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Friends Like These

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,843 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Danny Wallace is about to turn thirty and his life has become a clich�. Recently married and living in a smart new area of town, he's swapped pints for lattes and had even contemplated buying coasters. Something wasn't right - he was feeling way too grown-up.

Until - Danny finds an old address book containing just twelve names. His best mates as a kid. Where are they now? W...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published July 3rd 2008 by Ebury Press (first published July 1st 2007)
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Nicholas Karpuk
Dear Daniel Wallace,

I won your book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enter any giveaway where the synopsis seems halfway interesting.

First, I must take you to task for the book jacket. It looks awful, like a scrap-booking mishap, with photos of people that will mean nothing and make no impact on anyone who hasn't already read the book.

I must also take umbrage with your hyperbolic quotes:

"Irresistible" - Daily Mail

No part of this book defies resistance. It's slow paced, only intermittently funny, and...more
Steven Scaffardi
When I grow up, I want to be like Danny Wallace! Because here is a man who has carved out a career for himself still doing all the things you might drunkenly discuss and laugh about whilst in the pub, but would then never actually do when you came to your senses the morning after. But looking at Danny Wallace’s back-catalogue of books and you see that not only is he the man that still carried out these immature boy tasks, but he has wrote a whole bunch of books of them. I guess we shouldn’t be s...more
Shana
How could you resist a title like that? It’s friendly (har har), engaging, and describes the book down to a T. As his 30th birthday approaches, Wallace begins to really feel the transition from boy to man, and fears it. By chance, his parents send him a box full of photos and random objects from his childhood, including an old address book. An idea dawns on him: Why not hunt down these old friends and see how they’re handling adulthood?

The journey that ensues is hilarious, both in Wallace’s anti...more
Jak
This feels a little bit like he’s running out of ideas for what wacky adventure he can get him self mixed up in next while trying to live up to the truly excellent ‘Join Me’ and entirely original ‘Yes Man’. Not to mention that is some parts it just feels a little contrived. These minor criticisms aside ‘Friends like These’ is still a very enjoyable read.

It is also heart warming and life affirming in that it demonstrates that while a friendship may well be lapsed it’s never lost and reconnecting...more
Leen
Aug 27, 2014 Leen marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-read-2014
Het ergerde me van in het begin dat de schrijver (of de verteller) zichzelf zo overduidelijk grappig vindt. Dans overdreven gedoe kreeg zelfs mijn mondhoeken niet omhoog. Het was allemaal te fake, alsof ik naar een slappe komedie zat te kijken in plaats van een boek te lezen waarvan je je zo kan voorstellen dat het echt gebeurt. Bijvoorbeeld dat feestje waarop hun beste vrienden Dan en zijn vriendin vragen als peter & meter voor hun kind. Er met de haren bijgetrokken. Onrealistisch. Overlope...more
Sigried
Beware of blurbs that predict you’re about to read the funniest book of the year. ‘Friends like these’ is about growing up and looking back on the friendships that defined the author’s life. I liked that the main focus of the search wasn’t the curiosity about what happened to these people, but how and why we lose contact with people we once swore would be our best friends forever. Despite the topic, I was put off by the style. The author tries very hard to be funny, and I have to admit there are...more
Adi Alsaid
Funny, engaging read. It will make you want to go on an adventure or three, and that's always a good thing.
Aaron Williams
BRILLIANT!
Like the author - I definitely went through (and even 2 years later am still going through) issues of REALLY passing into adult-hood - or reaching/passing THIRTY years old. I could definitely identify with many parts of this book.
UNlike the author however, at 32 years old I have FOUR beautiful children, I have not written best-selling books that have been (or will be) turned into successful movies starring Jim Carrey (good movie actually, and now I've gotta read the book), nor do I hav...more
Kim V
Danny Wallace, the perpetual boy-man, is about to turn 30. For Wallace the big 3-0 symbolizes “Adulthood, Responsibilities, and Display Cushions!” And he’s not sure he’s ready for the transition. On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, with a stroke fortuitous timing, Wallace receives a box of childhood memorabilia. While perusing through his personal collection of 80’s artifacts, Wallace discovers a long forgotten address book containing: “The Twelve” -- the names and addresses of twelve former c...more
Mina
4.5 stars, really. I enjoyed this one very much. For everyone who read or tried to read Unfinished Business: One Man's Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things and found it too dry, this is your solution. I got a laugh out of every chapter, and I cheered for every reconnection. I must admit, I even shed a tear or two for Andy.

