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Best Friends Forever | [Jennifer Weiner]

Best Friends Forever

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 their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd. Flash-forward 15 years. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents’ house, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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."

Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It’s about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it, and the ties that keep best friends together.

©2008 Jennifer Weiner (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jennifer Weiner's latest novel, Best Friends Forever, is not leaving the special shelf where it's already wedged in with other books I reread every so often because they just make me happy." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

"In Addie, Weiner has created a steely, sympathetic narrator who is vulnerable but not pathetic, unwilling to settle for disappointment despite the bad hand that most of her 33 years have dealt. The novel is a welcome addition to the author's collection of tales about strong, clever women who carve their own niche in this world - much like Weiner." (The Miami Herald)

Addie Downs - the Everygirl at the center of Jennifer Weiner's latest novel - just could turn out to be one of our favorite heroines of the summer.... Another superlative novel by Weiner, about a big girl with a bigger heart, that will have women and men of all sizes cheering." (USA Today)

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    Liza Johannesburg, South Africa 11-08-11
    Liza Johannesburg, South Africa 11-08-11
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    "Fun reading book.........."

    Typical, predictable, easy reading book. Perfect to read on the beach. Didn't keep my interest though just wanted to finish it at the end. Not more to say. I wont recommend that anyone go out of their way to read it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kay FORT WORTH, TX, United States 06-24-11
    kay FORT WORTH, TX, United States 06-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "very enjoyable"

    It was good and fun chic lit. Very good at describing her characters. I enjoy all of Jennifer Weiner's books.

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    C. Keogh Austin, TX 09-27-12
    C. Keogh Austin, TX 09-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just couldn't get behind any of the characters..."
    What did you like best about Best Friends Forever? What did you like least?

    I like how Jennifer Weiner doesn't simply demonize anyone, even the "bad guys" in her stories. She shows how different people react given a situation, and how those situations and choices shape a person into who they are. I didn't like that I just couldn't sympathize with the main characters. She made one friend a pathetic recluse and the other buddy a completely self-absorbed dimwit. They both irritated me so much that it was a struggle to get to the end.


    Has Best Friends Forever turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No way dude!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was a little slow in parts, but not bad overall.


    Do you think Best Friends Forever needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh please no. I'm ready to leave these two behind.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, a book is all about the characters - if I can't sympathize with at least one of the characters, it's very difficult to maintain interest in the story. The two "best friends" in this story start out pretty worthless and then have a huge change of personality by the end, but it happens a little too quickly and neatly so that it lacks credibility. I have huge respect for Jennifer Weiner, her works, and her writing style, so I powered through to the end of this one, but it was difficult. This was my least favorite of her stuff so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Orlando, FL 08-09-12
    Ginger Orlando, FL 08-09-12
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    Any additional comments?

    I was kinda disappointed in this book. I love Jennifer Weiner but this one was not nearly as good as some of her other books. There were some pretty funny momments but over all it missed the mark.

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    Susan easton, PA, United States 01-31-14
    Susan easton, PA, United States 01-31-14
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    "Not Finished.. But compelled to review"

    I've loved every one of Jennifer Weiner's books that I have read but I have to say, I am about half way through and I am so disappointed. This story hasn't interested me and made me want to read more. I listen to my audio books on my hour ride home and sometimes while working, however, I am actually FORCING myself to listen to this one on my rides because I bought it. The story is boring, flips back and forth between when the "best friends" were younger and now older. Just nothing particularly intriguing or interesting about it. Don't judge Jennifer Weiner's books by this one if you have never listed or read any of her others, try others, not this one! I am hoping it gets better by the end. I also have to say that the female that is reading in this book sounds.. sleepy.. and boring.. I feel like it could have more life with some more emotion.

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    Jaime Wynantskill, NY, United States 01-07-14
    Jaime Wynantskill, NY, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Enjoyable!"

    This book kept my attention from start to finish. A great story about suriviving friendship!

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    Mary Beth Maschner 10-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A good read"

    The story started off a little slow, but it all came together and had a good finish. I like JW and will continue to buy her books.

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    05-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    I couldn't even bring myself to finish this, but that could just be me. I've been a fan of Jennifer Weiner since Good In Bed, but this just doesn't measure up (in my opinion).

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    Linda Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-18-12
    Linda Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I Liked It!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Best Friends Forever to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What does James Colby and Nicole Poole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    How they're really trying to say something. The tone of their voices tell you.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Singapore, Singapore 01-15-12
    Eileen Singapore, Singapore 01-15-12
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    "Narrator spoils the story experience for me"
    What disappointed you about Best Friends Forever?

    I have not read very far into the book, but I kept getting distracted by the narrator's voice.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In the book, there is a girl named 'Val' who has a slightly husky / low voice. Narrator made her (even as a little girl) sound like a man. I love all Jennifer Weiner's stories but don't know if I can continue to listen to this reading.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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