The Friends We Keep
The Friends We Keep is the warm and wise new novel from Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House   Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since university. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and none of them ever found the lives they wanted – the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible.   Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man.   Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with at university, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause.    Topher became a successful actor but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy.   By their thirtieth reunion, these old friends have lost touch with each other 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.  The Friends We Keep is about how despite disappointments we’ve had or mistakes we’ve made, it's never too late to find a place to call home.

The Friends We Keep Details

TitleThe Friends We Keep
Author
ReleaseJun 4th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

The Friends We Keep Review

  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    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 more unique. I believe this is the 7th book I have read by the author and I think this is one of her better ones.Evvie, 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 quite what they envisioned them to be b 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 more unique. I believe this is the 7th book I have read by the author and I think this is one of her better ones.Evvie, 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 quite 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 require not just being honest with each other, but also themselves.The 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 more in the second half. He felt more 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 more 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.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Friendship. Forgiveness. Life. 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 N 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 more 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 more 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 more. 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 ***
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  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    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, T 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 more 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 Berkley/Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC.
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Engaging, insightful, & heartwarming!This 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 future.THE FRIENDS WE KEEP by JANE GREEN is an entertaining, moving, and unforgettable read that’s a quick, light and easy s Engaging, insightful, & heartwarming!This 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 future.THE FRIENDS WE KEEP by JANE GREEN is an entertaining, moving, and unforgettable read that’s a quick, 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 read.JANE 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 Stats:Cover: 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. Writing/Prose: 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 quite happy and contently satisfied. Overall: It was a light, quick and easy read that totally captured my attention as well as my heart. Would recommend!Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing for gifting me an advanced copy of this book.Review can also be found on our blog:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of Jane Green and have read quite a few books of this talented writer over the years. I believe ‘The friends we keep’ is her best, although it doesn’t focus on a romantic relationship, but on something else equally important: on friendships and our life choices that can either destroy our closeness or help us love and support each other unconditionally.Evvie, Maggie and Topher meet on the first day of University. They become great friends and even, sharea house at some point. Evvi I am a big fan of Jane Green and have read quite a few books of this talented writer over the years. I believe ‘The friends we keep’ is her best, although it doesn’t focus on a romantic relationship, but on something else equally important: on friendships and our life choices that can either destroy our closeness or help us love and support each other unconditionally.Evvie, Maggie and Topher meet on the first day of University. They become great friends and even, sharea house at some point. Evvie, half-Jamaican, half-American, is a former child-star. She has a few weight-related issues she is going to struggle with through all her life. Pretty and stylish, she is also the only one who doesn’t come from a wealthy family and has to work to earn her living. While working in a pub, she meets Ben, a fellow-bartender, who she calls Evil Ben because he behaves in a particularly unfriendly way towards her. Maggie, on the other hand, develops a crush on him and even has a drunken snog, only to be disappointed to find out Ben didn’t remember much about that evening. Topher is sensitive, witty, supportive, and very uncertain of his sexuality.After the graduation, Evvie and Topher find jobs in New York, while Maggie is about to start working in London. Evvie has to stay in the town for another week, which is going to mark all her life one way or another.The story moves easily between the three protagonists as years go by. We see how Evvie becomes an internationally famous model, but still makes dubious choices as far as men in her life are concerned. Topher lands a role in a soap opera and has a great relationship built on trust and understanding. Maggie marries Evil Ben, who turns to be sweet, wonderful and great in bed. The here friends reunite on the wedding day and make a pact that if they happen to be alone in their 50s (very unlikely in case of Maggie, they think), they will come and live together.As the story continues, they mature, make choices, wise and not so wise, and… drift apart. Until they all meet together for their thirtieth university reunion. As their lives haven’t turned out as they expected, isn’t this a great opportunity for re-discovering themselves and their friendship? Only there are a few secrets and betrayals that might threaten this newly-found happiness unless they are honest with each other and try to understand and forgive past mistakes.All the characters in this book are fully-developed and feel so real, that you get attached to them and keep turning pages to find out what happens next. I loved the way Jane Green chose to tell the story over three decades. This is life, and every friendship, every relationship develops in time.I can highly recommend this great book to anybody who has wondered about the importance our friends have in our lives, about the reasons we drifted apart with some of our friends, about choices we made in life and how they played out, and anybody who believes in forgiveness and second chances.Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Green has been on my must read list since I first read Jemima J in 2001 (I was 14) and I can happily say, all these years later, she is still holding her ground on that list. The Friends We Keep is a bit of a deviation from Green's other novels, it's focused more on friendship and that friendship over generations, rather than on more romantic situations. Of course, there is plenty of romance, coupling, uncoupling and drama here, but the friendship is really the foreground. The friendship he Jane Green has been on my must read list since I first read Jemima J in 2001 (I was 14) and I can happily say, all these years later, she is still holding her ground on that list. The Friends We Keep is a bit of a deviation from Green's other novels, it's focused more on friendship and that friendship over generations, rather than on more romantic situations. Of course, there is plenty of romance, coupling, uncoupling and drama here, but the friendship is really the foreground. The friendship here is between Evvie, Maggie & Topher, who become best friends their first year of college. Many aspects of their friendship are tested over the years and that saga is what unfurls in this story. In signature Jane Green style, there is just the right amount of cute British information (Maggie is our friendly Brit) coupled with our Evvie who is Jamaican by birth but raised in the USA, and Topher, a Greenwich expat in the UK! On paper, we'd never expect these three to fall into a lifelong friendship, but that is partially what makes their dynamic so interesting. No matter what topic Jane Green is covering, she has proved to me that I will love her work. The Friends We Keep is one of her best and I hope you will all check it out and agree with me. Thank you to Berkley for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kim ~ Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    There's a reason I've been reading every book Jane Green has ever written since I first picked up Jemima J in 2001 and will always read her books―she's wise, engaging, warm, funny, and knows how to bring those qualities alive into her books. Every time I read one of her books, I have felt like I'm having a conversation with a good friend and The Friends We Keep was no different. Her writing is just so authentic and moving, and I think this is one of her best books yet. I hope you read it and thi There's a reason I've been reading every book Jane Green has ever written since I first picked up Jemima J in 2001 and will always read her books―she's wise, engaging, warm, funny, and knows how to bring those qualities alive into her books. Every time I read one of her books, I have felt like I'm having a conversation with a good friend and The Friends We Keep was no different. Her writing is just so authentic and moving, and I think this is one of her best books yet. I hope you read it and think so too!What I love so much about her newest novel is it's a moving, compelling novel about the closest of friendships and how they not only can survive decades but the darkest of secrets. The friendship between Evvie, Maggie, and Topher that begins when they are college roommates until they reconnect again thirty years later is truly the focal point of this novel although there is definitely romantic entanglement that provides for some of the novel's secrets.As Green brilliantly switches back and forth from each of the character's POV, we watch them go from college throughout their adult lives: relationships, lovers, careers, successes, failures, mistakes, love, pain, heartbreak, secrets, and lies. Can their lifelong friendship handle the secrets and lies?This is such a compelling read about love and friendship, and it felt so realistic to me since I know that I have friends who I could go through anything with, not speak to for years, and then pick up our relationship where we left off. That's why I say Green's writing is just so authentic and real―she gets human nature and relationships in such a wonderful way. I know that I will read anything Jane Green writes, and I couldn't encourage you more to add this wonderful book to your summer reading list. **Thank you, Berkley for the gifted advance copy. All opinions are my own.** 
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  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    January 1, 1970
    Friendship, forgiveness, and finding your way in life. In Jane Green’s The Friends We Keep, we follow three best friends over decades, as they lose touch and come back together. This is a story of how friends are still there for each other, even when they lose their way. This is the kind of book that made its way into my heart, and I won’t soon forget.The 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. Friendship, forgiveness, and finding your way in life. In Jane Green’s The Friends We Keep, we follow three best friends over decades, as they lose touch and come back together. This is a story of how friends are still there for each other, even when they lose their way. This is the kind of book that made its way into my heart, and I won’t soon forget.The 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 saved them in their loneliest times. What a credit to the way Green writes, to make readers feel that this story is personal for them.And 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 club!The story spans decades, and that is also one of the things that makes this unputdownable. Beginning at university the three friends meet. Evvie is so alone—a famous, beautiful actress but not someone with close friends or family. Her cat-loving, uptight roommate just seems a bit off fit-wise, but when she meets vibrant and fun-loving Maggie the same day, they quickly swap rooms and find themselves to be instant best friends. Soon after, they meet and love Topher, a seemingly asexual male who shies away from physical touch, but is a truly outstanding friend.As 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 again.And when they come together, telling each other the truth about where they’ve come—that seems to be so hard. 