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Best Friends Forever: A Novel Paperback – May 4, 2010
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Best Friends Forever is the newest book by Weiner and features Addie and Valerie who were best friends in primary school and ended up at opposite ends of the popularity chain in high school, which pretty much separated them until they meet up again as adults. Although they haven't kept in touch at all, Valerie will show up on the other's doorstep, in full bloom trouble - asking for help in this whoddunnit type of mini-mystery, intertwined with the two women trying to find themselves and each other throughout the storyline. There is a message here - which basically is that you never know what will happen in your life and looks and appearance can be deceiving and that, in your life, friendship and support are extremely important and worth fighting for.
While there are some cute episodes and some actually touching moments, I did not find this book all that interesting. The premise is kind of usual and I feel as though I have read this story, in different installments, throughout the years. The main characters are okay and the writing is fine, but I just did not find myself getting all involved and committed to this book and I certainly would not qualify this one as chick litty at all.
1) The story is not at all believable. I can't imagine, even for a second, that a chief of police, even in a small town, would launch an extensive investigation into a puddle of blood. No body, no injured party filing a complaint, no witness who saw someone get hurt. Just a puddle of blood. And it wasn't even a big puddle. How much time has this guy got on his hands? I also don't believe that Addie would go along with Val's wacky road trip. Nothing we know about her suggests that she would. So, basically, the whole premise is ridiculous.
2) I'm irritated about all of the key plot points that are strategically held back until some later moment in the book. I know it's supposed to create tension, but it was just irritating. It also made it hard to get to know the characters.
3) I don't really care about anyone in the book. Sorry, but they're all so bland, it's difficult.
4) Where's the humor? Jennifer Weiner's strong point is humor. Nobody in this book is funny, or even seems to have much of a personality.
5) It's very predictable. I can't be the only one who knew what the strange abdominal growth was the moment it was first mentioned.
I loved "Good in Bed," but it seems to me that Ms. Weiner's books are getting progressively less entertaining. They mostly have the same themes - there's always a traumatized overweight girl, and a friend (or sister) who is ditzy but has a heart of gold. Honestly, it's getting old. I'm glad I got this book from the library instead of buying it. I doubt I'll even bother to check out the next one.
My favorite part of the novel was the flashbacks to the girls' childhoods. Jen brilliantly captures what it feels like to be ten and to have a very best friend with whom you share everything.
Addie must be one of the most inane and one of the stupidest characters in the history of literature. Her struggles with her weight and the cruelty of her classmates was certainly reasons for giving the character sympathy. However, she was just plain stupid. I found it absurd that when Val, who treated Addie abysmally, turns up at Addie's door and says she thinks she may have killed someone, Addie quickly gets over her aversion to her former friend and to doing anything unsavory, and become a willing partner in would-be crime. Given that Val was Addie's only friend and that Val threw Addie to the wolves in high school, I found it laughable that Addie would have even given the woman the time of day.
I was also initially interested in hints being dropped about Vijay, but as soon as he came into the picture, I was left scratching my head. I couldn't quite figure out what it was that Addie had found so irresistible about him. He's much older than her and not described in a way that makes him sound all that attractive. Is it simply because he talks to her? Because he notices that she's alive. I found it just a ridiculous setup for a romance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Trying to get through this novel as I have really enjoyed Ms. Weiner's novels in the past but the historical errors are making me bonkers. Read morePublished 4 days ago by JMC
LOVED this book! After reading this I've read several other publications from her, and will continue to!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful read...especially on a snowy morning with tea and crimpets. I wonder what the Nighty Nite lady looks like.Published 3 months ago by Pen Name
Jennifer Weiner is one of my go to chick lit authors. However, this book started of strong but quickly peters out. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Regina Niesen
I don't really know what to say about this book. It doesn't have the typical Jennifer Weiner charm with its wit and humor mixed in with heart-wrenching story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jessica S.
I enjoyed this book, great summer reading - friendships are hard and this book deals with that complexity and a number of other real woman's issues.Published 5 months ago by Mary53