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Best Friends Forever: A Novel | [Jennifer Weiner]

Best Friends Forever: A Novel

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.
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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 15 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 find 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."

©2009 Jennifer Weiner; ©2009 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Donna E. Setauket, NY, United States 08-16-09
    Donna E. Setauket, NY, United States 08-16-09
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    "so disappointing"

    i just read all of jennifer weiners books in a row and then to read this...what a let down. different style which was what kept me reading it thinking that it would pick up but it didnt. i wont give up on her as a writer but she should go back to her old style. just felt that there were lots of gaps...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne New York, NY, United States 07-25-09
    suzanne New York, NY, United States 07-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "enjoyable"

    Typical chic lit, I like it, but did not love it. Worth buying and listening too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Ithaca, NY, United States 11-04-09
    Nina Ithaca, NY, United States 11-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great fun"

    An enjoyable romp. Would have given it more stars were it not from the abridgement.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Antoinette 08-09-09
    Antoinette 08-09-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing"

    I've read all of Ms. Weiner's books--and this one is the first and only to disappoint me. It was very predictable and felt as if I waited too long for the characters to develop, and once they did the ending was cut short into a few paragraphs. Didnt get to see the main relationship evolve at all, there were many many details missing from the first kiss to the end of the book. I still love Jennifer, I hope her future works provide more of the storytelling in her other work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kitti oakland park, FL, USA 08-02-09
    Kitti oakland park, FL, USA 08-02-09
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    "BFF..."

    Cute, predictable, but worth the listen

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    Marian Lawrenceville, NJ, USA 07-30-09
    Marian Lawrenceville, NJ, USA 07-30-09
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    "Disappointing for Jennifer Weiner"

    This is the first audiobook that I've listened to so I can't comment on the narration since I have nothing to compare it to. I have read all of the Jennifer Weiner books and I have to say this one was terribly disappointing. Her writing style was completely different and I feel as if this was a romance novel instead of a typical Jennifer Weiner novel. It was VERY predictable, to the point that I was frequently guessing correctly what would happen next. Like I said, very disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Point Pleasant, NJ, United States 02-12-10
    Elizabeth Point Pleasant, NJ, United States 02-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    slow in spots....not the best of Weiner's...but good

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    Kara Cincinnati, OH, USA 08-02-09
    Kara Cincinnati, OH, USA 08-02-09 Member Since 2008
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    "just fair"

    This is about my 7th audio book. It's a bit strange how these two are friends. Ultimately they are two lost people that just spent time together when they were young. I don't get the reconciliation.

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    Suzanne FLETCHER, NC, United States 10-18-10
    Suzanne FLETCHER, NC, United States 10-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "love the story"

    I loved the story, but was disappointed to find out it was just an abridged version. My fault for not reading closer. Jennifer Weiner, you have written another very engaging book!

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    Brenda Stillwater, MN, USA 06-25-10
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    "Enjoyed this book"

    Good summer listening...

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