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The Friendship List

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,010 ratings  ·  1,035 reviews
[ ] Dance till dawn

[ ] Go skydiving

[ ] Wear a bikini in public

[ ] Start living

Two best friends jump-start their lives in a summer that will change them forever…

Single mom Ellen Fox couldn’t be more content—until she overhears her son saying he can’t go to his dream college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convin
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by HQN
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Lynn Hayward-Bisbee I agree as well. I, too, am not a prude, but I was a counselor in middle and high schools and the thought of teachers getting drunk and having sex whi…moreI agree as well. I, too, am not a prude, but I was a counselor in middle and high schools and the thought of teachers getting drunk and having sex while chaperoning . . .well, just don't think that would happen. It's a complete "dereliction of duties." What if something happened to one of the students while one of those teachers was drunk? Oh well, I guess in the end, this is just fiction, but I really think the author could have had the adult couple get together in other ways than while chaperoning.(less)

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This is a romance/chick lit. The cover does not really fit the book. I really enjoyed the book, but it was not what I was thinking. Ellen and Unity are trying to get over something big that happen in their lives that has made them not date or have sex in years (a lot of years). During this book both of them gets over everything and starts dating again. I have to say I really love Ellen, but Unity I really did not love. The characters are super developed, and the plot was fun. Some of parts of th ...more
An engaging story with the perfect balance of friendship and romance, whimsy and charm, Smiles and sobs. Susan Mallery is a masterful storyteller who always manages to brighten my day. Ellen and Unity have been best friends since they were very young. Ellen is a single mom to a teenage son and has not been out on a date since she got pregnant at 17. Unity lost her husband three years ago and still has not been able to remove his clothing from the closet. When Ellen overhears her son telling a fr ...more
Sheyla ✎

The Friendship List was so much fun to read!

Two friends each stuck in their past. Following self-imposed rules that shouldn't exist. Rules which stop them from living a full life.

Ellen Fox is a single mother. Her son is finishing high school and it is time to decide about picking a college. Ellen admits she doesn't want him to leave the nest until she realizes he is not even considering the college he wants because he feels responsible for her and he is willing to sacrifice his future for he
Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Friendship List by Susan Mallery

Chick lit romance. Really good and emotional chick lit romance.
Strong friendships. Emotional growth and tears. Heart full of feel good after reading this.

How can these two women, that have had rather sheltered lives, learn to be so self aware and want to grow? And then do it.
They didn’t want to change at first. It’s only as they deal with life and challenges that the women realize they like what they’re adding and living. But is not all easy and tears flow i
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

She’s a wizened old cow who hasn’t had sex in over a decade. I’m sure her girl parts are about as interesting as day-old bread.

“Are you wearing eyeliner?” “Yes. And it’s not easy to put on. I tried a smoky eye yesterday, but I just looked like I got in a fight.”

It’s all I can think about. I’m glowing so much, I’m practically radioactive.

My Review:

As with every Susan Mallery book I have been lucky enough to stumble upon, The Friendship List was better than an all-day all-you-can-e
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Friendship list was quite a refreshing read about taking risks with new relationships, getting over grief, finding love and new beginnings.
Ellen and Unity were best friends and have been singles for a long time. They were quite content with their lives until... Ellen overheard her seventeen year old confessing to putting his life on hold about college to be there for his mum, because he was all his mum had...and Unity got kicked out of the seniors pickle ball league and told to go hang out with
Larry H
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When best friends realize they’re both in a rut, what will it take to shake up their lives? Susan Mallery's The Friendship List has some ideas.

Ellen is happy. She likes her teaching job, she has a great relationship with her teenage son, Cooper, and she loves spending time with her best friend, Unity. She’s a little nervous about being able to afford Cooper’s college tuition on her salary, but they’ll figure it out. Not bad for someone who got pregnant at 17, right?

Unity has a successful han
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Friendship List is a perfect feel-good read for anyone who has ever wanted the courage to change, or written a bucket list. This is the perfect book I recommend.

