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Best Friends Forever

by Jennifer Weiner


What would you do if you accidentally-on-purpose hit an old boyfriend you have just met again after 15 years at your high school reunion?

Leaving him bleeding and naked on an empty parking lot, and driving to the house of the girlfriend you betrayed back in high school would probably not be the answer for most of us.

But Val has never been good at doing the logical thing. So that is exactly what she does.

Valís ex-friend, Addie, still lives at her parentsí house, now by herself as both of her parents are dead, and takes care of her disabled brother. But finally she has started to claim back her life. She has lost the many pounds she gained when eating became her coping mechanism in her painful final years of high school, has just ended a fling with a married man, and is satisfied with her job painting cards. Her life, if not exciting, fits her most of the time.

But all this is questioned when Val comes knocking at her door that fateful night.

Falling easily back into their old patterns, Addie is soon swept into Valís restless approach to life, and joins her on a road trip that will take them both away from their homes and into their past.

And while they are followed by the police officer who is investigating the finding of a belt dipped in blood in a parking lot (and whose interest in Addie could be more than just duty), back in Chicago the missing former boyfriend, and recognized bully, embarks on an involuntary journey that will turn the police case in an unexpected direction.

Best Friends Forever is a road trip into the past of two very different women who are about to find out that some friendships are meant to last forever.

Funny, poignant and endearing, Addie is a character who easily draws you into the story from the first page, while the mystery of her past and the quirky events of the present will keep you reading to the end.

The Book

Atria Books
July 2009
Chick Lit
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The Reviewer

Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban is author of the award-winning YA fantasy novel Two Moon Princess [2007], recipient of the ForeWord Magazine Bronze Award for Juvenile Fiction. Its sequel, The King in the Stone, is scheduled to be published in 2010.
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