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Friend Is Not a Verb Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
The night his sister decides to return to the family, Hen's life gets worse. His girlfriend, and the leader of their band PETRA, breaks up with him in the middle of the rain, and then continues to boot him from his position as the band's bass player. It's okay though, because he never really could play the bass very well anyway. When he arrives home and finds a note from his parents claiming they've gone to pick up his sister Sarah, Hen can't believe it. He can't decide whether he's truly happy to see his sister, or still infuriated with her for leaving without even saying good-bye.
Things between him and Sarah are weird now, especially since she still won't tell him what's going on. When her friend and fellow fugitive, Gabriel Stern, offers to give him bass lessons, Hen decides to take them in hopes that Gabe will slip up and tell him what is going on. Instead it seems Gabe is more worried about Hen admitting to feelings towards his best friend, Emily Wood, that he's not even sure are really there. Emily has always been next door, and she knows just about everything about him, but can there be more to their relationship than Hen thinks?
I really liked Hen's character from the very first page.Read more ›
Henry may have become one of my favorite protagonists to read through the eyes of of. He manages to complain without being whiny, think deeply without trying to appear intentionally philosophical, and make sarcastic or ironic jokes without ever breaking character. He's got the head of most of my guy friends, which is rare for me to read. (Maybe due to lack of excellently written male protagonists in what I've read or due to high expectations of the male figure in what I've read. Who knows.)
I loved the way the story was written; the answer to the biggest mystery in the story was given to you all along, and maybe if I hadn't been so sucked into the story I would have looked at it and been able to figure it out. But I didn't want to put the book down to figure it out - I wanted to keep reading and find out what happened to Hen and Petra and PETRA and Emma and everybody. So I managed to be thrilled at the shock of the answer and pleased that it could be sensed coming simultaneously.
Also, the title for this book - and the discussion within the novel about said title - makes me extraordinarily happy as somebody who can have hour long conversations about these types of things.