The me I meant to be

Sophie Jordan

Book - 2019

Told from separate viewpoints, best friends Willa and Flor are tempted by love that would violate the Girl Code when Willa's long-term crush, Zach, breaks up with Flor, who is fighting her own crush on her math tutor.

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Genres
Romance fiction
Published
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2019]
Language
English
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9781328977069
1328977064
Main Author
Sophie Jordan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Plain-Jane Willa and soccer-star Flor are best friends, and that means Willa is going to be there for Flor when she gets her heart broken—even if the boy who breaks it is Zach, Willa's next-door neighbor and long-time crush. It doesn't matter how Willa feels about him. He's her best friend's ex, and he's off-limits. Friendship comes first, and besides, both Willa and Flor have too much going on with their families to be thinking about romance. But when Zach kisses Willa at a party, she has to decide what's more important: girl code or love? Meanwhile, Flor's caught up in problems of her own: her dad is too busy with his new girlfriend to have any time for her, her grades are tanking, and her tutor, unlike most guys, won't give her the time of day. There's a lot of romance here, but the core of this story is female friendship and the tests it can survive. A breezy, satisfying romp for genre fans. Grades 8-10. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up–Coming up with girl code is an easy task, but following it isn't quite so simple. Willa and Flor have been best friends since elementary school. It's Flor's recent breakup with Zach, Willa's next-door neighbor, star of the Madison football team, and all-around charmer and nice guy, that prompts writing the Girl Code. Flor doesn't think any of her friends, even if they're not particularly close, should even be flirting with Zach. What Flor doesn't know, of course, is that Willa has been in love with Zach for as long as she can remember. Things get really complicated when Zach and Willa share a very intense kiss at a party, and Willa realizes that Zach has feelings for her, too. Any of these things alone could be manageable, but the rest of life makes it all a little harder to deal with. Flor especially feels this since her mom has left, and her dad's new girlfriend, half his age, seems to be competing with Flor for his attention. A story about friendship and high school love, this novel moves quickly and is told from alternating perspectives. Some minimal strong language punctuates their complicated situations. Some intense make-out scenes expressly capture their teen romances. This novel is a positive story about friendship, respect, love, and adolescence with smart, strong female characters. VERDICT A great choice for most YA collections.—Sara Jurek, Children's English Library, Stuttgart, Germany Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Secretly in love with a boy who is off-limits because he is her best friend Flor's ex, Willa supports her friend through heartache, a parent's new dating life and academic challenges, unaware that Flor harbors her own taboo crush on a tutor. 35,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Told from separate viewpoints, best friends Willa and Flor are tempted by love that would violate the Girl Code when Willa's long-term crush, Zach, breaks up with Flor, who is fighting her own crush on her math tutor.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Girl Code: Never date a friend’s ex. Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…  No keeping secrets from your bestie. Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.  Breaking the code breaks friendships.   Two friends find themselves tempted by love that defies the rules in this steamy romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Best friends Willa and Flor have every intention of sticking to their girl code'but some rules are meant to be broken in this swoony, contemporary romance about finding yourself and following your heart by New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan. For fans of Jenny Han, Kasie West, and Stephanie Perkins.  

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Girl Code: Never date a friend’s ex. Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…  No keeping secrets from your bestie. Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.  Breaking the code breaks friendships.   Two friends find themselves tempted by love that defies the rules in this steamy romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

Best friends Willa and Flor have every intention of sticking to their girl code—but some rules are meant to be broken in this swoony, contemporary romance about finding yourself and following your heart by New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan. For fans of Jenny Han, Kasie West, and Stephanie Perkins.  

Review by Publisher Summary 7

Girl Code: Never date a friend's ex. Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she's always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend's boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he's there, tempting her"  No keeping secrets from your bestie. Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad's new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can't she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she's got Willa, her constant in the chaos.  Breaking the code breaks friendships.   Two friends find themselves tempted by love that defies the rules in this steamy romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles.