Best Friends Forever – Jennifer Weiner

Title: Best Friends Forever
Author: Jennifer Weiner
ISBN: 9780743294294
Pages: 368
Release Date: July 14, 2009
Publisher: Atria
Genre: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the dust jacket:

Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both nine years old. But in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat.

Flash-forward fifteen years. Valerie Adler has found a measure of fame and fortune working as the weathergirl at the local TV station. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents’ house in their small hometown of Pleasant Ridge, Illinois, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. She’s just returned from Bad Date #6 when she opens her door to find her long-gone best friend standing there, a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat. “Something horrible has happened,” Val tells Addie, “and you’re the only one who can help.”

Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It’s about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it, and the ties that keep best friends together.

I really enjoy Jennifer Weiner’s novels, so I jumped at the chance to review her latest novel, Best Friends Forever. I love her sense of humor and her talent at writing sympathetic characters that the reader really identifies with. She is a master of the chick lit genre.

I loved the character of Addie. I thought she was complex and layered, and I really felt for her as the novel progressed. I thought she was kind and considerate, and her devotion to her brother really touched me. She had a great sense of humor and I truly wanted her to be happy. She was the driving force in the novel; I read on because it was important to me that she find contentment and joy in her life.

However, Addie also drove me crazy wherever Val was concerned. I thought Val walked all over her in a lot of ways; Addie didn’t seem to take the time to think whenever Val was concerned. She let Val lead her into all sorts of crazy situations with barely a word of protest, and while some of these situations were amusing, it became frustrating as the novel progressed. Needless to say, I wasn’t nearly as much of a fan of Val as I was of Addie.

Best Friends Forever is a fun, light novel about the meaning of friendship. If you’re a chick lit fan or a fan of Jennifer Weiner’s, reading this one is a no-brainer – you should pick it up right away!

Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review!

Comments

  1. I’m very eager to get this one! I adore Weiner and have loved so many of her books. “Best friend” novels always intrigue me, too!

  2. I’m very eager to get this one! I adore Weiner and have loved so many of her books. “Best friend” novels always intrigue me, too!

  3. I have this waiting on TBR pile – can’t wait to find time for it! Great review.

  4. I have this waiting on TBR pile – can’t wait to find time for it! Great review.

  5. I have a friend who loves Weiner’s work and I’ve read a couple of books at my friend’s urging. They were just okay for me, so I’m on the fence with this one. Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. I have a friend who loves Weiner’s work and I’ve read a couple of books at my friend’s urging. They were just okay for me, so I’m on the fence with this one. Glad you enjoyed it.

  7. I like the idea that there’s some danger in this one.

  8. I like the idea that there’s some danger in this one.

  9. Nice review. I plan to start reading this tomorrow.

  10. Nice review. I plan to start reading this tomorrow.

  11. I meant to bring this in my bag for vacation, I thought it would be a great beach read … I’ll have to wait for a sunny day at home.

    I don’t mind a character that irritates me, sometimes it pulls me into the book more; we’ll see where I fall with BFF.

  12. I meant to bring this in my bag for vacation, I thought it would be a great beach read … I’ll have to wait for a sunny day at home.

    I don’t mind a character that irritates me, sometimes it pulls me into the book more; we’ll see where I fall with BFF.

  13. I haven’t read a single Jennifer Weiner book, I need to try one soon.

  14. I haven’t read a single Jennifer Weiner book, I need to try one soon.

  15. This looks like a great read; I’ve read a couple other of Weiner’s books and really enjoyed them but haven’t had a chance to get to this one yet. I’ll have to add it to my ever-growing reading list 🙂

    If readers liked this one, I’m sure they’ll love a book called ‘Knickles and Dimes’; hilarious characters, a light-hearted story, I’d recommend it!

    Thanks for the review : )

  16. This looks like a great read; I’ve read a couple other of Weiner’s books and really enjoyed them but haven’t had a chance to get to this one yet. I’ll have to add it to my ever-growing reading list 🙂

    If readers liked this one, I’m sure they’ll love a book called ‘Knickles and Dimes’; hilarious characters, a light-hearted story, I’d recommend it!

    Thanks for the review : )

  17. Put me in Violet’s camp: I haven’t read and of this author’s books.

  18. Put me in Violet’s camp: I haven’t read and of this author’s books.

  19. I have to say that the dust jacket provides more than your review. You liked one “complex” character and it was a “fun, light novel”? that’s it?

  20. I have to say that the dust jacket provides more than your review. You liked one “complex” character and it was a “fun, light novel”? that’s it?

  21. @writergal – I’m sorry you were disappointed with my review. I felt like the main point of the book was the character development and the relationship between Addie and Val, which is why I focused on it. Perhaps I should have made that clearer in the review – thanks for the comment.

  22. @writergal – I’m sorry you were disappointed with my review. I felt like the main point of the book was the character development and the relationship between Addie and Val, which is why I focused on it. Perhaps I should have made that clearer in the review – thanks for the comment.

  23. I have this book, too, but have not been able to get to it yet. I thought your review was short, but got the point across, which is what I look for in reviews. Great job. 🙂

  24. I have this book, too, but have not been able to get to it yet. I thought your review was short, but got the point across, which is what I look for in reviews. Great job. 🙂

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