My only issue, and the only reason that this book is not getting the full five stars, is because I took forever to read it. It did not have the same "get off th...more
Lucy
I nicked borrowed this book off the boyfriend the other week when nothing on my kindle was inspiring me and I just fancied an easy read. I actually got it him for Christmas because he loves the film Yes Man- I wasn't sure if he had read the book the film is based on so I went for another Danny Wallace instead. When he read it he said I should too.

Well I did say after reading Charlotte Street that I wanted to try some of Wallace's non-fiction, and who am I to deny an offer of a book?

I'm sure ever...more
Christine (booktumbling)
Friends Like These: My Worldwide Quest to Find My Best Childhood Friends, Knock on Their Doors, and Ask Them to Come Out and Play by Danny Wallace was just what the doctor ordered! Entertaining, funny and sweet.

The story is simple enough: become worried turning 30 implies becoming an adult, seek to rekindle relationships with those from childhood and find out if they are also feeling a little queasy about the big 3-0. Readers follows Mr. Wallace as he starts his search online posting a profile o...more
Janet
Shortly before his 30th birthday, Danny’s Mum sends him a huge box containing memorabilia from Danny’s childhood, including an old address book. It contains 12 (13, if you include The Michael Jackson Fanclub!) addresses of children with whom he was best friends over the years.

However, his Dad’s job meant that the Wallace family moved a few times, and over the course of time and distance, Danny has lost friends with all the names in this address book. However the memories of them are as strong as...more
Vivien Ernst
Danny Wallace ist eine britische Medien-Persönlichkeit und vor allem durch seine witzigen Kolumnen, TV-Auftritte und Bücher bekannt, in denen er wahre Begebenheiten aus seinem Leben festhält.
Im Vorgänger-Buch ‘Yes Man’ erlebten wir unter anderem wie Danny Lizzie kennen lernt und mit ihr zusammen kommt. Inzwischen sind die beiden verheiratet und haben ein Haus gekauft und eigentlich findet Danny es auch ganz schön ‘sesshaft’ zu werden, aber als sein 30ster Geburtstag näher rückt, wird ihm doch et...more
Rebecca
If you want to pick up a Danny Wallace book, I highly recommend this one. Not only could I relate fully but it doesn't hurt that this/was his most recent book. I believe he has another book out at the moment, but it's more of a compilation of articles he has written for some rag in the UK. So if I ever find the book, it will be new to me! Anyway, this book really hit home. Danny wrote it on the eve of his 30th birthday (me last year, kill me now!) when his mother mailed him a box of old stuff an...more
Glimmerfee
Handlung:

Danny Wallace steht kurz vor seinem dreizigsten Geburtstag, doch irgendwie graut Danny vor diesem magischen Tag. Ist er denn überhaupt schon bereit erwachsen zu werden?
Als seine Mutter ihm dann noch eine Kiste mit alten Dingen schickt und er unter allerlei Krempel sein altes Adressbuch findet, entschließt sich Danny seine alten Freunde zu suchen und zu erfahren, was aus ihnen geworden ist.
Dabei lernt Danny, dass Freunde einen Flug wert sind und viele weitere Dinge.

Meine Meinung:

Wie...more
Meghan
Jun 10, 2010 Meghan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meghan by: Mallory
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Mark
Having done the Facebook thing (which I thoroughly enjoyed), this rang a lot of bells for me and, as Wallace notes early on, the more specific he made things to him, the more universal they seemed to become. He uses the fear of turning 30 well (I remember that fear well, far worse than anything I felt turning 40) and it makes a nice framework for the book. The search starts off well, there’s plenty of humour and just when you think this is the easiest quest ever, he discovers one of the friends...more
Xanthi
I have read Danny Wallace's other books and loved them. This one did not disappoint. I often found myself giggling away whilst reading this book. Danny is funny in an almost smart but childlike, upbeat, fun kind of way. As in his other books, he gets up to all sorts of things, to the point of near randomness. I say 'near', as he does have a loose method to his madness, which sees him travelling to Australia, Germany and Japan, looking for old school friends that he has lost touch with.
There is s...more
Simon
Danny Wallace deserves an OBE. I read Yes Man when I was 23 and in a bit of a rut and it motivated me to say 'yes' to more things, takes chances are actually have "adventures". Feeling like a light but jolly read I bought Friends Like These and low and behold, it's about a Danny Wallace approaching 30 and trying to reconnect with his old friends. Freak me sideways but I'm currently 29.5 years old. Danny Wallace to the rescue again.

