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The Best of Us

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  4,132 ratings  ·  545 reviews
Paradise isn’t quite what it seems as four college friends meet for an island vacation in this captivating new novel from the acclaimed author of These Girls.

Following a once-in-a-lifetime invitation, a group of old college friends leap at the chance to bring their husbands for a week’s vacation at a private villa in Jamaica to celebrate a former classmates' thirty-fifth b
Paperback, 338 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Washington Square Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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This is my first Sarah Pekkanen novel and I really enjoyed it. This is the exact type of beach read that I love and would shop for when I needed a good healthy dose of "chick lit".

I immediately felt that I could relate to the characters and found myself drawing comparisons between myself and Sarah's characters. I found her writing style to be fluid and I loved that throughout the story her characters became multifaceted. They continued to evolve throughout the story and just when I thought I wa
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Pauline is married to Dwight, a billionaire, and what do you get your billionaire husband on his birthday when he has everything else? You invite his college friends to spend his birthday in a private villa in Jamaica. Pauline does this very thing and pays attention to every single detail of the trip. There's helicopter rides, a private beach, a chef, waiters, unlimited drinks, hot tubs, infinity pools, and of course, Jamaican sunshine. All of Dwight's close friends attend and everything is goin ...more
The premise of Sarah Pekkanen's "The Best Of Us" sounded so interesting that I couldn't wait to read it. A group of college friends decide to vacation together in a villa in Jamaica to celebrate one of their birthdays. My friends always schedule reunions during our birthdays so I can totally relate to the concept. (On a side note, I wish Ms. Pekannen didn't choose the homophobic country of Jamaica, but that's neither here nor there) I started this book a couple of times because found the first c ...more
But then again, didn't all marriages carry thousands of hurts?

I chose to read The Best of Us, when it was sent to me for the purposes of providing a completely honest review, because I really tend to gravitate towards strong women's fiction. I love reading about the development of personal relationships from a female perspective, whether they be romantic or friendship, and the description of THE BEST OF US promised something that was heartfelt, beautiful, and highly engaging.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

3.5-3.8 stars.

There are many days where I sit around and pray for a very successful and kind friend to sweep me out of my routine 9-5 life and take me to a tropical island (all expenses paid!!), where I can frolic in the waves with friends, sipping margaritas, and chatting to all hours of the night.

(Note: Any of these friends can step forward at anytime… really.)

Sadly, I don’t see this happening to me any time soon but I can be happy (cough hate
Sandra Hinds
**Thank you to NetGalley**

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen is simply in a word.. awesome. Having just finished reading The Opposite of Me for our book club (which we had the pleasure of having Ms. Pekkanen join us via Skype to discuss with us) it was a real treat to have been able to get her latest novel through NetGalley... Thank you!

This book is about 4 couples who go away for a week to an exclusive villa in Jamaica to celebrate a birthday. During the time together we learn that these couples
This review refers to the NetGalley edition.

Four couples, each with secrets and undiscovered bonds. A dream vacation in Jamaica that turns dangerous with the arrival of a hurricane. Sounds exciting, no?

But this book is the REAL so-called "mommy porn" - two of our characters, Allie and Tina, are thirty-something moms living out their days stressing over balancing households and the demands of children. They are offered (and accept) a chance for an all-expenses paid, ultra-glam vacation in Jamaic
I hadn’t read any of Sarah Pekkanen’s books before and enjoyed THE BEST OF US so much that I will be looking up her earlier works. As soon as I opened the book I was immediately drawn to each of the women, although it took me a while to warm to Pauline, and I lost respect for Savannah for a while. Then I realised – this is what it was like with my own friends. A really good friend will both annoy the heck out of you and love you unconditionally. You squabble then make up and can tell each other ...more
After reading the heartbreaking yet spectacular Skipping a Beat, Sarah's sophomore novel, I have been determined to read more by her. However, I didn't get around to it until recently when The Best of Us, her newest book, ended up in my hands. Thankfully, The Best of Us was an amazing and well crafted tale that brought laughs as well as tears and pulled on my heartstrings constantly. So basically, I'm now beating myself up for not reading more by her sooner!

