Book: Best Friends Forever
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Review: Estranged for years, former best friends Addie and Valerie are reunited when Valerie shows up at Addie's house in the middle of the night needing her help. Told in past and present, we learn about the girls friendship (beautiful Valerie with an unstable home life, and overweight Addie, whose loving family is impacted when her beloved brother suffers brain damage in a terrible car accident). At present, now in their 30s, the girls are on the run after Valerie's actions may or may not have killed a fellow high school classmate.
I enjoyed learning about the girls when they were younger and seeing their friendship develop. However, their present selves were so cliche they seemed like cartoons. Valerie, in particular, was so over the top stupid/ridiculous it was too much even for a light chick-lit book. Furthermore, the ending, which some may find touching, was too over the top to ever happen in real life.
Book Junkie's Grade: C+