Best Friends Forever: A Novel

by Jennifer Weiner | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0743294297 Global Overview for this book
Registered by rem_LovesOU on 9/24/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by rem_LovesOU on Monday, September 24, 2012
friendships never die despite hard time over the course of 15 years.

Journal Entry 2 by rem_LovesOU at Carrollton, Texas USA on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (2/11/2013 UTC) at Carrollton, Texas USA

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Off to Utah as part of the Gen Lit VBB. Enjoy

Journal Entry 3 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Thursday, February 21, 2013
Received in the mail. Thank you!

Journal Entry 4 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
The premise was hard for me to wrap my head around yet I kept reading to find out what would happen next. Addie and Val became best friends when they are nine. After a betrayal in high school, they stop talking. Years later, Val shows up at Addie's front door with blood on her sleeve and needing help. Addie puts her life on hold and in danger to help Val . The story goes between present day and back to when they were best friends in school. An enjoyable read.

Journal Entry 5 by dabercro at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (6/26/2013 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Journal Entry 6 by Aberpeter at Kirkland, Washington USA on Monday, July 08, 2013
Came home in my Read and Journaled Bookbox. I look forward to reading this book.

Journal Entry 7 by Aberpeter at Kirkland, Washington USA on Tuesday, January 27, 2015
As much as I enjoyed reading this novel, the thing that sticks out to me the most is the lack of self-esteem both Addie and Val suffer from, even as women approaching their 30's. Addie deals with her lack of self-esteem through eating (which she recently overcame by losing a lot of weight) and hiding. She is also very willing to do what someone else suggests in order to be accepted. Val, on the other hand, didn't have much growing up and was always envious of what Addie had. To counter her lack of self-esteem, Val did want she wanted and takes what she wants, leaving destruction in her path. Addie is more than willing to do what Val wants to be accepted by her, which is also why Addie follows along with Val when she shows up on her doorstep 10 years after graduation needing help.

In addition to Val and Addie, the other characters in the book were also flawed. There is Jordan, the police chief who is depressed his wife left him over a year ago and suddenly falls in love with Addie after their first, brief meeting. There is also Dan, who was a bully in high school and suddenly comes to the realization he was a bully in high school and is trying to make amends.

It is the lack of self-esteem and self-worth which makes this story work. All the characters have a lot of personal baggage to work through and the ending of the novel seems very quickly put together. However, by the end everyone seems to have worked through their own personal issues and will now live happily ever after.

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