I first became a fan of Susan Mallery after watching a book that she had written that was turned into Christmas film, Marry Me At Christmas. After the film I read the paperback You Say It First.

I thought that The Friendship List was absolutely fabulous reading about the
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 - "We’re doing this..?" "…We are. We need to." Stars!

I absolutely devoured this book. Susan Mallery is in general a winner for me, but I am not a massive fan of what is termed Women’s Fiction. The book may have been lumped into that category due to the characters being mid-thirties and having a lot of life experience under their belts, but for all that to me, it still read more contemporary romance than WF.

"Not living your life is a dumb ass way to spend your day."

Mainly because it wasn’t all
This is too goofy. DNF @ 64%.

Two BFFs in their mid-30's are having a crisis. One is a three-year military widow; the other has been a single mom since she was 17. Neither has even been on a date with another man.

The only topic in this book is sex. What's wrong with that, you ask? One woman identifies herself as nearly a virgin (really?), and both of them are as innocent as newborns - I'm sorry, but that's just not realistic. They have internet and tv; they aren't living off world. One day they b
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review coming soon.
Sherri Thacker
I see I’m in the minority on this one but this book did nothing for me. Unlike most of the other reviews who loved this book and thought so much of it, it just did nothing for me. I wanted to like it but just never truly connected. DNF. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Friendship List is an enjoyable, feel-good book providing a needed break from dark, psychological thrillers; police procedures and deep, literary and historical fiction. Author Susan Mallery is one of the best in the genre.

Ellen Fox and Unity Leandre, both 34 years old, are best friends and serve as each other’s support system. Ellen has been raising her 17 year old son as a single mother having gotten pregnant in high school. Unity has been a widow for three years. They are both emotionally
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absorbing, touching, and sweet!

The Friendship List is a heartwarming, engaging story set in the small-town of Willowbrook that takes you into the lives of Ellen, a single mother who has spent the last seventeen years taking care of her son and is finally ready to spend a little more time on herself, and Unity, a young widow still struggling with the loss of her husband and the all-consuming grief that is preventing her from moving on.

The writing style is witty and light. The characters are multi
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Please note that I received this via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Well this was really good! I enjoyed the two main characters (Ellen and Unity) and their "list". I also felt frustrated with both of them while still rooting them on. I also really liked the epilogue we got in the end. I think Mallery typically does not include those in her romance novels. Both of the heroes (Thaddeus and Keith) were great though I wanted to shake Keith a lot especially when it concerned his
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
This pains me to give Susan Mallery two stars, but really I’m being kind. I had high hopes for this book. It started out so well but then quickly disintegrated into sex talk, orgasms, masturbation and more sex talk (and sex! Detailed sex). The characters would just suddenly talk really crudely and it was so jarring to me. I always joke I’m a PG type of reader but really I don’t mind PG13 or even R sometimes. But this was toooooo much. It took over the plot. We even got a glimpse of teen sex! Whe ...more
Susan in Perthshire
I received this as an ARC from Netgalley.

I've not read anything by this author before. She writes well - her prose flows and the characters are brought to life in a few well-chosen phrases.

However, I am clearly in a minority here as I can't give it 5 stars.

The story of two 34-year-old friends who challenge each other to get out of a rut after Ellen overhears her son say he can't go to college and leave her because she has no life - is a great way of starting the action.

However, I found Ellen
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Susan Mallery has an uncanny knack for writing about female relationships that I’ve never quite found in another author. I’ve read several of her books that focus on sister/sibling relationships and she always nails the dynamics at play between family members. This time around she explores the relationship between two longtime best friends, Ellen and Unity, who are as close as sisters anyway and once again she created wonderful characters that felt so damn real.

Ellen and Unity have both gotten a
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I love all of Mallery's books and the books are all great summer reads. But The Friendship List is such a happy ever after book. The ending was a feel good ending and I am so glad I read it when I did.
I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait for her next book.
Ivana - Diary of Difference
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am hoping to read this during the summer! Very excited!
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Books for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Pub date - 8/4/20.

