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  1. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Secrets inner demons and the masks that slip on with every false smile we wear Jane Green uses 3 reunited friendships to teach us that to be flawed is to be human and we are all worthy of acceptance and forgiveness most importantly from our own self I absolutely loved this book Check it outMy favorite uote Until she started accepting herself exactly as she was she would never be at peaceAudiobook self narrated by the author Jane Green

  2. Deanna Deanna says:

    My reviews can also be seen at was my first read from Jane Green but it DEFINITELY won’t be my lastThe 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 everythingSoon they meet a handsome young aspiring actor named Topher The three become inseparable and vow to always have each other’s backsEvvie gets a job bartending at a local Pub That is where the group first meets Benor “Evil Ben” as they call him Evvie really doesn’t care for him But Maggie falls hard She has a thing for difficult menAfter 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 againWe see what becomes of the friends during the “in between years” They all have their own personal struggles They all have secretsAs 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 novelThe 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 2019I 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 relatableThe 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 passedAn engaging novel that deals with many important issues Friendship addiction self esteem love forgiveness and I really am looking forward to reading 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

  3. Katie B Katie B says:

    Really enjoyed this story of how friendships can change over time And I loved that rather than featuring 3 women it was 2 women and a man who were best friends Made the story a little uniue I believe this is the 7th book I have read by the author and I think this is one of her better onesEvvie Maggie and Topher were as thick as thieves during their university days but over the years they drifted apart Now in their fifties their lives aren't uite what they envisioned them to be back when they were young adults Life threw each person some curveballs and not all of their dreams came true However they might have a second chance at happiness but it might reuire not just being honest with each other but also themselvesThe story bounces back and forth between the three friends and takes place during their university years all the way into the present time when they are middle aged I thought Topher got the short end of the stick in terms of being as represented in the story as the two women although his presence was felt much in the second half He felt like a supporting character than a main character but I did like what the author did in terms of his storyline This story was a good example of how regrets and secrets can hold you back in life I loved how rather than just kinda condensing the story and just following the friends into their twenties we got to see them for a huge chunk of their lives At times I would get frustrated with some of the characters but not because I thought they were annoying it was wishing they would make better choices Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion

  4. Berit☀️✨ Berit☀️✨ says:

    F҉r҉i҉e҉n҉d҉s҉h҉i҉p҉ F҉o҉r҉g҉i҉v҉e҉n҉e҉s҉s҉ L҉i҉f҉e҉ Jane Green has crafted an engaging story full of friendship forgiveness and finding out who you really are Evie Maggie and Topher met at University where they forged a strong friendship that they swore would never end A friendship built on love respect and trust After university they all go their separate ways Evvie does something to betray Maggie’s trust rather than telling Maggie she pulls herself even further away from the friendship Evvie moves to New York where she becomes a supermodel Maggie works at a PR company and Topher becomes a soapstar Years later they all reunite at Maggie’s wedding to an old crush The reunion is short as they all have their lives to live and then Evvie does something that might end this friendship forever Fast forward and the three of them are in their 40s and they are all at a point in their lives where it makes the most sense for them to all live together But as the three begin to get closer again secrets begin to come out Secret that may not be forgivable I love stories about friendships and that this was a friendship between two women and a man was a bit of a different twist that I found refreshing I really liked all three of these characters even though they weren’t terribly relatable and they sure did frustrated me at times The story spanned many decades and I Love that It is so amazing how much we change and grow through the years How we let go of dreams and develop new ones That really was evident in the lives of these characters I probably was most sympathetic towards Maggie because I could relate to her than the other characters I know what it’s like to have a spouse who is an alcoholic and if I’m being honest Maggie is a much forgiving person than me In oh so many ways This was a great read that will resonate with many I think we all have those friends that we thought would always be part of our lives that we don’t see much of any Although I have to say some of the characters in this book really push those friendship boundaries and I am not sure if I would be so ready to forgive Jane green has a engaging writing style that kept me completely invested in the story throughout This was another wonderful read that I encourage you to add to your summer TBR Big thanks to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book

