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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