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Friday Nights

liked it 3.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,494 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
On Friday nights a group of six different and disparate women meet. They range in age from Jules, who is 22 and wants to be a DJ, to Eleanor, who is a retired professional and walks with a stick. When one of them meets a man the whole dynamic changes. The bonds that have been so closely forged are tested - and some will break.
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published 2007)
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K
Jan 21, 2010 K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not really; read an earlier Joanna Trollope instead
Recommended to K by: My sister was reading it and I happened to find it here
Shelves: chicklit
Six women form a sisterhood of sorts, meeting every Friday night. Four of them are almost interchangeable except for their circumstances; two are simply annoying. And then -- da dum! -- one of them finds a boyfriend (Jackson), and once she introduces him to the group, things will never be the same. Jackson proceeds to proposition several of the women in a variety of ways, falsely leading them to believe that he's either attracted to them or interested in investing in them financially.

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Evalyn
Jul 07, 2008 Evalyn rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book although it didn't focus on their Friday night get-togethers as much as I thought it would, you know, like The Jane Austen Book Club. It makes sense that it would have to go into their lives individually. It was interesting that the character of Jackson introduced into the group became such a catalyst for change affecting all of them. I always read Trollope's books and enjoy the way she develops the characters.
Kimberley
Apr 11, 2012 Kimberley rated it did not like it
This book has so irritated me that I thus far have not finished it, with no great intention to do so. I found the characters to be one dimensional, and were not developed enough to enable me to feel as though I had an understanding of them. THe build up to the introduction of a man to the group was so hyped up, I put the book down. Maybe I have missed the point somewhere, but thus far, it eludes me
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Apr 25, 2012 Tanya (Girl Plus Books) rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
It is huge for me to quit a book. It happens incredibly rarely. Even if it's just okay I stick with it. My semi-OCD tendencies compel me to finish what I start. But even that couldn't keep me slogging through this one. What a yawn fest! At more than 50 pages in I was bored senseless. The characters were utterly boring and nothing I'd read made me care what happened to them. I kept waiting for something - anything - to happen. Enough is enough. I give.

Surprisingly, I've read quite a bit of praise
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Anna
The low rating of this book was extremely surprising!
This was my first by Joanna Trollope and I very much liked her beautiful and disciplined style.

I assume readers of this genre (chick lit) might want a typical lead male/lead female pair to run the show, but I found that having six main characters in a book of this size and not getting deeper into any one of them was an excellent way to emphasize what I think the author had in mind here: the dynamics between the various characters and the grou
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David Pimenta
Noites de Sexta-Feira, a tradução para Friday Nights, é o penúltimo de um total de dezassete livros da autoria de Joanna Trollope. Não tinha qualquer conhecimento da obra desta escritora até apreciar a capa desta novidade da Porto Editora (e ainda dizem que as capas não contam para fazer um bom livro. Pelo menos apelam para a curiosidade do leitor).
A história não podia ser mais usual, diria cliché. Eleanor, Paula, Lindsay, Jules, Blaise e Karen são as seis protagonistas, cada uma com a sua vida
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Ne
Dec 09, 2011 Ne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Este livro foi uma desilusão, que apesar de o ter percebido nos primeiros capítulos continuei e continuei sem a minha opinião se alterar.
Com uma capa e uma temática destas esperava algo ao género do Sexo e a Cidade, cheio de aventuras e segredos femininos, mas o que encontrei foi uma obra sem história nenhuma que se centra num punhado de personagens ocas e sem grande sentido de vida. O próprio texto não nos acrescenta mais que a sinopse e apesar da pergunta patente do final desta última, ficamos
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Leanne Hunt
Jun 10, 2013 Leanne Hunt rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
I liked the pretext of this novel - how women support each other and form a community which is stable and enduring, and how just one man coming into the mix results in irreversible change for every member. The broad framework of the story gave the author lots of room to explore the individual characters and their interactions, which was nice. However, I had hoped to care more about the women in the story. Surprisingly, it was the children who ended up charming me the most, and about whom I was m ...more
Victoria
Sep 23, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
A really interesting read, I'm sure I'll be checking out more of this author's books. You have a group of friends, Eleanor, the elderly matriarch, who says it like it is; Blaise, the businesswoman, who runs a business with Karen, whose husband, the artist, who hasn't earned some money in awhile, resulting in Karen's life being completely overwhelming with home and work; Lindsey, the widow, and her sister, Jules, young and wild; and Paula, also divorced, who has a child as a result of an affair. ...more
Dawn
Mar 06, 2010 Dawn rated it it was ok
Shelves: 50-books
I love Joanna Trollope, but this is not my favorite; in fact, I think it is the weakest book she has written that I have read. I persevered because Trollope is usually an author that I can't put down, but it took me about half way through the book before I found the story and characters compelling. Of the characters, I thought that Eleanor was the most interesting and yet, because of Trollope's dialogue style, the most difficult to read. She has great lines, but the syntax is choppy because of w ...more
Eva Mitnick
Apr 26, 2009 Eva Mitnick rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, grown-ups
I'm a Trollope fan - love domestic tales set in England - but this isn't one of my favorites. Although it has its moments, none of the six women who compose this tale of female friendship are as carefully and attentively developed as I would have liked. Some of them are downright unlikable, and none of them is particularly tolerant of each other. I found Eleanor, the older retired woman who brings them all together, to be particularly exasperating - she is so ready to let others know her opinion ...more
Kristy Trauzzi
Feb 28, 2012 Kristy Trauzzi rated it liked it
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Julie Pippert
Sep 09, 2010 Julie Pippert rated it it was amazing
I stayed up waaaaaaay too late because I could not set down this book. I'm a constant fan of all of Trollope's work, and I probably say this after every one of her books, but this one might be my favorite. That's not because it's better than the others -- which are all brilliant -- but because it was the exact right book at the exact right time. Trollope had me from the first page to the last. Great plot, brilliant pacing, gorgeous narrative, exquisite character development and the dialogue is p ...more
Jules
Ok, well I didn’t really like this book and it was totally the wrong genre for me to read. It’s been on my never-ending book pile for years so at least it has been read now and can be passed on to somebody else who might enjoy it more.

