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The Friends We Keep is the warm and wise new novel from Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House
 
Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since university. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and none of them ever found the lives they w
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Berkley
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Jennifer
Secrets, inner demons, and the masks that slip on with every false smile we wear. Jane Green uses 3 reunited friendships to teach us that to be flawed is to be human and we are all worthy of acceptance and forgiveness, most importantly from our own self. I absolutely loved this book. Check it out.

My favorite quote:
"Until she started accepting herself exactly as she was, she would never be at peace..."

Audiobook self-narrated by the author Jane Green.
Deanna
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases


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This was my first read from Jane Green, but it DEFINITELY won’t be my last.

The year is 1986 and Evvie Williams has just arrived at university. She sees the other students getting settled in with help from their parents. Evvie is alone as her mother had to work, but she knows her mother is proud of her. Evvie is feeling good. She’s happy she lost weight before school started. She is most comfortable when she is “skinny Evvie”
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Katie B
Really enjoyed this story of how friendships can change over time. And I loved that rather than featuring 3 women, it was 2 women and a man who were best friends. Made the story a little more unique. I believe this is the 7th book I have read by the author and I think this is one of her better ones.

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher were as thick as thieves during their university days, but over the years they drifted apart. Now in their fifties, their lives aren't quite what they envisioned them to be b
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Berit☀️✨
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Friendship. Forgiveness. Life.

Jane Green has crafted an engaging story full of friendship, forgiveness, and finding out who you really are. Evie, Maggie, and Topher met at University where they forged a strong friendship that they swore would never end. A friendship built on love, respect, and trust. After university they all go their separate ways. Evvie does something to betray Maggie’s trust, rather than telling Maggie she pulls herself even further away from the friendship. Evvie moves to N
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
Friendship, forgiveness, and finding your way in life.

The Friends We Keep follows three best friends across several decades, as they drift apart and come back together. The power of true friendships is that they can survive anything, even when they lose their way. This book made its way into my heart, and I won’t soon forget.

The way Jane Green writes makes you feel like the characters are your friends and loved ones. My heart broke with theirs when they lost their way. My heart swelled when the
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think it’s kismet this book about lifelong friendship publishes on my best friend’s (of almost twenty-eight years) birthday! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Jane Green is another of my go-tos for summer reads, and wow, I’m loving this summery cover, as well as what’s inside.

Evvie, Topher, and Maggie have been best friends since college. Just as those friendships tend to go, they made a solemn vow to be friends forever. Over time, they have drifted apart, and none of the friends are in the place they thought they’d
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marilyn
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Maggie, Evvie, and Topher meet and live together in college, they can't imagine not having each other as best friends, and staying in touch for the rest of their lives. After graduating, Maggie and Topher leave for their new careers while Evvie gets stuck in town for an extra week. During that week she does something that could break the trust and friendship of her friends, especially Maggie, if Maggie were to ever find out.

Over the next ten years, Evvie is busy with her modeling career, T
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Norma * Traveling Sister
Engaging, insightful, & heartwarming!

This is my first experience with this author and I must say that I am really surprised that I haven’t picked up one of her books before as these are the types of stories that I love to read in between those dark, twisted, and thrilling suspenseful thrillers. I will definitely be adding this author to my ever-growing TBR shelf in the future.

THE FRIENDS WE KEEP by JANE GREEN is an entertaining, moving, and unforgettable read that’s a quick, light and easy s
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Debbie Oliphant
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story spans over 30 years with three friends who met in college. Their bond was immediate and when they graduated, they had idealistic ideas of the big plans that had for themselves. But, through the years, the idealism waned as realism crept in to diminish their dreams.

Evvie became a famous model but starved herself to maintain her weight. She was drawn to men who would treat her badly and the image she projected on the outside was contrary to the insecurities that she fueled on the insid
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Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
3.5 stars

Friendships that lasts forever, the years that separate them, second chances and the secret that keeps them apart.

The Friends We Keep is my first book by Jane Green and I am really glad I got the opportunity to read this story.

The Friends We Keep is an easy entertaining, engaging story that explores friendship over time. It’s a bit of a love story between friends as we follow them as they search for what they want from life. We see them through love, grief and forgiveness from Univers
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Yun
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I love Jane Green, so it's somewhat of a surprise to me that I found The Friends We Keep to be a letdown. Evvie, Maggie, and Topher meet during their freshman year in college and instantly become best friends. When they graduate, they vow to remain close friends, but real life slowly intrudes and they lose touch. Thirty years later, they meet up again and have another chance at closeness, but a dark secret from the past threatens to tear everything apart.

The story isn't bad per se, but
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Toni
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Jane Green and have read quite a few books of this talented writer over the years. I believe ‘The friends we keep’ is her best, although it doesn’t focus on a romantic relationship, but on something else equally important: on friendships and our life choices that can either destroy our closeness or help us love and support each other unconditionally.

Evvie, Maggie and Topher meet on the first day of University. They become great friends and even, sharea house at some point. Evvi
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DeAnn
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
3.5 summery stars

If you are looking for a light refreshing read (but still some emotional punch) to start off your summer, this is just your book! My first read by Jane Green, but I’ve been meaning to read one of hers for a while now.

This story centers on a trio of friends – Evvie, Maggie, and Topher—who start a strong friendship in college. As often happens, once you go your separate ways after college, it’s hard to keep those friendships as close as they were when you had a shared life. It’s e
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Kendall
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The Friends We Keep was an uplifting, quick, and fun summery read!

Jane Green woves a beautiful story about three friends Topher, Maggie, and Evvie throughout the years of separation, change, secrets, and second chances.

