Thursday, July 23, 2009

Book Review - Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner and a giveaway!

Best Friends Forever
Jennifer Weiner
ISBN # 978-0743294294

Discover what happens when your best friend from high school shows up on your doorstep and says "You're my only hope. Help me."

Considering that Jennifer Weiner's book, Best Friends Forever just attained the coveted position of #1 on the NYT Bestseller list - Congratulations, Jennifer! - I'm sure she doesn't need more promotion... but, I wanted to talk about it anyway.

Best Friends Forever is about acceptance, forgiveness and love. High school can be like a haunted house for lots of kids. You never know if you're going to meet Casper the friendly ghost, or some entity that will suck your soul out through your nose. Teenagers are inherently insecure, always looking for a group to belong to, and always wary of betrayal. Jennifer's characters are no different.

What most of us come to realize as adults is we all do the best we can. Love (of self and others), acceptance and looking outside of ourselves brings perspective we don't possess as teenagers. I liked this book, and apparently many other people do, too.

Now, for the giveaway! I have 2 copies of Best Friends Forever to share. All you have to do is leave a comment, by midnight July 31st, and you will be entered. Giveaway only open to US locations. Was high school tough for you or the time of your life? Do you still know and talk to your BFF from back then? Have you come to understand why your friends were the way they were back then?

The drawing will be decidedly old fashioned. My 7 year old will draw two names from a hat - or a bucket, depending on how many entries there are. Good luck!


spamwarrior said...

This sounds like a great book! Acceptance, forgiveness, and love? Count me in!

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Jessica Lawlor said...

What a great giveaway and review. I'm excited to read it. I'm currently reading Good In Bed and loving it.

High school was mixed for me...the first two years were awkward and iffy...the second two were fabulous and filled with good times. Friends were definitely difficult back in HS and I'm happy to be in college where it seems to be a bit better!

Great blog...I'm excited to add it to my reader!

Analisa said...

Wow you give away books too!!! I would love Best Friends Forever. My best friend and I met my first day of high school. I was the new kid to the area. She sat next to me when she saw I was all alone. We have been friends ever since and that was 36 years ago. Please enter this new follower in your book giveaway.

Janna Leadbetter said...

I haven't read anything of hers yet, but I know I should.

I wonder if fate would have us book swap? ;)

CKHB said...

Do you still know and talk to your BFF from back then?

I'm married to my high school boyfriend, does that count?


Malena said...

I loved high school. We had a group we called the Fab 5 and hung out as often as possible. I'm still great friends with my BFF and try to see her at least once a month and talk on the phone each week even though each of us have 3 kids & busy schedules.

VirtualWordsmith said...

The winners are CKHB and Analisa! Cameron says congrats. :) Email me your snail mail addresses and I'll get the books out to you.

CKHB said...


Stephanie Faris said...

I want to be entered. I love Jennifer Weiner!

Analisa said...

So glad I won a copy of this book. I look forward to reading it and will probably review it on my blog Eyes on the Page.