see her influence in the main characters as they seek her advice and wade through the world of love, lust, and friendship. Some of the issues touched on in this novel are the notions that boys and girls can’t be friends as well as the assumption that one day, maybe your best friend would fall for your sibling. Although the book is a bit lengthy, it was enjoyable with its various bouts of pop culture references, Addy’s relationship status, and an unexpected love interest.