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The Friends We Keep

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,269 ratings  ·  225 reviews
The Friends We Keep is the heartwarming and unforgettable new novel from Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House.

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known one another since college. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never found the lives
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Berkley Books
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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.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases, arcs

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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”
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
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
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
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
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
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
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
Brenda - Traveling Sister
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
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Kim ~ Traveling Sister
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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
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The Lit Bitch
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the friends we keep
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What it's all about...

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 their reunion. They are older and wiser and somewhat jaded and all of them a
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, drugs, fat shaming, homosexuality, alcoholism, infidelity......y ...more
The Bookish Faerie
Thank you to @times.reads for sending me a copy of this ARC to review. This book comes out on the 4th of June 2019.

The Friends We Keep sticks true to the title of the book. It is about the decades-long friendship between 3 friends who met in college. We have Eevie, the child star, the fashionista of the group and the preppy one out of the three. She is half Jamaican, half American, eternally, drop dead gorgeous. Next, there is Maggie. She is the homey one, the one that will cook up a storm of f
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, galleys-arcs
3 1/2 stars

This was a very engaging read that covers the decades of the eighties until today. that in itself was an interesting ride for me. People of a certain age mainly think a historical is set in the fifties or earlier -I am glad to see that some writers are taking into consideration that the '70s and '80s are now a bit 'historical!

I almost gave up on this story when I found it contained one of my most disliked tropes in female fiction and that is making the friends a white woman, a foreign
Linda Zagon
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Green, Author of “The Friends We Keep” has written an intense, memorable, emotional, unpredictable and thought-provoking novel. Without thinking, I just went to my contact list and started to look up my college friends. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. There is also Romance and Suspense in this wonderful story. The timeline for this story ranges over thirty years and goes to the past or future when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. Jane Green de ...more
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jane Green has become one of my go to authors that I know , will give me an amazing book that ,will fill my heart with amazing characters and have me thinking about the book long after I finish it! The Friends We Keep follows a decade long friendship between three friends who met while attending college. Eevie who is half Jamaican and half American who was a child star . Maggie is more down to earth who loves cooking and is sweet and cares about her friends with everything! Topher who is nervous ...more
Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
It always pains me when I don't connect with a book by an author I adore and that I have been looking forward to but, unfortunately, that was the case with this one. The story overall was fine but somewhat forgettable, mainly due to the lack of connection I felt with the characters. If it had been more overtly focused on the point on view from one character, maybe the impact would have been greater and I would have felt more empathy towards them.

It was an interesting choice in my mind to not hav
Girl Well Read
A special thank you to Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing Group for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have been best friends since Uni. The three were inseparable, always looked out for one another, and swore they would be friends forever. Years later, they have parted ways. As the years continue to pass, they drift further and further apart, yet none of them are living the life they envisioned. When they were young they had so many hopes and dreams, and they seemed
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog


‘Who do we have if we don’t have each other?’

The Friends We Keep by Jane Green is an epic story of life and a friendship cemented at University between three friends from different walks of life. We met Maggie, a sweet and naïve middle-class girl, Evvie an immigrant English-American former child actress and Topher an adorable American asexual lad. The friendship these three forge felt real and relatable. Each had their own story, hang-ups and dreams. The tone of their story is quite melancholy a
Kelli Ann
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Friends We Keep by author Jane Green will be released by Berkley Publishing Group on 06/04/19. When I saw the cover on NetGalley, I knew I had to read the story!

This story follows the lives of Evvie, Maggie, and Topher. They met at university and spent their years there inseparable. Evvie becomes a supermodel, only to derail by sleeping with a married man. Maggie marries Ben, her dream man from university and has to battle the problems his drinking causes. Topher becomes a well-known actor,
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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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