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 more but I also don’t feel like I missed anything. Truly a beautiful book, and I’m excited to share it!Thank you to Berkley Publishing for my copy. Opinions are my own.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Green has been on my must read list since I first read Jemima J in 2001 (I was 14) and I can happily say, all these years later, she is still holding her ground on that list. The Friends We Keep is a bit of a deviation from Green's other novels, it's focused more on friendship and that friendship over generations, rather than on more romantic situations. Of course, there is plenty of romance, coupling, uncoupling and drama here, but the friendship is really the foreground. The friendship he Jane Green has been on my must read list since I first read Jemima J in 2001 (I was 14) and I can happily say, all these years later, she is still holding her ground on that list. The Friends We Keep is a bit of a deviation from Green's other novels, it's focused more on friendship and that friendship over generations, rather than on more romantic situations. Of course, there is plenty of romance, coupling, uncoupling and drama here, but the friendship is really the foreground. The friendship here is between Evvie, Maggie & Topher, who become best friends their first year of college. Many aspects of their friendship are tested over the years and that saga is what unfurls in this story. In signature Jane Green style, there is just the right amount of cute British information (Maggie is our friendly Brit) coupled with our Evvie who is Jamaican by birth but raised in the USA, and Topher, a Greenwich expat in the UK! On paper, we'd never expect these three to fall into a lifelong friendship, but that is partially what makes their dynamic so interesting. No matter what topic Jane Green is covering, she has proved to me that I will love her work. The Friends We Keep is one of her best and I hope you will all check it out and agree with me. Thank you to Berkley for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    the friends we keepByJane GreenWhat it's all about...Evvie, Maggie and Tolpher meet at university and eventually room together. Maggie is the chef and nurturer, Evvie is the glamorous model and Tolpher is the gay male friend and would be actor. They mesh and they determine that they have spent their best years together. After graduation they separate and don’t really come back together for years and years...finally...at their reunion. They are older and wiser and somewhat jaded and all of them a the friends we keepByJane GreenWhat it's all about...Evvie, Maggie and Tolpher meet at university and eventually room together. Maggie is the chef and nurturer, Evvie is the glamorous model and Tolpher is the gay male friend and would be actor. They mesh and they determine that they have spent their best years together. After graduation they separate and don’t really come back together for years and years...finally...at their reunion. They are older and wiser and somewhat jaded and all of them are ready to make a change in their lives. My thoughts after reading this book...This book is all about the characters and the secrets they all had. These secrets turn out to be devastating and may be responsible for breaking up this formerly happy triad for good. What I loved best...Of course I loved best the secrets...once known they could change them all forever and affect other people, too. What potential readers might want to know...This book is a lovely one to lose yourself in. NYC and London...family tragedies and devastating secrets and lies shape the outcomes and futures of everyone involved. I simply loved this book and these characters. I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. It was my choice to read and review it.
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  • The Bookish Faerie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to @times.reads for sending me a copy of this ARC to review. This book comes out on the 4th of June 2019. The Friends We Keep sticks true to the title of the book. It is about the decades-long friendship between 3 friends who met in college. We have Eevie, the child star, the fashionista of the group and the preppy one out of the three. She is half Jamaican, half American, eternally, drop dead gorgeous. Next, there is Maggie. She is the homey one, the one that will cook up a storm of f Thank you to @times.reads for sending me a copy of this ARC to review. This book comes out on the 4th of June 2019. The Friends We Keep sticks true to the title of the book. It is about the decades-long friendship between 3 friends who met in college. We have Eevie, the child star, the fashionista of the group and the preppy one out of the three. She is half Jamaican, half American, eternally, drop dead gorgeous. Next, there is Maggie. She is the homey one, the one that will cook up a storm of food for three like Cloudy with a "Chance of Meatballs". She is also really sweet and caring. Lastly, we have Topher. He's bubbly like a bathtub filled with scented rainbow bubbles, a softie on the inside and he is gay. They are all beautiful characters with their individual personality. Each one of them has a secret that they carried from their childhood, that secret makes them who they are as a person. The story starts off at 2016, in the POV of Maggie's husband; Ben. They met in college & fell in love. Next, it went back in time to 1986 where it all began - the first day of college when the three musketeers met each other. At the beginning of every chapter, there is a year to help you keep track of what year it is in the book. It is like a diary of sorts, a diary containing the tales of these friends and their adventures of hardship and love in their lives throughout the years. It is ultimately about the friends we keep through all the years since the first day of school. Of how some friendships are so strong that even after years of separation, it is still as strong as the first day they shook hands. It is about forgiving your friends for their mistakes, for learning to love them as a whole; all the glitter and rust. I must warn you that the novel is long, that is because their stories are worth every page. Happy reading!
