Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)
I have read everything Jane Green has ever wrote. Some are absolutely superb (Jemima J, To Have and to Hold, The Other Woman) while others are less so. Regardless, they are usually a fun beach-y type read. Her latest, however, The Friends We Keep completely misses the mark. It follows three life-long friends, Evvie, Topher, and Maggie as the navigate first through their college years and into adulthood. As so often happens with these stories, the author breaks these friends apart, only to bring them back together at the end. And of course there are secrets, drama, and intrigue along the way. But the contrived nature of these “secrets” (which a reader could see coming a mile away) is what really grates. I did finish the book but was dissatisfied that I did so.
Located in Adult Fiction (FIC GREEN)