Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
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From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes "a smart, witty fairy tale for grownups" (Maureen Corrigan, NPR).

Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both nine years old. But in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat.

Flash-forward fifteen years. Valerie Adler has found a measure of fame and fortune working as the weathergirl at the local TV station. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents’ house in their small hometown of Pleasant Ridge, Illinois, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. She’s just returned from Bad Date #6 when she opens her door to find her long-gone best friend standing there, a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat. "Something horrible has happened," Val tells Addie, "and you’re the only one who can help."

Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It’s about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it, and the ties that keep best friends together
 

About Jennifer Weiner

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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
 
Published June 25, 2009 by Atria Books. 385 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Weiner proves yet again that women can be their own worst enemies--and shows that women's worst enemies can also be their best friends.

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A perfect poolside read for the summer

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In Best Friends Forever, obese, shy Addie is reunited with Valerie, an old neighbor and friend after nearly 15 years of silence.

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Jennifer Weiner's latest novel, Best Friends Forever, is much sharper than its dopey title would suggest. With a nod to Thelma and Louise, Weiner's Addie and Valerie rekindle a friendship that fizzled decades ago.

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The Washington Post

In fact, the thing I enjoy most about Weiner's books is their familiarity -- how her characters' concerns, jokes, insecurities and even homes feel like real life, or at least the embarrassingly tame version lived by average middle-class moms like me.

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The second novel in the Outlander series chronicles the adventures of Jamie and Claire Fraser, and their participation in the Jacobite uprising of 1745.

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Like Weiner’s other novels, Best Friends Forever is an absorbing book that’s perfect for beach reading, but it’s also emotionally resonant and takes unexpected turns.ProsDeeply satisfying characters and unexpected plot turns set this book apart from the pack.ConsSome of the situations and plot tu...

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It was $800, but I said, "If I wear it 10 times, then it's only an $80 dress."

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