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The Tenko Club. Elizabeth Noble

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  1,638 ratings  ·  195 reviews
The spellbinding new novel of love and friendship from the Number One bestselling author of THE READING GROUP 'I think you can look at a woman, or talk to her, or listen to her, for five minutes or so, and you know how she'd behave in that situation, and once you have figured that out, you know pretty much what she's going to be like in any situation.' They meet at univers...more
Paperback, 437 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published November 22nd 2004)
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Lain
No doubt that Noble can write! While she could easily succumb to the chick lit phenom and write half-baked, "Sex and the City"-type book. But instead, she gives real thought to the characters, their own backstories, and how they interact. The main three characters are complete, with issues and problems of their own.

The complaints I have are:
1. Things wrapped up a bit too neatly. I would have liked to see a little more change and friction instead of a "they all lived happily ever after" end.

2....more
Emily
In the same afternoon Freddie finds out her husband is planning on leaving her, she is informed that her father just died, and she just had to dropper her son off at boarding school (a place he and she both hate, but her husband insists on). The book then follows how Freddie deals with all of this over the next few months and the discovery of other family secrets with the friends of her closest friends is what the book is around. The Girls in the book Tamsin, Freddie, Reagan, and Sarah, a close...more
Noel
More than chick lit and less than literature, poorly edited, lame storyline, lots of characters - so why did I read all 400 plus pages? Somehow it drew me in and it was a quick, easy read. It's the story of 4 women who become friends in college, 3 go on to get married and one dies unexpectedly. The other 3 remain close despite the many ups and downs of friendships. Reagan, is smart, educated and flighty - seems to be fighting with herself all the time; Tamsin is the mother hen, lots of kids, a g...more
Christine Blachford
Four girls become the closest of friends at school and make a pact to be there for each other, no matter what. Thing is, life gets in the way. With children, husbands, affairs, divorces and many more emotional things happening, their pact is put through the ringer.

I didn’t feel like this was particularly original and there were a few predictable moments throughout the book. The reactions of the characters were all signposted from quite a long way away, and it made them less interesting and not v...more
Lisa
The Friendship Test is a little longer than the average chick-lit novel and there is a little more depth to the book. About four college friends and their lives 15 years after college, Noble writes interesting female characters and the men surrounding them. There are a few too many issues and it does go on a little too long for this ADD reader...but it's a quick read, even at 400+ pages.

Great for a plane, a beach or a pool!
Amy
This was the second Elizabeth Noble book i have read, as I wanted to see if it was better than the previous one I had tried, but I just don't think her characters (especially the men) are believeable. The dialogue is all a bit like a Friends/Cold feet episode and grated on me after a while.
Julia Batt
I loved this book. It's exactly the sort of easy reading I enjoy.

To begin you're introduced to the four main characters of the story and the logic behind the title.

The rest of the book is spent enjoying these characters mature through life.

There's the one that's a bit of a moody git - Reagan, whose issues never get completely resolved.

Then there's the one that's cool but has issues - Freddie, whom we see mature and move into a settled phase in life; and finally my favourite, the stalwart of all...more
Gina
I'm going through all of my old books to sort them out and give some away to my local library and I found this one in my basement. I remembered that I loved it the first time around so I decided that I would give it a second go around before I gave it away and I liked it just as much. I have read all of Noble's books ( I think ) and she is a wonderful writer of the "chick lit" genre. Her books aren't too fluffy and her material is real world stuff. I highly enjoyed it the second time around and...more
Melinda Johnson
It held my interest all the way through, for strong characterization and a wealth of life-like detail. I had mixed feelings about its message. The book honors the importance to us women of strong female friendships and explores the forms of honesty and loyalty that give these friendships their special meaning. However, it also explores the role of sex in women's lives. In the main, I'd say the viewpoint is a realistic one, in our modern world. But my feelings on the underlying messages are mixed...more
Alice
Elizabeth Noble has come a long way in a short time, as a writer. I say that because, having read her later books first, this one does not stack up nearly as well. Had I read this book first, I probably would not have kept seeking out Noble's books.

The core of the book is about Freddie, who's stuck in an unhappy marriage to a selfish prick. Supposedly, the book is about a foursome's friendship through the years, but the bulk of the book focuses on Freddie finding love with a near and dear friend...more
Cathy
The Friendship Test is really a 3 1/2 star book for me, but I had so many issues with it that I couldn't round up. It's frothy chick lit, and the characters are generally likable. While it surprised me how much I actually got into reading it, it was really uneven in places, and some of the characters' back stories were fleshed out better than others. The book was surprisingly lengthy for one in which I expected so much more to happen. Also, the characters were quite shallow, and I still can't ge...more
Michelle
I am currently reading The Friendship Test by Elizabeth Noble.

The Friendship Test
Elizabeth Noble
Chic Lit
437 pages

One late wine- and gossip-fueled night, four friends on a lark create a fateful test of friendship -- one that challenges the very principles and boundaries of their alliance. To pass it means to never, at any cost, betray one another. Twenty years later, they must face that ultimate test.

We meet them at the dawn of their camaraderie in the 1980s and already each woman is distinguish...more
Meghan
May 10, 2010 Meghan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: desperate for a beach read
Dear authors of England and surrounding parts:

When writing an American character, please note bloody, gobsmack, bugger, even brilliant are not used the same way in American lingo. Should an American start using those words in the British manner, said American's friends would immediately call him/her pretentious and mock him/her mercilessly, calling him/her Madonna/Gwenyth. And no one under 40 would use the term "bee's knees".

