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Gemma and Alice have been best friends since they were both born on the same day in the same hospital. It doesn’t matter that Gemma loves soccer while Alice prefers drawing, or that Gemma is always getting into trouble while Alice is a model student and daughter. But when Alice has to move, their friendship is put to the test. They call each other and write letters, but th...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Square Fish (first published 2003)
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Simone Lavinier
Jacqueline Wilson, Best Friends was an exceptional read, as are most of her books. The author's style of writing is very open and honest and this allows the reader to understand how each character feels at every stage. The book is about two best friends, namely Gemma and Alice who have been together since birth and who are also like chalk and cheese. Their dissimilarity in personality and physical appearance is what fuels their friendship and makes them compatible in that, what one lacks in, the...more
Tara Calaby
This is a great book for younger readers. I would have loved it as a kid and really identified with the kind of all-consuming friendship Gemma feels for Alice. Even as an adult, it's hard not to be drawn into the emotion of Gemma's loss.

One of the great things about Best Friends is that it has a very positive message, but one that is portrayed naturally through the action of the novel. The main characters are all fun and likeable, and the minor villains of the piece are aptly drawn as well.

I sha...more
Rhian Niblett
Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson is the story of two friends, Gemma and Alice, who share the same birthday and always wish to remain best friends forever when they blow the candles out on their cake. Gemma is a rather feisty character; a tomboy who loves to get messy and always seem to end up breaking the rules. Alice is the complete opposite of Gemma; polite, quiet with a love of all things pink.

In the story, Alice and her family move away to Scotland and both Gemma and Alice are desperate to...more
Olivia
I've got this book and read it a number of times. Alice is keeping a secret from Gemma. Which she NEVER does because they're BFFS. When Gemma finds out (By ACCIDENTALLY Looking at her diary) it changes EVERYTHING! Alice is moving to Scotland which is a whole country away. They try to run away but of course get caught. Gemma ACCIDENTALLY screams at Alice's mum and Her mum hates her. So when Gemma FINALLY gets to see Alice in Scotland she has a new friend, Flora. Flora tries to steal Alice away fr...more
Tanja
Now I know why this book is so popular with the girls at our school - they can relate so easily to the situation in which these two best friends are in: one moving away, leaving the other one behind. Can their friendship survive? A question that many of our students ask themselves at this time of the year, when a good friend is moving away. While definitely a great story, I found it in some instances a bit exaggerated(the disasters Gemma creates) and too easily resolved (the never ending loyalit...more
Michelle Akaishi
I think that this book was really amazing as I'm a BIG fan of Jacqueline Wilson (n I actually mean it!!). Idon't care care if someone says that I'm too big for these kind of books....Books aren't read according to the age....They can be enjoyed by anyone at anytime....Simply..,my opinion is that books can be enjoyed by anyone (even by a monster or by an alien).
Mariam Khayat
First impression: Awww!! ♥♥
I liked how the author portrays Gemma and Alice; different in personality, lifestyle, interests, almost different in everything, yet they were BEST FRIENDS!
I actually like Gemma's personality, so naughty and good-hearted
I loved it when Jacqueline added the run-away part!
It got on my nerves a bit.
I didn't like Alice's mom one bit. Sometimes I didn't like Gemma's, but she's way much better the Alice's.
Alice's mom is a portray of a bad mom, honestly!
I find it smart of the...more
Nicole
Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson is all about two best friends who were so close since they were born. Gemma, one of the two best friends is the loud trouble maker, but still cares very dearly about her best friend Alice. Alice is a quiet and shy girly girl who is the exact opposite of Gemma, and that's why they get along so well. Gemma gets her into things that may get them both in trouble in this story. The story starts when Gemma and Alice are the best of friends, no one could break their fr...more
Edward Knapp
The sixth book in my review list is the heart warming Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson. The story features to girls, Gemma and Alice, Who are the best of friends. They were born on the same day and seemingly do everything together; however, they do have different personalities which add to their camaraderie. Each year they wish to be ‘best friends for ever and ever and ever’ and they appear to have an unbreakable bond. Devastatingly Alice’s father gets a job that is situated in Scotland and it...more
karenmcn
"Best Friends" by Jacqueline Wilson is a book which is aimed towards young girls between the ages of 9-12 in my opinion. It tells the story of Gemma and Alice who have been best friends since the day they were born. Then Alices father accepts a new job in Scotland so the girls are distraught when Alice's family must move away. The two girls have quite opposite personalities but in spite of this extremely close and do everything together. They are opposites in every sense of the word their looks...more
Julie
I read one of Jacqueline Wilson's first books as a child and enjoyed it thoroughly. However I became much too mature (in my teenage eyes!) to continue reading them as her new books came out so it was very interesting to return to her books as an adult.

Best friends is about two friends: Gemma and Alice. Gemma and Alice are opposites in almost every way but were born on the same day, in the same hospital, put in the same cots beside each other and have been inseparable ever since. Unfortunately th...more
Rickella Griffiths
Aug 26, 2013 Rickella Griffiths rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: KS2 children
Recommended to Rickella by: KS2 reader
As a child Jacqueline Wilson was always one my favourite authors, so reading this book reminded me of my childhood and how her books fuelled my passion for reading.

