The False Friend

The False Friend

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Celia and Djuna ruled their clique of friends with dual iron fists. But when Djuna disappeared while the duo was walking home together, Celia buried the terrible truth of that day deep down inside. Now, twenty years later, Celia is unable to consciously keep her secret any longer. Despite her success, her personal life has fallen stagnant, and, buried under the weight of her awful past, Celia returns to her hometown to confess her sins.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 252 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780385527217
Branch Call Number: Gold


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Aug 25, 2017

This is the second time I've read this book, and it won't be the last. I'm drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Myla Goldberg's writing is lyrical, and the story is so relatable. I grew up witnessing 1980's schoolyard bullying and power plays like those described in the book. Even though it's painful to revisit those memories, it's refreshing to see an author placing a magnifying glass to the topic of bullying and its lasting psychological effects. Too often this topic gets swept under the rug, at least for my generation.

Aug 15, 2012

Boring and I never felt sympathetic to the main character.

You kind of find out what happens to her friend in the end but not really. Not a satisfying read at all.

Mar 16, 2011

Would not recommend. One of the worst books I have wasted my time reading. Kept hoping it would get better. It was difficult to read and did not follow any type of order. Way too

debwalker Jan 02, 2011

When Celia's long-repressed memories of the day her childhood friend vanished finally emerge, she's forced to own up to her role in the tragedy. But can she really trust her own memories?

Dec 15, 2010

This book just wasn't what I was expecting, I guess. The description makes it sound like a kind of psychological suspense novel, and it really isn't. I kept waiting...and waiting...and waiting...for something to happen, and nothing ever really did. Also, the author was incredibly wordy in places. I'm all for descriptive language, but this was a little much in some places. If you're interested in the cliques of adolescent girls, or self-discovery stories, you would probably like this book. Maybe if I'd gone into it with a different mindset I would have enjoyed it more.

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