As to the story itself, not Noble's best work. I'd recommend The Readin...more
LindyLouMac
A Copy of My 2006 Journal Entry on Bookcrossing.
Journal Entry 2 by LindyLouMac from Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Saturday, June 17, 2006


Arrived safely a few days ago and I was in such a hurry to read that I forgot to do the journal entry. I wanted to read it before Elizabeth Nobles latest title Alphabet Weekends which had arrived a few days previously and is a Bookring and must therefore not be held up. I am odd maybe in that I prefer if possible to read novels in the order that the author wrote th...more
Dana
I so enjoy how Elizabeth wraps you up in a story. You are frantically reading page after page. She skips from one character to the next and somehow makes you interested in each one and their stories. Then she quilts their stories together and makes you care about the final all encompassing lessons.

Wonderfully done again. I am now reading her 3rd book and I just love it!!
Sabine
Wieder ein Buch, in das ich abgetaucht bin, wo ich mitgefühlt und mit gelebt habe.
Freddie ist eine von 4 Freundinnen des „Tenko Clubs“, die sich in Studienzeiten kennengelernt haben und sich danach nie aus den Augen verloren haben. Sie erfährt von der Affäre ihres Mannes und nahezu zeitgleich vom Tod ihres Vaters. Erschüttert macht sie sich auf, die Dinge zu regeln und wird dabei von ihren Freundinnen unterstützt. Dabei erfährt sie viel über sich und ihre Vergangenheit, und das bleibt nicht ohn...more
Karen
I was at the library looking for "The Reading Group" by this author and it was out, then I saw this book, and decided to give it a try. It was pretty good. It's about friends from college and how their friendship changes like 15 years later as each one of their lives change as well. It takes place in England and is written by an English author, but there are also large chunks of the book that take place in Boston. I liked the story and how it all ended up, but I think when it comes to this type...more
Amy
LAME, LAME and more LAME! I read it today while I sat in my backyard enjoying the sun. And its exactly that, a pointless-sit-by-the-pool- read. wow. I kept thinking, why am I reading this book when I could be reading one of the other 8 that are sitting on my counter?! Here's why- this I know about myself- I cannot just stop reading a book. I have to finish it once I've stared. I said in another review there's only one book I haven't finished and its still buggin me. So while yes, this book was L...more
Susan
I enjoyed this - typical chicklit but an easy read with interesting fun characters.

this is not a deep intellectual book whatever way you look at it.


Four very different girls meet at university and become very good friends. One marries and has several children, very warm and mumsy. Another American girl marries a posh Englishman , has a son she dotes on but he is sent away to boarding school against her best wishes. A third marries and sadly dies young, a fourth becomes a rather tense career pers...more
Kathleen
If I were writing "Confessions of a Book Snob," I would have to admit my interest in/love of this type of contemporary fiction written by young women. Noble's characters are always well educated (and therefore understand immediately when they make terrible decisions), sparring with self-deprecating humor, committed to dealing with their quirky families and friends, and maintaining a balance between their challenging personal and professional lives. Although I needed to suspend some reality with...more
Susan
l would term this "intelligent chick lit". Unlike some other reviewers I did not find it overpopulated with confusing characters nor was I able to identify idiosynchrises with the English/American language. The four friends came across very vividly and I felt I "knew" them - the men were much more shadowy and Matthew almost too perfect. The background to Freddie's father's life and marriage I found less credible. I enjoyed the Boston/Cape Cod background, having visited New England and oveall I f...more
Fiona Keates
I read this in a week
standard chick-lit, though called the tenko club not friendship test.
readable, but not at all original. the end was really very disappointing.
Sarah Fraser
The Title 'The Tenko Club' sounds better, which is the name of the copy I have, particularly with the comparison to characters from Tenko. A surprisingly good read.
Beverly
I was a little disappointed with this story. It was a little slow and I kept waiting for some catastrophic event that was going to test the friendship but it never came.
Kleinding
I read this book while on a beach vacation to celebrate the 40th birthdays of myself and three friends from college. I was expecting this to be a great book for this occasion, and that we could possibly pass the book around and all four of us could enjoy it. Unfortunately, the plot twists with Freddie were not as light and fun as I expected - and even more disturbing, hit a little too close to home for me. Very eerily similar - except, I don't have a Grace, or a Matthew (Darn it!). It made me a...more
Chin
The Friendship Test written by Elizabeth Noble sets the time in the 1980’s the time of Reagon and around the holidays. This sets place 60 years after the woman’s rights to vote in the 1920. The main theme is on women. How woman impacted the societies around themselves. It was interesting how the title, the friendship test is trying to test if their friends are compatible with one another. This is the one test all woman will encounter within their lives. I like Noble’s writing style such as “rat...more
Melissa
Nothing spectacular. Four friends in college. One dies and later one other falls for that woman's husband.
Meagan
This book was a fairly quick and easy read. Unfortunately it contained two main things I don't usually care for in my novels:

Number 1 was a plethora of characters. I don't like when there are more than 1-2 main characters in a book because I don't feel like I can get to know any of them well enough.

Number 2 was an English author. The language threw me off a few times and I had to ask myself what they were talking about before continuing on.

After I got past those 2 things I did enjoy the book....more
Valdez
Four college friends have to learn how to keep their friendships current and honest many years after college.
Pam
12/24/05 #223
TITLE/AUTHOR: THE TENKO CLUB by Elizabeth Noble
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Women's Fiction/2004, 437 pgs
COMMENTS: Really enjoyed this one. The Reading Club dragged for me but this one had a very quick pace. 4 girls meet in college in the 80's at Oxford & remain friends for the next 20 yrs. I like this title better than the US version of The Friendship Club. Tenko refers to a prisoner of war camp for women n WWII & one of the girls says she judges the character of...more
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Elizabeth Noble was born in High Wycombe, Bucks, and now lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. She studied English at Oxford University and after graduating embarked on a career in publishing before taking up writing full time. She is the author of seven novels, The Rea...more
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