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The Best of Us

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  6,381 ratings  ·  686 reviews
Paradise isn’t quite what it seems as four college friends meet for an island vacation in this captivating new novel from the acclaimed author of These Girls.

Following a once-in-a-lifetime invitation, a group of old college friends leap at the chance to bring their husbands for a week’s vacation at a private villa in Jamaica to celebrate a former classmates' thirty-fifth b
Paperback, 338 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Washington Square Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is my first Sarah Pekkanen novel and I really enjoyed it. This is the exact type of beach read that I love and would shop for when I needed a good healthy dose of "chick lit".

I immediately felt that I could relate to the characters and found myself drawing comparisons between myself and Sarah's characters. I found her writing style to be fluid and I loved that throughout the story her characters became multifaceted. They continued to evolve throughout the story and just when I thought I wa
May 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
The premise of Sarah Pekkanen's "The Best Of Us" sounded so interesting that I couldn't wait to read it. A group of college friends decide to vacation together in a villa in Jamaica to celebrate one of their birthdays. My friends always schedule reunions during our birthdays so I can totally relate to the concept. (On a side note, I wish Ms. Pekannen didn't choose the homophobic country of Jamaica, but that's neither here nor there) I started this book a couple of times because found the first c ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Pauline is married to Dwight, a billionaire, and what do you get your billionaire husband on his birthday when he has everything else? You invite his college friends to spend his birthday in a private villa in Jamaica. Pauline does this very thing and pays attention to every single detail of the trip. There's helicopter rides, a private beach, a chef, waiters, unlimited drinks, hot tubs, infinity pools, and of course, Jamaican sunshine. All of Dwight's close friends attend and everything is goin ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This was one big belly flop.
Overdone drama, unlikeable characters, ugh.
Read Pekkanen’s refreshing “Catching Air” instead.
Joannah Keats
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, own
This review refers to the NetGalley edition.

Four couples, each with secrets and undiscovered bonds. A dream vacation in Jamaica that turns dangerous with the arrival of a hurricane. Sounds exciting, no?

But this book is the REAL so-called "mommy porn" - two of our characters, Allie and Tina, are thirty-something moms living out their days stressing over balancing households and the demands of children. They are offered (and accept) a chance for an all-expenses paid, ultra-glam vacation in Jamaic
Kelly Kofron
Jun 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
I hate myself for reading this book.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
But then again, didn't all marriages carry thousands of hurts?

I chose to read The Best of Us, when it was sent to me for the purposes of providing a completely honest review, because I really tend to gravitate towards strong women's fiction. I love reading about the development of personal relationships from a female perspective, whether they be romantic or friendship, and the description of THE BEST OF US promised something that was heartfelt, beautiful, and highly engaging.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

3.5-3.8 stars.

There are many days where I sit around and pray for a very successful and kind friend to sweep me out of my routine 9-5 life and take me to a tropical island (all expenses paid!!), where I can frolic in the waves with friends, sipping margaritas, and chatting to all hours of the night.

(Note: Any of these friends can step forward at anytime… really.)

Sadly, I don’t see this happening to me any time soon but I can be happy (cough hate
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**Thank you to NetGalley**

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen is simply in a word.. awesome. Having just finished reading The Opposite of Me for our book club (which we had the pleasure of having Ms. Pekkanen join us via Skype to discuss with us) it was a real treat to have been able to get her latest novel through NetGalley... Thank you!

This book is about 4 couples who go away for a week to an exclusive villa in Jamaica to celebrate a birthday. During the time together we learn that these couples
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, dl, fiction
This was my first Pekkanen novel & I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this was. While there's nothing real substantial here, it's not mindless. A worthy "beachy" read.

There wasn't a particular character that I connected with the most, but I did empathise with them. Each character has faults & I liked how Pekkanen showed both the mistakes & trying to move past them. Allie is grappling with the knowledge that she has a 50/50 chance of developing ALS, while start
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Pauline is throwing a huge spectacular party for her husband, Dwight. She has invited all of his friends for an exotic birthday party in Jamaica. The guests include Tina and her husband Gio. Tina needs this vacation. She has not had a break from her children in a long time. Then there is Allie and her husband, Ryan. Allie is keeping a secret from Ryan. Finally there is Savannah. She arrives alone. This is due to her husband cheating on her. Everyone’s secrets come out when hurricane Betty sweeps ...more
Colleen Turner
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Whenever I see a new book by Sarah Pekkanen is coming out I am sure of two things: (1) I will be reading it soon after it comes out and (2) I will love it! There are only a few authors I have come across that seem to be able to actually make me laugh and cry over and over again throughout the story and that can create characters that either feel like they are inside my head, experiencing the same feelings and issues I am, or are people that I wish I was friends with. None are perfect but all fee ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, mine, womens-fiction
This was my first book by this author and I will definitely be checking out her other books. The story was engaging and the characters were interesting. I always seem to enjoy stories about groups of friends who gather together many years after college or high school. One of my favorite movies is The Big Chill, so there you go. In this story there is Tina, Allie, Savannah and Dwight who were all friends in college. Dwight's wife, Pauline, who doesn't really know any of the other women, plans a w ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading the heartbreaking yet spectacular Skipping a Beat, Sarah's sophomore novel, I have been determined to read more by her. However, I didn't get around to it until recently when The Best of Us, her newest book, ended up in my hands. Thankfully, The Best of Us was an amazing and well crafted tale that brought laughs as well as tears and pulled on my heartstrings constantly. So basically, I'm now beating myself up for not reading more by her sooner!

