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When Kamryn Ryn Matika gets a call from college friend Adele Del Brannon, she reluctantly heads to the hospital where Adele is dying of cancer. The two had been odd couple friends (working-class Ryn is black, posh Adele is white) while attending Leeds University, but their friendship did not survive Del's admission of an affair with Ryn's fiancé Nate Turner, which also ended Ryn's relationship with Nate. The affair did result, however, in the now-five-year-old Tegan, and Del has called Ryn to ask her to adopt the adorable girl. Ryn agrees, but must face down Del's stepmother, Muriel, to do it. She finds surprising help from new boss Luke Wiseman, who, after meeting her unceremoniously, loves Tegan (and eventually Ryn, too), but the return of Nate, who doesn't know Tegan is his daughter, promises to reopen old wounds. Koomson's U.S. debut is a three-hankie delight. (Mar.)
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“I was laughing and crying from page one. Koomson deals with grown-up issues: friendship, death, betrayal and forgiveness.” —Adele Parks, author of Still Thinking of You

“Koomson's U.S. debut is a three-hankie delight.”—Publishers Weekly


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Discovery; Reprint edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055359141X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553591415
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What would you do for the friend who slept with your boyfriend Nate and then had his child, not only that but for three years keep you in the dark about it, letting you love that child, become its Godmother and then have the bombshell of its parentage dropped on you from a great height?

Best friends since University Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon seemed to have it all; friendship through thick and thin and they both honestly nothing could ever break up their solid friendship.

However when Kamryn finally discovers the truth about Adele and Nate's betrayal she vows never to see either her boyfriend or Adele ever again and she cuts them all out of her life, including her Goddaughter who she still secretly adores.

Two years later out of the blue Kamryn gets a letter on her birthday from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital where she is dying.

Kamryn reluctantly goes to see her and to her complete and utter shock Adele begs her to adopt her daughter, Tegan. With a job she loves, a hectic social life that does not include kids, kittens and motherhood, the last thing Kamryn needs is a five year child old tied to her designer apron strings. Especially not a child who reminds her so much of a time she would rather forget.

But upon finding a traumatised Tegan living in awful conditions with Adele's vile stepmother and uncaring father Kamryn takes the bull by the horns and takes the child on.

And so starts an eye-opening journey for both Kamryn and Tegan that will lead to a kind of redemption, motherly love and an understanding of the fragility of the human condition.

I really liked this book, mainly because it was quite unusual in its character set up, for Kamryn was black and Adele and Tegan white, this is a charming book about families and how it doesn't take the colour of ones skin to say who is a mother and who is her daughter....
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What would you do if your fiance and your best friend had had an intimate night, only once, years before you accidentally found out but you were only a couple of months away from marrying him? What would you do if you found out that that one night produced a child whom you had unknowingly loved unconditionally because you believed that your friend was alone in the situation? What would you do if, two years later, your friend was dying and asked you to adopt her child after she was gone but you never ever wanted children of your own? Well hopefully this scenario hasn't and won't happen to you but in "My Best Friend's Girl" by Dorothy Koomson, it happens to Kamryn Matika.

I LOVED this book!! I picked it up at the base PX a week ago and finished it last night. It was well paced and told in first person from Kamryn's point of view. The characters popped off the pages and into my imagination right from the start and the plot had great twists and turns that took the characters into some situations that I never envied. Now, during the dating chapters of my life I have experienced the devastating feelings of being cheated on. The first time I was young and afraid of losing him so I turned a blind eye but in my mid-twenties I let him have it. Then I met the hubby and was worry free and very happy and have been for seven years now (four of which have been in marital bliss). But for a life to come out of one night of weakness would have been the worst.

Kamryn makes great decisions, is a tough lady and is very believable. She had built a sturdy life for herself post-her world ending, and was content with never seeing or speaking with the people who had ripped her heart out of her chest ever again. It's funny how things happen for a reason though.
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I read that a healthy mind (personality) is likely to accompany a healthy body and a healthy body may well be a vital decision of personality health. “Fat and ugly” were slung at Kamryn Matika during puberty and adolescence. Since beauty and physicality are highly prized in our society, it’s not surprising Kamryn disliked herself.

According to Kamryn, her friend, middle-class, Adele Brannon, a graceful, blue-eyed blonde was the epitome of beauty. Yet, Adele saw the beauty in her friend, the five-six, cocoa-skinned, alluring Kamryn.

The two British young women met in college, became inseparable, and after college were room-mates.

Kamryn’s obtained an administrative position at a renowned London department store, Angeles. On the job, she constructed a diversified public self that did not reveal her low self-esteem.

Adele formerly lived with her father and stepmother. She suffered an unhappy childhood, and was often battered by her father. Although Adele found employment after college, she did not have the same drive to succeed as Kamryn.

Even with her negative self-concept, Kamryn was able to meet and keep her man, handsome Nate Turner. Nate found Kamryn irresistible. He recognized her intelligence and beauty, accepted her little foibles and, loved her unconditionally.

In contrast, Adele’s male friendships did not provide satisfying results. She had one lover after another. They lacked the “cement” to hold it together. But Adele had a ‘one-night stand’ that produced a daughter, Tegan. Kamryn became Tegan’s godmother.

Unfortunately, when Tegan was three, the bond between Kamryn and Adele fell apart.

Kamryn’s six year relationship with Nate, with marriage forthcoming, became dismantled.
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