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One Good Friend Deserves Another

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How Many of These Dating Rules Have You Broken?

1. Choose Your Own Man
2. Make Sure Your Friends Approve
3. No One-Night Stands
4. Trust Your Instincts
5. Never Make the Same Mistake Twice
6. After a Break-Up, Wait Six Months Before Dating Again.

Dhara, Kelly, Marta, and Wendy have been the closest of friends since college. So close, that after a series of romantic disasters, the
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by 5 Spot (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 11, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
I won this book on Goodreads! Very nice, light chick-lit... Everyone deserves a good friend or 3. Dhara, Kelly, Wendy, and Marta are a trip. They have dating rules that they expect each other to follow or you may end up in the middle of an intervention but you see, they were just watching out for each other. Here's a list of their rules that I grabbed from Goodreads because I could only remember 3 or 4:

1. Choose Your Own Man
2. Make Sure Your Friends Approve
3. No One-Night Stands
4. Trust Your Ins
Maureen Kilroy Furtado
Jan 26, 2013 Maureen Kilroy Furtado rated it really liked it
Stand back Jennifer Weiner! Watch out, Emily Giffin! Lisa Verge Higgins is taking the contemporary women's lit genre by storm! After reading her book, "The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship", I was sure that was as good as this genre could get. Boy was I wrong! "One Good Friend" left me wanting even more.

Four college friends bond later in life with these simple dating rules.
1. Choose Your Own Man
2. Make Sure Your Friends Approve
3. No One-Night Stands
4. Trust Your Instincts
5. Never Make
Jul 04, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-win
First Read Win!! So I finally got it and read it. It was a wonderful read. The power of friendship in this book, makes me hope I can get a close group of friends like this. I insist everyone read it if they are looking for a sweet, funny and charming book. Amazing.
Jul 13, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
This book is all about love, relationships, friendships, and the difficult decisions women have to make. It's Sex in the City meets Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. Good little book.
Paula  Phillips
Sep 06, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
I think it's because I never really had the closeknit group of girlfriends growing up as we always moved from place to place but I love reading novels with a strong female friendship connection. Women who have known each other for over twenty years and are still friends and they are still there for each other and their friendships are concrete, they never waiver.
In the novel we meet best friends since college - Kelly , Dhara , Wendy and Marta , when in college over a weekend of heartbreaks , ro
Christina (Reading Extensively)
One Good Friend Deserves Another is not just a book about romantic entanglements. At its core is the strong bond of friendship between the main characters. I liked that the book is told through the perspectives of each of the women. It really adds to our understanding of the characters and their struggles. Another plus for me was the age of the characters. It was nice (as someone in her mid 30s) to read about women in their late 30s who still haven't gotten it all figured out yet. My favorite ch ...more
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Monique Mulligan
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Reading this book, I did have a couple of issues. One Good Friend Deserves Another jumps from one person’s story to another, with brief flashbacks to that weekend when the rules were created. The flashbacks didn’t work for me at all. I found them confusing and vague and didn’t feel that they added a lot to the story. They were supposed to give context, to explain why the “rules” were made, but I was more interested in why the four women, fro
Jul 08, 2012 Praggya rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I got this as part of GoodReads First Reads giveaway.

I had to rate this book as just okay. I felt like the characters acted like like they were in their early to mid twenties and not late 30s. (view spoiler) Also having graduated from a Seven Sisters school (of which Vassar is a member), the friendships seemed a bit disingenuous to me. It feels like the author was more trying to fulfill a checkli
Mar 09, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book for free from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. This was my first time reading anything by this author. This book was enjoyable but not overly impressive. The relationship between the four friends and their struggles with romantic relationships was interesting. However, some of the language in the book and the metaphors the author used bothered me. I felt the author was trying to take a basic romance type novel and make it into a literary masterpiece; which this book definetly is ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Kris rated it really liked it
Just won this book! Can't wait to read it! Update! This was a first reads give away. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were all unique and diverse. Best friends are those we treasure and that was a message the author was successfully able to display. At times, it was a little tricky to decipher between flashbacks and present day, however it didn't distract me too much. A great beach read about friends that have been through good times and bad times. I was hoping it would have a happy en ...more
Laura Mulholland
Apr 06, 2014 Laura Mulholland rated it really liked it
good, fun book - keeps you on the edge of your seat because the chapters rotate through the friends ... another good beach read!
Sep 23, 2013 Joyce rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book remind me of how my group of best friends are always there for me. Not to make decisions but stand by me in all my decisions without judging. Accepting me the way I am. Thank The Lord for them.
Dec 02, 2012 Suzanne rated it liked it
Totally a chick novel. Enjoyed the roller coasters amongst 4 girlfriends but was left at end feeling there was few loose ends. Who cares! I finished one more book! 10 to go before 2013!
Jun 16, 2012 Duveen rated it liked it
I liked this book ... it was an easy summer read. Fun, interesting, and it didn't require a great deal of thought :)
RoseAnn DeFranco
Sep 06, 2012 RoseAnn DeFranco rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Lisa Verge Higgins weaves a deeply moving portrait of friendship and the many different paths to truth and happiness.
Randy Briggs
Jun 26, 2012 Randy Briggs rated it it was amazing
Absolutely marvelous novel about the power of friendship. Read it. I insist.
Oct 03, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
My Rating: 3.0

Obtained: Through Goodreads First Reads

One Good Friend Deserves Another is a light, fluffy, fun chick-lit book to read. Even though I'm a teenager, and I think this book is aimed towards adults, I enjoyed reading it. I'll flip through the pages breathlessly, anticipating and enjoying all the drama and anxious to know how the book ends.