  5. Irena BookDustMagic Irena BookDustMagic says:

    Actual rating 25 starsIf I could use only one word to describe The Friends We Keep by Jane Green it would be boringEven though the story takes place in time period of 30 years and so many things happened during that time it still felt like the story was dragging and draggingThis novel has 384 pages but it felt like I was reading 600 pages long book It took me 4 days to finish it even though I really do have time for reading on my hands at this point in my lifeThe story follows three people Evvie Maggie and Topher who met in collage and started their friendship thereThrough the story they keep and lose contact with each other but their lives are always intertwined in some wayI usually love novels that explore human relationships and I don’t mind when the story takes time but this time I just couldn’t wait for it to be already overI think my main problem was with characters Two of four main characters yes four because one side character is very significant were very superficial one was alcoholic and I feel like person who knew about him only tried to find excuses for his behaviour and one only made bad choices in her lifeThe worst of them all was Evvie I think with a friend like that you really don’t need enemiesThis is the story about forgiveness and although I am aware that forgiveness is important for one to move on with his life I also think that some actions are unforgivable and even if you do forgive with time it’s better to move on with your life without a person who wronged you in itJane Green is very popular author and I have to admit that even though I haven’t read her work before I was pretty disappointed with The Friends We Keep

  6. Mackenzie - PhDiva Books Mackenzie - PhDiva Books says:

    Friendship forgiveness and finding your way in life The Friends We Keep follows three best friends across several decades as they drift apart and come back together The power of true friendships is that they can survive anything even when they lose their way This book made its way into my heart and I won’t soon forgetThe way Jane Green writes makes you feel like the characters are your friends and loved ones My heart broke with theirs when they lost their way My heart swelled when their friendships lasted through all of the ups and downs What a credit to the way Green writes—she makes readers feel that this story is special for themAnd the things the characters go through—I’ll say that I think most of us will have experienced at least one theme themselves I did this as a buddy read with Berit and we discussed how we connected personally with these characters How would we react in their spot? It was such a great friendship building moment for Berit and I and I think this is perfect to read with a book buddy or book clubThe story spans decades and that is also one of the things that makes this unputdownable Beginning at university the three friends meet Evvie is lonely—a famous beautiful actress but without friends Her cat loving uptight roommate just isn’t a fit for her When she meets vibrant and fun loving Maggie the same day they uickly swap rooms and find themselves to be instant best friends Soon after they meet Topher a seemingly asexual male who shies away from physical touch but is a truly outstanding friendAs the friends grow up through university I connected with them so much Their whole lives are ahead of them and it's hard for them to imagine life ever not being them living with their best friends And then they transition to adulthood Each on their own path we see their lives unfold They find love They get their hearts broken They lose touch And eventually they find each other againAnd when they come together they struggle to tell one another the truth Everything was not perfect Sometimes I do think we have the hardest time being honest with those we love the most and Jane Green really plays with that theme here `My heart is so connected to these characters I miss them but I also felt that their stories are so satisfying I want but I also don’t feel like I missed anything Truly a beautiful book and I’m excited to share itThank you to Berkley Publishing for my copy Opinions are my own

  7. marilyn marilyn says:

    When Maggie Evvie and Topher meet and live together in college they can't imagine not having each other as best friends and staying in touch for the rest of their lives After graduating Maggie and Topher leave for their new careers while Evvie gets stuck in town for an extra week During that week she does something that could break the trust and friendship of her friends especially Maggie if Maggie were to ever find out Over the next ten years Evvie is busy with her modeling career Topher is busy starring in a hit soap opera and Maggie is busy with her PR career Maggie tries to keep in touch with a reluctant Evvie Then something happens where Evvie crosses an even radical line in her relationship with Maggie and they grow farther apart over the years About the time that the trio turns fifty all of their lives are at a place where living together seems like a good idea for each of them But there are secrets big secrets that can blow the relationships of these three friends apart forever This story is about forgiveness trying to get past terrible betrayals and hurts and deciding what is best for the future for Maggie Evvie and Topher I enjoyed the story despite not being able to relate to a lot of the decisions that are made in the story but it's obvious that letting go of the past can bring a better future if letting go is possible Thank you to BerkleyPenguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC

