What Are Friends For? By Sarah Sutton Genre: YA Romance
FALLING IN LOVE ISN'T COMPLICATED...UNLESS IT'S WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND.
A close, easygoing friendship can all change with just one kiss. Seventeen-year-old Remi Beaufort learns this the hard way when she plays a blindfolded kissing game at a party.
She thinks she’s kissing Jeremy, the totally hot basketball player she’s been crushing on. And the kiss…it’s amazing. Heart-stopping, world-changing, toe-curling. The kiss makes her forget about her overbearing mother, the next-door neighbor’s drama, and the probability that she’ll fail her senior year. The best kiss of her life makes all that fall away.
Until her blindfold falls off, and she realizes that instead of kissing her crush, she’s kissing Elijah, her best friend since third grade.
Though she manages to convince Elijah that he was kissing his girlfriend, Remi can’t get the thought of his lips on hers out of her head. As things between them grow more and more complicated—because it turns out her fantasizing about his mouth is more of a problem than it sounds—Remi has to make a choice: does she live the rest of her life loving her best friend in secret? Or does she tell the truth and risk ruining their friendship forever?
Heart-melting and romantic, What Are Friends For? is a swoon-worthy best-friends-to-lovers story that will leave you crushing hard.
I couldn’t help thinking about the deeper things, too. The way he touched his lips when he was nervous, or how if he laughed too loudly, he covered his mouth. Or when he was sculpting something with clay, entirely in the zone, he’d start to subconsciously smile, like he couldn’t help it.
Those were the kind of things that girlfriends noticed because they were close enough to. Not best friends. It felt strange, noticing these things now, and all I wanted to do was find more little things about him, to know every freckle and mark on his body personally.
Elijah’s lips spread into a wide grin as he sat back in his chair, and for a sharp, fearful moment, I thought I had spoken aloud. “Ha, you blinked. I win.”
Sarah Sutton is a YA Romance author, bringing you stories about teenagers falling in love (sometimes with magic)✨She spends her days dreaming up ideas with her two adorable puppies by her side being cheerleaders (and mega distractions).
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I really enjoyed writing the “almost, but not quite” moments. Moments that can make the reader think that our main couple is going to do something—finally kiss, finally touch, finally, finally, finally—but then they don’t. Someone interrupts or someone speaks and the moment is ruined. I LOVED writing those parts.
Do you have any side stories about the characters?
I do! I actually wrote a fun Valentine’s Day short about Remi and Elijah and offered it to my newsletters subscribers. It was very fun to do a month after release!
What did you edit out of this book?
There was actually a lot from the first draft that didn’t make it into the final draft (thank GOODNESS). One of the major things that I edited out, though, was that the ending was originally set at a school dance. It totally threw off the pacing of the story, and I think the ending in the final copy fits so much better! Go read it to find out. ;)
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
Oh, there is this part in the book that every time I read it, I laugh aloud! Remi is in the process of staring at Elijah with googly eyes, totally lost in her thoughts over how cute he is. Elijah looks up, finds her staring, and stares back. And as the tension between them builds, and you’re just starting to think that they’re going to lean in and kiss each other, Elijah smiles victoriously. “You blinked,” he says. “I win.”
Every time I read it, I die.
Can you tell us a bit about the main characters?
Remi is a big procrastinator. That’s really what gets her into the mess in the beginning. But she’s also extremely loyal to her friends to a fault, and when it’s game-time, she doesn’t even blink. She gets it done. Elijah is an artistic soul, and his favorite form is sculpting. It was definitely fun exploring that side of him!
How long did it take you to write this book?
I began the first draft of this book in April of 2019, which feels like forever ago. I think I finished the first draft by June, and it was completely beta read and edited by the end of November. It was such a fun process!
If this book were made into a film, who would play the lead?
I was actually talking about this with a friend the other day! So for Remi, someone mentioned Sabrina Carpenter would be perfect for her, and I have to agree! I can definitely see her as Sabrina. For Elijah, my friend mentioned Ross Lynch (what is with me and Disney actors?) and my soul did a little dance. Definitely, definitely!
Did you make a playlist for this book?
I didn’t actually make a playlist, but one song that embodies this book perfectly is “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift. It’s almost laughable how perfect it is!
What was the hardest part to write?
I think the hardest part for me to write was the scenes between Remi and Savannah (Elijah’s girlfriend). I didn’t want to write a stereotypical mean girl at all, and definitely didn’t want to pit these two girls against each other. That’s not the kind of story I wanted to write. But I struggled—how was the current girlfriend and the main character (who had a mega crush on Elijah) going to find common ground? I struggled with that.
Can we expect anything more from you in the future?
Yes! I have another book coming out June 16th. It’s a YA Fake Relationship Romance and it was so much fun to work on! I mean, it’s all fun and games until someone catches feelings… ;)
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