This also is a bit of love story as we follow them in exploring their lives and what they ultimately want. Jane Green beautifully explores different POV from all of the friends with their secrets, darkness, pain, grief, and what ultimately sets each one apart from the other in th
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Jamie
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Green has been on my must read list since I first read Jemima J in 2001 (I was 14) and I can happily say, all these years later, she is still holding her ground on that list.

The Friends We Keep is a bit of a deviation from Green's other novels, it's focused more on friendship and that friendship over generations, rather than on more romantic situations. Of course, there is plenty of romance, coupling, uncoupling and drama here, but the friendship is really the foreground. The friendship he
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Tammy
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2019
4.5 ★ If anyone knows how to tell an intriguing story of love, friendship and the bumpiness of life it’s Jane!

Three friends become inseparable bff’s while attending university in the 80’s together then drift apart after graduating. One gets married staying in England, the two others land in NYC.

Life can be crazy messy and they’ve each had their fair share of it.. in relationships, betrayals, abusive situations and stormy marriages. With their uni reunion coming up all are at a tumultuous make
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Women's Fiction
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Jane Green has been one of my favorite authors for years. She is one of the authors that actually got me interested in reading back in the day and I am forever grateful for it. Her novels as known to move readers, make them take a deeper look at their own lives, and generally warm their hearts. While I didn't particularly find this one to be heartwarming, I was moved by her writing style and the way she made friendship t
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Amy
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
JG is an auto buy author for me, when one of her books is released I always know I’m in for a treat and this was no exception. This is yet another book from her that is ideal for summer reading, it’s light and easy but also full of depth and dimension, which is the perfect combination for me in terms of a great beach read.

This begins in the eighties when Evvie, Topher and Maggie all meet for the first time and follows them over the next few decades as they navigate everything from marriage and t
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Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
There's a reason I've been reading every book Jane Green has ever written since I first picked up Jemima J in 2001 and will always read her books―she's wise, engaging, warm, funny, and knows how to bring those qualities alive into her books. Every time I read one of her books, I have felt like I'm having a conversation with a good friend and The Friends We Keep was no different. Her writing is just so authentic and moving, and I think this is one of her best books yet. I hope you read it and thi ...more
Jennifer Landy
Jun 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
What happened to Jane Green? She used to be a great writer and I have always loved her books but this was bloody awful. So boring. You don’t care about any characters. I read til the end hoping it would get better and it never did. So disappointed.
Jamie
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Jane Green has been on my must read list since I first read Jemima J in 2001 (I was 14) and I can happily say, all these years later, she is still holding her ground on that list.

The Friends We Keep is a bit of a deviation from Green's other novels, it's focused more on friendship and that friendship over generations, rather than on more romantic situations. Of course, there is plenty of romance, coupling, uncoupling and drama here, but the friendship is really the foreground. The friendship he
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Irena
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 2,5 stars

If I could use only one word to describe The Friends We Keep by Jane Green, it would be boring.
Even though the story takes place in time period of 30 years, and so many things happened during that time, it still felt like the story was dragging and dragging.
This novel has 384 pages, but it felt like I was reading 600 pages long book. It took me 4 days to finish it, even though I really do have time for reading on my hands at this point in my life.

The story follows three p
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Danielle
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
This hurts me to say it but what happened to Jane Green? Jemima J is one of my all time favorite books so I was extremely excited about this one. Unfortunately it fell short for me. Two words: cliché and BORING! So disappointed. 😕
Janie
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the story of friendship and forgiveness. The book is about 3 friends that meet in college. They go on to live their lives and reconnect later in life. I loved this book and was sad once it was over. 4.5 stars!
Liv | Books to Liv by
Thank you to Berkley Books for gifting me a free copy of The Friends We Keep in exchange for an honest review. Thoughts and opinions are my own. #partner.

Rating: 4 stars
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“Until she started accepting herself exactly as she was, she would never be at peace…”

The prologue of this book left me speechless. I wasn’t expecting such an immediate honesty or a turn of events. Especially in those last lines.
And as the story of
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Kate ☀️ Olson
Jun 27, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I have really enjoyed most of Green's other books, but this one just wasn't working for me. DNF after 20% of the book. Too many things bugged me at this point that I just couldn't ignore them - hoping I"ll love her next book!
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Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways for the chance to read and review ‘The Friends We Keep’ by Jane Green. Unfortunately I found this novel a bit boring and blah. I did like the characters but found them somewhat disinteresting as the story moved on. The dialog is somewhat monotonous. It is an easy read chick lit. I just couldn’t really connect with this book. It has a weak plot with a typical storyline and everything thrown in......sex, drugs, fat shaming, homosexuality, alcoholism, infidelity......y ...more
The Lit Bitch
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I might have passed on if it hadn’t been for the thoughtful card from the author included in my pitch request.

I have been reading a ton of women’s fiction lately and while so many of them are good, there are some that are just ok. And as I have been reading so many lately, I am trying to be a little more selective.

This book arrived with the coolest welcome package ever, a makeup bag full of chocolates (and not the cheap kind either!), a fun bracelet, the book (dah!), and a ha
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Patty
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the friends we keep
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Evvie, Maggie and Tolpher meet at university and eventually room together. Maggie is the chef and nurturer, Evvie is the glamorous model and Tolpher is the gay male friend and would be actor. They mesh and they determine that they have spent their best years together. After graduation they separate and don’t really come back together for years and years...finally...at their reunion. They are older and wiser and somewhat jaded and all of them a
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Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

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