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Just a few months shy of her 30th birthday, Gus Curtis finally feels like she has it all: a strong career, great friends, and a wonderful boyfriend. But all of this comes crashing down when Gus discovers Nate, her "Mr. Right," hooking up behind her back with her so-called "friend" Helen. Soon it seems like the life Gus has worked to make so adult looks a lot like the one s ...more
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Published June 20th 2007 by 5 Spot
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Charity
Megan Crane’s Frenemies is a coming of age novel that I felt I could relate to (so it seems much of what I’ve been reading lately deals with growing up and/or embracing adulthood). It spoke to me, mainly because I’m feeling caught in the crosshairs of “adult” and “young adult” and I found the story both poignant and believeable.

The heroine, Gus (short for Augusta), obsesses - much like a young college student might - about her ex whom she caught cheating on her with one of her so-called “friend
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Jackie
Growing pains don't stop when the birthday clock rolls into the 20's (and beyond)--but it's never too late to grow up. That seems to be the underlying theme to the often hilarious and sometimes cringingly close to home frenemies by Megan Crane. She defines a frenemie as "the friend who gives you the sweetest smile to your face, while holding the sharpest
knife to your back". The story centers on Augusta (Gus)Curtis who, in the shadow of her 30th birthday, discovers her boyfriend kissing a friend
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Danielle
Standard chick lit. Perfect reading material for the beach (or park). Gus is a 29-year-old Librarian (from Simmons, woot!) in Boston. She just caught her boyfriend making out with her old roommate, who as it turns out is bat-sh*t crazy. Gus wants revenge and her bofriend back, and in thr process beds her boyfriend's roommate. Her job sucks, her apartment sucks, and she's almost 30. Of course she's going to have a happy ending.

For librarians and those who live in the city. The portrayal is accura
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Amy Thompson
Can I give this a negative rating?
It was really poor writing, but so true. I imagine most women have lived this and don't need to read it.
RLA
I have read a lot of Megan Crane's Harlequin Presents (written as Caitlin Crews) but this is my first mainstream novel of hers.

I am so glad I picked it up as I really enjoyed it. The intricacies and complexities often found in the relationship between women are captured and used perfectly by the author. She doesn't shy away from making her characters behave badly at times, and her heroine manages to be both likeable and un-likeable all at the same time.

The story is full of ups and downs, which p
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Jenn
I had a lot of trouble getting interested in this book. The first few chapters, I thought Gus was a complete moron. In fact, I thought she was throughout the whole book, trying to win her ass of an ex-boyfriend back, WHILE he was with her ex-friend who he cheated on her with. Yeah, I know, drama.

The only reason I gave this book three stars is because of Henry. To me, he carried this book..and I grew to have a little bit of a crush on him. He was so complex, and I could really relate to him (bei
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Elusive
‘Frenemies’ was an odd book for unexplainable reasons, most likely due to the few different aspects and underlying messages without a particular focus.

It tells the story of Gus (Augusta) who’s miserable after finding out that her boyfriend Nate cheated on her with her friend, Helen. She’s determined to get him back and work things out. Her anger is directed mostly at Helen due to the latter’s betrayal of their friendship instead of at cheating scumbag Nate. It’s unbalanced and unreasonable but i
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Susanna
I struggled between giving this 3 or 4 stars. It was such a fun read, but admittedly not the best writing I've ever encountered. I gave in and gave it 4 because I liked it despite its flaws. I love reading about librarians who don't adhere to the traditional sterotypes. And I guess I'm a sucker for some good chick-lit at times.
Erin
I really like this. Instead of the usual blah story about great women friends (which is a bunch of BS in real life)...this book accurately portrayed the petty bs that is female friendship. Refreshing, true to life and well written.... a total winner!
Stinkydiver
This was OK. It was kind of interesting that I didn't find any of the characters to actually be a "good guy", so that set it apart from most chick-lit. I'm just not sure that was what the author was going for.
Cathy
It was a light read, and interesting enough, but I just couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters.
Ellenjsmellen
One of those girl gets cheated on by a friend stories. I really like this one.
Shonda

This book has been sitting on my nightstand for awhile now. I reached my renewal limit at the library and ended up returning it unread. I put myself on the wait list again and was determined to finish it this time. And I did... today. Frenemies is an easy, quick read, however I have to say I was somewhat disappointed.