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  • Nettie
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways for the chance to read and review ‘The Friends We Keep’ by Jane Green. Unfortunately I found this novel a bit boring and blah. I did like the characters but found them somewhat disinteresting as the story moved on. The dialog is somewhat monotonous. It is an easy read chick lit. I just couldn’t really connect with this book. It has a weak plot with a typical storyline and everything thrown in......sex, drugs, fat shaming, homosexuality, alcoholism, infidelity......y Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways for the chance to read and review ‘The Friends We Keep’ by Jane Green. Unfortunately I found this novel a bit boring and blah. I did like the characters but found them somewhat disinteresting as the story moved on. The dialog is somewhat monotonous. It is an easy read chick lit. I just couldn’t really connect with this book. It has a weak plot with a typical storyline and everything thrown in......sex, drugs, fat shaming, homosexuality, alcoholism, infidelity......you name it, it’s in there. If you enjoy Jane Green’s books you’ll like this one. It just wasn’t for me. Thanks also to the Berkeley Marketing Team for providing the ARE. I wish I would have liked it more but this is my honest review as requested by Goodreads.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Green, Author of “The Friends We Keep” has written an intense, memorable, emotional, unpredictable and thought-provoking novel. Without thinking, I just went to my contact list and started to look up my college friends. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. There is also Romance and Suspense in this wonderful story. The timeline for this story ranges over thirty years and goes to the past or future when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. Jane Green de Jane Green, Author of “The Friends We Keep” has written an intense, memorable, emotional, unpredictable and thought-provoking novel. Without thinking, I just went to my contact list and started to look up my college friends. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. There is also Romance and Suspense in this wonderful story. The timeline for this story ranges over thirty years and goes to the past or future when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. Jane Green describes her colorful characters as complex, complicated, confused, and having their own set of problems.Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since college. There was a time when they shared their dreams and hopes with each other. They also kept secrets from one another. This story reminds me of the special friendships that I made in College, and how I want to re-connect and communicate with some of the people I somehow lost touch with. In this story, there is an edgy feel at times, and there are twists and turns as time goes on.The three friends meet for a thirtieth reunion with many ambivalent feelings. Is it possible the dark secrets can jeopardize the future? I appreciate that the author discusses forgiveness, second chances, self-worth, growth, the importance of friendship, family, love, and hope. The author also mentions loyalty and betrayal, and friends bringing out the best in each other. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking novel.
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  • Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
    January 1, 1970
    It always pains me when I don't connect with a book by an author I adore and that I have been looking forward to but, unfortunately, that was the case with this one. The story overall was fine but somewhat forgettable, mainly due to the lack of connection I felt with the characters. If it had been more overtly focused on the point on view from one character, maybe the impact would have been greater and I would have felt more empathy towards them.It was an interesting choice in my mind to not hav It always pains me when I don't connect with a book by an author I adore and that I have been looking forward to but, unfortunately, that was the case with this one. The story overall was fine but somewhat forgettable, mainly due to the lack of connection I felt with the characters. If it had been more overtly focused on the point on view from one character, maybe the impact would have been greater and I would have felt more empathy towards them.It was an interesting choice in my mind to not have many redeeming qualities for the character of Evvie. The mere fact that she was not honest with someone who was her best friend and also the fact that she was quite superficial right from the get go was disappointing and at no point did my heart really empathize with her for her actions. Maggie seemed like if she was more developed she would have been more interesting in likable but I found her personality pretty bland and not strong enough to stand on its own, which was cemented in the fact that she was most frequently related to only in regards to her relationship with "Evil Ben". Even when he was out of the picture, I didn't feel she really caught my interest.I most appreciated the character of Topher. I found him and his background the most interesting and would have loved to know more about both his childhood and relationship with his parents. He seemed to me to be the most sympathetic character and the most humanized throughout the book.Overall, the book just felt like it was missing some key pieces for me that would have tied the story together better and would have made the friendship between the three people more realistic for the reader. If given the chance to prolong the histories of the characters and deepen the berth of their thoughts and emotions through their time both together and apart, I feel the story overall could have been more compelling and fulfilling.
