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Friends Forever: A Novel | [Danielle Steel]

Friends Forever: A Novel

Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, number one New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey - full of tests and trials - as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.
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Publisher's Summary

Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, number one New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey - full of tests and trials - as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.

Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean - each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten, they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.

As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.

In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life - sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side.

©2012 Danielle Steel (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    D. Arena USA 10-11-12
    D. Arena USA 10-11-12 Member Since 2009

    DLA

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    "Following the Lives of Friends..."
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    This was an excellent book. It follows friends from their school careers. I loved how we get to know each Character and how they turned out as young adults. It featured everyday lives and makes you think of your own life. Overall, an excellent story. The story kept me interested in the Characters lives and their families.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Schlapper Wisconsin 09-21-12
    Jody Schlapper Wisconsin 09-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Traveling Cousins

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    "What a disapointment!"
    Would you try another book from Danielle Steel and/or Nick Podehl?

    NEVER! I read and owned all of Danielle Steel's earlier books. This was a terrible disapointment and the narration was AWFUL! I don't know why a man was chosen to read this. His prerformance was way over the top, too emotional, and just plain creepy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Danielle Steel again?

    I may try Danielle Steel again, from the library. I don't think I'll be wasting anymore money on her though.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As stated, his preformance was way over the top. It truly detracted from the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of that and more. I understand that life is life and death is part of it. But really?? The first was touching. The second shocking. The third? By that point I was beyond disappointed and knew I'd be writing a review.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money. This is NOT the Danielle Steel I loved so much twenty years ago. Three words to describe this book...TRASH. DISAPPOINTMENT. REGRET.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa M. Collins 08-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "great book cryed alot"

    great story sad at time but I listen to it 3 times and passed it alone to other who love it 2

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    Paqui 07-27-15
    Paqui 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really awful"

    Bad story, awful plot, bad narrator. Even on sale it was a waste of money.

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    Kayla 07-23-15
    Kayla 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Cute to Tragic to Love.. All in one!"
    What made the experience of listening to Friends Forever the most enjoyable?

    I had a constant want to listen to this book. It was a great story, and although there were moments where I was a little annoyed with what was happening, in the end it made it all worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone! It starts out a little slow, making you wonder if it's something worth listening to but it definitely is so don't give up on it!! It gets a quite tragic throughout it, but the end is the best it could be. It made me really sad that it was over!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanie Alksne 07-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Kinda sad"

    Well performed story with a kind of nice ending to an overall sad tale of friends from early years

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christen Hamilton 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but surprising"
    Where does Friends Forever rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't read a Danielle Steel book in awhile because of the typical storylines but this one I must admit did surprise me. Good book and I liked the narrator


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    typical


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 07-21-15
    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 07-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Total waste of time"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think Danielle Steel wrote this when she was in High School! I can't believe it was written by her. It was terrible and poorly written.


    What could Danielle Steel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Lines were repeated multiple times through out the book. It was repetitive and predicable from the beginning.


    How could the performance have been better?

    His performance of female voices was just plain sad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Friends Forever?

    Where would I start? There wouldn't be a book left.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 06-30-15
    Ken 06-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "SAD!!!"

    Book was well done but the story was very sad. Reader did an excellent job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stiina 04-16-15
    Stiina 04-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Best and maybe one of the sadest book"

    I just adore this one. It made me cry but it was so good. It is like a picture of my generation - we have so much opportunities bur also so many ways to ruin it all (drugs, alcohol etc).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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