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I love, love, love Jennifer Weiner's books. I've read everything I could get my hands on that she has written-including short stories. I bought this book upon immediate release and curled up to read it with anticipation. Unfortunately, I found myself waiting for the stortyine to pick up and to fall in love with the characters. I also found myself struggling to keep reading the book and that has NEVER happened while reading Weiner's work. By the time I did finish the novel I sat there stunned. I was completely disappointed by the unoriginal plot and the fact that I never could get into any of the characters. I placed the book upon the shelf with every other published piece by Weiner and sighed. I am hoping her next release brings brack the freshness and the colorful characters that Weiner is known for. Hey--no one is perfect, I'm giving Weiner a pass on this book and will wait anxiously for the next.
Although "Best Friends Forever" was my first taste ov Jennifer Weiner, I wholeheartedly agree with another reviewer's opinion that the novel was just...okay. The book had its moments ov wit and humor, but for the most part I was disappointed. I found myself feeling rather lucky in comparison to the characters...Long story short, I too felt sorry for them. And that's unfortunately, as much emotion as the novel inspired.
Just to make it clear, my problem with this novel isn't that what happens (to the majority ov the characters) is tragic or sad. My problem is that I hard time connecting. It just wasn't there for me.
There were also several important "surprise" chunks ov the novel that ended up being not so surprising. You know, those shocking plot twists? They weren't so shocking. In fact, I dare say they were quite predictable.
I liked Weiner's writing style and enjoyed her sense ov humor. I think she has the ability to connect with readers...But honestly, this particular novel just didn't cut it for me.
I actually saw this book at the grocery store believe it or not, and I wanted a good book to read too-- so why not! I read the first chapter and I was immediately drawn it takes you into a crime scene. A steamy crime scene at that. The more I read the more into it I got, but when it started getting closer to the end I kept thinking... Yeah right. This would never happen... ever! Obviously this book is talking about the year 2007 or even more current [they mention Twitter and Youtube] soooo how can someone rob a bank, and not be caught on camera? Glitch. There were a lot of holes in the story like Val "Addie I'm sorry I told lies about you, and ruined your senior year" how? "See how it feels when they're laughing at you" well who are you planning on sending Dan Swansea's naked pictures to anyway? The ending was a HUGE disappointment with a bogus love scene and a predictable ending. The beginning and the developing chapters were luring but it was a let down during Part III.
Jennifer Weiner used to be one of my all time favorites! Good in Bed was fabulous, along with all of her others...until now. Best Friends Forever was an unlikely, unrealistic friendship with an anti-climatic plot. It goes on and on, with nothing really of interest happening. I never felt a connection to the characters. The plot was dull. It was supposed to be an exciting type of mystery, "Thelma and Louise" bestfriends forever dishy drama, yet it fell flat. Wait for the softcover or get it at the library, or better yet-- just skip it altogether. Hopefully the next is better...
I have always enjoyed Jennifer's books. Her characters are always fun and true to like. However in this book I felt the characters never developed. Would had like Dan to apologize to them. I just finished the book and cannot recall all the names. Which there was more interactions between the main character an the police officer, He kissed her once and then page later we are told they are getting married.
very disappointing. could not believe it was the end when it was.
I hesitate to buy hard-cover books, preferring to wait for soft-cover versions to save some bucks. This book had fabulous reviews in my local newspaper, I was preparing for a week's summer vacation, and decided to splurge so I could read this while on vacation. I am so let down, I'm not even sure I'll loan this novel to friends.
Everything about this book left me cold and uninvolved. The so-called crime plot was contrived and silly. The fat teen hero with a wild, popular friend who disappeared, then returned 10 years (or something) later, was cliche. There was no depth to any character. The only good thing I can say is it didn't take long to read.
I leave my 1 star ratings for books that I can't finish --- this was close.
I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. It started off okay and it seemed like it was going to be a light, breezy read -- just what I was in the mood for. It became sad, depressing, and uninteresting. Parts of it seemed to go into excrutiating detail about the relationship and events of the childhood of Addie and Valerie. I read it until the end, because I had already invested so much time into it, but I could hardly wait for it to be over. After all the detail of the past, the ending seemed to wrap up very quickly and neatly. I was okay with that, because I just wanted it to be over. I would not recommend this book to others as I felt it was a painful experience for me.
I have enjoyed all of Weiner's books and eagerly anticipated this one. I found Val's character to be shallow and stereotypical and her relationship with Addie was unrealistic. The story was very predictable and didn't grab me with an emotional connection like her other books have. What a disappointment.