Sunday, March 8, 2015

When Joss Met Matt by: Ellie Cahill

What if after every bad breakup, there was someone to help “cleanse your palate”—someone who wouldn’t judge you, who was great in bed, someone you were sure not to fall in love with? “Sorbet sex” could solve everything—as long as it never got too sweet.
Joss and Matt have been friends since freshman year of college, meeting one night after Joss is dumped by her boyfriend. After a few drinks, Matt humors her with a proposition: that he’ll become her go-to guy whenever she needs to heal a broken heart. In return, she’ll do the same for him. The #1 Rule: They’ll never fall in love with each other. People scoff at the arrangement. But six years later, Joss and Matt are still the best of friends . . . with benefits.
Through a string of boyfriends and girlfriends—some almost perfect, some downright wrong—Joss and Matt are always there for each other when the going gets tough. No strings. No attachments. Piece of cake. No problem. After all, since they wrote the rules, surely they can play by them. Or can they?

Firstly, I would like to say I liked the main characters of When Joss Met Matt in this debut New Adult romance novel by Ellie Cahill. The story of how these young co-eds met during their Freshmen year in college and into adulthood is absolutely relatable to several stories shared by many when recounting their wild and crazy college years. The story in this novel is very true to form as it definitely captured how relationships end and begin and end again throughout those years of self-discovery.  

Now, the next part of this review, although not bad, highlights the thing that caused me to lend a side-eye to the words that were being read. The words. Sometimes, I felt that there were just too many of them. While other times I felt there weren’t enough. Wait a minute. I would do this review and this novel a dis-service if I did not explain to you how it was beautifully written in the present and past that gave you an idea of the people that they had become in the now and how they became that way from the past.

I digress. The words. There were parts of the novel where I felt the story was so drawn out, too many words, and I thought I would never get back to reading about the present. Then again, there were parts where there wasn’t enough of the present to keep me there in it. Nevertheless, near the end, I wanted more. I mean I appreciate the ending, but I needed a bit more. There wasn’t a cliff hanger or anything, but there definitely was this overwhelming feeling that there were some words missing.

Anywho, I did enjoy When Joss Met Matt. I would definitely recommend this to the young at heart during their college years and for those who have lived their glory days and want to reminisce about dining hall food and study groups. So, I would give this one 4-stars and recommend that you jog on out and read When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill, you will not be disappointed.
Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.

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