The Best of Us tells the story of four
Colleen Turner
Whenever I see a new book by Sarah Pekkanen is coming out I am sure of two things: (1) I will be reading it soon after it comes out and (2) I will love it! There are only a few authors I have come across that seem to be able to actually make me laugh and cry over and over again throughout the story and that can create characters that either feel like they are inside my head, experiencing the same feelings and issues I am, or are people that I wish I was friends with. None are perfect but all fee ...more
Laura Kay Bolin

A group of college friends embark on a week long trip together to Jamaica to celebrate a birthday of one of their own. The ladies are excited to get a break from the reality of their daily lives. Tina is a mom of four and her days and nights seem like a blur. She needs to get a good night sleep and just a little time to herself. Allie recently found out her biological father and his father both died from a genetic family illness. Savannah has been hiding t
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
No rating for me because I DNF this one. It was too mommy-ish for me (and I am a mommy!). When I started this book I knew right away that I wouldn't get into it. I have an almost 4 year old and a 1 year old so I really don't want to read about puking children watching Dora. I live that life day to day. I want to read about something different, something funny or sexy or special. I also didn't get into the groove with the main characters. For chick-lit books, I really need to feel like I would be ...more
This book was great! The characters were so real, I totally got sucked into the book and I lived many lives in the day and a half it took me to read it! The characters would absolutely resonate with so many women (and men), even those of us who would choose to deny it.

Sarah Pekkanen did a great job with developing the personalities of the characters in the book and watching the secrets of their souls and their insecurities unfold and how it affected their lives was fascinating.

I would totally r
I found this book tedious and kept losing interest and my place as I read. The premise of the book sounded great – college friends getting together to celebrate one of their birthdays and they are invited to a week away in Jamaica to do so – relaxing at a sumptuous villa, all expenses paid. But it was anything but. The characters did not do much except drink, drink and drink some more and then smoked some pot as well.

The characters had many layers to them and all were dysfunctional in one way or
Just like your friends, each one of these women will annoy you and tug at your heart at different times.

Ms. Pekkanen has done it again!
Pauline is throwing a huge spectacular party for her husband, Dwight. She has invited all of his friends for an exotic birthday party in Jamaica. The guests include Tina and her husband Gio. Tina needs this vacation. She has not had a break from her children in a long time. Then there is Allie and her husband, Ryan. Allie is keeping a secret from Ryan. Finally there is Savannah. She arrives alone. This is due to her husband cheating on her. Everyone’s secrets come out when hurricane Betty sweeps ...more
Sandra Hinds
**Thank you to NetGalley**

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen is simply in a word.. awesome. Having just finished reading The Opposite of Me for our book club (which we had the pleasure of having Ms. Pekkanen join us via Skype to discuss with us) it was a real treat to have been able to get her latest novel through NetGalley... Thank you!

This book is about 4 couples who go away for a week to an exclusive villa in Jamaica to celebrate a birthday. During the time together we learn that these couples
Catherine McKenzie
Sarah Pekkanen just keeps on getting better and better. While this story of four college friends who travel - with their spouses - to a remote location to celebrate one of the group's 35th birthday, may be filed with people making difficult, and sometimes disturbing choices, Pekkanen uses her deft touch to keep the characters real, believable and compelling. The characters in this novel are fully realized adults, but that doesn't mean they don't remember college or that they can't fall back into ...more
3.5 stars

Who wouldn't love an all-expenses-paid, no-expense-spared tropical island holiday to celebrate a friend's birthday? ... nup not me I wish ;)

Sarah's writing is smooth and easy to read, she does a wonderful job giving 4 women a unique voice, exploring their relationships, the everyday demands on marriage and friendship, the love, laughs, troubles and secrets, balancing it all. That was the fun part along with the private jet, sun, sea, cocktails, massages, in house chef, gourmet meals ...
Amazon Description: "An all-expense-paid week at a luxury villa in Jamaica—it’s the invitation of a lifetime for a group of old college friends. All four women are desperate not just for a reunion, but for an escape: Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie is shattered by the news that a genetic illness runs in her family. Savannah is carrying the secret of her husband’s infidelity. And, finally, there’s Pauline, who spares no expense to throw her wealthy husba ...more
This was my first Sarah Pekkanen novel and I thought it was fun & enjoyable. This is the story of 4 friends who met in college, Dwight, Tina, Savannah and Allie as well as their spouses who go off to Jamaica on vacation to celebrate Dwight's 35th birthday. During their vacation they get threatened by Hurricane Betty and the storm heads their way. We learn about infidelities and secrets kept from husbands, and the characters have to decide what truths to share and what not to. The writing wha ...more
Julie G
I must confess, upfront, that I am not a fan of chick-lit. It just never seems to ... speak to me. Apparently, I wasn't reading the 'right' books.