Gus is heart broken after catching her boyfriend kissing her friend, Helen. I can see how upsetting this can be. The problem I had with this scenario is I just didn't believe Gus an
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Leah
As Gus Curtis approaches thirty, she has everything that she feels she needs to really become a proper grown-up. She has a great job, good friends and a good boyfriend. Until she walks in on her so-called ‘good’ boyfriend Nate liplocked with her so-called ‘good’ friend Helen sending Gus’s life into a bit of a tailspin. Gus keeps telling everybody that she’s fine but it’s proven that she’s clearly not when she makes a fool of herself one night, all thanks to Janis Joplin. One inadvertent hook-up ...more
Christine
Augusta 'Gus' has some goals she'd like to accomplish before age 30. Have a good job that she loves and be in a stable relationship. The good news? Gus loves her job as a librarian. The bad news? She recently caught her boyfriend (a friend she's known since college) kissing her freshman year college roommate. 'Frenemies' starts with Gus, newly single, having a hard time handling her ex dating her supposed 'friend' Helen. After Gus embarrasses herself in public after a few drinks too many, she tr ...more
Bree T
29yo Augusta “Gus” Curtis had a plan. She was going to see in 30 as a grown up with a fantastic boyfriend, great friends, a job she loved and some partying. That all fell apart when she discovered her perfect boyfriend lip locked with her so-called friend Helen. Helen and Gus had roomed together in freshman year of college and although Gus’s other friends didn’t really have any time for her, Gus had always assumed they were good friends. She’d always been there for Helen when Helen needed her so ...more
Jane Stewart
I did not enjoy the book, but I liked the advice for reconciling after a fight.

This was too chick lit for me, not enough romance. I did not find it funny or enjoyable. I wanted it to be over. I did not care for the way the three female friends acted. They lied to each other and to themselves. Georgia lusted after Henry for many years but it wasn’t returned, so she spread lies about him. Her friends supported her by believing the lies and calling Henry “Satan” and a “slut”. Amy was mad that her f
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Lissa
Reviewed by Lissa Staley
Posted June 15, 2007


Contemporary Chick Lit | Romance Chick-Lit

Augusta Curtis (just Gus to her friends) is spending the last few months leading up to her 30th birthday getting her triple-crown of priorities in order -- having a career, great friends and a serious boyfriend. Her job at a small museum library is secure, she's still close to two of her college girl friends, and she's been dating another college cohort, Nate, for almost four months. Everything is wonderful,
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Clare
**I have a frenemy. I’m struggling with having her in my life, so I read books about how other people might handle this. Watch for a few books titled Frenemies, because I'm reading them all.**

I’ve never been cheated on (that I know of), but I hope I never scream out Janis Joplin songs in public to my cheating boyfriend and the former friend who kissed him. But that’s what 29-year-old Augusta “Gus” Curtis does in the opening chapter in this book. I don’t know why I continued reading this, since I
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Alice Oakley
Megan Crane's "Frenemies" is quite different from most other chick-lit I read. While we have the standard boy-meets-girl stuff, I found the characters to be somewhat strange. I just didn't understand why, after finding him kissing Helen, Gus was so keen to get Nate back. Surely any sane girl would want nothing whatsoever to do with either of them after that?