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  • Kelli Ann
    January 1, 1970
    The Friends We Keep by author Jane Green will be released by Berkley Publishing Group on 06/04/19. When I saw the cover on NetGalley, I knew I had to read the story! This story follows the lives of Evvie, Maggie, and Topher. They met at university and spent their years there inseparable. Evvie becomes a supermodel, only to derail by sleeping with a married man. Maggie marries Ben, her dream man from university and has to battle the problems his drinking causes. Topher becomes a well-known actor, The Friends We Keep by author Jane Green will be released by Berkley Publishing Group on 06/04/19. When I saw the cover on NetGalley, I knew I had to read the story! This story follows the lives of Evvie, Maggie, and Topher. They met at university and spent their years there inseparable. Evvie becomes a supermodel, only to derail by sleeping with a married man. Maggie marries Ben, her dream man from university and has to battle the problems his drinking causes. Topher becomes a well-known actor, but his childhood haunts him and prevents him from building good relationships.They reunite at their 30 year reunion. Having lost touch over the years, they attempt to rebuild their lives together. When a terrible secret is brought to light, these 3 must decide if they are strong enough to overcome it together.This book was so easy to identify with. From the fears of what comes after university to the struggle of being in your 30s and feeling like you've failed, I was so invested in Evvie, Maggie, and Topher. Each one of them had a characteristic I could understand. It made me think about my long time best friends, the ones I've know for 15+ years...the ones who have seen the worst and best parts of me. Each character was flawed in their own separate ways, and they all seemed so down to earth. Each person had a problem, and they truly did need to reconnect and get that support back to deal with them.This is going to be another great summer read. It made me really value the Evvies, Maggies, and Tophers of my own life. I could not even imagine dealing with the secret that plagued them. I could understand the fat shaming Evvie went through in the supermodel world. I could understand Maggie's stress of being with someone with a substance problem. I could understand Topher's need to build walls as a form of protecting himself. The main thing that this book shows you is that you can't live a life of stress and difficult decisions alone, and you shouldn't have to. You need that circle of friends who can bring you back to your comfort zone, and who will love you no matter what.Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go buy several copies of this book and send it to my closest girlfriends! Make sure you pick some up for yours on 06/04/19! 💙🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 stars
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Green, Author of “The Friends We Keep” has written an intense, memorable, emotional, unpredictable and thought-provoking novel. Without thinking, I just went to my contact list and started to look up my college friends. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. There is also Romance and Suspense in this wonderful story. The timeline for this story ranges over thirty years and goes to the past or future when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. Jane Green de Jane Green, Author of “The Friends We Keep” has written an intense, memorable, emotional, unpredictable and thought-provoking novel. Without thinking, I just went to my contact list and started to look up my college friends. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. There is also Romance and Suspense in this wonderful story. The timeline for this story ranges over thirty years and goes to the past or future when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. Jane Green describes her colorful characters as complex, complicated, confused, and having their own set of problems.Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since college. There was a time when they shared their dreams and hopes with each other. They also kept secrets from one another. This story reminds me of the special friendships that I made in College, and how I want to re-connect and communicate with some of the people I somehow lost touch with. In this story, there is an edgy feel at times, and there are twists and turns as time goes on.The three friends meet for a thirtieth reunion with many ambivalent feelings. Is it possible the dark secrets can jeopardize the future? I appreciate that the author discusses forgiveness, second chances, self-worth, growth, the importance of friendship, family, love, and hope. The author also mentions loyalty and betrayal, and friends bringing out the best in each other. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking novel.
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Green has become one of my go to authors that I know , will give me an amazing book that ,will fill my heart with amazing characters and have me thinking about the book long after I finish it! The Friends We Keep follows a decade long friendship between three friends who met while attending college. Eevie who is half Jamaican and half American who was a child star . Maggie is more down to earth who loves cooking and is sweet and cares about her friends with everything! Topher who is nervous Jane Green has become one of my go to authors that I know , will give me an amazing book that ,will fill my heart with amazing characters and have me thinking about the book long after I finish it! The Friends We Keep follows a decade long friendship between three friends who met while attending college. Eevie who is half Jamaican and half American who was a child star . Maggie is more down to earth who loves cooking and is sweet and cares about her friends with everything! Topher who is nervous for anyone to touch him he’s gay but doesn’t want everyone to know and a huge softie for his two other friends. Each friend carries a secret from their childhood. The book begins in 2016 and Maggie’s husband Ben who she fell in love with after college is on a train and receives a text saying she wants a divorce. The next chapter introduces the three friends when they meet on the first day of college in 1986. Each chapter is like a diary and it shows what each friend is going through after they left college. It shows the hardships and mistakes they make including the love throughout the years . When Eevie makes a mistake that will jeopardize her friendship with Maggie she withdraws and focuses on her now famous modeling career. Maggie keeps it hidden that her husband is an alcoholic and Topher is a famous soap opera star but feels if he tells everyone he’s gay he will lose everything. This book had me turning the page and feeling like I was on this adventure with the characters. My heart broke with each of them with every step they took. I give this four stars. This will be the perfect beach read and it I loved it!
