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FourEver Friends Paperback – March 1, 2009
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It is the 1960's, one of the most tumultuous times in history - especially for teenager's who thrive on angst. Jessica is a violinist and her best friend is Marguerite, a master at the cello. They met in a special school for gifted students and have been friends ever since. Now, Tamara and Jessica have been friends since they were ten years old, although they have grown apart recently because of how different their interests became - sort of like apples and oranges as they grew older - but they're still very close and care a great deal for one another. Rachel makes up the foursome; she's one of those outgoing, fun girls who just loves life and doesn't want to waste one moment of it. When they met Rachel, the group went from The Three Musketeers to the FourEver Friends.
The reader has an absolute ball watching the four girls as they struggle through everything from love and romance, to the politics and social prejudice that surround them every day. One of the most interesting storylines for me was Jessica and the "love of her life," Gunter.Read more ›
Jessica is a deeply cautious girl from a conservative and overprotective family. As she gets further into her teens (the book ends with her having turned 18), she alternately clings to needing her parents' approval, even while her need for independence grows. She's a bottomless chasm of raging hormones and sexual desire, reined in by a combination of an almost smothering morality and her career ambitions. She falls painfully in love with two young men: a German boy and a Polish-American. In fact, both boys are non-Jews, a stumbling block in a conservative Jewish family in Detroit in the early 1960s. I recall getting shredded by a friend of my family for dating a girl from a Greek Orthodox home. People in postwar American seem to have circled their ethnic and religious wagons, as though even casual contact with The Dreaded Outside would be a form of contamination akin to walking into a room when you have active smallpox or the Plague.
The book is a gracefully told variant on the classic Bildungsroman, viewed from the inside of Jessica Rowe's spirit, a spirit both shrinking from and reaching toward engagement with the passion in her soul. The passion comes close to consuming her body as well. She clearly desires sex even as it terrifies her.Read more ›
Jessica, the principal member of the group, comes from a Jewish family whose liberal values are tested when she begins dating Gunter, a German-American boy nearly five years her senior. World War II is still fresh in America's collective memory, and anything or anyone German is viewed with suspicion by Americans generally and American Jews in particular. As a result, much of Jessica and Gunter's relationship is carried on surreptitiously.
Jessica, a talented violinist and vocalist, is a teen whose whose mind is a "steel trap" when it comes to music, but she's woefully ignorant about sex. Gunter, her first love, awakens feelings in Jessica that she never knew she had. Other complicated relationships follow.
Tastefully told with nary a four-letter word, FourEver friends follows the "Madrigal girls" through a series of triumphs, tragedies, rivalries, and romances. Author Erica Miner's semi-autobiographical account of growing up in the Midwest during the Camelot era will ring true for anyone who is, or has ever been, an angst-ridden teenager.