Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That's what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they're both nine years old. But in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school's scapegoat. Flash-forward fifteen years. Valerie Adler has found a measure of fame and fortune working as the weathergirl at the local TV station. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents' house in their small hometown of Pleasant Ridge, Illinois, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. She's just returned from Bad Date #6 when she opens her door to her long-gone best friend standing there, a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat. "Something horrible has happened," Val tells Addie, "and you're the only one who can help."
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2009
Description: 362 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780743294294
0743294297
Branch Call Number: Wein

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sablegirl Mar 06, 2013

A nice, funny read. Sort of like a Themla and Louise but funny. I enjoyed this quick read and would recommend it.

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spintodebader
Aug 25, 2012

A very moving story about the trials of young girls as they grow up. A good read with a happy ending, which I love!

mrsgail5756 Aug 13, 2012

A very good read. I enjoyed this book I would recommend this book for all to read.

amazzuca Aug 08, 2012

Fluffy beach read. Perfect for summer vacation.

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juliemargaret
Jul 30, 2012

great read although some of the characters were not seen through to the end properly,( Dan and Mrs Adler) I had great compassion for the character Addie, although the bank scene was pretty silly

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tcb2011
Sep 20, 2011

This was a good story. It was NOT a exciting page turner.

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Swtalyssums
Jan 10, 2011

Exceeded expectations. The book jumps back and forth between present day and adolescent.

ontherideau Sep 25, 2010

light, very light

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blondtraillite
Aug 29, 2010

I picked up this Jennifer Weiner book because I wanted a fun escape, and thought I'd have sympathy for the main character, Addie Downs. My problem was that I had too much sympathy, for this book had every issue I've ever had: weight, best friends gone bad, insecurity, infertility, an overwhelming sense of loyalty, escaping the law... okay, maybe I haven't had that last one. Anyway, I don't think I am being objective when I say it felt like it dragged a little in the beginning, because I just didn't want the reminders. In truth, like all the Weiner books I've read, it was well thought-out and constructed. There was only one part with Dan Swansea that I felt was a little "deux ex machina" (figuratively, not exactly that device) where I had to swallow my disbelief a little. Everything else was realistic given the circumstances and completely sympathetic. I could easily feel like I was there (I think I was, once!). I think Weiner wonderfully captured a truth about female friendships (and possibly male): if you've love somebody enough, they always seem to fit right back into your life despite time and circumstance. Yes, light and predictable but Weiner never lets the expected become an excuse for bad writing or ill-constructed paths there. Not here.

ErinReads Sep 14, 2009

Was a quick and easy read. Was good but not as enjoyable as some of her other books. Followed a little mystery type detour like her Goodnight Nobody book. Found I wanted to give character Valerie a shake more than once...her antics were a little annoying.

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Jan 10, 2011

Swtalyssums thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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