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  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsFriendships that lasts forever, the years that separate them, second chances and the secret that keeps them apart. The Friends We Keep is my first book by Jane Green and I am really glad I got the opportunity to read this story. The Friends We Keep is an easy entertaining, engaging story that explores friendship over time. It’s a bit of a love story between friends as we follow them as they search for what they want from life. We see them through love, grief and forgiveness from Univers 3.5 starsFriendships that lasts forever, the years that separate them, second chances and the secret that keeps them apart. The Friends We Keep is my first book by Jane Green and I am really glad I got the opportunity to read this story. The Friends We Keep is an easy entertaining, engaging story that explores friendship over time. It’s a bit of a love story between friends as we follow them as they search for what they want from life. We see them through love, grief and forgiveness from University friends and then later into adulthood. Jane Green does a great job smoothly switching POVs of the characters while showing us their secrets, the darkness that haunts them, their pain and exploring their personal conflicts that sets them down their own paths. She touches lightly on some serious themes here, however giving them some substance and never making light of them. I was a bit conflicted with the way it came together in the end and this left me thinking and talking about how I felt about how some of the storylines came together. Some wrapped up quite nicely for me and others I just didn’t buy into and left me questioning a few things. Overall, in the end, this story gave me a lot to think about not only with each character but also with how some things were brilliantly written and the things that missed the mark for me. Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for my complimentary copyTraveling Sister read
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 starsThis was a very engaging read that covers the decades of the eighties until today. that in itself was an interesting ride for me. People of a certain age mainly think a historical is set in the fifties or earlier -I am glad to see that some writers are taking into consideration that the '70s and '80s are now a bit 'historical!I almost gave up on this story when I found it contained one of my most disliked tropes in female fiction and that is making the friends a white woman, a foreign 3 1/2 starsThis was a very engaging read that covers the decades of the eighties until today. that in itself was an interesting ride for me. People of a certain age mainly think a historical is set in the fifties or earlier -I am glad to see that some writers are taking into consideration that the '70s and '80s are now a bit 'historical!I almost gave up on this story when I found it contained one of my most disliked tropes in female fiction and that is making the friends a white woman, a foreign or another skinned woman, and a gay man. However, for this book, it really worked.This book deals with so many issues of the day and some of these issues continue even now. For instance - fat shaming leading to drug use, alcoholism and AIDs. There was no gay bashing and for that, I was very thankful.This book was filled with very serious problems, unexpected deaths, surprises and a wonderful resolution. It is not a light fluffy read by any means, but I would still consider it a great beach read and I would recommend this book highly.*ARC supplied by publisher
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  • Girl Well Read
    January 1, 1970
    A special thank you to Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing Group for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have been best friends since Uni. The three were inseparable, always looked out for one another, and swore they would be friends forever. Years later, they have parted ways. As the years continue to pass, they drift further and further apart, yet none of them are living the life they envisioned. When they were young they had so many hopes and dreams, and they seemed A special thank you to Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing Group for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have been best friends since Uni. The three were inseparable, always looked out for one another, and swore they would be friends forever. Years later, they have parted ways. As the years continue to pass, they drift further and further apart, yet none of them are living the life they envisioned. When they were young they had so many hopes and dreams, and they seemed to be on track to make them all come true.Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her successful career after sleeping with a married man.Maggie married Ben—the boy she fell for at university—never imagining the impact of his drinking and the heartbreak it would bring.Topher became a successful actor but the shame of a childhood trauma made him incapable of any form of intimacy, even with those he loved.Their thirtieth reunion brings the friends together and by being together, they have a second chance at happiness. But a long-held secret surfaces and changes everything.Green's novel is about how disappointments and mistakes shape your life, but ultimately don't define you, and that it is never too late to find the place you call home. She explores many relationships: friendships, marriages, infatuations, and between a parent and child.I loved the settings, London and New York City. Green couldn't have picked more dynamic and vibrant cities, each unique and historical in their own ways. What I ultimately struggled with was the barrage of problems that afflicted the characters: drug use, verbal and physical abuse, infidelity, alcoholism, as well as fat shaming and homophobia. I really felt like less was more and it became trite at times.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a little bit of a twist on the usual chick-lit being that it is a friendship of two girls and a guy who met while in college. That being said, I feel that the author threw a little too much into the story. Gay, alcoholism, drugs, dementia, betrayal were some of the topics brought out in the book. It was an easy read with a lot of cliches and a big happy ending.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    The Friends We Keep by Jane Green is a compelling novel of friendship, secrets, betrayal and ultimately, forgiveness.In 1986, Evvie Williams, Maggie Hallwell and Topher Winthrop form a life-long enduring friendship. Evvie is a half-Jamaican former child television star, Maggie is the beloved only daughter of a financially comfortable family and Topher is the only child of a wealthy family. Despite their disparate backgrounds, they are immediately inseparable during their university years.  