  8. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    I think it’s kismet this book about lifelong friendship publishes on my best friend’s of almost twenty eight years birthday ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Jane Green is another of my go tos for summer reads and wow I’m loving this summery cover as well as what’s inside Evvie Topher and Maggie have been best friends since college Just as those friendships tend to go they made a solemn vow to be friends forever Over time they have drifted apart and none of the friends are in the place they thought they’d be when they were young dreamers Topher is an actor but he has kept a secret since childhood that has weighed heavily on him Maggie and Ben got married and there’s something heavy coming between them Evvie becomes a supermodel but she ruins her career with an impulsive act After thirty years the friends reunite As they reminisce it feels like another chance at happiness but there’s a storm cloud lurking with secrets hidden inside To me the biggest message from The Friends We Keep is a beautiful one it’s never too late to reconnect with an old friend or to mend a relationship that’s been broken It’s also a story of how we evolve over time with all those tiny choices we make along the way and how those evolutions may make us forget our dreams or even who we thought we were The Friends We Keep is another Jane Green book that’s full of heart The messages resonate and I loved the journey these complex friends meandered on I treasured the hope instilled in these pages and I’m forever grateful Jane Green writes us these stories we hold in our hearts I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom

  9. Norma Norma says:

    Engaging insightful heartwarmingThis is my first experience with this author and I must say that I am really surprised that I haven’t picked up one of her books before as these are the types of stories that I love to read in between those dark twisted and thrilling suspenseful thrillers I will definitely be adding this author to my ever growing TBR shelf in the futureTHE FRIENDS WE KEEP by JANE GREEN is an entertaining moving and unforgettable read that’s a uick light and easy summer reading story that is definitely worthy enough to read leisurely at the beach Although it’s a story with some substance that definitely made me hyper aware of my own personal friendships and life experiences as well as some of those unhappy memories This book felt so genuine to read and some aspects to the character’s individual storylines totally resonated with me The book centers around the friendship between Evvie Maggie and Topher that begins when they were roommates at University and then fast forward to thirty years later when these three friends reconnect In between we get some insight into how each of these characters lived their lives and what events occur that ultimately brings them back together again Of course there are some secrets and juicy stories here to make this a fun and amusing readJANE GREEN delivers a compelling intriguing thought provoking and well written read here that totally captivated and immersed me into the storyline The characters were likable and relatable to a point where I thought that I alone was the intended audience I love it when I connect so well to an author’s writing style Norma’s StatsCover Welcoming summery calming relaxing and a fitting representation to storyline Title Appealing intriguing and absolutely loved how it played so meaningfully and fittingly into the storyline WritingProse Well written readable genuine appealing moving engaging and captivating Plot Fun amusing insightful memorable fascinating secrets lies hope love steadily paced absorbing enjoyable and entertaining Ending I had no issues with the way this story wrapped up and left me feeling uite happy and contently satisfied Overall It was a light uick and easy read that totally captured my attention as well as my heart Would recommendThank you so much to Berkley Publishing for gifting me an advanced copy of this bookReview can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog

  10. Yun Yun says:

    Normally I love Jane Green so it's somewhat of a surprise to me that I found The Friends We Keep to be a letdown Evvie Maggie and Topher meet during their freshman year in college and instantly become best friends When they graduate they vow to remain close friends but real life slowly intrudes and they lose touch Thirty years later they meet up again and have another chance at closeness but a dark secret from the past threatens to tear everything apart The story isn't bad per se but it isn't compelling either I found most of it to be boring and plodding The early years when the three friends first meet isn't that interesting and neither is the intervening years as they live their lives The only riveting parts of the story are those related to the dark secret but that's very little of the book Otherwise it feels like the story is padded to fill an entire book's worth of pages Reading this I felt very little of any emotion or attachment The words are on the page and there should be characters I care about but I just don't The writing and the plot felt uninspired and tired If you were looking to try out Jane Green I think this one is entirely skippable and I would pick a different one to start with

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The Friends We Keep The Friends We Keep is the heartwarming and unforgettable new novel from Jane Green New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House Evvie Maggie and Topher have known one another since college Their friendship was something they swore would last forever Now years have passed the friends have drifted apart and they never found the lives they wanted the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possibleEvvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married manMaggie married Ben the boy she fell in love with in college never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would causeTopher became a successful actor but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacyBy their thirtieth reunion these old friends have lost touch with one another and with the people they dreamed of becoming Together again they have a second chance at happiness until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything