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The Best of Enemies

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  2,370 Ratings  ·  367 Reviews
Bridesmaids meets The In-Laws in a novel told from the alternating perspectives of two women who define the term frenemies—from New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster.

Jacqueline Jordan knows conflict. A fearless journalist, she’s spent the past decade embedded in the world’s hot spots, writing about the fall of nations and the rise of despots. But if you were to i
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by New American Library (first published May 5th 2015)
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Dec 28, 2015 Jennifer marked it as dnf-lost-interest
DNF @ 45%

August 2015:
I'm a fan of Jen Lancaster. I find her absolutely hilarious. This book started out with multiple laugh-out-loud moments for me but I'm struggling now. I'm not ready to DNF, but I am going to pause it (45%) for a little while. Hoping it's just a mood thing on my part and I'll laugh again once I pick it back up. We shall see...
Nov 20, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I loved Jen Lancaster's take on the concept of "frenemies." She really made both Kitty and Jack sympathetic characters, even when they were brutal to each other. It was interesting to see them through the other's eyes and impossible to hate either, even when they were at their worst. I loved seeing how their differences played out and how they made them work to their advantage when it came to helping their mutual best friend. The dialogue was snappy and witty and I laughed out loud more times ...more
Kala Glass
Jul 28, 2015 Kala Glass rated it it was ok
Obviously, this is a book written for women. My issue is that it is written for a particular subset of women. I am not sure exactly who these women are, but I am not one of them. It is hard for me to find the humor in PTAs, blogging for business, and catty frenemy-ships (Is that a word?).

This book alternates between the voices of Kitty and Jack (Jacqueline), two frenemies with an overly dramatic past and a mutual friend - Sarabeth. There are occasional ‘inserts’ throughout the book – such as in
Hilary Grossman
Sep 07, 2015 Hilary Grossman rated it it was amazing
Although I've loved every book that Jen Lancaster has written, I have always preferred her memoirs to her fiction. However Best of Enemies totally changed my mind... I LOVED this book! The characters were terrific and kept me laughing out loud from the first page to the last. There were so many twists and turns. I wasn't able to put the book down and I think I am going to re-read it again - that is how much I enjoyed it!
Feb 23, 2016 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, read-2016
The Best of Enemies starts out with a fluffy chick lit feel, which was all I was expecting when I picked it up. I enjoyed the little snippets of flashbacks showing how the two main characters relationship had developed over the years. Somewhere in the middle, the story twisted and became more of a mystery. The plot thickened, the pace picked up and I found it difficult to put down. Although the two main characters didn't like each other, I liked both of them and was glad I wasn't caught up in ...more
Sep 23, 2015 MB rated it it was ok
I love this author so much that I’m always eager to read any piece of writing she creates even if it appears on a dirty napkin. Unfortunately, as much as I try, I don’t love her novels as much as her memoirs. I keep trying and will continue to do so because I believe in her writing. For instance, Here I Go Again, an earlier foray into fiction, was much better – it was humorous, entertaining with funny characterizations and a good plot.

While I read The Best of Enemies, I found myself bored and so
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: andra

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From the beginning I felt that the book was kind of frivolous and hard to get into. The back and forth with the chapters did not work so well in the electronic format for me this time. AND…The actual conflict is not spelled out until about 40% through the book….so I was confused for the beginning portion. The present / past and not so recent past continuum was confusing. Luckily for this reader, once I was pas
Charlotte Lynn
Aug 25, 2015 Charlotte Lynn rated it really liked it
If you have not read Jen Lancaster’s books before you are seriously missing out. The Best of Enemies is a little different than some of her other books but it is just as good. I found this book to be just as quirky and fun but it had a mystery in it. Honestly, I had the mystery solved before the end but I was still thrilled with the ending. Just remember all is not as it seems.

The characters were all interesting. Jack (Jacqueline) is, of course, my favorite. I love that she is such a tomboy and
Melanie Johnson
Jul 10, 2015 Melanie Johnson rated it really liked it
I'll be honest. I didn't think she had it in her. I knew that Jen Lancaster can be fantastically funny but mystery writer?? However, she does a solid here with this story. You know how three friends can't ever really be "best friends"? There is always one who feels left out? Well, this is what makes this story so much fun. Sarabeth is the math whiz who is the childhood friend of Jacqueline "Jack" Johnson. Jack is the tomboy in the neighborhood. As they go off to college, they meet Kitty, a ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I'm so bummed because this book started out AMAZING! (view spoiler) SO lame.
Read In Colour
Aug 11, 2015 Read In Colour rated it liked it
The first half was extremely long & drawn out. The action picked up from there. Not sure why I continued to read it as long as I did. Lancaster's memoirs continue to be much more entertaining than her fiction and that's not saying much.
I received this book from Penguin Random House, in exchange for an honest review.

Jack Jordan, a somewhat smug foreign correspondent, shares her best friend Sarabeth with the somewhat shallow stay-at-home supermom Kitty Carricoe. Jack and Kitty have been sworn enemies since a misunderstanding during college and the rivalry has escalated out of control over the last couple of decades. When Sarabeth's husband in involved in a fatal plane crash, Jack and Kitty rush to Sarabeth's side. They become su
Pam Asberry
Oct 31, 2015 Pam Asberry rated it it was amazing
From inside the dust jacket:
Bridesmaids meets Big Little Lies in a novel told from the alternating perspectives of two women who define the term frenemies - from New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster.

