April 14, 2010
Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
FIRST THE STATISTICS:
BOOK #: 17
CHALLENGES: 100+, ARC Challenge, Countdown Challenge, New Authors Challenge
PUBLISHER: Atria Books
GENRE: Fiction, Women's Fiction
RATING: 3.5 Stars
Weiner's latest novel is about two friends, Addie and Valerie, who grew up together but have had a falling out over a betrayal in their teenage years. Fifteen years later Valerie shows up on Addie's doorstep with fear in her eyes and blood on her coat. "Something horrible has happened," Valerie tells Addie, "and you're the only one who can help."
This was my first Weiner novel. I had trouble getting into it at first, but after about 75 or so pages I was interested to see where the story went. I admit I did not think it needed as much back story as there was. I skipped a few chapters that were just on Addie and Valerie's relationship growing up. I understood they were friends, how they became friends, and skipped until I got to the part of the betrayal. The back story was in about every other chapter for half the book, so I read every other chapter for a while.
The story of the betrayal and the modern story were entertaining. I liked the way it was wrapped up in the end. I liked the character of Jordan, who was a cop involved in the story and who falls for Addie. Sometimes though his thoughts and comments seem unrealistic, but maybe that's my cynicism talking. I liked Addie. I thought she was a very well-developed character.
Overall, it wasn't one of my favorite books, but I thought for chick lit it was an adventurous and entertaining story.