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Frenemies Paperback – June 20, 2007

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Augusta "Gus" Curtis is happy-she has one of the busiest social calendars in Boston, loves her job as a librarian, and is looking forward to turning 30-until she discovers that her boyfriend Nate is cheating on her with one of her oldest friends. Although angry with Nate, Gus feels even more betrayed by Helen, who doesn't seem to get Gus's indignation. The remainder of the novel is the minute-by-minute account of Gus's obsessive thoughts on the love triangle, which irritates her sidekicks, Amy Lee and Georgia, in all probability as much as it will the reader. Crane (English as a Second Language) tries to make a statement about the complications of mature relationships (whereby Gus must face the facts that maybe she hasn't been the best friend she could be, either), but ends up delivering a clunky story that's as shallow as its lead.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot (June 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446698555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446698559
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,563,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book would be much more believable if the main characters were on the cusp of turning 20 instead of 30. Gus (the main character) & her friends spend all of their time chasing the wrong men & obsessing over every little thing they do. They create loud inappropriate scenes in public, start rumors about people they don't like, & spend an inordinate amount of time detailing the physical short comings of both themselves and others. These ladies are characterized as smart, educated women with meaningful careers, and yet their actions more closely resemble that of insecure, image conscious teenagers desperate to hang out with the cool kids. The author says she was inspired by the movie "Mean Girls", and I would assume wanted to show what happens when the "mean girls" reach the next stage of the life. The problem is that while there will always be some women who never grow out of the mean catty teenager phrase, most of us do. As an almost 30 year old adult, I have no problem avoiding the "mean girls;" its no longer high school & they no longer control the lunch table. This book is definitely chick lit at its worst; there is nothing funny or entertaining about it. Mostly it just makes me sad that anyone thinks this is how grown women act.
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FRENEMIES by Megan Crane
September 26, 2007

Rating: 4 Stars

FRENEMIES was a pleasant surprise for me. It's chick lit but one of the better ones I've read in the past few years, where a lot in this genre is starting to sound the same. The main character, Gus (Augusta) is about to turn 30 and she's not doing well in regards to a relationship that went sour. Her boyfriend has ended up with a college friend, and she feels betrayed. Since the breakup, Gus has begun to act up in public. In the opening chapter we will get a good idea how bad off Gus is, when she throws a tantrum in front of many of her friends in a public bar because Nate and ex-friend Helen have shown up as well. It doesn't help that they have mutual friends and have been friends since college.

The book is funny and smart, with a main character that is not one-dimensional as oftentimes happens in books of this genre. Even her friends are interesting, and have their own issues to deal with.I laughed a lot while I read this book, and can honestly say I enjoyed it. I definitely recommend FRENEMIES.
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In the "About the Author" portion of the book, Megan Crane says that she was inspired to write this book after going to see Mean Girls with her boyfriend. Once I read that, the whole book made sense.

I think it is definitely worth writing a book about the ups and downs of friendships, especially between women, but Crane has written a book about the friendships of 30 year old women in the style of a movie written for teenagers (and don't get me wrong - I watched Mean Girls too!). I think there's a difference between the friendships and cattiness of high school cliques and the deep bonds of women who have known each other for a decade in adulthood.

The writing was strained. There were at least five different storylines going on, each of them painfully obvious, and Crane lacks the skill to turn words in the style of many of the better chick-lit authors.

The story - Augusta is a librarian who has two close friends, but has a large group of friends who always invite her to parties (never mind that these friends are nameless - they're just friends who host an engagement party or a Christmas party or something - she never mentions who those friends are!). She had been dating a guy she's known since college - he was the Hot Guy, and she dated him for four months when she caught him cheating on her with another one of their social set (a "that girl" who always has guys falling all over her).

So Gus gets mad at the girl, tries to get the guy back (why??) and has all these self-discoveries about adulthood, but this was another problem of mine with the writing - it was all so obvious! And plots and subplots just kind of appeared and disappeared during the whole book.
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but doesn't always get the female characters right. Not to say that I didn't love this book and think that Megan Crane is a excellent writer, her style is very casual and humorous, and boy does she know something about sexual tension. But I found Gus to be a little too self-indulgent, and she gave Helen such little value that it is a wonder they were ever friends to begin with. Don't people drop friends like that by the time they are 30? Or if they don't totally get rid of them, don't they minimize their contact with them? And I doubt that Helen would be so bold to assume that Gus would just get over the boyfriend stealing. However, I did like Henry quite a lot, and the relationships with her other friends, who at times also seemed like frenemies. Gus' evolution, while painful, did leave the reader with the hope that growing up may not be easy, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and sometimes you lose friends along the way.
I guess the final thought I had as I was finishing this book was about 20something/30something women and the maturation of friendship. Makes me reevaluate how I treat my own friends, as well myself. Because when it comes down to it, are you your own worst frenemy? Thanks again Megan, looking forward to another great book.
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