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The Outlook for Earthlings

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The Outlook for Earthlings traces an unusual, difficult friendship across a lifetime, between women of stunningly opposite natures. Melanie Taper is timid, compelled to obey and venerate authority. Yet in unguarded moments she demonstrates such deadly insight into human foibles as to suggest a strength that has, for dark reasons, deliberately hidden itself. Scarlet Rand, b ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published October 2nd 2020 by Regal House Publishing
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Sue
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Melanie and Scarlet met in high school and were lifelong best friends. Like many long term friendships, theirs had good and bad times. Deep down they each questioned the others attitude and life decisions but they remained friends and shared their deep secrets with each other. The reader is able to see them at their youngest and near the ends of their lives thinking back on the past. Their friendship is interesting because their mindsets about life and the men in their lives are totally opposite ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Outlook for Earthlings by Joan Frank is a highly recommended poetic novel about the lifelong friendship between two women.

"The Outlook for Earthlings traces an unusual, difficult friendship across a lifetime, between women of stunningly opposite natures." Melanie Taper is timid, but she also has an innate insight into the human condition. It seems that she has hidden her inner strength from those around her. Scarlet is the exact opposite of Melanie. She is impetuous, determined, and passiona
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Andrea Guy
I'm not going to say that The Outlook for Earthlings was a disappointment might be a bit harsh, but I will say it wasn't quite what I expected. I wanted something otherworldly. I knew it was women's fiction, but I thought there would be something special about this book

Sadly I couldn't find anything that I could construe as special

This story focuses on two friends, Mel and Scarlet who couldn't be more different. The main focus is on Mel, who is essentially a big ole doormat. She has such promise
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Sara Strand
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh, I really liked this one a lot. I think it would make a fabulous book club pick, that's for sure. I think so many women in particular would relate to this one and what it is like to have that one friend. We all have that one friend who meant everything to us growing up that we drifted from as we moved into adulthood only to run into them years later and feel like its perfectly natural to continue the friendship as if life was just on pause. Of course you kind of... side eye them and mentally ...more
Bob Wake
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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