The Best of Us tells the story of four
Laura Kay Bolin
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews

A group of college friends embark on a week long trip together to Jamaica to celebrate a birthday of one of their own. The ladies are excited to get a break from the reality of their daily lives. Tina is a mom of four and her days and nights seem like a blur. She needs to get a good night sleep and just a little time to herself. Allie recently found out her biological father and his father both died from a genetic family illness. Savannah has been hiding t
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I hadn’t read any of Sarah Pekkanen’s books before and enjoyed THE BEST OF US so much that I will be looking up her earlier works. As soon as I opened the book I was immediately drawn to each of the women, although it took me a while to warm to Pauline, and I lost respect for Savannah for a while. Then I realised – this is what it was like with my own friends. A really good friend will both annoy the heck out of you and love you unconditionally. You squabble then make up and can tell each other ...more
Amy Nolasco
Apr 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
I picked this book because it's about a group of UVA college friends that reunite for an over the top vacation 15 years after graduation. I could have forgiven the occasional vocabulary faux pas although they irked me (the author uses campus, freshman and quad - anyone stepping foot in Charlottesville would immediately be informed of these errors!). However, I despised every single one of the characters. Tina was my favorite I suppose and she was a total mom cliche - so exhausted all the time, n ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
No rating for me because I DNF this one. It was too mommy-ish for me (and I am a mommy!). When I started this book I knew right away that I wouldn't get into it. I have an almost 4 year old and a 1 year old so I really don't want to read about puking children watching Dora. I live that life day to day. I want to read about something different, something funny or sexy or special. I also didn't get into the groove with the main characters. For chick-lit books, I really need to feel like I would be ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! The characters were so real, I totally got sucked into the book and I lived many lives in the day and a half it took me to read it! The characters would absolutely resonate with so many women (and men), even those of us who would choose to deny it.

Sarah Pekkanen did a great job with developing the personalities of the characters in the book and watching the secrets of their souls and their insecurities unfold and how it affected their lives was fascinating.

I would totally r
Janine Liebel
Sep 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Save yourself, don't read this book. Long winded, not interesting, characters are dull and overall nothing good about it except it makes me want to go to Jamaica.
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just like your friends, each one of these women will annoy you and tug at your heart at different times.

Ms. Pekkanen has done it again!
I liked this one a lot. It's a story about ex-college friends who live in different parts of the United States and who have very different things going on in their lives. One of the men, Dwight Glass, is having a birthday so his new wife, Pauline, creates a getaway for them and his ex-college friends and their spouses: Tina Antonelli, Allie Reed, Savannah (Van) McGrivey, Ryan, Gary, and Giovanni. The trip is to Jamaica and it includes all expenses and, while there, anything they want. Tina has f ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars - a fun, enjoyable read.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Thank you to NetGalley**

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen is simply in a word.. awesome. Having just finished reading The Opposite of Me for our book club (which we had the pleasure of having Ms. Pekkanen join us via Skype to discuss with us) it was a real treat to have been able to get her latest novel through NetGalley... Thank you!

This book is about 4 couples who go away for a week to an exclusive villa in Jamaica to celebrate a birthday. During the time together we learn that these couples
I found this book tedious and kept losing interest and my place as I read. The premise of the book sounded great – college friends getting together to celebrate one of their birthdays and they are invited to a week away in Jamaica to do so – relaxing at a sumptuous villa, all expenses paid. But it was anything but. The characters did not do much except drink, drink and drink some more and then smoked some pot as well.

The characters had many layers to them and all were dysfunctional in one way or
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
I love the way Sarah Pekkanen writes, but this one wasn't spectacular. The characters seem flat in a lot of ways and it wraps itself up too "perfectly" to be believable.
Ana Rodrigues
Pela capa e título achei que fosse um romancezinho leve para o verão mas não...
Julie G
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I must confess, upfront, that I am not a fan of chick-lit. It just never seems to ... speak to me. Apparently, I wasn't reading the 'right' books.

The Best of Us grabbed me, from the first paragraph, and never let go. It's been a long time since I read a book in one sitting. But, I simply couldn't put it down.

There was nothing I didn't love about this book: the settings, the characters, the dialogue - all of it was pitch-perfect to my reader's ear. With 4 female protagonists, three of them long-t
In Sarah Pekkanen’s latest novel, The Best of Us, four groups of friends – most of whom have known each other since college – gather together for an all-expenses-paid, adults only trip to Jamaica. While the group reconnects and relaxes, a hurricane, and its not-so-subtle symbolism, hurtles towards the island and the group. Even in this dream landscape, surrounded by good friends and the most luxurious settings, the group finds that while they can run from their problems, they cannot hide from th ...more
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Sarah Pekkanen is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller THE WIFE BETWEEN US and the upcoming AN ANONYMOUS GIRL, both cowritten with Greer Hendricks.

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL has been optioned for a television series by eOne, with Sarah and Greer executive producing. THE WIFE BETWEEN US has been optioned for film by Amblin Entertainment, with Sarah and Greer screenwriting the adaptation.

Her p
“But then again, didn't all marriages carry thousands of hurts? Didn't husbands and wives injure each other all the time, leaving wounds both big and small, with snapped words or forgotten anniversaries or emotional buttons deliberately pushed? But thousands of kindnesses existed in marriages, too. The important thing was that the kindnesses triumphed over the hurts.” 9 likes
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