A novel about two friends learning the difference between getting older and growing up

Bev Tunney and Amy Schein have been best friends for years; now, at thirty, they’re at a crossroads. Bev is a Midwestern striver still mourning a years-old romantic catastrophe. Amy is an East Coast princess whose luck and charm have too long allowed her to cruise through life. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed for bohemian in her mid-twenties: temping, living with roommates, drowning in student-loan debt. Amy is still riding the tailwinds of her early success, but her habit of burning bridges is finally catching up to her. And now Bev is pregnant.
     As Bev and Amy are dragged, kicking and screaming, into real adulthood, they have to face the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart.
     Friendship, Emily Gould’s debut novel, traces the evolution of a friendship with humor and wry sympathy. Gould examines the relationship between two women who want to help each other but sometimes can’t help themselves; who want to make good decisions but sometimes fall prey to their own worst impulses; whose generous intentions are sometimes overwhelmed by petty concerns.
     This is a novel about the way we speak and live today; about the ways we disappoint and betray one another. At once a meditation on the modern meaning of maturity and a timeless portrait of the underexamined bond that exists between friends, this exacting and truthful novel is a revelation.

July 1, 2014  |  273 pages
(Read from Feb 17, 2015 to Feb 18, 2015)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Literature, 40% Entertainment
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Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
I read about 60 pages of this book before dropping it because it was too "chick stuff" for my tastes. Through this book I've now learnt that there's a genre of chick literature which mostly chicks would like. Wish there was some guy-lit stuff too. Anyway, the characters are strong, the writing style is smooth, flowing, uninterrupted by needless junk - quite unlike most adult books out there. The characters feel memorable and personal. Wish someone would write in a similar way for guys too.  (-2 votes)