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Between Friends

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  6,523 ratings  ·  384 reviews
Jillian Lawton and Lesley Adamski. Two girls from very different backgrounds. Jillian is the only child of wealthy parents, while Lesley's from a working-class family. They become best friends in the turbulent '60s, but their circumstances, their choices—and their mistakes—take them in virtually opposite directions. Lesley stays in their Washington State ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Mira (first published 2002)
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Whoever wrote the blurb on the back was right.. I did recognize myself and my best friend in this book. She was the one that married right after high school and started her family soon after. I was the one who went off to college. My friend and I aren’t as close as Lesley and Jillian, but those familiar feelings were still there. I really liked the addition of newspaper clippings and bumper stickers and such to the letters. Macomber did an excellent job conveying the feeling of each year as our ...more
Jan 29, 2008 Bea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any woman who has a best friend
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Katherine Coble
I was in the mood for an epistolary novel and this one topped a lot of people's lists. Sadly, while it was ok as far as stories go it was bad as far as epistolary novels go. The story is told via correspondence. Most of the entries were from one of the two main characters but there are occasional letters from secondary characters or the occasional walk in.

And there's the problem. In an epistolary novel each character should have her own voice. That's pretty much the entire point of an epistolar
First things first - EVERY woman needs to read this book. It's that good. Lesley and Jillian seems so real, their triumphs and tragedies so authentic, their friendship so wonderful, that every woman will be able to relate to this novel. The idea of telling the story through primary-source material was unique and made for a quick read. Despite the lack of narrative, the characters became very real. I loved Nick. I loathed Buck. And through it all, I cheered for Lesley and Jillian. I had to flip b ...more
Sep 12, 2008 Teresa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I rate this book a 10+. The way the author wrote this book was interesting. It's all letters and Journal and DIary enteries. It is really good. It's about a friendship of Jillian Lawton and Lesley Adamski in the postwar era in 1950. As they grow up, their circumstances, their choices-and their mistakes-take them in virutally opposite directions. Lesley gets pregnant and marries young, living a cramped life defined by the demands of small children, not enough money, and unfaithful husband. Jillia ...more
I love books written differently -- one reason I liked the Guernsey book so much. It was in the form of letters between various characters. This one is letters, diary entries, excerpts from newspapers, notes passed in class, etc. and I really like something different in the light books I read.

This was one of the best books I've read in a long time. Usually, as I read a book, the closer to the end I am, the faster I read. Not this one. I didn't want it to end.

The story to two girls/women and thei
Between Friends is the 68th stand-alone novel by popular American author, Debbie Macomber. It details the friendship of two women born in the same year in Pine Grove, Washington, over some fifty years. Lesley Adamski and Jillian Lawton have been friends since grade school and continue to support each other as they deal with everything that life dishes out to them, including, but not limited to: births; weddings; loss of parents, siblings children, lovers and spouses, and the attendant funerals; ...more
This book follows the lives of Jillian Lawton, the only child of a prominent judge and Leslie Adamski, the oldest daughter in a struggling family that lives "on the wrong side of the tracks." Despite the social and economic differences, they become best friends in first grade.

This book is told in a series of letters, newspaper clippings, diary and journal entries, and eventually e-mails. It shares how each girl's choices as a teenager has an impact on her life. Despite the different choices they
I liked this book and really enjoyed the way it was written, notes, journals, texts announcements and advertisements - different and really easy to pick up and put down. However, because I was on vacation, I kept reading. The women are portrayed as great friends as they were in this book,
yet have gone on very different paths in life, I get it and love it!
The two main characters have been friends since grade school so the story starts there and just
goes right through their life.
Enjoyable, laught
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I really enjoyed the format of letters, phone calls, emails, dialog and other epherma. There was a huge range of emotions from happiness and heartbreak, and since it spanned over 50 years, it was a bit nostalgic for me. I really enjoyed the "history" bits as well.