Lisa Verge Higgins really knows how to write. She drop something shocking on readers at the end of one chapter - then in the beginning of the nex
Mar 02, 2013 Darkand rated it really liked it
When I got this book in the mail from the First Reads program, it caught my sister's eye so she borrowed it. I just got it back so I apologize for the delay in getting this review out.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of four friends who honestly care so much about each other that they don't flinch away from the hard truths. Their "interventions" may not have been traditional, but they were meant from the heart and I think that made all the difference. I understood each character and her own fl
Aug 05, 2012 Kassandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
*********FIRST-READS WINNER**************

Four Best Friends have experienced bad relationships and they decide to come up with six dating rules. They promise each other to follow these rules so they will not get their hearts broken again.
1. Choose Your Own Man
2. Make Sure Your Friends Approve
3. No One-Night Stands
4. Trust You Instincts
5. Never Make the Same Mistake Twice
6. After a Break-Up, Wait Six Months Before Dating Again

Dhara is a doctor who comes from a Hindu family, where tradition and cus
Nov 20, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it
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I received this book courtesy of First Reads!

I don't know about guys, but I know girls analyze every little detail when it comes to dating. (At least, in my own personal experiences and my girls!) Every girl who has ever had her heartbroken to millions of pieces knows that we wallow in self-pity and try to figure out what went wrong. But really, the best thing that a girl can do during a heartbreak... call on the troops of your best friends.

Best friends Wendy, Kelly, Dh
Marta, Dhara, Kelly, and Wendy, all four of them friends since college, made an oath to follow the Rules of Relationships. Everything seems to be going smoothly until each of the four women undergoes tests that will strain their adherence to the rules… and their friendship. Each of them must face their challenges, but the aftermath changes them forever.

When I first received this book from First Reads, I was judging from the cover that the main characters would be a little younger—in their twenti
Sep 12, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: won-gr
Book Synopsis from GoodReads:

1. Choose Your Own Man
2. Make Sure Your Friends Approve
3. No One-Night Stands
4. Trust Your Instincts
5. Never Make the Same Mistake Twice
6. After a Break-Up, Wait Six Months Before Dating Again.

Dhara, Kelly, Marta, and Wendy have been the closest of friends since college. So close, that after a series of romantic disasters, they bond together to create Rules of Relationships to keep their hearts safe.

Years later, the rule
Katie Hilton
Jul 22, 2012 Katie Hilton rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*********This was a First Reads Giveaway******************

I was hooked when reading the summary of the plot:


1. Choose Your Own Man
2. Make Sure Your Friends Approve
3. No One-Night Stands
4. Trust Your Instincts
5. Never Make the Same Mistake Twice
6. After a Break-Up, Wait Six Months Before Dating Again.

This was a quick, pleasurable read for me. The characters were warm and adorable, and I enjoyed the fact that these group of girlfriends were highly edu
Jul 14, 2012 Lorretta rated it liked it
I received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.

This was a very easy read. Curl up with some iced tea and the story will take you away for a few hours.

We are introduced to four women. They are very different from each other, but they are best friends through thick and thin. One one announces her agreement to an arranged marriage, it seems as though all the rules are being broken. While Dhara gets ready for her wedding and come to grips that she is not marryng the man she though she loved, Marta
Donna DeKeyrel
Jul 30, 2015 Donna DeKeyrel rated it liked it
This was a fun little book about friendship. Perfect for a Summer day. These ladies all depended on each other and supported each other through the trials and tribulations of life. They didn't judge, try and tear down or have stupid little Cat Fights. They were just true blue friends. That always gets a thumbs up from me. I enjoyed it and was glad it wasn't tied up with a tidy ribbon at the end. Life never is.
May 17, 2014 mandyfujita rated it really liked it
Lisa Verge Higgins has 4 completed single women as her main characters in this story. They are college friends from Vassar and have been sounding boards for each other when they have man problems. Each would like to get married, but it seems that each one has been with the wrong man. From the beginning to the end, you don't know who is going to end up with whom. Kelly, Wendy, Dhara and Marta rely on each other when men complicate their lives. Good read.
Nov 03, 2014 Roxanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, first-read
Won this book in a Goodread's giveaway! Good light read, appropriate for a laid back afternoon at the pool or beach. Plot is centered on 4 30-plus single women, Wendy, Marta, Kelly & Dhara who have been best friends since college. The book is present day, but pulls from the past events in each women's life. They come from different backgrounds and cultures, have different personalities/lifestyles and are bonded together to provide support and advice based on six statements they created in co ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Lesley rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, nyc, weddings
I'm not sure why the author decided to make the characters 37, since their respective situations and demeanors felt more appropriate for women ten years younger. This was pretty prototypical hokey shit otherwise, although I commend the research that must have gone into making the professional vernacular believable.
Morgan Moritz
Nov 23, 2015 Morgan Moritz rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiring
I really did like this book. I had never read anything by her before and now I might have to. The story is about four friends that have all gone threw something and with the help from each other have gotten over or threw it. I love stories like this where it teachers you that you always have someone to help your hardest times.
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Lisa Verge Higgins is the RITA-nominated author of seventeen novels that have been published worldwide and translated into as many languages--quite a switch for this former PhD candidate in chemistry. A mother of three, this five-time RT Book Awards finalist has won the Golden Leaf, The Bean Pot, and twice has been anointed by Barnes & Noble's General Fiction Forum for their top twenty novels- ...more
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