Best Friends Forever: A Novel

By Jennifer Weiner

From New York occasions bestselling writer Jennifer Weiner comes "a shrewdpermanent, witty fairy story for grownups" (Maureen Corrigan, NPR).

Addie Downs and Valerie Adler might be top neighbors perpetually. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie strikes around the highway whilst they’re either 9 years previous. yet within the wake of betrayal in the course of their teenage years, Val is swept into the preferred crowd, whereas mousy, sullen Addie turns into her school’s scapegoat.

Flash-forward fifteen years. Valerie Adler has stumbled on a degree of popularity and fortune operating because the weathergirl on the neighborhood television station. Addie Downs lives on my own in her mom and dad’ condominium of their small native land of friendly Ridge, Illinois, taking care of a bothered brother and attempting to meet Prince captivating on the web. She’s simply back from undesirable Date #6 whilst she opens her door to discover her long-gone ally status there, a terrified glance on her face and blood at the sleeve of her coat. "Something terrible has happened," Val tells Addie, "and you’re the one person who can help."

Best associates endlessly is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat experience; a narrative approximately betrayal and loyalty, relatives heritage and small-town secrets and techniques. It’s approximately dwelling via tragedy, discovering love the place you least anticipate it, and the binds that retain top pals jointly

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A handful of hits got here up: her identify at the satisfied Hearts site, images of a few china items that have been on the market 3 years in the past. Then there have been the internet sites the place every body, even the main misanthropic hermit, confirmed up nowadays: Did you visit highschool with ADELAIDE DOWNS? Are you ADELAIDE DOWNS’S good friend? He clicked throughout the hyperlinks, plugging in her identify and tackle, hoping for a photo (just so he may perhaps examine it and guarantee himself that she used to be not anything special). No photograph confirmed up: simply photos of her greeting playing cards, a collection of dessert plates, the spoon leisure she’d pointed out. Jordan wiped his mouth with a paper serviette, picked up his cellphone, and dialed the quantity Addie had given him. Mr. Duncan, the Walgreens supervisor, positioned him on carry to examine the time sheets and, a minute later, got here again at the line, sounding apologetic. “Jon used to be scheduled to paintings final evening, however it doesn’t appear like he confirmed up. ” Jordan thanked the guy for his aid, received to his toes, waved at Hol y, who was once at the mobilephone, fished a handful of candies from Paula’s bowl, and made his as far back as his automobile. Ten mins later, he used to be at the nook of major road and Crescent force. He popped a kiss into his mouth and sat cozy, his arms open on his legs, respiring progressively, eyes expert in the street. 5 mins later, an historical eco-friendly station wagon sagging on 4 half-flat tires got here squealing round the nook. there has been a blonde at the back of the wheel, one other girl, together with her head coated, within the passenger’s seat. the auto stal ed, backfired as soon as, belched a cloud of oily smoke, and puttered off towards downtown. Jon wouldn’t damage a fly. We’l simply see approximately that, he notion, and began off after the station wagon. TWENTY-FOUR “So what have you ever been as much as I requested Val as we drove west. We’d been at the highway —on the lam, I corrected myself—for ten mins, and Val had dedicated such a lot of them to complaining in regards to the automobile. “This is a hooptie, isn’t it? ” she’d ultimate y requested, as we’d pushed prior the NOW LEAVING friendly RIDGE: a delightful position TO reside! signal. “I don’t comprehend what that's. ” “A beater. Crap on wheels. A dying capture. A piece-of-shit motor vehicle. ” She sniffed. “Clearly you ignored our sequence on city slang. ” “Clearly. ” I needed to smile. Val gave the look of she’d simply bitten into anything rotten as she twisted from side to side, peering out her window to examine the station wagon’s external. ultimate y, she gave a noisy, displeased sigh. “Did anything die in the following? ” “My father,” I acknowledged, feeling to blame at having fun with the horrified glance on her lovely face. “We had it wiped clean after. ” She gasped. “You didn’t sel it? ” “It wasn’t the car’s fault,” I stated. “It stil runs superb. ” Val snorted, slumping down so far as she may perhaps within the seat. “Hey,” she acknowledged after a minute. “Do you watch me? ” “Sometimes. ” I may well believe her unhappiness, as though the elements within the automobile had dipped ten levels. “I’m not often up that past due. ” I snuck a glance sideways. Val’s brow was once furrowed, fingers crossed over her chest, pouting. “I get the elements online,” I stated.

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