I read a lot of Debbie Macomber, but I think this was my favorite. It would make a good bookclub selection lending itself to a lengthy discussion, especially for groups in their 50's & 60's.
Misty Mayfield
Probably closer to a 2.5. There were moments I liked but it felt like the author had an almanac next to her while she was writing and made sure to include as many historical events as she could. I don't know a single person who writes about presidential elections or floods in the Midwest in their journal the way these 2 characters did. It detracted from the story for me, rather than added to it.
Teresa Grubbs
This book follows two best friends, Jillian and Leslie, from the time they meet in elementary school up until they are women in their 50's who have endured marriage, divorce, miscarriages, births, widowhood, and breast cancer together. You follow their separate lives and their close friendship through correspondence. Great book!
Kate Jesson
I usually really enjoy the light sweetness of Debbie Macomber's books. This one is no different. My only complaint was the way she tried to work current events into the letters. It seemed forced, and some of the dates weren't accurate (She put Haley's comet in 1988 at one point). Other than that, it was a light, quick read.
I picked this up at a USO while we were in some airport - it was just sitting there and I decided to give it a home. I'm so glad I did - I LOVED this book. I would have given it 5 stars, but I was really upset by the ending. I think it could have had a little bit of a better close to it.
Glenda L
This was one of the best books that Debbie Macomber has written. I loved the letter format and all the history of our country since 1948. Since I was born in 1942, all this brought back memories and made me think what I was doing in those years. Great book!!!This was an ARC copy.
Oh wow, I loved, I mean LOVED this book. It was a history lesson and a lesson on human nature, friendship and love. Great book!
Debbie Macomber is a great storyteller. Entertaining, easy reads for relaxing.
Unless you truly hate epistolary novels, if you are a woman who has ever had a best friend and/or someone who lived through at least 20 of the years from 1960 to 2002, you must read this book. With at least a handful of tissues at the ready!
I am currently enjoying this book. She's right in her review that it is so much like my own life over the years. I like the way she's written t his one - as letters. Different from her usual style but still an easy, enjoyable read.
Sep 07, 2012 Joanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women, baby boomers
Recommended to Joanne by: Katie
I read it in less than 24 hours and it made me cry more than once. It's a walk down memory lane for baby boomers. Best of all, it's about the power of friends.
Nancy Hubbard
I read this book in less than 12 hours. I truly enjoyed the story of enduring friendships.
Rhonda Smallwood
I have never read a book written in this format before. What a brilliantly creative way to tell a beautiful story about friendship that lasts through the years. It is amazing the historical details that a person can find out reading letters and through the years between people. I loved how you could see the progression of time and technology as the letters eventually changed to emails. The comment where one of the friends told the other they were busy trying to figure out who shot JR was tremend ...more
Debbie Macomber has written so many novels, but Between Friends has to be my favorite.

Jillian and Lesley's friendship starts in childhood and continues throughout their lives, through correspondence and diary/journal entries...their ups and downs...their constant support of each other, through it all.

Debbie intermingles current events, over the years, and (for someone born in the fifties) I felt some of my life was in this book. I found it to be thought-provoking, about the choices we make and
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traces the lives and friendship of Jillian Lawton and Lesley Adamski through their letters, diaries, and other correspondence. Jillian, the only child of wealthy parents, and Lesley, one of many children born into a poor family, meet when they are in grade school and are immediately taken with one another. Both girls are extremely smart, but Jillian's family wealth opens doors while Lesley must scrimp and save for everything. Jillian graduates from high school as valedictorian while a pregnant L ...more
This was a book about true friendship. The girls met in grade school and became instant friends. One girl was an only child and her parents had money. The other had siblings and the parents were always fighting and the father an alcoholic. The girls were inseperable. Both met boys in high school. One girl got pregnant and married while still in school (the poor one). The other met a boy the parents did not approve of. She went off to college and he went off to the Vietnam war. The girls stayed i ...more
I finished my other book last night and decided to try this one. I haven't ever read this author before and decided to give her a try once I saw that she was the author behind a lot of the holiday movies that were shown on Lifetime TV this year. I picked a book that was non hoiday to get a feel for her writing. I found this to be an enjoyable book and while I don't find typical romance novels to be high literature, I do think this author is a good writer. I read this book in a day.

This book is c
I wasn't going to like this book. It looked like a cheesy "BFFs forever!" book. It's written in letters. I have something against the font on the cover. But I couldn't put it down. Maybe part of that was because I had about 25 hours between when I picked it up and when I was supposed to discuss it at book group, but I kept thinking, "It's ok if you don't finish it, you get the idea, just read till your sleepy." I was too busy crying, falling in love, and waiting to find out what happened next to ...more
I have always thought that the phrase "women's fiction" was somehow a slight (or not so slight) put down of the kind of stories that women find enjoyable or meaningful. While it is certainly not a universal fact that all women like to read stories about family, relationships, and friendships, it is certainly true that much of the fiction marketed to women as women's fiction is just that. I have mixed feelings about the type of novel that is labeled "women's fiction". Like any other genre, some i ...more
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