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With Friends Like These

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  558 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Have you ever been a less than perfect friend? To whom does your first loyalty belong—your best friend or your husband? With her trademark wit and empathy, Sally Koslow explores the entangled lives of women in this candid, fast-paced novel.

Quincy, Talia, Chloe, and Jules met in the early nineties after answering a roommate ad for a Manhattan apartment. Despite having litt...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Ronya Misleh
Not really sure how this made it on several "Best Books of 2010" was okay, if not a bit contrived. I couldn't keep the characters straight--not because I'm stupid but maybe because I just didn't really want to. There are so many better books of 2010 to read and characters to get yourself attached to than this one. The alternating chapters just didn't really work in allowing the reader to get to know and become invested in the lives of the characters--and while I'm sure Koslow thought...more
This book was such a disappointment! I loved this author's last book (The Late, Lamented Molly Marx), so when I saw this at the library, I grabbed it. There couldn't be a greater contrast! I'm even tempted to give it one star, but for some reason I actually finished the book. Maybe 1.5-2 stars?
Jul 16, 2010 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anita
Four women who are old friends, each chapter from a different one's point of view, interesting plot- what more can you ask for? You could probably ask for a lot, but I'd say this book has most of it. An enjoyable read.
Four friends living in Manhattan begin their friendship after college, when they're roommates in a big house they discover.

For ten years, they're the best of friends. And then....

"With Friends Like These: A Novel" traverses the journey of these four women after their lives have formed their unique patterns and after circumstances (and their foolish actions) begin to change the character of their connections.

Quincy is mourning two miscarriages and in search of the perfect Manhattan apartment; Jul...more
Overall I enjoyed this book, I especially love books with multiple narrators. I've previously read The Late, Lamented Molly Marx and Little Pink Slips and am a fan of Sally Kaslow, however I felt there were lots of little things about this book that I didn't love. Like I said, I love multiple narrators, but didn't like that it would get to a pivotal point and the chapter would end. Then when it picked back up a few chapters later, the situation had lost steam. And it left gaping holes in stories...more
This was a wonderful book !!! I enjoyed it from page one to the very last page it held my interst at all times .

Its a wonderful story about friendship, how friendships stick through thick and thin even though there might be problems here and there.

It showed the true meaning of friendship, through hard times, and good times and even some backstabbing .

The book was very well written , I liked how Sally did a chapter on each of the girls lives and what was goign on with them in detail it made the b...more
Four friends meet in their twenties in NYC and remain fast friends for twenty years until life's individual desires test the friendships. I cannot resist these types of books - this one is told from the alternating perspectives of each friend throughout the book.
I won this book on Librarything. It is released on 8/10. The book centers around four women who start out rooming together and continues their friendship through the years. The characters are great and I would recommend getting to know them.
Imogene Drummond
This fluid, immersive novel is beautifully written, with vibrant metaphors--original, unexpected comparisons--like those of Nadine Gordimer. Told by each of the four main characters in the first person, this intriguing and intricate story creates an intimate bond with the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this heart-warming tale about four long-term female friends as they navigate their lives in the often turbulent seas of New York City. Like UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS with a dark side, WITH FRIENDS L...more
I recieved this book as a first read.

The book is well written, but I just can't get into it. I find all of the women abbrasive and unlikeable so I'm putting this book down for a while - maybe I'll revisit later.
3.5 out of 5 rating

I had a hard time really getting into the book at first. For some reason, the writing just strike a cord in me. But then about halfway through, I got really invested in the characters and I wanted to see what was going to happen to them.

I found it interesting to read about four women who were friends in college but in such different places in their lives. While I am not as old as these women, I can definitely identify with going separate ways from friends after graduation.

