Book Review: The Friends We Keep by Jane Green @JaneGreen @BerkleyPub #stephlvsbooks #TheFriendsWeKeep #bookreview


Book Title and Author: The Friends We Keep by Jane Green
Publication Date and Publisher: June 4, 2019 by Berkley
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Pages: 384 pages
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Date Read: May 17, 2019 (paper copy from the publisher)

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Friends We Keep is the warm and wise new novel from Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since university. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and none of them ever found the lives they wanted – the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible.
Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man. 
Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with at university, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause. 
Topher became a successful actor but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy.
By their thirtieth reunion, these old friends have lost touch with each other and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness… until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything.
The Friends We Keep is about how despite disappointments we’ve had or mistakes we’ve made, it’s never too late to find a place to call home.

My Thoughts:

There’s a reason I’ve been reading every book Jane Green has ever written since I first picked up Jemima J in 2001 and will always read her books―she’s wise, engaging, warm, funny, and knows how to bring those qualities alive into her books. Every time I read one of her books, I have felt like I’m having a conversation with a good friend and The Friends We Keep was no different. Her writing is just so authentic and moving, and I think this is one of her best books yet. I hope you read it and think so too!

What I love so much about her newest novel is it’s a moving, compelling novel about the closest of friendships and how they not only can survive decades but the darkest of secrets. The friendship between Evvie, Maggie, and Topher that begins when they are college roommates until they reconnect again thirty years later is truly the focal point of this novel although there is definitely romantic entanglement that provides for some of the novel’s secrets.

As Green brilliantly switches back and forth from each of the character’s POV, we watch them go from college throughout their adult lives: relationships, lovers, careers, successes, failures, mistakes, love, pain, heartbreak, secrets, and lies. Can their lifelong friendship handle the secrets and lies?

This is such a compelling read about love and friendship, and it felt so realistic to me since I know that I have friends who I could go through anything with, not speak to for years, and then pick up our relationship where we left off. That’s why I say Green’s writing is just so authentic and real―she gets human nature and relationships in such a wonderful way. I know that I will read anything Jane Green writes, and I couldn’t encourage you more to add this wonderful book to your summer reading list.

**Thank you, Berkley for the gifted advance copy. All opinions are my own.** 

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36 thoughts on “Book Review: The Friends We Keep by Jane Green @JaneGreen @BerkleyPub #stephlvsbooks #TheFriendsWeKeep #bookreview

  1. Lovely review . I also have been attracted to this book. It sounds absolutely fabulous. I like the books on friendship, if it has too much romance then I don’t like it

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    1. Thank you, Shalini! It’s fabulous. I do too. There’s a romantic element in the book that’s integral to the plot but the book isn’t romance. Hopefully that makes sense?

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  2. Great review! This book was already on request from my library can’t wait to read it. I look forward to reading her books every year!

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  3. Finish this Friday night and thought it was so good! I have friends like that as well that I don’t talk too often but when we see each other it’s like no time has passed, although I am certain none of them have betrayed me quite like some of the things that went on in this book!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it too! Yes, me too! I go months without seeing my best friend and when we see each other, it’s like we saw each other the day before. No. I don’t think either!

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  4. Wonderful review, Stephanie! I read Summer Secrets by the author and I loved it so much! Like you said, she has a way with words and telling a very authentic, compelling story. I’ll definitely check this one out!

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      1. Jemima J! It’s her first and more chick lit, not really like what she writes now but it’s my favorite. I love Summer Sisters too. It’s 2017 I think? Lol! I love all of them (I think maybe 1 or 2 I’ve given a 3 star rating but I’d still read them again).

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  5. I have never read a book by this author. 😦 Which is weird, but I am always drawn in by her covers. I really need to read one. I loved your review for this one, so it would be a great place to start.

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    1. She’s so good! I think you’d like her 1st novel, Jemima J. It’s one of my absolute favorites and not like she writes now…more chick lit, less women’s fiction. It’s so good. I loved this one too of course, but totally different kinds of books!

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  6. I’ve never seen it spelled ‘Evvie’ before, but I feel bad for her already having starved for fame as a model and losing it all. I actually really like the idea of this, of showing how flawed we all can be, how we all make mistakes, don’t end up where we thought we would. I wonder what the ‘dark secret’ is… As for the enduring friendship side of things, I find that touching, too. Seeing stories from the individual characters’ points of view is interesting, must be a good author to make it work, and it sounds so given your loyalty to reading her books. Another great write-up lovely xx

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    1. I think I have, but it’s unusual. I do too! I need my food, and starving, achieving so much, and losing it would be awful, but she had good reason, I’ll say. It’s such a wonderful study of human nature. Jane Green really understands people and how they tick. The dark secret is a biggie. If they didn’t have a strong friendship, it would ruin them. She’s fabulous! Yes, reading her since 2001! Thank you, Caz! 😘

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