Susan Mallery is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She consistently writes wonderful women's fiction/romance novels full of heart and charm. There's a lot of sex positivity and discussion of safe sex in this novel and I thought they were really well done. My favorite part of this novel is the amazing female friendship! I love when women band together to build each other u
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Straightforward--and at times "fanning myself" steamy--romance.
The friendship list, or actually a list of challenges each woman made for herself to get out of their respective ruts, was a cute backdrop to the story, but overall it wasn't a main plot point. Mostly, this is a story about Ellen and Unity breaking free of their fears about love and moving forward in life and learning how to be strong independent women.
I really appreciated the portrayal of the teens in this story, and the humorous i
Arpita (world of a book enthusiast)
Thank you for the advance copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

Ellen is a thirty-four and a single mom to seventeen-year-old son Cooper while Unity is the same age as Ellen and a widow. Her late husband an army man died three years back in the line of duty. It is so difficult for her to overcome the pain and is stuck. For Ellen, her life has always been going to work, taking care of her son and her home. She overhears a conversation between her son and his friend and is disappointed to know t
Donna Hines
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Life is meant to be lived. Change may be necessary. A bucket list is always a great place to start!
So, it goes but first Ellen must convince her son she has a life separate from his so he can move on to college.
Unity her bestie decides to help Ellen move out of the comfort zone by creating a list of things to do while also changing her own course in life.
Selling a family home, marrying a 'coach', wanting to have children --oh it's all GOOD! So GOOD!
Ellen keep in mind hasn't dated since her teen
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Friendship List

📚 Hello Book Friends! What a perfect summer read! THE FRIENDSHIP LIST by Susan Mallery is a wonderfully uplifting book. It is a witty and sexy story with relatable characters. In an attempt to get themselves out of their life rut, two best friends create a friendship list containing things they have never done. The items are things that they would normally not do such as skydiving, getting a tattoo, and having sex with a handsome man. They both will face their past and contemplate their future.
Robin Loves Reading
Can two best friends change their lives over the course of one summer, even when their friendship is tested? Ellen Fox is a single mom whose life is just fine. No she has never dated since having her son, who is a year away from going to college. But she has always felt that she has had true contentment. However, after overhearing his concerns for her well-being, she wonders if he will seek whatever future he deserves.

Unity Leandre is Ellen's best friend. Unity is a young widow who still hasn't
Jodie (That Happy Reader)
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love to read a book about strong female friendships and this is certainly the case in The Friendship List.
Ellen is a thirty-something single Mom whose son is about to enter his last year of high school. She is quite happy with her life - she enjoys her work, her friends and her son who has turned out to be an amazing kid. She overhears her son remark to his friend that he won’t be applying to colleges away from home. He explains that his Mom would be lost without him, that he’s all she has. T
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was the perfect book to start reading on the day I wanted to escape into my own bubble. The book was about friendship… Duh… The title did say that… It was warmth and love wrapped in tears and laughter. It was real and beautiful. It was everything I wanted in that moment of time.

When Ellen overheard her son not wanting to go to college because his mum needed him, she vowed to start living. Unity was still living with memories of her dead husband. So the list started. The list of things they
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May I say...WOW! I loved the way that Ms. Mallery reversed how the characters are usually written in romances. Instead of the women having to save men from themselves and falling in ln love with them first, the author reversed that, and it was the women who needed help and some convincing!

We have a story of two best friends, one who had a child out of wedlock and one who lost her husband three years ago. For each of them, those relationships were the only ones they ever had. These two are now re
Micky Cox
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two close friends who are more like sisters, realize that they may be stuck in the past with their dead and failed relationships so they make a pact to make changes. This is an extremely well plotted story with much laughter, tears, growth and a heavy dose of reality that will have you not only entertained, but thinking about your own life and where you are headed. The relationships are well written and not only do the characters share a strong bond, but you will find yourself bonding with them ...more
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