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The Best of Us: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Are you close with your college buddies? College friends can t

Are you close with your college buddies?

College friends can truly be a beacon in your life. This book just shows how connected they can be even after many years have passed. Tina, Allie, Savannah and Dwight are college buddies. They get together to share occasions an...
Are you close with your college buddies?

College friends can truly be a beacon in your life. This book just shows how connected they can be even after many years have passed. Tina, Allie, Savannah and Dwight are college buddies. They get together to share occasions and keep in touch. Their friendship p is tested and reshaped when Pauline, Dwight’s wife decide to throw him a lavish thirty fifth birthday party with his college friends. Sparing no expense, she reserves a private villa in Jamaica for a week of pampering, sun, swimming, and good times.

Tina and Gio are your ordinary middle class family. Tina, a former RN, is currently a stay at home mom with their four children all under the age of 8. Gio works long hours which cause him to be exhausted by the time he gets home. Their money is tight but they are managing yet the little perks are just not something that is within their budget. Tina is stressed beyond belief and needs a vacation.

Ryan and Allie are also parents however Allie, a social worker, has gone back to work as their two children are older. Allie finds out that she has a 50 / 50 chance of becoming deathly ill and feels that Ryan is not observant enough.

Savannah and Gary are upper middle class. Savannah is a realtor while Gary is a doctor. They have no kids and seem happy. The friends don’t know that Gary has left Savannah for a younger woman.

Dwight, the nerd from school, has made a fortune but money really means nothing to him. Pauline however feels that she must flaunt it and become the typical rich mans wife. Dwight wants kids but Pauline is struggling with her own secrets.

As the week unfolds the struggles and ties that bind them will almost break not only the couples but their friendship. This story digs in quick and deep to the individual lives of these four couples. Each family has their own unique situation which makes them seem realistic and relatable. There were several instances that Tina describes that I can see myself in the midst of. I felt for all of them. The escape made me want to immediately book a lavish trip to Jamaica. This book highlights the highs and lows (some very low) and how each couple deals with their own personal quandaries. Anyone with a family or spouse that irritates them at times but they wouldn’t know what to do with out should read this novel. Overall, this was a fun, fast paced, entertaining read!

posted by Nook_Users_Book_Club on April 9, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Good for a day at the beach or a even a rainy one on the couch,

Good for a day at the beach or a even a rainy one on the couch, but would only make you WISH you were on the beach. :p
This book was okay. The author writes well and I enjoyed her characters. They were very well developed and easy to relate to.
The story itself was sort...
Good for a day at the beach or a even a rainy one on the couch, but would only make you WISH you were on the beach. :p
This book was okay. The author writes well and I enjoyed her characters. They were very well developed and easy to relate to.
The story itself was sort of boring really, but I shouldn't say that because it kept me entertained before bed for a few nights. 
I would reccommend it for fun, escapist reading. Not if you want a real, meaningful book. 

posted by 17880158 on May 10, 2013

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

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    Great Read-Too Funny!!!

    This was my first Sarah Pekkanen novel and I really enjoyed it! (the front cover was a draw). I purchased the audio which was excellent! I have read all Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner books and she is a similar author—so would encourage fans of these authors to read this book! It was so realistic and each and every woman or man in a married relationship or single would enjoy ---especially young mothers.

    I am so looking forward to reading more from this author and purchasing another audio or e-book tonight! Very sexy, funny, and will keep you laughing ---very well written! Good food, sex, romance, travel, and more!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A group of frie

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A group of friends from college are invited on all expense paid trip to Jamaica to celebrate a birthday, although some of the friends haven’t stayed in touch, so the trip is a little out of the blue.  Each of them are escaping issues at home to the paradise of Jamaica, except sometimes your problems can come with you on vacation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2014

    Great read

    I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Heather to Everyone

    Party at us res3

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

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    This was my first book that I read by Sarah. I found her to be

    This was my first book that I read by Sarah. I found her to be a great author - I also ordered her previous books based on the writing in this novel. Felt like you really got to know her characters. Highly recommend this book and look forward to reading her previous books - not to mention any new ones coming out. She is now on my favorite authors list. Enjoy!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Good Book

    First book I read by this author and I enjoyed the book. It was a quick read. I would recommend this book to others.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    Awesome read!

    I thought this would be a great Summer and/or beach read. But since I wasn't going to the beach anytime soon, and Summer isn't here yet, I decided to read it now. I was glad I did! I loved this book and didn't want it to end. I couldn't put it down. Great read!!

    I will be checking out more of Sarah Pekkanen's books! I think I'll look right now!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great!!!!

    What a wonderful book!!!!! Could not put it down your best yet!!!"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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