Best Friends Forever
Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner’s dazzling new novel Best Friends Forever explores the impact of love, desire, and familial loss on a friendship between two young women, and how the choices they make will change their lives forever.
One of the nation’s most beloved and successful writers of women’s fiction, Jennifer Weiner has become a literary phenomenon with milli...more
But then I read an article on npr (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...) just before I went to 1/2 Price Books and I felt proud to buy some Chick Lit and fight the man.
So the book is ok. I read it quickly, I enjoyed it. Enough said. Weiner follows a similar patter with most of books a self-proclaimed "chubby" woman deals with some fo...more
Things I didn't notice: the plot
Things I didn't like: the characters, the author's (apparent) cluelessness with regard to religion covered by lame jokes and characterizations, the overall sense of banality.
By banality, I mean that it was a feel good book that made me feel good by adhering to effective conventions. It goes down easily, like water, but it has an aftertaste, like some water does. Its aftertaste is bana...more
Why? I found the sto...more
I don't have a good reason to have missed the other books that Weiner has written. There are just too many books. Best Friends Forever was in our beach house, so I thought I would give Weiner...more
*Slight Spoiers*: The whole bit about Jordan, the chief of police, being after these girls with only flimsy details, no evidence, and his 'hunch' was totally unrealistic, as were several of his actions. I was actually annoyed by his character overall...more
I enjoyed this book even though I was expecting chick lit which this novel wasn’t in my chick lit opinion. It reminded me more of a Judy Blume novel such as Summer Sisters, which I don’t really remember, but I found it felt similar.
Although it was not even remotely light and fluffy, I thought the writing was impeccable as usual with Weiner’s novels and all the details of growing up from the 70’s through 90’s brought me right back to my childhood and adolescenc...more
But I finally figured out the problem: The characters, at least for me, were TOO relatable. Addie's character, in particular, often made me felt like someone had plundered my private thoughts and...more
As the girls near graduation, a major incident shatters the girls friendship and they go their...more
Valerie Adler is the only child of a beautiful single mother; a mother that has never grown up, she is more child than the adult and unable to be the mother Val wants and needs. Addie Downs has a mother and father who are able to parent despite the serious problems they face.
When Valerie moves in across the street from Addie they are both nine years old. Both need a best friend and fate has brought them together to be best friends forever. Both girls want...more
Addie and Valerie grew up across the street from one another,...more
The reason I picked up this book was the good reviews I...more
I did enjoy Addie's ideas of body image as a child ands seeing how they changed throughout her lif...more
Anyway, I liked it, and it kept my attention on the plane to Las Vegas and during the Garth Brooks concert my friend went to, but that's about all.
I did like Addie and Jordan, even thou...more
This book is about 2 girls that grew up together as best friends, living across the street from one another. Addie had the perfect family, a brother and two parents that loved her...and Valerie lived with her unstable but beautiful mother. Addie wanted a life more like Valeries, going on adventures and never knowi...more
The plot, such as it is, is that Addie Downs opens her door one night and finds her best friend from high school standing there, covered in blood. Turns out that at their fifteenth reunion, Valerie ran over the guy who raped her during their school days, and then left him outside, naked and bleeding in the middle of a Chicago November.
Strong start and t...more
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"Oh, please," I muttered...and that was as far as I got. 'You broke my heart' were the words that had risen to my mouth, but I couldn't say them. That was what you said to a boyfriend, a lover, not your best friend. She'd laugh. And I'd had enough of being laughed at. I'd worked hard to get to a place where it didn't happen anymore, where I didn't move through life like a walking target, where it was just me and my paints and brushes and my big empty bed every night. "You weren't a good friend," I said instead.”