Best Friends Forever Paperback – 24 Jun 2010
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'The brilliant US author of Good In Bed and In Her Shoes (made into a great movie starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette) has come up trumps again. Beautifully written with humour and warmth.'
--Daily Mail, Friday July 2nd 2010
'Witty, moving, stupendously well written and deeply perceptive.' --Jill Mansell
'Jennifer Weiner is a genius. Her books are totally gripping, beautifully written, heartbreaking and hilarious.' --Harriet Evans
About the Author
Jennifer Weiner is the international number one bestselling author of eight novels, including Best Friends Forever, Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major film starring Toni Colette and Cameron Diaz, Certain Girls and Fly Away Home. Visit Jennifer at www.jenniferweiner.com
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The story was so unrealistic as to be farcical the whole way through - a whole police force investigating the crime of a patch of blood and a dropped belt, Jordan breaking into Addie's house since he had "compelling circumstancial evidence", the bizarre praying session between Dan and Meredith almost as if he was being held there against his will, Dan's sudden repentance after 15 years, the ridiculous bank hold up scene with Valerie, Addie just handing over 10,000 dollars for Val to spend after them not seeing each other in years, the two of them going on the run to Florida without actually knowing for sure if they had done anything, honestly, I could go on and on.
I have given 2 stars as I loved the flashback parts, they were beautifully written.
Do not waste your time with this book, Weiner has written great books like the ones I mentioned above, definitely try them instead!
When I first read the description of Best Friends Forever I thought it would be a fun read and having liked some of Jennifer Weiner's previous books I was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately I was disappointed and although I thought the book was OK there were just too many things that were completely unrealistic and stopped me truly loving the story.
Although I found myself quite liking Addie I couldn't believe the trouble Val managed to get her into. If your best friend ruined your life I don't think you'd be quite so quick to welcome her back into your life with open arms and you certainly wouldn't be willing to go along with her crazy plans! Val wasn't a very likable character, yes you get to find out what a difficult life she has had but that doesn't really excuse the way she treats Addie now or how she expects to walk through life getting away with anything just with a little flirting.
The narration jumps from present to past and is told mainly by Addie but with some chapters written from the point of view of police chief Jordan and the occasional section by their childhood tormentor Dan. At first I found the constant jumping around a little confusing but I did find I got used to this eventually. I think the sections I enjoyed most were told from Addie's point of view and I particularly liked the flashbacks to their time at school. The things going on in the present were so ridiculous that I found myself wanting to skip pages just to get through them. Dan is a horrible character & very unlikeable, although I think that was the whole point but I didn't even find myself liking Jordan (the main love interest) very much and I didn't really feel the relationship between him and Addie was believable.
Overall I'd say this definitely isn't a book I'd read again but if you're a fan of Jennifer Weiner it might be worth giving it a try. If you're new to her work this probably isn't the best one to start with but I would definitely recommend her book Good In Bed.
Val and Addie were high school friends until one night Addie tells her mother Val's secret which leads to accusations and the friendship ending. Addie has a rough time at high school and ends up becoming a recluse more or less. Several years later, there is a high school reunion which Val attends. She reeks her revenge on someone involved with her secret and runs him over. She goes straight to Addie despite them not having spoken in several years and the story follows their relationship.
Addi is the main narrator of the story which flits back and forth in time. Each chapter is a mini story in it's own right, which at first I liked but just found it tedious towards the end. I found several parts of the book very unrealistic - a patch of blood is found in a car park and the whole police force are working every hour to find out who the blood belongs to? Um, call me cynical but this does not strike me as something that would happen. Addie just accepts Val back into her life seemingly without question despite the hurt and pain she has been through? And Addie's medical condition at the end of the book?
All in all, I liked parts of this book but it was far too much hard work and far too long winded for me to want to pick up another of JW's books.
I think that the authors choice to jump between characters for the narration was a great idea that really benefitted the story, although it may seem odd to get so much from Jordon it does eventually make a lot of sense and his is a story which really stayed with me. The characters voices are strong enough that it isn't at all confusing when there is a switch so it only adds to the enjoyment.
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