Saturday, February 25, 2012

(26)Friends Like Us by Lauren Fox

Friends Like Us 

Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Pages: 288

Willa and Ben are friends from way back.  Way way back.  They went through high school together, ditching school together and the whole works.  They parted ways for a while and Willa meets Jane.  Jane is like the sister she never had.   They speak their own language which includes a lot of laughter. 

Flash forward to Willa's High School Reunion.  There she runs into Ben and he steps easily back into her life as though time had never gone by.  Even after all these years they are still in sync with their thoughts and actions.  As closely connected as they are, is it a surprise that Ben falls in love with Jane?  Now Willa has to watch as her two closest friends start creating their own inside jokes, their own languages, and their own life together.  Will there still be a place for Willa or is she being pushed outside their circle and left in the cold?

Friends Like Us is getting a lot of positive buzz right now  and I can certainly see why.  Lauren Fox has created a world of friendship that we all long for.  One where Willa has not one, but two friends who "complete" her.  I just don't think she can see how lucky she is to have the bond that  she has with both Jane and Ben.  It is truly a gift from God.  And when she makes an incredibly stupid move those bonds are changed forever.   I really want to be careful in what I say, but the cover does a pretty good job of explaining what happens,  you just need to figure out whose legs belong to whom.

I really enjoyed this book.  I laughed at Willa's silly little puns and my heart ached for her when things took a turn.  There is nothing worse than feeling like an outsider, but what happened was a pretty crappy thing to do, no matter how much you are hurting. So many of us want to see the world in black and white, yet Willa is proof that it is far more grey.

There is a Readers Guide at the end of the book with some pretty thought provoking questions that would be great if you were to consider this book for a Book Club. Give it a read and let me know what you think!


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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