I don’t think I’ve ever read Joanna Trollope before and I’ve never realised her books are so ‘chick-litty’. This little tome deals with a cast of characters who were once part of a Friday night meet, hence the title ‘Friday Nights’, and the book charts some of thei
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D.j. Lang
Caveat: I didn't read this in one day, but it's definitely an easy read. I had a difficult time keeping track of all the characters which then made me realize that I did NOT have trouble keeping track of the other Trollope's characters (Anthony Trollope -- this was an interesting realization because A. Trollope has as many characters in his novels as the Russian authors do). FYI J. Trollope is not a direct descendant of A.T., but she is in the same family, and she does have a bio of him on her w ...more
Merq
Dec 18, 2015 Merq rated it it was ok
My expectations: "Oh, Friday nights. Probably ladies of twenty or so having fun together in the clubs."
Reality: Hmm.. Not what I expected.

The story is about relationships but not that sort of relationships that I thought. This story includes 70 year old Eleanor and a few younger ladies: Blaise, who is a career-person, Lindsay and Paula who take care of their children alone, Karen with her children and an artist-husband Luke, carefree Lindsey's little sister Jules who is devoted to music.. The g
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Carla Chapman
Oct 01, 2012 Carla Chapman rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The characters held my attention and interest. I loved the multi generational friendships in this book. It reminds me of what neighborhoods should be like. All too often, we oldsters forget how difficult it is to be a young parent. A kind word or deed really can help. The reverse is true , of course, too. The characters seemed like real people to me. I was sorry when I finished the book!
Joanna Fulton
May 15, 2009 Joanna Fulton rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I couldn't get through all of this book; after waiting for something interesting to happen, I gave up. Three words to describe: boredom, annoyance, lifeless. I've never read any Trollope books before, so I can't judge as to her general style, but I think this story could have gone somewhere if it weren't for the mind-numbing writing style and lack of any spark.
Bachyboy
Mar 24, 2009 Bachyboy rated it did not like it
I was really disappointed by this offering from Trollope. There were too many characters none of whom emerged or developed that much. I nearly stopped reading when one of the characters had to suppress the urge to bite the cushion. Seriously, who does that.
Nicholas
Sep 03, 2014 Nicholas rated it liked it
The good thing about Trollope is that she's really willing to spend time exploring the dynamics of change between people. In this case it's the way that a change seemingly related to only one person (a woman in a group of friends gets herself a man) changes the interactions between all of them. She can be really subtle. And she can also be a bit obvious. In this case, the man turns out to be a cad instead of just a catalyst. Trollope also clearly means this novel to be an affirmation of women's ...more
Debbie
Mar 22, 2014 Debbie rated it did not like it
5 whiny women. Have to stop now.
Mj
Confession – I have a negative bias towards shallow, frivolous people and generally choose not to spend time with them. As this book was filled with such people, this novel didn’t appeal to me. While there were other redeeming aspects of this novel e.g. the writing, I just could not get past or want to engage with many of the characters.

