REVIEW – The Friends We Keep by Jane Green

The Friends We Keep

Published June 4, 2019 by Berkley

 

This was my first read from Jane Green, but it DEFINITELY won’t be my last.

The year is 1986 and Evvie Williams has just arrived at university. She sees the other students getting settled in with help from their parents. Evvie is alone as her mother had to work, but she knows her mother is proud of her. Evvie is feeling good. She’s happy she lost weight before school started. She is most comfortable when she is “skinny Evvie”.

It’s not long before Evvie meets Maggie. They hit it off immediately. Neither of them has much in common with their current roommates.  Maggie takes control and has it switched so they can room together.

“We’re going to be best friends, aren’t we?” said Maggie. “I can feel it.”

They become fast friends who tell each other everything. Well, almost everything…

Soon they meet a handsome young aspiring actor named Topher. The three become inseparable and vow to always have each other’s backs.

Evvie gets a job bartending at a local Pub. That is where the group first meets Ben…or “Evil Ben” as they call him. Evvie really doesn’t care for him. But Maggie falls hard. She has a thing for difficult men.

After University they begin living separate lives. But they make a pact. If they happen to be on their own when they are fifty they will live together again.

We see what becomes of the friends during the “in-between years”.  They all have their own personal struggles. They all have secrets.

As time passes, they continue to move in different directions. Will these friends find their way back to each other again?

I thought this was an enjoyable read, an interesting character driven novel.

The story is broken down into three parts and was easy to follow. The beginning (1986-1992), the in-between years (1992-2016), and present day (2019).

I enjoyed reading about these characters as they went through life.  The ups and downs, mistakes, and all their other experiences. I thought the characters were well-developed, likable, and relatable.

The story made me think of some of my old friends. We may not speak often but when we do it’s like no time has passed.

An engaging novel that deals with many important issues. Friendship, addiction, self-esteem, love, forgiveness, and more.

I really am looking forward to reading more from this author.

 

I’d like to thank Berkley Books for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

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Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (June 2019)

Looking Ahead is a monthly meme hosted by Tina at Reading Between the Pages.

It’s a great way of sharing what you are planning/hoping to read that month.  It’s also a fun way of seeing what other bloggers are planning on reading that month.

If you decide to join, don’t forget to visit Tina’s blog and link up!

 

Once again I am late posting my list for this month. It is so hard to believe that we are already at the halfway point of 2019.  I know I say it every month but time is flying!

I read quite a few books in the last month, but I’m still a bit behind on my reviews. Hopefully, I will be able to catch up on all of them (or at least most of them) this month. 

I’m looking forward to all the books on this month’s list. It’s hard to know where to start sometimes. I do like to read a few books at a time, but I can also let it get out of control. It’s because I want to read them all!

I really do hope I have time to read all of the following books. They all sound so good.

 

 

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These are the books I’m planning on reading this month!

(If you click on the book image it will take you to the Goodreads description)

 

Necessary People

A Stranger on the Beach

After the End

The First Mistake

The Arrangement

Before She Was Found

The Passengers

Miracle Creek

Wherever She Goes: A Novel

The Friends We Keep

 

Have you read any of these already? Are some on your list of upcoming reads? I hope you all have many great reads ahead!

Happy reading!!!

 

 

 

Music Monday – Face Down by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The song and video I’m sharing today is:

 

Face Down by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

 

“Face Down”  was released in 2006. It’s a song that details an experience of domestic abuse. The lyrics are very personal to lead singer, Ronnie Winter and he hoped that it would help people who may be in a similar situation.

The lyrics are emotional and thought provoking:

 

A commentator wonders why a young woman is staying in an abusive relationship:

“I’ll never understand why you hang around

I see what’s going down

Cover up with makeup in the mirror

Tell yourself it’s never gonna happen again

You cry alone and then he swears he loves you”

 

Then the commentator addresses the abuser:

“Do you feel like a man when you push her around?

Do you feel better now as she falls to the ground?”

 

The song/video end and it appears the woman is done with her abuser:

“I finally had enough.”

I’m sharing the original version of the song/video and the acoustic version.

 

Face Down by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

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Hey girl you know you drive me crazy
One look puts the rhythm in my hand
Still I’ll never understand why you hang around
I see what’s going down
Cover up with makeup in the mirror
Tell yourself it’s never gonna happen again
You cry alone and then he swears he loves you
Do you feel like a man
When you push her around?
Do you feel better now, as she falls to the ground?
Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s got to end
As your lies crumble down, a new life she has found
A pebble in the water makes a ripple effect
Every action in this world will bear a consequence
If you wait around forever you will surely drown
I see what’s going down
I see the way you go and say you’re right again
Say you’re right again
Heed my lecture
Do you feel like a man
When you push her around?
Do you feel better now, as she falls to the ground?
Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s got to end
As your lies crumble down, a new life she has found
Face down in the dirt
She said, “This doesn’t hurt!”
She said, “I finally had enough!”
Face down in the dirt
She said, “This doesn’t hurt!”
She said, “I finally had enough!”
One day she will tell you that she has had enough
It’s coming round again
Do you feel like a man
When you push her around?
Do you feel better now, as she falls to the ground?
Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s got to end
As your lies crumble down, a new life she has found
Do you feel like a man
When you push her around?
Do you feel better now, as she falls to the ground?
Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s got to end
As your lies crumble down, a new life she has found
Face down in the dirt
She said, “This doesn’t hurt!”
She said, “I finally had enough!”
Songwriters: Ronnie Winter
Face Down lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Throwback Thursday – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is:

 

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

(Click the book cover to read Goodreads description)

Published July 29th, 2014 by Berkley

 

No lie…I loved this book. It was the first book I read by Liane Moriarty. I’ve since read almost all of her other novels and I am definitely a fan for life.

 

Murder at a school trivia night

I loved the characters and story-line and it kept me guessing right up until the very end. Full of wonderfully brilliant characters, lots of school gossip and politics, drama, mystery, and humour.

One of my favorite novels.

I chose this novel for this week’s Throwback Thursday as Season 2 of the TV Series “Big Little Lies” is premiering this Sunday, June 9th. I am REALLY excited as I loved the first season.

 I highly recommend this novel (and the TV series!)

Have a great weekend all!