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Review: The Friends We Keep

Title: The Friends We Keep

Author: Jane Green

Release Date: June 4th, 2019

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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Synopsis from Goodreads: Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known one another since college. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never found the lives they wanted--the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible. Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man. Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with in college, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause. Topher became a successful actor, but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy. By their thirtieth reunion, these old friends have lost touch with one another and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness . . . until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything. The Friends We Keep is about how despite disappointments we've had or mistakes we've made, it's never too late to find a place to call home.

My Review: I am normally a huge Jane Green fan but this book was a bit off the mark for me. It was missing some of that emotional pull that her books usually have. While I liked all of the characters for the most part, I found myself skim reading through large parts of the book. The book spans from the friends college years up until they all 50. The book jumps view points to give us glimpses into everyone’s lives. While I understand the need for the multiple POV’s here I also felt like it was part of the reason I kept losing interest while reading it. Also toward the end of the book something happens that I just found to be completely unbelievable. There is no way that the other characters wouldn’t have found out sooner! I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but once that happened I had a hard time with the rest of it.

*I received this book from Berkley Books in exchange for an honest review*


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