Thursday, June 6, 2013

Her Best Friend's Brother by T.J.Dell

** 3.5 out of 5 Stars ** (This may be subject to change)

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD** (But not really...there weren't any)

Libby has been in love with Tony Marchetti since she was seven years old. The problem? Tony is her best friend's older brother. Lately Tony has started looking at her in a new way and he emails her all the time. Could it be possible that he is starting to see her as more than his kid sister's best friend?

Tony knows Libby McKay is off limits. She's his sister's best friend for crying out loud! But she is also smart, funny, and seriously hot. Plus she's not afraid to get a little sweaty-- on the track that is. Tony can't seem to help himself, besides what's a few emails? The occasional phone call? He can keep things light and friendly-- Can't he? 

I don't even know where to start.  THIS BOOK MADE ME SO MAD!!!  Seriously learn to communicate! Geez  I almost quit reading 100 times!  This is a love or hate book.  There is no in between.  These two are gonna drive you absolutely insane!  I liked the writing style.  It was a good book...I think.  It was definitely longer than it needed to be and the epilogue wasn't at all what I wanted.  I still enjoyed it though.  It kept me reading all night.  It was like a train wreck I couldn't look away from but in a good way :)

Libby is in love with her best friend's brother and has been since she was seven years old.  She has spent years and years thinking about him.  When she's 16 she has decided that she's old enough.  This girl doesn't date.  She goes throughout her high school and college years pinning away for him.  She's still a virgin and will remain so until he finally takes it from her.  That's really all I can say about her.  We don't find out a lot about how she looks or even a whole lot of her personality.

Tony is the brother and he is 3 1/2 years older than her.  He's away at college when he comes home for the summer and falls in love with Libby over a game of Monopoly.  We don't really find out a lot about his looks either but he's Italian so I can only imagine.

So she's been in love with him since she was a little kid, and he's been in love with her since he was 19.  This book takes us through her senior year all the way through her college graduation.  It's fast paced and easy to keep up with but it drags in places...probably because I wanted them to hurry up and get together.  He wants her but she's too young.  His plan is to let her finish high school and at least a few semesters of college and then he wants them to be together.  Of course he doesn't tell her this.  I get why he wanted her to do this.  He wanted her to experience life and dating and having fun because once they were together he had no intention of ever letting her go.  He knew once they were finally together that it would be forever.

At her high school graduation party she attends with another guy (they are just friends), Tony and her pretty much get into it.  She all but throws herself at him and he stops her.  In his eyes, she's still to young.  She's hurt and ends up upstairs with the other guy but can't go through with it and they decide they are better as just friends.  Tony sees them leaving together and automatically assumes he's pushed her into another man's arms.  He was on his way to find her and tell her how stupid he'd been.  I couldn't agree more by the way.

He lives in Jersey and she moves of to school in Florida.  After 5 months of not speaking, she finally starts emailing him back and they start their normal emails, phone calls, and texts that they have been doing for years.  When she leaves school for the summer to come home, he decides he's waited long enough.  When he starts to tell her how he feels, she informs him that she's going to school in Rome for a year but ends up staying like a year and a half.  They keep texting, more him than her but they do stay in touch.  She meets a guy over there that I didn't give 2 cents about at this point.  When she graduates and comes home, they guy promises to visit.

While at home, she and Tony start dating without her actually knowing that they are (yeah I know).  All this time she thinks they are just hanging out, when in reality he's trying to show her how much he cares about her.  I was finally able to breath again at this point...until the guy from Rome showed up.  Aside from making Tony insanely jealous, it didn't last long and they decided they were better friends than together so he leaves.  She goes home with Tony that night to sleep and ends up sleeping in his bed.  Since the communication is so horrible, that's literally all they do.  They next morning she lies when he asks her what she was dreaming about.  They were both dreaming they were in each other's arms but she says she was in the other guys.  He goes all caveman at this point.

Tony saw red. “In my bed! You were lying in my bed… doing what you were doing thinking of another man!”

He tells her...

“I am going to show you what you should be dreaming about. Sweetheart I am going to love you until you can’t even remember Chef Boyardee’s name.”  “We aren't getting out of this bed until I have driven every thought of every other man out of your beautiful head.”

So he finally makes love to her only to realize that she's still a virgin and she had saved it for him all these years.

When it finally starts to come to a close he finds her crying in the floor.  She thought he had just left her when in reality he left her a note and was coming back with breakfast.  They have a heart to heart, where he finally tells her he's in love with her and she tells him she loves him to.  Within 30 minutes he asks her to marry him.

“I think we should get married.”
“Yeah—we suck at dating.”

Of course she tells him yes, I mean they've only been headed to this their entire lives.  The epilogue is a letter from the guy she met in Rome.  He has gotten married and is telling her that he's sorry she missed it but he understands that she can't travel in her condition.  He tells her to bring the family to Rome for a visit in the future.  So she's happily married to the love of her life finally, has a small child named Luca, and is pregnant with her second baby.

Like I said, I enjoyed the book even though it had me literally screaming at my kindle so many times my throat is sore but it was still a good book.  The problem here was that these too couldn't talk to each other if they tried.  Everything would have been cleared up years before if they had just said what they were feeling.  It never would have gotten to that point.  I would still recommend that you read this book.  Be prepared to get mad though.  I think it would be impossible not to.  I gave it 3.5 stars because of...I don't even know.  How stupid these 2 are, i guess.  Or maybe it was because it took them so long to figure it out?  I really just don't know.

My Libby/Tony


Favorite Quotes

But he wanted her to himself. He had hated sharing her with Gio all night. Go Slow indeed! He was such an idiot. He should have met her at the airport with a minister in tow.

Well think again pal, Tony thought, Libby has been mine for years… she just hasn't realized it yet. She would though.