Jennifer Weiner is not your typical writer of popular fiction. Her slow and dry style causes one to under-estimate her before she starts effortlessly shifting through the gears like an F1 (Formula One) driver. The more you read, the more fun and humor she adds to the telling, making the second half of Best Friends Forever seem much shorter than the first half.
The reader also has fun because we realize that we know these people in real life… The fun-loving and popular Val, the down-on-herself Addie (whom others trust and believe in more than she believes in herself), the punkish and mean Dan Swansea, responsible Jordan Novick… All are as real as the people we went to high school or college with.
I didn’t think I’d say about this about 100 pages into Best Friends Forever, but I can say it now. Count me in as a member of Jennifer Weiner’s fan club!
Thanks to Atria Books for the review copy.