The Best of Us grabbed me, from the first paragraph, and never let go. It's been a long time since I read a book in one sitting. But, I simply couldn't put it down.

There was nothing I didn't love about this book: the settings, the characters, the dialogue - all of it was pitch-perfect to my reader's ear. With 4 female protagonists, three of them long-t
Thank you Atria Books for this ARC. This was my second Sarah Pekkanen novel and I'm finding that I really enjoy her writing. The Best of Us is an engrossing story about four friends reuniting for the vacation of a lifetime. Things start out well, but quickly turn dangerous both inside and outside the villa as a hurricane threatens the safety of the island and hidden secrets (and feelings) are brought to light. (Excessive amounts of alcohol don't help matters inside.) When all is said and done, e ...more
Read, Run, Ramble
First, THANK YOU Atria books for providing me with an ARC of The Best of Us!

Pekkanen is one of my favorite authors for a reason. She is magnificent at writing women – all women (and that is not to say she only writes women – all of her characters are multi-layered and complex). No matter the age, status, or circumstance, she writes strong women characters and The Best of Us is no exception. Pekkanen has provided another set of women that we can all relate to in some way. Their stories are real a
Quem não gostaria de, num dia banal, receber pelo correio um convite para viajar para um lugar paradisíaco, com tudo pago? Savanah, Tina e Allie recebem um convite para viajarem para a Jamaica (com os respectivos maridos), por parte de Dwight um rapaz que não vêem desde os tempos da faculdade.

Mas este convite fá-las pensar seriamente nas suas vidas. Tina vive um casamento de sonho com Gio, mas os quatro filhos de ambos levam-na a um estado de desmazelo, sem ter tempo para ela, vivendo unicamente
Alice Bola
I have been very curious about Sarah Pekkanen’s novels for a while. Our Julie is a big fan of hers and I wondered what the buzz was all about. Now, I know. Sarah Pekkanen is wonderful.

I found the premise a bit unlikely but maybe that’s because none of my friends are multi-millionaires who can afford a vacation aboard a charted flight to Jamaica in a private villa complete with personal Chef and helicopter rides let alone invite a handful of their closest friends. It’s surreal. That is my only n
Cynthia Archer
I liked this story. It reminded me a bit of the movie "The Big Chill" since it was about college friends gathering together in their 30's, but in this instance the group was together to celebrate a birthday rather than a funeral. Four couples go to Jamaica for the 35th birthday of a college pal that has been phenomenally successful in business and finance. They each bring their own baggage: from motherhood burn out and fears about illness to the break down of a marriage and secrets kept from spo ...more
Mell Simons
Just a few friends on a trip to Jamaica, what could go wrong? Sarah Pekkanen brilliantly explores the complicated relationships we have with our friends, and with our spouses. Each character is revealed to be complex and carrying around much more than meets the eye. Allie and Ryan are the quintessential couple, with Allie playing the part of Miss Perfect. We all know her, and she grates on our nerves. We all secretly want her to fail, and this book will not disappoint on that front! Tina and Gio ...more
Sheila DeChantal
If you have read Sarah Pekkanen's books before... know this is Sarah style.... all grown up. Steamy good!

Tina barely recognizes herself in the mirror anymore. With 4 children under the age of ten she feels like she drops into bed as early as possible and still wakes up tired. She is barely hanging on and is only in her mid 30′s...

Allie looks together on the outside. She runs every morning, has managed to keep her cheerleader figure, and has the type of marriage that is enviable. Yet Allie is hol
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Internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen's newest book is THINGS YOU WON'T SAY (May 2015, Atria/Simon&Schuster). She is also the author of CATCHING AIR, THE BEST OF US, THE OPPOSITE OF ME, SKIPPING A BEAT, and THESE GIRLS. Sarah's linked free short estories, publi
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