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Friendship Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349004390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349004396
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A dazzling debut (Glamour)

Funny and illuminating . . . A clever, sharp novel about proper growing up (Viv Groskop Red)

Provides . . . enlightening insights into what it is to be female and coming of age in twenty-first-century New York, but there's the warm glow of real friendship too (Daily Mail)

A sharp study of female friendship, that treacherous terrain where envy and deep fondness often go hand in hand (Observer)

Emily Gould is massively talented, just as good at devastating us with an emotional truth as she is at amusing us with a clever joke (Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and Sisterland)

Truth-teller Emily Gould hurls her heart and mind into this hilarious, bittersweet tale (Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins)

I read Friendship with great pleasure. Emily Gould recreates with wit and insight the New York I know: a place full of fame and money that's not yours, where friends become family and lovers become ex-lovers, and the big questions about your life stay unanswered, and unanswerable, for a long time (Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding)

Emily Gould is massively talented, just as good at devastating us with an emotional truth as she is at amusing us with a clever joke (Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and American Wife)

Friendship's characters are brave, smart, wounded, stupid, petty and wise, like most of the people I know and love. Gould's humor and honesty gets us good and close to this world, and her wonderful particularity makes familiar things new again (Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask)

And the Heart Says Whatever comes by its anger and melancholy honestly, and it makes sense of much that is puzzling about our cultural moment (Jonathan Franzen, praise for And the Heart Says Whatever)

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Emily Gould's dazzling novel traces, with wit and honesty, the evolution of a friendship between two New Yorkers as they confront their thirties.

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The title and cover art on the UK edition of this book may mislead readers into thinking it's merely chick-lit. I think it's a little more than that. It is really the examination of a friendship under fire.

Bev and Amy come to New York to find fame and fortune. Amy almost makes it having become a 'star blogger' but has self-sabotaged her chance to hit the big-time. Bev has abandoned a degree course and is half-heartedly temping to clear her enormous student debt. Now, for both women at thirty, the opportunities for success are dwindling and it is only their friendship that is holding their lives together.

What happens when events force Bev and Amy's paths to diverge? Can friendships ever be strong enough to withstand two sets of opposing needs? And where do men fit into the picture, if at all? The lyrics of "New York, New York" say, "If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere..." but what happens when you *don't* make it there?

Emily Gould writes with wry humour about the city that has worked its magnetic magic on the women in her story. Her dialogue is convincing and her characters' frustrations are credible. This is not 'Sex and the City' so much as 'How do I pay the rent in this city?' and as such, it is an engaging, empathetic read. I enjoyed it.
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A charming, gentlly enticing book, following the weaving path of friendship between two girls from their 20's to 30's. A pleasant read for any age, though particularly relatable for those in their late 20's to 30's, especially those who have faced career confusion and challenges. Brilliantly fresh and without glitz, glamour and manicures on every other page. Thank you Emily Gould. Please write another.
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How does one explain that they found a book enjoyable and easy to read, while at the same time finding it uncomfortable and difficult to take in, with characters that were realistic and not all that likeable?
That's the best way I can describe my reaction to this book!
Bev and Amy have been best friends since their first year of college. But now they’re 30 and their lives aren’t exactly what they thought they’d be by this age! They’re living from paycheck to paycheck (and sometimes not even making it that far!). Bev is doing temp work and Amy is plodding along at Yidster, a little known, not often frequented, blog site after a spectacular fall from grace at her previous blog employment some years earlier. There are hints that she gained some minor stardom at this job, and that her decline was very public, and very embarrassing, but this isn’t explored or explained in much detail.
I got the impression that Amy has the upper hand in this friendship, and that although it may seem like an equal partnership, she very much sees herself as quite superior to Bev. I think she feels that she will always be in a better position financially (regardless of her reckless spending and lack of savings), economically, and in both the relationship and employment spheres. It’s true, Amy has a boyfriend, the laid-back (horizontally so) artist Sam, and a permanent job (that she loathes). Bev has neither of these things, and with seemingly very little options on the horizon in all the areas where Amy seems to be thriving, is so down in the dumps she thinks she has hit rock bottom! Until she ‘accidentally’ falls pregnant; then she realises that it is possible to tumble down just a little bit further than she thought!
The two friends decide they need some time out.
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I didn't really get on with this book. It was difficult to care about the characters, Amy in particular seems completely unlikable, and it all seemed quite unbelievable as a storyline. I found the continual use of the word 'like' quite annoying. More annoying in the written word than hearing people use it constantly. I did finish the book but did consider stopping a few times.
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Really wasn't taken in with this book. I felt it lacked depth and like it was a race to get to the the end. I can't say I ill be rushing to read another of this authors books.
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