Title: Best Friends Forever
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Release Date: July 14, 2009
Genre: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction
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!