I guess that's what Megan Crane was aiming for, though - showing the characters actually growing up throughout the book. I liked Gus's best
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Allison  Junkans
As a thirty five year old, I think I was about 10 years too old for this book. Not only that - it wasn't good anyway. I recently read books by Kristin Hannah and Jane Green - both authors do a great job creating likeable characters despite flaws and mistakes they make. Megan Crane could really learn a lesson from those authors (as well as many others who write great characters). I could care less about the main character, as well as all the side characters. This book is headed to Goodwill.
Peebee
I've read some Megan Crane before, and liked her work, but this book was just vile. I was in the mood for something a little less heavy, but this book definitely did not fit the bill. There wasn't a single likeable person in this book -- they were all a bunch of drama queens -- and I threw up in my mouth a little thinking people like this share the same planet as myself.
Heather
4.5 Stars

Augusta "Gus" Curtis is about to turn the big 3-0 and her big adulthood plans falls apart before her eyes. She walks in on her boyfriend, Nate, and someone she thought was a good friend, Helen, kissing. Throw in tons of drama and a love triangle that also includes her ex's roommate, Henry, and Gus's life is pretty crazy... Not to mention some a huge best friend fight. Most of the book I was hating on Helen (just as Gus was) for being a horrible friend by stealing Gus's boyfriend and the
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Melannie :)
I'm not a slow reader,
I'm pretty fast, if I say so myself,
so just consider the day I started this book 16/09
and I finished it yesterday 18/12...

well you do the math,
that's how much I was into this book,

and I don't wanna be rude, 'cause it wasn't totally boring or anything
but I guess it's just not my kind of read,
considering it's about a 29 year old girl, freaking out about going 30,
with a friend that had just stabbed her in the back, in the way of stealing her boyfriend and long time friend,
cont
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Amy.teitelman
(Spoiler alert!)

I love chick lit, not gonna lie. Authors like Jennifer Weiner (love her) would say that chick lit is just what people call writing by contemporary women, but I disagree. Arundhati Roy, Lorrie Moore, and Zadie Smith do not write chick lit. Megan Crane does. I mean, "Frenemies?" Come on. Anyway, this book was mediocre, frothy silliness which I gulped down in a day. The main character goes through a little too much hand wringing about being 29 and unmarried (didn't we get enough of
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PenNPaper52
I simply loved this book. Its about frndship, pure and simple and how frnds are the backbone to any woman's life. No matter how the bf, the husband, the son, the father, MEN can never bond with a WOMAN like WOMEN bond with WOMEN... Of course this precious bond comes with hazards and traps. Its lyk playing golf, one stroke can get you to the flag faster, bt if you get stuck in a hazard, you are likely to doom. The main character of Augusta is stuck in a hazard. She has recently witnessed her room ...more
Krystal
1/2 way through and I like the book. Its a little juvenile, but then even the cover alluded to the fact that the main character feels she's living a high school drama. I like the dialogue, and some of the stunts that Gus pulls are pretty funny to read. Who wouldn't wanna yell/sing Janis Joplin's "Piece of my Heart" 3 inches from your ex's face (and the skank he was getting some from on the side.)
Its annoying how weak Gus comes off being, but lets face it, thats generally how people live in life
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Rachel Gilbey
Amazing to think how you can be friends and yet equally enemies and this does sort of explain the Frenemy concept. I enjoyed the story although would have preferred more depth in the characters and to care a bit more about them.
Njo
I don't know how people in their twenties feel about this book but as a 14 year old (I was 14 when I read it for the first time) I didn't enjoy it that much.
I liked a few bits but most of it seemed a bit boring.
Julia
I'd give only one star to the first half of this book. From the beginning, the end was obvious. The main character was ridiculous and in bucket-loads of denial. The plot was how she learned her lesson; unfortunately, right away I knew which lessons she was going to learn, so there was no suspense or guessing, only the agony of waiting for her to figure out the obvious. She was dying to be with a guy, but ranted the whole first half about how much she hated him and how much he hated her back, des ...more
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“I think the important thing to remember is that all relationships benefit from a bit of breathing room. Especially friendships. It's only when you find yourself without the women who understand you that you realize there are very few women who will.” 37 likes
“The truth was that I'd been spending years running away from myself. I hid myself in drama, silliness, stupidity, banality. So afraid to grow up. So afraid to involve myself in relationships where I might be expected to give the same love I got - instead of sixth-grade shenanigans. I bored myself with all the when I grow up nonsense, but I was worried it would never happen even as I longed for it.” 27 likes
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