The central characters of this story are Jacqueline Jordan, a hardcore journalist who has been in the Middle East for the past ten years, and Kitty Carricoe, soccer mom extraordinaire. The only thing these two women have in common is their mutual best friend Sarabeth Chandler, and their di
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Aug 02, 2015 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2015
"The Best of Enemies" is the latest by Jen Lancaster. This is a fiction book of hers. I was looking forward to reading some of her fiction as I enjoyed her nonfiction memoirs so immensely. Lancaster is absolutely hilarious in her memoirs and that carries across in her fiction as well.

This book is about Jack, Betsy, and Kitty. Jack and Betsy have been friends since they were children and Kitty and Betsy have been friends since college. All three go to the same college where Jack and Kitty have a
Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
SNARKY FLUFF!!!! This is when your two best friends absolutely hate each other – haven’t we all gone through something like this? It’s funny that the two characters could be so different, yet so complimentary. What I wouldn’t have given to have Kitty’s poise and confidence just out of high school and for the beginning of college. I welcomed Jack and Sars’ awkwardness during their freshman year in college – it’s kind of reminiscent of my own life.

What I loved: The prologue of invitations and lett
Christi Miller
Aug 24, 2015 Christi Miller rated it liked it
This was by far Jen Lancaster's best novel so far, but that's not saying much. (Love her memoirs, hate her novels). The book had funny moments and I didn't want to give up on it, like I have in the past, but I hate how every one of her books has to have a character that is basically her. In this instance, it's Kitty, and I'm not sure if we're supposed to like her or not, but I didn't. I hated the way she talks (if I never read the phrase "This? Right here?" in a Jen Lancaster book again, it will ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Jessie rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Goodreads Giveaway ARC.

I've been a fan of Jen Lancaster since her first hilarious memoir, "Bitter is the New Black". This is the first work of fiction I've read by her, and she maintains her trademark wit and sarcasm throughout. Jack and Kitty start off as caricatures of their respective archetypes: married to her career and ubermom. As the story progresses we go back in time and discover more about their pasts, why Jack hasn't settled down and Kitty's disappointments. The center mystery was int
Aug 21, 2015 Kayla rated it it was amazing
I have loved every book by Jen Lancaster and this one doesn't disappoint! This book is a great book about being a grown up and regardless of your feelings of an enemy who is your best friend's friend, you come together to be there for your mutual friend in their time in need. I was not expecting the ending one bit! What a great twist! This book would be great for a group of friends to read so you can discuss how you relate to any of the parts, especially if you have a friend that has a friend ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Kelly rated it did not like it
I love Jen Lancaster. But if I had to add up all the pages of actual real dialogue and not just snarky barbs, this book would be five pages long.

The first 30 pages were off to a fun and great start. I was excited. Then after another 30 I was asking myself why the heck I was reading this and what the point even was.

I love Jen's other books but this downright sucked for me.
Sheila Lambert
Nov 04, 2015 Sheila Lambert rated it it was amazing
My favorite Jen Lancaster book so far!
Here's my shortlist why:

Set in Chicago suburbs
Catty insults aplenty
An amazing Godzilla simile
Totes legitamittens
Baba Nana
Top Gun references
Perfect twist reveal
Jana Gregg
Dec 09, 2015 Jana Gregg rated it liked it
I enjoy Jen's books. This one was a slow starter for me. The last third of it was bananas, in a good way, and made up for the beginning. If you're looking for light and breezy, this is it.
Mar 16, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I expected this to be a potato chip book (fun but without much nutritional value). Turned out to better than I expected. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Danielle Golio
Aug 25, 2015 Danielle Golio rated it did not like it
I could not even get through chapter 2. Jen Lancaster is best when writing memoirs.
Lindsay Gentles
Nov 16, 2016 Lindsay Gentles rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2016
3.5 stars

This is my second time reading this book but I didn't have it marked as 'read' in my Goodreads so... GRRRR... and I didn't remember reading it but parts of it were super familiar.

I am sad to say that I didn't love this book. The characters were unlovable and overly annoying and the whole premise of the book was a little to 'out there' for me. Yes, it's fiction, but I still like a story that has a little bit of fact behind it. While I found the relationship of Jack and Kitty to be enjoya
Oct 28, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok
The audio book was not read by Jen, and I was not pleased with the performance. It distracted from the story. Overall it was fine, she is better at non-fictional things from her own life.
Nov 06, 2016 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
totally unbelievable but totally riveting. loved this book!
Oct 17, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I enjoyed the storytelling perspective with chapters alternating between the main character's perspectives. The letters from the hotels were also hilarious. And the Top Gun references were a lot of fun. This book is a great reminder not to judge others or assume you know where they are coming from. Open communication could have saved a friendship 20 years earlier.
Oct 19, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Jen's memoirs will always be my favorite, but this was great!
Kris Potratz
Oct 17, 2016 Kris Potratz rated it liked it
Decent chick lit - entertaining audio for my commute.
Oct 17, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
It was hard to get into this one, but I think it was worth it. I really liked it.
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Jen Lancaster is the author of her own memoirs including: as Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, Such A Pretty Fat, Pretty in Plaid, My Fair Lazy, and the newest: Jeneration X.

She has also dabbled with fiction in her first book, If You Were Here.
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