A Guide to Being Just Friends: A Novel (Paperback)
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When Harry Met Sally meets 500 Days of Summer in A Guide to Being Just Friends, a playful and emotional romantic comedy from the author of Ten Rules for Faking It.
"Sophie Sullivan’s writing feels like a warm hug.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, bestselling author of The Ex Talk
Hailey Sharp has a one-track mind. Get By the Cup salad shop off the ground. Do literally everything possible to make it a success. Repeat. With a head full of entrepreneurial ideas and a bad ex in her rearview, her one and only focus is living life the way she wants to. No distractions.
Wes Jansen never did understand the fuss about relationships. With a string of lackluster first dates and the pain from his parents’ angry divorce following him around, he’d much rather find someone who he likes, but won’t love. Companionship, not passion, is the name of the game.
When Hailey and Wes find each other in a disastrous meet cute that wasn’t even intended for them, they embarrassingly go their separate ways. But when Wes finds Hailey to apologize for his behavior, they strike up a friendship. Because that’s all this can be. Hailey doesn’t want any distractions. Wes doesn’t want to fall in love.
What could possibly go wrong?
"A joyful, swoony romance full of heart and humor!" —Sarah Adams, author of The Cheat Sheet
About the Author
SOPHIE SULLIVAN (she/her) is a Canadian author as well as a cookie-eating, Diet Pepsi-drinking, Disney enthusiast who loves reading and writing romance in almost equal measure. She writes around her day job as a teacher and spends her spare time with her sweet family watching reruns of Friends. She has written Ten Rules for Faking it and How to Love Your Neighbor, and has had plenty of practice writing happily ever after as her alter ego, Jody Holford.
Praise for A Guide to Being Just Friends:
“Sophie Sullivan crafts a warm, sweet-as-brownies love story in A Guide to Being Just Friends: with found family, a hopeful, determined heroine, a starchy hero, and the risky question ‘What if adding romance to our already-great relationship makes it even better? What if it makes us fall apart?’ this is a slow-burn friends-to-lovers with lots of heart and kindness.” - Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other
“Sophie Sullivan has written a love letter to friends, to entrepreneurs, and to found families! A Guide to Being Just Friends is a joyful, swoony romance full of heart and humor! An absolute delight to read!” - Sarah Adams, author of When in Rome and The Cheat Sheet
“Sullivan writes love stories of characters who feel like friends—this wonderfully sweet romance is no exception. This is the perfect friends-to-lovers story, instantly relatable and completely charming.” - Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of The Roughest Draft
"Sullivan charms...a fun, breezy romp." - Publishers Weekly
"Sullivan creates warm and likable leads...A fun, enjoyably light read for fans of the friends-to-lovers trope." - Kirkus
"A cute AF rom-com...playful and surprisingly emotional." - E! News
"A grumpy/sunshine, friends to lovers romance with all the warm and fuzzies of a journey of two friends bringing out the best in each other—this book was simply delightful." - Natasha is a Book Junkie
Praise for Sophie Sullivan:
“A lovely, endearing romance that made me yearn for a little beach house to fix up. Sophie Sullivan’s writing feels like a warm hug.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, bestselling author of The Ex Talk
"[An] enemies-to-lovers trajectory with just the right amount of novelty and sweetness." - Kirkus
"Will definitely enchant you." -Buzzfeed
"The remodeling descriptions are vivid and lovely, and the romance offers terrific dialogue and chemistry. This thoroughly enjoyable read will please fans of Sara Desai's novels." —Booklist
"A wholesome, slow-burn romance that will warm your heart and offer a glimpse into social anxiety disorder. This is a Hallmark movie in book form." - Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test
“Impossible to read without smiling—escapist romantic comedy at its heartwarming best.” – New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Layne
“A funny, sweet rom com from a fresh, sparkling new voice. Everly’s social anxiety was instantly relatable, and I was rooting for her every inch of the way to her happily-ever-after.” – Andie J. Christopher, USA Today Bestselling author of Not The Girl You Marry
"Readers will be charmed." -Publishers Weekly
"Intricate details about home renovations jostle for space with matters of the heart in this lighthearted romance." -Kirkus Reviews