Friends Like These is a funny and touching story in a similar vei...more
Jennifer
My niece recommended this book to me and I was very interested in reading it. As usual, all the blurbs on the back of the book said how funny it was, how it's the funniest book you'll read this year, etc., etc. To be honest, I laughed (or rather chuckled) twice during the first 100 pages. As I reached page 100 (1/4 of the way through the book), it suddenly hit me that I didn't care. I didn't care how the book ended, what happened with his other friends, if they kept in touch, or how he found his...more
Beth Anne
won on goodreads!

i liked this book. it was an amusing story about a guy hitting 30 and finding himself married, domestic, and kind of fearful of what he's lost (friends, past, etc).

basically, he sets out to find 12 friends from his childhood to see what he can discover.

every tale is really well written, interwoven and highly amusing...i chuckled out loud more than once.

danny wallace is an excellent writer, keeping this rather long narrative of finding past friends extremely interesting and for...more
GuavaGal
When I read the description of this book, I had trouble imagining how someone could write an entire book about a process that might take 30 minutes on Facebook. I mean, my dad is on Facebook--surely this author could find a few childhood friends there?

Of course he could. But what made this book an entertaining and heartwarming story are the author's memories of his childhood friends, the mysteries of how their lives turned out, and the hijinks that ensued as he attempted to reconnect with them.

I...more
Leslie
Although it made me teary-eyed at times (mainly because I've been mourning my youth and have been reconnecting with my past lately -- however, I'm much older than Mr. Wallace!), I found Yes Man to be much funnier. Plus, a lot of times while reading, I would think, "what is the purpose of this part he's writing about?"

There is a lot he could have cut from this book, as at times it was slow-going, however, there were some funny moments too. But not as funny as Yes Man. I was disappointed in that a...more
Susan Rose
I went into this book thinking I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I had 'Are you Dave Gorman?' and 'Join Me', thinking that as the mad cap adventure this time seemed less structured it wouldn't be as much of a page turner. I was both wrong and right, I love this book because unlike his others I've read because of the lack of a deined bet like parimeter, (for example meetine 52 people called Dave Gorman), you get much more of a glimpse into his personality. This leads to a really warm tone and much m...more
Amanda Callas
Super funny!!
Fave parts....
Why hadn't I kept in touch? I guess it seems friendship is something you just have to keep working at. Because if you don't, one day glum stop getting letters.

Where there are acronyms, there is hope (WTAATIH)

I've never understood this obsession with tracking down your past. Why go back? Life is about moving on. That's why it moves on.

Friendship really is a two say street. You select your mates, single them out But they have to do the same for you. Otherwise you're a...more
Michael
As always, Danny Wallace wrote a funny story about a part of his life. Very well done and enjoyed the book. Felt like I was on the emotional roller coaster with him in parts. There was laugh out loud, then Sadness, along with excitement and frustration.
Catherine  Mustread
Dec 23, 2010 Catherine Mustread rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catherine by: Indie Pick
Turning 30 is more than a looming milestone for Danny Wallace in this book about his search for his childhood friends after his mother sends him a box of keepsakes from his early years. His quest to reestablish contact with twelve of his long lost friends is filled with humor, self-doubt and a touch of sadness. I give it four stars for humor, two for overdoing the seriousness of "becoming a man" and three for the insight of recognizing and propounding the importance and benefits of maintaining f...more
Erica
Danny Wallace is hilarious as always. His "stupid boy projects" are always fun to read about, but for some reason it seems like his editor wasn't so convinced. There were a lot of disruptive asides to the reader to try doing the same thing. It felt like his editor said "But Danny, why would your audience care that you're looking up your childhood friends? Make it personal, bring them into it!" Silly. The concept is pretty universal, and we don't need asides to make us think about it in personal...more
Kelly
This was such a wonderful book. I can think of few books that have made me laugh or smile so much. Wallace goes on a quest prior to his 30th birthday to track down his childhood friends. He calls it "Face-to-Facebook." He wants to see his friends in person - even if it means traveling around the world. I completely identified with his nervousness about being grown-up and wanting to hold-on to some friendships that weren't formed in college or in the workplace. Even if you don't plan to track dow...more
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Daniel Frederick Wallace is a British filmmaker, comedian, writer, actor, and presenter of radio and television. His notable works include the books Join Me, Yes Man, and the TV series How to Start Your Own Country. As an author, Wallace's bestselling books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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'Mum?'
'Yes! Who's that?.'
'Your only son.'
A pause.
'Daniel?'
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