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Dorothy Koomson
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Book Description

4 May 2006

What would you do for the friend who broke your heart?

Best friends Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon thought nothing could come between them - until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn's fiance, Nate. Worse still, she got pregnant and had his child. When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again.

Two years later, Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital. Adele is dying and begs Kamryn to adopt her daughter, Tegan. With a great job and a hectic social life, the last thing Kamryn needs is a five year old to disrupt things. Especially not one who reminds her of Nate. But with no one else to take care of Tegan and Adele fading fast, does she have any other choice? So begins a difficult journey that leads Kamryn towards forgiveness, love, responsibility and, ultimately, a better understanding of herself.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (4 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751537071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751537079
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wrote my first (unpublished) novel when I was 13 - and I've been making up stories ever since.

After finishing my masters degree, I had several temping jobs before getting my big break in journalism working on small newspaper. In the evenings I continued to write fiction and in 2001 I had the idea for The Cupid Effect. Two years later it hit the shelves and my career as a published novelist began.

In 2006 my third novel, My Best Friend's Girl, was published and was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads Book Club - going on to sell over 500,000 copies. To date I've written six bestseller list books, and they have been translated into 28 languages across the world.

I live near Brighton and am currently working on another book and a screenplay. Find out more info at

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A funny, quirky read (Company)

Colourful characters and witty writing Heat ('Hilarious')

Hot Stars ('When a novel breezes along as lightly as this, you simply cannot put it down')

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Kamryn Matika has a great job, a hectic social life and no responsibilities - one birthday card will change all of that for ever ...

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoster of emotion 15 Nov 2006
Brilliant read, definitely will be passing this book on to all my friends. I borrowed it initially from my sister, she warned me its terribly sad in places and not really a "sun holiday" read. Thankfully I didn't take it on holidays as you need a place to cry without shame and bucket loads of tissues. There's love, betrayal, grief, acceptance, fun and trepidation in this book right to the end. Loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 16 Aug 2006
By EmsyP
I have just finished reading this book. I really enjoyed it and it made me cry which for me is the sign of a good book.
The story is more original than most "chick-lit". I thought the ending was just right... I thought the relationships of Kamryn with Luke and Nate were well written and not sentimentalised, and ultimately worked out in a way that is true to life.
However I would agree with some reviewers that Tegan, the little girl, whilst a delightful character does not talk like real five year old. Also I felt some parts of the plot were just brushed over, such as Tegan's relationship with Adele's father and stepmother.
Bottom line - I really enjoyed this book and read it within a week (quick for me), it made me laugh and cry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 7 Sep 2006
I picked this book up and could not put it down, it makes you cry and laugh all at the same time, and shows you that you can forgive, even the worst in life, I have not enjoyed a book as much uin ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!!! 3 Sep 2006
By Blondie
I splashed out and paid full price for this, it has been worth every penny and more! The story line hits home and has reminded me to make the most of our time and friends.

It is a corker of a read and i recommend it but make sure you have no pressing chores to do as you wont be able to put it down once you pick it up.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start but disappointing conclusion. 4 Jun 2007
I was gripped from the opening chapter of this novel and was literally sobbing through the first few chapters. The author did an excellent job of getting inside the characters minds and exploring complex issues around grief and forgiveness.

Unfortunately, it seemed to take quite a dramatic turnaround as soon as a 'romantic interest' was introduced. The book swiftly changed from a really touching and gripping read into a typical 'chick lit' novel. Boy meets girl, both hate each other, end up falling in love.

The book showed such initial promise, I was so disappointed with how it deteriorated - almost as though the author just wanted to finish it without any regard to the potential of the book to be something out of the ordinary chick lit genre. What a pity!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never cried so much!!! 15 Dec 2006
I read all of the time and am never without a book in my hand. This is the first time, however, that I have felt the need to write a review.

It was FAB.

As a woman I have experienced the highs & lows of life and this book addresses most of them. The author drags you in, you feel her pain, frustration, love & indicision. She manages to describe the indescribable. How can you reach into your deepest feelings and put them into words?? Well read this book and you will see how it is done.

I did not want the book to end. I am lost without it. I fell in love with the little girl, both men and her lost friend.

Have plenty of tissues ready. I think I started crying in chapter 2, and was still at it after reading the last page.

I have recommended it to my friends & family, indeed most of them will find it in their Xmas stocking.

Cannot wait for the book to be turned into a film. I fancy Colin Firth & Hugh Grant as the love interests.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book! 8 Aug 2006
This is really a wonderful book - I was hooked from the prologue! A stand-out factor of the book for me, was that the characters were very real. They all had moments when they behaved badly, made the wrong decisions, and appeared unattractive to the reader - but this "warts and all" approach made their struggles even more real and their achievements - particularly Kamryn's - all the more admirable.

It is also a book that raises many issues - relationships, abuse, freedom, self, race....Whilst all these issues are present, the story is so well-written that they are not "in your face" or overpowering.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something with more substance than "Chick-Lit" - this is certainly not a flighty read, and has you crying, laughing and thinking the whole way through.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 19 Aug 2006
This book has got mixed reviews on Amazon and to an extent I can understand them. This book was hailed as a new kind of chick-lit and it is to some extent in that it deals with `real' issues which isn't something that chick-lit isn't known for. However I have to say that I did enjoy this book. There's no need for me to recount the story as others have done that before me. What I can say is that the beginning starts off somberly as we see Kamryn go to the hospital to face her ex-best-friend Adele. Adele is dying and her reason for asking to see Kamryn is to ask her to adopt her daughter Tegan. Up to the point where Adele dies this book mixes tragedy with some amusing anecdotes.

After the funeral the chick-lit factor goes into full swing. We see Kamryn struggle with the basics of bringing up a 5-yr-old, where even trying to buy shampoo turns into an ordeal. As with any chick-lit book there's a hunky man involved.....2 in this is the ex who brings back memories of the Kamryn of old and the other is Kamryn's boss Luke.

Although this book is predictable (isn't most chick-lit?) is however fun. There are some amusing exchanges and all in all it's a fluffy chick-lit book that won't tax the brain. If you're looking for something heavy then this isn't the book for you but if you're into the Cathy Kelly / Sheila O'Flanagan / Marian Keyes genre then you'll enjoy My Best Friends Girl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dellghtful
I found this to be a delightful and absorbing book. I really enjoy this author, but find myself being distracted by the poor grammar. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. W. Watson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was an easy read but a little Mills & Boon.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Glover
1.0 out of 5 stars One of Koomson's worse
The book has a loving, warm message but it was so dull and depressing.
Published 1 month ago by Fiona L
5.0 out of 5 stars a great premise for a novel
This book got me into Dorothy Koomson, a great premise for a novel, will have you in tears. A fantastic read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love this author
This is the 2nd book I have read by this author, she always writes as though she actually knows the characters. It was a bit of a tear jerker but funny at times too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to put this book down.
I loved reading this book with it's twists and brilliant story. I found I didn't want to stop reading it and couldn't wait to find out what happened. Read more
Published 4 months ago by amor
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a tear jerker!
I was in tears reading the first part of this book so be prepared to read it in private! Good book though - I am quite Dorothy Koomson fan although I haven't enjoyed all she has... Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Hayward
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Enjoyed the story line though had me reaching for the tissues a few times. Wasn't a predictable storyline which I liked. Good read.
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