Bridesmaids meets The In-Laws in a novel told from the alternating perspectives of two women who define the term frenemies - from New York Times best-selling author Jen Lancaster.
Jacqueline Jordan knows conflict. A fearless journalist, she's spent the past decade embedded in the world's hot spots, writing about the fall of nations and the rise of despots. But if you were to inquire about who topped Jack's enemy list, she'd not hesitate to answer: Kitty Carricoe.
Kitty reigns supreme over the world of carpools and minivans. A SAHM, she spends her days caring for her dentist husband and three towheaded children, running the PTA, and hiding vegetables in deceptively delicious packed lunches.
Kitty and Jack haven't a single thing in common - except for Sarabeth Chandler, their mutual bestie. Sarabeth and Jack can be tomboys with the best of them, while Sarabeth can get her girly-girl on with Kitty. In fact the three of them were college friends until the notorious frat party incident, when Jack accidentally hooked up with Kitty's boyfriend....
Yet both women drop everything and rush to Sarabeth's side when they get the call that her fabulously wealthy husband has perished in a suspicious plane crash. To solve the mystery surrounding his death, Jack and Kitty must bury the hatchet and hit the road for a trip that just may bring them together - if it doesn't kill them first.
©2015 Jen Lancaster (P)2015 Penguin Audio
I would listen to The Best of Enemies again because the dialogue and performances were completely entertaining. I have enjoyed Jen Lancaster's memoirs but was completely taken by surprise with her excellent characterizations and laugh out-loud dialgoue that so accurately reflects several decades of female interaction. Loved how she started out the story with the hotel bills and let in unfold from there. It really drew the reader in. So what about that shark? Deftly mixed ways to move the plot along, flashbacks, etc. Really good POV shifting, too.
Not sure but it reminded me of an old-fashioned comedy of manners with a modern edge. The ending was a little silly but I liked the development between the two main characters - really well done. Still laughing over the nightclub scene at Monaco- perfect!
These two did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and enhanced the comedy and the conflict. Played against each other to great advantage.
You might not start out liking one or both of the characters but you will end up cheering for them at the end.
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I'm a fan of almost all of Jen Lancaster's books. Some more than others ~ as with any author. I like the slight change of tone and perspective here from Jen's usual stuff actually. There's the snide, materialistic, social climbing, but with a good heart Kitty - we're all.familiar with her character from characters real and fictional in all of Jen's other books. But then we have Jack and her three brothers as supporting cast and these are different voices with broader, smarter, interesting voices and points of view.
The story itself is pretty predictable in places, but this isn't really about a "mystery" at all. It's a look at women and why we treat each other the way we do. Sometimes we don't even recognize the cruelty or hurt we inflict on our best friends until it's too late. Maybe, true friendship means it's never too late to forgive and move forward.
I love Jen Lancaster's books, but was hesitant to try one of the novels. Although it had a slow start, I thought it got much better. I look forward to more of her books in the future!
This had great potential to be a gritty mystery, but the author spent 90% of the book telling the back story of the characters. And I struggled at the beginning to establish the characters because they were called different names - this might have just been a challenge of an audio book vs. paper, but it took away from the story.
I usually like Jen Lancaster's books because she sets them in the Gen X era: high school/college in the 90s, 20's in the 2000s and adulthood in recent history; I can relate to the characters and what they are/were thinking. This one just didn't hit the mark for me with the chosen format.
I'm a huge Jen Lancaster fan. Her fiction writing just keeps getting stronger and I truly enjoyed this book.
I enjoyed the performances and found the voices very well suited to their roles. I liked the use of different voices for the two protagonists and the letters, invitations, etc.
I know I will listen to this again and again.
A humorous and warm read covering numerous sensitive issues for both females and males, all in a spirit of this is Life. A bit of a surprising twist for the ending. Well worth a credit.
Jen Lancaster is hands down my favourite author. Her memoirs are hilarious and touching. And her fiction has been great too. This is by far her best work of fiction yet. I absolutely loved it--so much so that I wish I hadn't listened to it so quickly, I'm sad it's over!
Keep up the wonderful writing Jen. I'm a huge fan.
Jen Lancaster has an incredible way with characters and dialogue. This book was delicious from start to finish. Narration was spot on, too. Grab some mallomars, snuggle up in front of the fire ,or on the beach with an umbrella drink, and enjoy!
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