This was a book club choice and not one I would likely have chosen on my own. I thought the writing was good. Some of the author’s descriptions were quite outsta
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Brenda
Nov 20, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it
Eleanor is retired and noticing her own loneliness, now that she is cut off from the normal social interchanges she had while going to the office. Over several days,while drinking her tea and looking out the window, she notices that two young women, both with children, are continually passing each other in front of her house with out even noticing each other. Eleanor, who is getting sick of her own company, decides that she is going to change that. So the next time she sees the two women, she in ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Nov 24, 2012 Mikael Kuoppala rated it it was ok
"Friday Nights" could be called a homier, more common and realistic take on the "Sex and the City"-concept. Trollope's novel follows the lives of several women struggling with issues of identity, relationships and aging, all in a very grounded and undramatic context. I do like the way the book is written with clear yet descriptive language, but I didn't warm up to anything else. For a novel that's clearly all character, "Friday Nights" has a rather underwhelming collection of characters. None of ...more
Helen
Aug 30, 2009 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brooke, Tara, Ashley, Rhonda
Joanna Trollope is related to THE TROLLOPE. I have been reading her for as many years as I can find her books. Having finally caught up with all she had written I was very pleased to find this latest novel.

I would say that most of her books have to do with the man/woman relationship. Marriages, partnerships, families. She always seems to have a different angle with each book. "Friday Nights" though is the first one I have read that deals mainly with women-their friendships and to a small degree,
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Sue
Jan 23, 2012 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2012
Eleanor, a retired single woman, decides to invite two young mothers - Paula and Lindsay - to hang out with her on Friday nights, along with their small children. Wanting something to do, they go along, sometimes joined by Lindsay's younger sister Jules. Eleanor's neighbour Blaise is invited, along with her business partner Karen.. and gradually, strong friendships form.

Then Paula meets a new man, and wants to bring him to the group. Everyone is a little uncertain about this, and indeed, althou
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Tina
Apr 21, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
"Being alone, Eleanor knew, was not in itself undesirable: it was the circumstances of aloneness that made it either a friend or a foe."

"Her father said, 'The point of continuing your education is to provide you with the tools for a satisfying life later on. Nobody notices their twenties and thirties going by because there's so much going on.' He stopped and then he said sadly, 'It's the forties and fifties you have to worry about. It's when it all starts slowing down.' "

"Men aren't a career, yo
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Melissa
Nov 07, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nina
Shelves: fiction
Friday Nights is about an unlikely group of women coming together as friends. Eleanor, an older retired woman, notices two young single mothers pushing baby strollers on her street. They are always alone and look a little lost and stressed out. She invites them to come to her flat on a Friday night. The women, Lindsay and Paula, aren't quite sure of Eleanor's motivation but decide to go. They can't afford to do much of anything to get out for fun and Eleanor tells them to bring their babies with ...more
MissNYix
Jan 24, 2016 MissNYix rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've started this book a few months ago, I think since March, I didn't bother to progress much with this book, it's kind of dull for my liking. One of the main character's seem to make life pretty complicated as I feel that she is pretty sturbborn. This is the worst book, I've read so far, but maybe one day I'll come back to it. (Who knows I'll change my mind?) For now, it's really not a good book for teens to read.
H Gibson
Mar 01, 2016 H Gibson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get the feel for the passage of time that was required for the women in this book to become the good friends they supposedly were. Because of this, the events seemed to come too quickly and appeared too petty for the story to have much depth. In short, the backstory was poorly constructed. The men that played into the storyline were mildly interesting at best with the exception of one woman's husband who turned out to be an interesting peripheral character. Otherwise, the whole thing fe ...more
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Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope. She is the eldest of three siblings. She is a fifth-generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trol
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