Evvie The Friends We Keep by Jane Green is a compelling novel of friendship, secrets, betrayal and ultimately, forgiveness.In 1986, Evvie Williams, Maggie Hallwell and Topher Winthrop form a life-long enduring friendship. Evvie is a half-Jamaican former child television star, Maggie is the beloved only daughter of a financially comfortable family and Topher is the only child of a wealthy family. Despite their disparate backgrounds, they are immediately inseparable during their university years.  Evvie is the only one of the group who must work to make ends meet and she becomes a bartender at a local pub.  Much to everyone's surprise, Maggie falls for Evvie's co-worker, whom the trio dubs "Evil Ben" since he does not talk or smile much. After graduation, the three friends go their separate ways but before Evvie leaves, she makes an unexpected choice that becomes the first of several secrets she keeps from Maggie and Topher.Maggie is a caretaker who shows how much she loves people through cooking. Her unrequited crush on Ben Curran is her only unhappy memory during her University years. After graduation, Maggie moves to London and becomes a career woman but she secretly harbors hope she will marry a man who takes care of her. Much to her shock, Maggie's path crosses with Ben and they eventually marry. Unfortunately, wedded bliss is elusive as they struggle to have children and Ben's drinking spirals out of control. Maggie does everything in her power to help Ben and keep his alcoholism hidden but will she remain in their tumultuous marriage forever?During University, Evvie discovers how to control her binge eating and after graduation, she is offered a modeling contract in New York.   Her career is wildly successful but her longtime pattern of choosing the wrong man continues to haunt her. Following her return to New York after attending Maggie and Ben's wedding, Evvie eventually makes a fateful decision that forever changes her life and her friendship with Maggie and Topher. This secret haunts her and she does everything in her power to keep it under wraps, but will it remain hidden from the person it will hurt the most?Topher also moves to New York following graduation where he pursues an acting career. A successful soap opera star, he is mostly content with his career path. Topher is wary of relationships but he eventually discovers happiness with two rather unconventional relationships.  It is not until nearly mid-life that Topher finally reveals a devastating childhood secret but will he take the necessary steps to completely heal from this traumatic event?Spanning thirty years, The Friends We Keep is a poignant yet heartwarming novel of friendship.  Each of the characters are vividly developed and despite their flaws, they are immensely appealing.  The storyline is engrossing and follows Topher, Evvie and Maggie from their University friendship, their lives after graduation and their reconnection after their 30th university reunion.  Jane Green's portrayal of their personal struggles and their enduring friendship is heartfelt and quite touching. An absolutely beautiful story that readers are sure to enjoy.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    The Friends We Keep didn't go in the direction that I anticipated, and that made it an enjoyable read. This is not my usual genre, but it had been a long time since I had read a contemporary, and even longer since I had read Jane Green, so it was a welcome change of pace.Maggie, Evvie, and Topher end up roommates at college in England. I think the opening chapter, the only one from Ben's POV, had me going in a certain direction for the plot. He only refers to "my wife," so you don't really know The Friends We Keep didn't go in the direction that I anticipated, and that made it an enjoyable read. This is not my usual genre, but it had been a long time since I had read a contemporary, and even longer since I had read Jane Green, so it was a welcome change of pace.Maggie, Evvie, and Topher end up roommates at college in England. I think the opening chapter, the only one from Ben's POV, had me going in a certain direction for the plot. He only refers to "my wife," so you don't really know which of our three main characters to which that refers.We get points-of-view from each of the three as they navigate their lives during (beginning in 1986) and after college, ending in 2019. They grow up, they grow apart. They follow their dreams, they make mistakes. They have (big) secrets. They end up reuniting.I enjoyed their journeys. Each character was relatable. I guess my minor complaint is some repetitiveness--mostly about the winey "woe is me" situations they find themselves in.I did want them to end up together and happy. Ultimately, The Friends We Keep is a feel-good, happily ever after story. But there is a rocky road to travel until they get there, and the journey is entertaining. A good summer "fluff" read that explores the meaning of friendship. Appropriate for teen readers, Green fans will definitely want to pick this up.
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  • Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a fan of Jane Green since my own college days, back when my roommate introduced me to her books! Her newest release is always a must read for me. I'm happy to say The Friends We Keep is one of my all time favorites of hers! I absolutely loved this wonderful story of lifelong friendship. I particularly loved that the trio of friends included 2 females and one male--I loved each of them--Evvie, Maggie and Topher. This book beautifully illustrates the bond of best friends--how you can pic I've been a fan of Jane Green since my own college days, back when my roommate introduced me to her books! Her newest release is always a must read for me. I'm happy to say The Friends We Keep is one of my all time favorites of hers! I absolutely loved this wonderful story of lifelong friendship. I particularly loved that the trio of friends included 2 females and one male--I loved each of them--Evvie, Maggie and Topher. This book beautifully illustrates the bond of best friends--how you can pick up right where you left off despite time or distance between you.Typically, Jane Green's books focus on romance, which of course I love, but it was so refreshing to see the focus on friendship here. Of course there is romance and relationship issues in this book, but the heart of this story is true, lasting friendship. If you're looking for a feel good read that will make your heart happy, this is the one for you. A perfect weekend read you won't be able to put down!
