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.
When I read Jennifer Weiner's first book, Good In Bed, I was so happy. I found an author who could make me laugh, cry and shout for joy when her characters found love. I stayed up all night to finish Good In Bed. But I didn't find the same kind of feeling with In Her Shoes, Little Earthquakes, Certain Girls or Goodnight Nobody. I sadly was about to give up on Jennifer's books.
But I decided to give this book a try and I'm happy to report that I've fallen in love with Jennifer's writing all over again. I indentified with Addie, who was teased as teen by her classmates, with Valerie, who wanted to be popular even if meant betraying her best friend, and Jordan, who lost love once and thought that he missed his only chance. The character were well written; You felt like you knew them, even from page one.
I hope that Jennifer Weiner's got some more books like this up her sleeve. I'll be looking forward to her next book with high expectations.