“Best Friends Forever” by Jennifer Weiner

Addie and Valerie became best friends the day Valerie and her mother moved across the street from Addison’s family. Shy, lonely, and pudgy, Addie was thrilled to have a best friend. But once they entered high school, Addie felt her friendship with Val was drifting apart as Val started to socialize with other people (read: the popular group). An ugly incident at school finally destroyed their friendship. Years later, Val shows up at Addie’s front door and asks for her help.

I had a few issues with the characters and their intentions. Once you read what destroyed their friendship, I honestly would still be holding a grudge against my best friend. Seriously. Although Addie is a bit hesitant about helping old best friend, she continues to follow Val. And all Val says, “I’m sorry,” and that’s it? No major explanation on why she didn’t defend Addie? Really the explanation doesn’t really need explaining, but it would have been nice to hear Val some kind of remorse or something for stabbing her best friend in the back.

Not to mention, I really didn’t like the romantic plot either. I won’t ruin it, but I’m not a “love at first sight” kind of girl. Maybe I’m too cynic, and maybe I’m not a hopeless romantic. But I do love a good love story, and I just don’t think the romantic plot was real.

I still enjoy Jennifer Weiner’s writing. She has a gift for wit and honesty, and while I didn’t find some of the storylines real, Weiner does know how to tell a story, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to read the book.

Recommendation: *** (three out of five stars)

Categories: 2009 Resolution: 25 Books, Jennifer Elliott

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