Cheryl "Mash"
With Friends Like These by Sally Koslow (ARC)
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 978-0-345-50622-1
At the request of Pump Up Your Book, a PB ARC was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (from book): A novel following four New York City women's complicated friendships across a span of twenty years.
When Quincy, Jules, Talia and Chloe become fast friends despite their drastically different personalities. Now, nearly twenty years later, their lives have diverged as much as they poss...more
What a fun book! It is the first book I have "read" in a while that I really enjoyed. The book opens with a prologue showing when the four friends met. Quincy has an apartment in New York and is looking for three roommates, but a lot of wierdos have shown up until Talia and Chloe arrive. They have been friends since college. Quincy is a little put off by that at first because she is hoping to make friends with her roommates and she thinks that two girls who are already friends won't include her....more
***some spoilers***
I won "With Friends Like These" through Goodreads First Reads. I didn't realize how much I was going to like it. It's about four friends (Chloe, Talia, Jules and Quincy) who got to know eachother from sharing an apartment together. They had no children, were not married, their lives were just beginning. It started off with how they met, lead into their current lives after some of them got married and had children. It showed the difficulties of relationships, being a parent, ba...more
I read this book for a meetup of the Weekend SD Book Divas! and had a great discussion. I think the majority of us agreed that this wasn’t the best book. The story follows 4 women friends in NYC as they were friends 10 years ago and then start to drift apart and have issues with each other. The story was told with each chapter being from one of the four women’s perspectives. Personally, I like this format because it’s interesting to have a first person account but from various viewpoints. The ma...more
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I don't typically read chic-lit. I couldn't even tell you what caused me to pick this book up, probably just needed a book and couldn't find one at the library that really caught my eye. (I hate not having a book on hand at all times. Anyhoo, With Friends Like These follows the lives of four friends who became friends when they all rented an apartment together in their early 20s. Now the ladies are older mid to late 30's and like it does, life has moved them in different directions. They all sti...more
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Billie Walden
I really wanted to love this book. The relationships started out believable enough, but whether because of the thin personalities or the back-and-forth writing, it just fell short of expectations. The relationships between the girls were never cemented and seemed too contrived to relate to any of the characters. But good enough for a quick beach read if you just want something that is light chick lit.
The inside jacket blurb for this book didn't lie: this is a fast-paced book that doesn't really alert you to the passage of time by breaking up the book into chunks. If I was going to have 6 months pass between the end of one chapter and the start of another, I would add a break page in between. But that is just my editing preference.

This book follows the lives of four women who have been friends for ten years and do all the normal female friendship stuff: compare their lives to their friends',...more
The full review is on my blog, Rundpinne .

"With Friends Like These by Sally Koslow chronicles the lives of four women; Quincy, Jules, Talia, and Chloe from their first meeting then jumping ahead to their adult lives as wives. The four women once lived together in a Manhattan apartment and for ten years were best friends until life and circumstances changed them. Can these four women regain what has been lost with life changes and time and do they want to? The chapters alternate so that the four...more
I listened to the audio version of this, but do not let that get in the way of my review of the story.

The ending actually made me cry and was incredibly realistic. For chick lit, the entire book was very realistic to me. I understood where everyone (except for Jules) was coming from and what inspired them. I saw myself in each of the characters (again - except for Jules) and could see their points of view on everything.

It has one of the best endings I have ever read for a book in this genre. It...more
Talia, Chloe, Jules and Quincy all met when they shared an apartment together. They are the best of friends, until they part ways later in life....after marriages and children. Then their friendships are put to the test.

I enjoyed how each chapter was narrated by each one of them. I did get them confused at times, and would have to look back. Eventually after I was 2/3 of the way through the book, I had them all straight. So much went on between them and to each of them, I was surprised and pleas...more
Susan Fanaroff
Perfect light reading when you don't want anything heavy. Contemporary fiction with a little drama. Nothing as awful as the news!
A story about four friends and the dynamics that come with all that. I enjoyed it, and look forward to reading more books by this author.
This book kept reminding me of SATC, except these four friends are horrible to each other (Hence the title: with friends like these, who needs enemies). They were best of friends in NYC, but now, years later, things have changed. They're all in competition. Two are competing for the same job, 2 for the same apartment, 2 for the same private school for their son. And they hide and lie about their competitiveness, rather than discuss it. The book got better as it went. By the end I kept wondering...more
Just won this as a first-read...can't wait to dive in!

Update: Great book, but I didn't really love any of the characters. It was a very fast and entertaining read, ideal for the beach or commuting. Funny plot lines, interesting friendship issues, and a very fun premise. I didn't love the ending though: it was a bit abrupt and a little predictable too. I also had difficulty keeping some of the characters straight, but that could have been due to my quick reading. I loved the set-up of the book, h...more
Dana Derrico
This was a pretty decent book. Lots of drama which kept me wanting to read "just one more chapter." :)
Jo Ann
Since I have never watched Sex and the City, or a soap, this'll sound strange: but I felt kinda like reading this book must be similar to these. Definitely chick lit...I enjoyed it. Four young women meet in in NYC in the early 90's to share a Mahattan apartment and become close friends. Fast forward 10 years, and the friendships are still strong...but commitments to others - family, husbands, even to one's own needs, may be stronger...with wit and understanding, the author challenges, through th...more
Funny, even poignant at times. A good beach read.
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