The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie

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BY Mika Jolie

According to the law of attraction, women and men can’t be friends.

Contrary to this myth, my friendship with Coriander Phillips does not rest on unrequited love or un-actualized lust. We’ve been inseparable since the day I pulled one of her pigtails and she punched me in the gut.

She’s hilarious, fun to hang out with. Together, we’re like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, wings and beer. A match made in heaven.

She’s the bomb.

Did I mention she’s smokin’ hot? I’ve checked her out…maybe once or twice. Hey, I’m a guy.

Seriously, no awkwardness, no secret yearning for our relationship to escalate beyond the purely platonic. I’m the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations.

Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry. Now I want more. I want her.

All I have to do is convince her we can be more than friends.


If only it were that easy.


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There’s the old age question, can men and women be friends? In Dean and Coriander’s case, they laugh at the face of anyone that doubts this. They firmly believe a true friendship can happen between the opposite sex. Yes, it’s possible to be friends and nothing has to get complicated, right?

That was until Cori decided she wanted to have a wittle baby… Ok, I know what you may be thinking, “Oh this is one of those books. Where the besties decide to have a kid together and then they fall in love.” But you are completely wrong! Yes, things do become odd, chaotic, and complicated but this is unlike any book I’ve read before.

Dean and Cori have known each other since she was 7 years old. In a weird turn of events, Cori defended Katherine from Dean. What she didn’t know then was that Katherine was Dean’s sister and he wasn’t bullying her. But just being an annoying older brother.

Their friendship only grew stronger with time, and they were biffles forever… Then here comes Cori wanting to have a baby? How dare she!? I mean really Cori, how dare thee be so darn selfish as to wanting to have a life that doesn’t include Dean Wanting to have a family of your own? Find your own Happily Ever After? Shameful! 

So yes essentially, this a friends to lovers book, my favorite genre. However, here is where this book is different from the rest, it’s written from Dean’s point of view and only his point of view. As a single female, it’s refreshing to read about the mind of a male chauvinistic pig. It’s so nice to know what they are actually thinking.

Some of Dean’s advice throughout the book, is like preaching to the female population:

Ladies, another piece of advice: if you want a relationship, establish that at the get-go. Stop fucking settling.

It’s the Church of Dean! Oh wait… I shouldn’t say that. He’s a bit (ok a lot) full of himself.

One of the things that had me DYING laughing on the Subway, was a ridiculous list of questions Dean put together for Cori when she decided to try out evil online dating. Understand, I get on the Subway so early that the only people around are usually hobos and grumpy construction workers and even they were looking at me weird I was laughing so hard. There were questions she should ask her potential dates.

  1. Do you enjoy sending dick selfies? OMG THANK YOU DEAN! I get online dating now a days is an easy way to “hook up”. BUT I don’t want to see a picture of your small penis. And I am honest enough to tell you it looks like an extra belly button #sorrynotsorry.
  2. Have you ever kept a New Year’s resolution? Interesting question Dean, and I think a good one. Because I don’t make NYE Resolutions. So anyone that makes one is a liar and a freak.
  3. Do you have any special dishes that you cook? Ok, I could go on a rampage as to how many people can not cook now a days. It drives me crazy! I don’t know how people survive without knowing how to cook. You should know at least a handful of dishes you could do really well.
  4. What is in your fridge right now? Oh, I won’t even answer this one. But Dean’s reason behind this one is good and you need to read the book in order to find out.
  5. Are you a big fan of any major pro sports team? This may seem like a dumb questions for girls to ask. But if you’re a sports girl, the worst thing is dating someone that doesn’t like sports. Or if you’re a girl that doesn’t care about sports and the guy is one of those types that paints his face in his teams colors, it could be awkward.
  6. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else? This morning. To the hobos in the subway, LOL! Just kidding #maybe
  7. What does friendship mean to you? Let’s face it, most marriages turn into friendship. So might as well get that answer out of the way.

As silly as these questions are, they stop and make you think, because that’s exactly what happened to me.

Mika is one of those authors that writes from the soul, and she understands the matters of the heart. When you read her books it’s like a light bulb that goes on in your head that screams out, OMG she gets it! And you know what, she does get it and she executes it beautifully.

I give The Boy Friend a strong Five Nerd Glasses. You’ll laugh, your heart will break a little, but it’ll be put together at the end. If you love friend to lover stories, or want to read something different, pick this book up on April 25th.

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