Freya is a thirty-something "transplant" from the U.K. who manages an art gallery in New York City and lives with her boyfriend, Michael. When Michael wants to meet Freya at a fancy restaurant one evening after work to "talk", she assumes he is going to propose. Instead, Michael breaks up with Freya.
Stunned and left with no place to go, she ends up on the doorstep of her friend of ten years, Jack.
Jack is working on his second novel and teaches a creative writing class. Though quite the "ladie's man" ,he and Freya have been romantically involved. Thinking it the kind thing to do for an old friend, Jack agrees to let Freya stay at his place until she finds one of her own.
Living together is not as easy as the two of them thought and they start to get on each other's nerves, also causing problems with each other's dating lives. When Jack agrees to accompany Freya to her stepsister's wedding back in the U.K., things change for them and new feelings arise.
Though Just Friends may be categorized as "chick-lit", I found it to be more of what I like to call "intelligent women's fiction". I thought the writing was very well done and I could definitely identify with Freya in some ways. Being a single career woman, myself, I know how tough the dating scene can be, especially when you find yourself "back out there" after being in a relationship you think is solid.
At first, I struggled with the story, finding it moved a bit slow in the beginning, but as it went on, I enjoyed it more and more. It asks the question "Can a man and woman remain friends without getting romantically or physically involved?".
Of course, I am not going to say how this novel answers that particular question, but I will say it was fun finding out.
Filled with laughs and some surprises, Just Friends, was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
A sexy and hilarious new novel from the bestselling author of Perfect Strangers.
British and ballsy, Freya is a free-spirited Manhattan art dealer who thinks her live-in lawyer boyfriend, Michael, is about to propose.