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Out of the three friends, Evvie, Maggie, and Topher; my favorite was Topher with Evvie and Maggie coming in a close second together. Topher's story kind of snuck up on me as to how sweet and sad it was at the same time. Therefore, I was really cheering for him to find his happy ending. Plus, I like how his character was portrayed in this book. He was not in my face. He is like the best guy friend that a woman would want to have around. Of the three friends, Evvie and Maggie's stories were connec Out of the three friends, Evvie, Maggie, and Topher; my favorite was Topher with Evvie and Maggie coming in a close second together. Topher's story kind of snuck up on me as to how sweet and sad it was at the same time. Therefore, I was really cheering for him to find his happy ending. Plus, I like how his character was portrayed in this book. He was not in my face. He is like the best guy friend that a woman would want to have around. Of the three friends, Evvie and Maggie's stories were connected together. Evvie's secret is what drove a wedge between the two and also shaped their lives in the present. However, it was not all doom and gloom. There was a happy ending for both women as well.Fans of Jane Green or other contemporary women's books will enjoy reading this book and getting to know Evvie, Topher, and Maggie as I did. So grab a blanket, your sunglasses, and find a perfect reading spot as you read The Friends We Keep.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very readable (in fact, it helped me break a recent reading slump in which I haven’t been able to finish anything). I did feel that there was a bit too much thrown in (alcoholism, drugs, sexual abuse, weight issues, aging parents, infidelity, infertility, marriage issues, friendship issues, relationship issues, sexual orientation issues...). I also didn’t always know how I felt about the characters, and it felt a bit cliched at times. But the writing and story flowed to keep me rea This book was very readable (in fact, it helped me break a recent reading slump in which I haven’t been able to finish anything). I did feel that there was a bit too much thrown in (alcoholism, drugs, sexual abuse, weight issues, aging parents, infidelity, infertility, marriage issues, friendship issues, relationship issues, sexual orientation issues...). I also didn’t always know how I felt about the characters, and it felt a bit cliched at times. But the writing and story flowed to keep me reading along even though it didn’t always feel natural or realistic.I guess I don’t really know how I felt about this book; my brain kept saying “this is ridiculous, you should be hating this,” but at the same time I kept reading. So the 3 stars is because I liked the characters at the beginning, and their friendship, and the fact that I kept reading even when I wasn’t sure I liked the characters or their stories anymore :). It was like each character lived 2 or 3 lives in the span of the book, and maybe those second chances and restarts, which was a major theme in the book, appealed to me right now.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Green has another winner! Friends were the family they chose. Evvie, Maggie, and Topher became best friends while attending University and vowed to keep this friendship throughout their adult lives. After graduation Evvie pursued a modeling career, Maggie married her college love, and Topher became a star in a popular soap show. I became involved in the lives of these friends as they experienced success, betrayal, and tragedy. Each character shared her/his point of view and experience throu Jane Green has another winner! Friends were the family they chose. Evvie, Maggie, and Topher became best friends while attending University and vowed to keep this friendship throughout their adult lives. After graduation Evvie pursued a modeling career, Maggie married her college love, and Topher became a star in a popular soap show. I became involved in the lives of these friends as they experienced success, betrayal, and tragedy. Each character shared her/his point of view and experience throughout the novel. Finally as adults in their 50’s, these friends embraced happiness and forgiveness instead of secrets and evolved into the family they chose.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, Jane Green has outdone herself in this novel of three University friends, Maggie, Evvie and Topher, as they make the choices and mistakes inherent in living a full life. As each character’s story develops, we learn more about the foibles that can occur to impact friendships, marriage and all relationships. Friends become family, and you I’ll not want to miss this one. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Cookie6102
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate to win an advance reader’s copy of The Friends We Keep in a Goodreads Giveaway, and it was a treat to be able to read the book months before it is available. The story centers upon the connection of three friends at university in the ‘80s. Evvie, Maggie, and Topher form a bond that carries them through their years at school and, to some extent, beyond that. Once their time at school comes to an end, hidden betrayal occurs that unknowingly fragments parts of their friendship. The I was fortunate to win an advance reader’s copy of The Friends We Keep in a Goodreads Giveaway, and it was a treat to be able to read the book months before it is available. The story centers upon the connection of three friends at university in the ‘80s. Evvie, Maggie, and Topher form a bond that carries them through their years at school and, to some extent, beyond that. Once their time at school comes to an end, hidden betrayal occurs that unknowingly fragments parts of their friendship. The story follows the three throughout the years, culminating in the revelation of a secret so momentous that it threatens to tear the group apart permanently.
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