Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Best Friends
By Martha Moody

When I read the back cover blurb saying the book was about the friendship of two women who met in college and stayed friends for decades I thought it was right up my alley because I've stayed friends with some amazing women from college.

To say I was disappointed in the book would be an understatement.

At first, I liked sweet Sally and quirky Clare but I slowly began to not like either one of them at all. They're both self-centered (Clare more than Sally) and find reasons to justify all their actions, no matter how despicable they are -- an affair with a married man being the least of their morally questionable acts. I tried to find reasons to like them -- some of the work Clare does as a doctor, and Sally as a lawyer -- but I just couldn't.

Besides not liking the major characters, the other problem I had with the book is that some of the subjects the author brought up were not fleshed out enough. Why were the mothers of Sally and Clare the way they were? What exactly is Sally's daughter's problem? What was causing Ted's tremor? Also, she spent too much time on Clare's brothers but really didn't tell us anything about them. It almost seemed as if she added the brothers just to reach a word count.

I've read other reviews of this book and some people seem to really like it so I'm not going to say I don't recommend it. Reactions to books are such personal things that it's unfair to say that just because I don't like it you won't either. But, now you have my opinion.

2 out of 5

I'd love to read your opinion!


  1. Glad I'm not the only one who didn't like this book. Can't understand how it got to be a best seller.

  2. I hated this book! Total waste of time!