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Review: The Friends We Keep

The Friends We Keep

The Friends We Keep
By Jane Green
Berkley, 9780399583346, June 2019, 384pp.

The Short of It:

A story of friendship and forgiveness and it’s so well done. It will most definitely be on my list of faves at the end of the year.

The Rest of It:

Evvie, Topher, and Maggie met in college and instantly hit it off. Every strength and weakness is known, every fear, every insecurity. Nothing is a secret until one of them makes a grave mistake which threatens the friendship as they know it.

I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I have been reading these great books lately about life, and love and friendship and they are just giving me life right now. I love to meet characters that grow. You know what I mean? They start one way, and grow with each page and that is how they are in The Friends We Keep. They mature and age and well, they just seem like people I could easily be friends with which makes me love them more.

Your college years. You will always remember them and in this book, their college years mean so much to them that they don’t know what to do when they don’t have that going for them. They seem a little lost and doubtful about their future adult selves and honestly, who hasn’t been there?

I’ve never read Jane Green before so I can’t compare this book to others she’s written but I CAN tell you that I want to read all her books now. All of them.

The Friends We Keep is a really great read and one that I did not want to end. Find a copy and read it!

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review: The Summer Demands

The Summer Demands

The Summer Demands
By Deborah Shapiro
Catapult, 9781948226301, June 2019, 224pp.

The Short of It:

Gave me all the feels of The Big Chill but with a smaller cast of characters.

The Rest of It:

On the verge of her fortieth birthday, Emily inherits an abandoned summer camp from her aunt. She and her husband move there, with the hopes of transforming it into an artist colony. The old, main house is full of charm and memories but the rest of the camp is in need of repair. They both realize it will take quite a bit of resources to get it to where it needs to be. What they don’t immediately realize though is that they already have their first guest.

I really enjoyed The Summer Demands. Emily and her husband are in a good place. Even though she is without a job and trying to find her way again after suffering a miscarriage, Emily is hopeful if not a little lost. But when she stumbles upon Stella, a twenty-something who is essentially squatting on their property, her first reaction is to help her, not oust her and she holds that secret for a little while before telling her husband.

It’s these moments between Stella and Emily that cause so much tension. Female friendships and intimacy, envy, jealousy and longing. Emily is a tad infatuated with Stella but when Stella meets Emily’s husband, Emily notices that everyone she meets is kind of infatuated with Stella. It’s just who she is.

Emily and Stella loll around the camp, swimming, watching movies, and soaking up the sun but as a reader you just know that this idyllic summer must end eventually, and it does. I loved the easiness of this novel. I loved the complexities of female friendships displayed here and I liked how the author explored things without making you feel too strongly about any one thing.

Plus, the setting was great. The lake and the sunlight filtering through the trees. It’s all so palpable. I really enjoyed The Summer Demands but it definitely falls into the “quiet novel” category which I enjoy very much.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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