Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Friendship Test

The Friendship Test  by Elizabeth Noble is my. third by her and I was slightly disappointed after having read the other two, The Reading Group and Things I Want my Daughters to Know.  While it wasn't BAD at all, I just think her other two were much better.  I did find a couple errors and a paragraph was weirdly placed out of timeline and it was just a bit screwy.  Also, I get she is writing using England English but at times when she is using American characters it would make sense to me that she used the American way to spell/say things and using England's slang for the English characters, but maybe she just wanted the whole book to be in the same writing style.

Description: One late wine- and gossip-fueled night, four friends on a lark create a fateful test of friendship -- one that challenges the very principles and boundaries of their alliance. To pass it means to never, at any cost, betray one another. Twenty years later, they must face that ultimate test.

We meet them at the dawn of their camaraderie in the 1980s and already each woman is distinguished from the other: Tamsin, the compassionate mother hen; Reagan, the brazen and clever overachiever; Sarah, the seemingly perfect beauty; and Freddie, who despite being far from her U.S. home, finds strength in her friends. We forward to today, and as promised they are still firm friends . . . that is until a crisis occurs and the principles that define their friendship test are challenged. Exquisitely rendered by Elizabeth Noble, The Friendship Test is a powerful testament to the depth and capacity of female relationships.

Minus my earlier whining about the book, I really did enjoy it.  I read it fast and even read it when I had like no sunlight left to read and was squinting to get the last few pages in for the day. ;)  I was rooting for Freddie and wanted her to figure things out to make her happy.  I liked that the viewpoint switched so we got into other characters heads. I wish there was more info on way Reagan was just so mysteriously unhappy or if the author was trying to hint that it was because of her mother she was like that but I don't know.  She was just so unhappy with no real reason it was sad.

Another book that I'd recommend if you need something quick and good to read on vacation!

Have you read any books by Elizabeth Noble? What did you think? Do you like reading books about a group of friends? What about books with varying viewpoints?

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