Blurb from Goodreads
Emma Nash is back….and determined to work out the world of friendships and relationships once and for all (…ish).
Now she’s in the sixth form, Emma’s expecting life to be a breeze but when her best friend Steph suddenly has a boyfriend who she’s spending more time with Emma’s not sure what to do with herself.
So Emma’s got a mission in mind: making new friends. Signing up for the school fashion show seems like the perfect opportunity. Although soon, through a series of mishaps that are absolutely not Emma’s fault (well, sort of), her world is teetering on the edge of disaster again.
Would going back to creating a life for herself online reaaaaaallllyyy be so bad?
The “Friendship Fails of Emma Nash” is the followup to “Editing Emma” which is a book I utterly adored. (review here) So my expectations were pretty high going into this… and I’m pleased to say that this book was also thoroughly entertaining and filled with so many belly laughs.
Emma is back again and is still obsessed with Leon… I know! EMMA YOU NEED TO GET OVER HIM! But all in her own time. But what this book really deals with are her friendships.
Bestie Steph has a new boyfriend and that really throws Emma for a loop as she finds it so difficult to accept this new reality where she won’t forever be the most important person in Steph’s life…so how does Emma cope with this anxiety? By being gloriously awkward and dealing with things in entirely the wrong fashion. Girl after my own heart really!
But what Emma does try to do… and gosh I loved this so much… is she tries to repair the relationship she has with Gracie. I LOVE how the book followed on from the fallout of all that went down in the first novel because yes, the story was somewhat satisfyingly concluded in Editing Emma… but this… it properly expanded upon how repairing friendships really required time, effort and honesty.
Then there’s her friendship with Faith… I freaking adore Faith! Faith is so wonderfully complex. She’s at times utterly confident but then you can strip that away and see it’s just protective bravado. Her issues re coming out were so heartfelt and emotional to read about and I just love her as a character so much. Also MUCH LOLS AT THE QUEEFS *cries laughing*
But Faith and Emma’s friendship… I love it. Such a positive female friendship.
I also loved how in this book Emma went about trying to make some new friends to cope with this new reality of her besties having romantic relationships…. the three girls she tries to friend…. omg I can’t say cos it would ruin it but just lol at her utterly misguided hands of friendship that she attempts to extend. The funniest thing ever to read about really.
- And can we have a MASSIVE round of applause for showing how male and female characters can be friends with no romantic feelings involved.
- And another massive round of applause for showing that constant stalking of your love interest à la Hollywood rom coms isn’t sweet or romantic but is instead creepy and not at all cute!
- Yet another round of applause for showing positive attitudes towards female sexuality.
- And a final round of applause for having a YA book with parental rep! The relationship between Emma and her mum is utterly hilarious but also grounded in such love…
SO MANY GOOD THINGS IN THESE BOOKS!
Overall I’m so delighted I discovered this duology. Emma now has become one of my all time favourite YA leads. She’s an almighty muppet but that just makes her all the more lovable and relatable in my opinion.
Highly recommend this series to anyone who just wants to read a fun YA contemporary with messy characters and a lot of humour.