- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Frenemies
- Paperback: 245 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (May 13, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061175617
- ISBN-13: 978-0061175619
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,378,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frenemies Paperback – May 13, 2008
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Alexa has interviewed such pop icons as Gwen Stefani and Jessica Simpson and written articles on everything from being a late-bloomer to adventure cruising in Alaska to getting a better butt. She studied writing at the University of California, San Diego, where she earned a bachelor's degree with honors.
Alexa currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, son and two dogs. Frenemies was her first novel, and the most fun she's ever had writing anything.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm sure we all remember what it was like to be thirteen, when even the slightest weird sidelong glance from our best friends would shake our self-confidence. So it's no wonder that when Halley comes back from art camp and is styling is a whole new (and weird, according to Avalon) way, Avalon's quips about her new fashion choices put a strain on their friendship. It's a fast transition, and before they know it, they're parting ways.
My only criticism for this novel comes in here, at the friendship portion: We never really see just how good of friends these two girls are. There isn't a lot of back story, which is fine since this is a series. Alexa assures me she's working on making people realize how deep this friendship runs. (Which means character development and character soul-searching, and that makes me go squee!) That said, the split was handled particularly well in the sense that the reader gets to really feel the hardship it poses on both Halley and Avalon. While they're both working hard at establishing new scenes and new personas, they both also miss each other very much, even if they'll never admit it. This rang true. Very much so.
I know some reviewers seem to think this book is either immature or too fashion-focused. They're entitled to their own opinion, sure, but I respectfully disagree with both.Read more ›
The girls have grown apart during the summer. Or perhaps they have just discovered who they are and are coming into their own. Either way, when their disagreement reach epic proportions, a dissolution of the friendship is written up. They take out all the stops to get back at each other, everything from verbal bashing to public humiliation.
Will the girls be able to look past everything they've put each other through to become best frenemies?
I had read some let's say mediocre reviews for Frenemies, so I wasn't exactly sure what to think. But I actually really liked Frenemies! I read on my day off and I couldn't put it down. I have to admit I was laughing out loud throughout the book, I'm glad I read it at home. Alexa seems like such a fun and energetic person and you can totally see she puts all of that into her writing. The lady cracks me up! And the story has relevance, you've all seen the girls and guys for that matter who were childhood friends, and then realize that maybe they are going in different directions. I'm sure it wasn't played out as dramatic as this story, but that is what makes it so entertaining. I think readers of Poseur and Melissa Walker's Violet on the Runway would enjoy this book. It's very fashion orientated, but I thought that aspect was fun! My fashion exploits tend to run in the t-shirt and jeans department, what can I say. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the Frenemies saga, Faketastic!
Avalon and Halley have been best friends forever. Their backyards connect and they share custody of their dog, Pucci. They are the fashion gurus at Seaview Middle School.
The summer going into eighth grade changes everything between the two BFFs. Halley has gone off to an art program at Berkley for the summer, leaving Avalon alone. While at Berkley, Halley befriends Sofee, the girl that up until the end of school, Avalon and Halley had nicknamed Softee. To while away her summer alone, Avalon has become friends with Brianna Cho, the head cheerleader. Neither girl approves of the new friendships.
From the first day home from Berkley, Halley can tell things aren't the way they had been with Avalon. The two try to catch up on how they spent their summer as they prepare for the first day of school. Avalon shares her idea of having a back-to-school party, celebrating their friendship. Halley has a hard time getting into the excitement, but goes along with the plan.
Before long, it seems like the new friendships each has built over the summer have caused a major rift in their own friendship. The two start feuding in deliciously snarky (trust me, this word is used a lot in the book!) ways. With the intervention of their parents, the two girls develop a truce. But by the time the combined party rolls around, is the truce going to last?
The story was a lot of fun, especially with all the catty maneuvers they pull on each other. With best friends like these, who needs enemies?
Reviewed by: Jaglvr
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book I found it a very interesting read and at a good price, fast delivery I was very happy with the service providedPublished on January 12, 2013 by Helen Ryan
Avalon and Halley have always been the ultimate best friends. They live right behind each other, they share their beloved puppy Pucci, and this year they even get to co-host a... Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by And Another Book Read
Avalon and Halley have been Havalon, aka, best friends for as long as they can remember. But after Halley comes back from summer art camp in California, and Avalon had stayed home,... Read morePublished on January 2, 2009 by Anna LaGrois
Avalon and Halley have been best friends since they can remember. The live next door to each other and even have a puppy, Pucci, that they share custody of. Read morePublished on October 25, 2008 by Mae Day
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Frenemies is a Middle-Grade novel that focues on best friends, Halley and Avalon, who have grown up side by side... Read more
I liked this book a lot! It was really cool, and lots of action was going on in the book. Some drama, too. I recommend this book.Published on October 4, 2008 by J. Drake
Some of the most painful and unexpected girlfriend breakups occur during the roller-coaster, middle-school years. Read morePublished on June 27, 2008 by The Friendship Doctor
Avalon Greene and Halley Brandon have been best friends since forever. Avalon decides to throw a party to celebrate this friendship right after the beginning of eighth grade, and... Read morePublished on June 10, 2008 by Rachael Stein
When I first started reading Frenemies I worried that it was another fashion-obsessed mean girls story. How wrong I was. Read morePublished on May 26, 2008 by T Morris