This book is about a special bond between two friends, Gemma and Alice born on the same day and in the same hospital, making them inseparable from birth and since then spending every possible moment together. A distinctive feature in the story is that the two girls are completely opposite, Gemma is loud, mischievous and outgoing where...more
Staceyburnett
this book was a very inspiring book about these two best friends that have an friendship that could last a life time, the thing is...one of the best friends are moving to live somewhere out of the country! and now their friendship has been breaking apart....so now they have to do something to make them still have a tight friendship that could last a whole life time and try and stop them from breaking apart from each other.

This book is what i can really relate to...and it made me feel really cli...more
Katie Daniel
A touching book about two girls, Gemma and Alice, who have been best friends ever since they can remember. However one day Gemma finds out that Alice has been keeping a secret from her which threatens their friendship, as Alice and her family are moving to Scotland. This is an easy to read book which focuses on Alice and Gemma's struggle to remain friends over such a great distance, and brings up questions about the real meaning of friendship.
I think this is a lovely book for children in KS2, a...more
Hannah
This was one of my favourite books as a child, and I remember reading it before moving to secondary school, where my best friend and I were being parted because she was going somewhere else. I remember being really down and feeling lonely and this book was almost a guidebook and told me how I wasn't allowed and how people change and move on.

I decided to re-read this book and although I knew what was going to happen, I still found the book really hard to put down and really hard to stop reading....more
Emma Grand
This book "best friends" is a delightful and fun story full of new complications at every turn of a page. Gemma and Alice have known each other since the day they were born. Both girls do everything together and have never gone one day without seeing each other. Gemma the main character is heartborken when she discovers that Alice and her family are moving away to Scotland. This novel depicts how Gemma deals with her sadness and how through their journey Gemma and Alice still stay best friends.
Sydney Miller
My impression of this book, is that no matter what tries to take best friends apart, they will always be together and nothing can stop them from being as close as possible. This book was recommended to me by the school librarian. I recommend this book to anybody that has a best friend that is as close to them as family. In one sentance: Even when best friends re apart, they're together. This book would have been better if it used better vocabulary and told the story slower.
Zoe_hargreaves
i decided to read this book because at that time i was having trouble making friends so this book was sort of like a guide line for me and how best friends become best friends plus the book was interesting because it showed how much the two girls meant to each other, how much time they spent toghther and always new what to talk about or never got bored. Why i like this book was because the two girls were so loyal to each other and they were even considering running away together. Something i lea...more
Rita Bradley

Best Friends instantly makes you think about your relationship with your best friend...

I found this book allowed me to understand exactly how different characters and personalities work with each other. For example, Gemma is very loud and outgoing, whereas Alice is a lot quieter and takes a calmer outlook. They are both inseparable and fear losing each other.
Isabella
i thought this book was an amazing book. i have a best friend but she is not like any of these two girls in this book. i wanted to read this book again but i thought about instead of reading this book again i should read another book.

I would recommend this book to people that like books that are about friendship
Celine Parker
Let me start by saying I love every single book that I have read by Jaqueline Wilson. And Best Friends was no different. Many years ago, I was given a hard cover copy of this book by my best friend before she moved away. The story touched my heart, and I think everyone can relate.
Taylor
This book is about two best friends that have been friends since they were born. Then one day alice finds out that she is moving to London. When Germa finds out she is heartbroken. This is a story about how they keep touch and some of the things thy do to stay together.
Amanda O'Donnell
Gemma and Alice, born on the same day, have been devoted friends ever since. Despite Gemma's larger-than-life personality and Alice's quieter character, the two are inseperable - unti that is Alice has to move house, all the way to Scotland.
Jennifer Rasmussen
I like this book because it has a funny part, a happy part, and a sad part. The characters in this book are two girls named Alice and Gemma, Alice's mother and father and Gemma's mother and father. It also includes two brothers, a dog, a teacher, some kids, and a boy named Biscuit. Also, I like when they run away and get caught because one is panting and out of breath and the other is not very tired at all. After, Gemma is grounded, and she has to stay in her room and have no lunch or dinner! I...more
Nailah
This book is the best.Best Friends is like when you have a friend move away. Sorry I am telling the story i read like 18 times and I love it
Discoverylover
I bought this for the Becky's Hugs release challenge and read it first :-)
Sara
i really hated it. sobody read this horrific book
Jade
Jacqueline Wilson is an award winning author who has written many fantastic books. As a child she was my favourite author and I still read her books today.

Jacqueline likes to write books about real situations children find themselves in, for example, parents divorce, death of a pet, living with step families. This particular book is about a best friend moving away.

The two children Gemma and Alice are best friends, as they have been all their life. Gemma is a tomboy who loves to play football whi...more
Emy
Gemma and Alice have been best friends since they were born. They are polar opposites - Gemma likes mess, being rowdy and the colour blue, and Alice likes being neat, quiet and the colour pink - but they still do everything together. Then, disaster strikes. Alice is moving away, far away to Scotland. How will they ever remain best friends forever?

I went to the library yesterday and renewed my expired (for shame!) library card. When I was in the library, I noticed a shelf full of Jacqueline Wilso...more
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af...more
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