Frenemies

Frenemies

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by Megan Crane
     
 

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Just a few months shy of her 30th birthday, Gus Curtis finally feels like she has it all: a strong career, great friends, and a wonderful boyfriend. But all of this comes crashing down when Gus discovers Nate, her "Mr. Right," hooking up behind her back with her so-called "friend" Helen. Soon it seems like the life Gus has worked to make so adult looks a lot like the…  See more details below

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Just a few months shy of her 30th birthday, Gus Curtis finally feels like she has it all: a strong career, great friends, and a wonderful boyfriend. But all of this comes crashing down when Gus discovers Nate, her "Mr. Right," hooking up behind her back with her so-called "friend" Helen. Soon it seems like the life Gus has worked to make so adult looks a lot like the one she already had as a teenager, and Gus is left with more questions than answers: Can she win Nate back before she turns 30 alone? (And if so, does she really want him?) Is Helen really as devious and manipulative as she seems, or, worse, is Gus more like her frenemy than she ever imagined? And is she ever going to grow up? With the clock ticking down to her birthday, Gus discovers that sometimes the best thing about best-laid plans is trashing them altogether.

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About to turn 30, Bostonian Augusta "Gus" Curtis is determined to have a great job, great friends and the perfect man when she hits that daunting milestone. She's got the first two covered: She's a librarian at a small museum, and her friends Amy Lee and Georgia are all a girl could ask for. She was feeling pretty good about the third until she found sweet, adorable Nate kissing Helen, her onetime college roommate and a perennial It Girl. Convinced nevertheless that she and Nate are meant to be together, Gus sets out to get him back. Her plan is complicated by the fact that Helen seems to be stalking her, and by her annoying new tendency to hook up with Henry, Nate's exasperating, patrician and undeniably hot roommate. Crane (Everyone Else's Girl, 2005, etc.) is trying to do a lot here, and the result is a novel that is at once too much and not enough. Her treatment of Gus's obsession with Nate will be uncomfortably familiar to anyone who's ever succumbed to hopeless love, but Crane barely scratches the surface of that plotline. The "frenemy" concept seems like more of a marketing hook than a meaningful narrative device, since Helen and Gus were never exactly close. Helen does not, for example, use her relationship with Gus to get with Nate, and Gus is more offended in principle than actually wounded when Helen steals her man. And the romance between Gus and Henry is tiresome and unconvincing. With her reluctant lovers, Crane strives for romantic comedy of the Howard Hawks variety; in fact, a great sense of humor is supposed to be one of Gus's most attractive attributes. But the sparring never zings-"Shut up, Henry!" is this novel's idea of repartee-and Gus emerges not as a great wit but,rather, as a witless jerk. An unfocused, unamusing story with an unappealing heroine. Agent: Julie Barer/Barer Literary

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446196482
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/20/2007
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
947,485
File size:
391 KB

Meet the Author

MEGAN CRANE lives in Los Angeles, CA, and is currently working on her next book. She is also the author of ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE and EVERYONE ELSE'S GIRL.

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Frenemies 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really thought this book was fantastic. The characters were hilarious and the storyline was also great. An easy read that is sure to make you laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have ever had a frenemy, this book will bring back memories. If you have never had a frenemy, read this book. I'm sure you will realize you have.
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Good book, doesn't make you think too hard but is nice, enjoyable book. Wish it didn't end so quickly.
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FlaChick More than 1 year ago
I think this book might have been a recommendation to me. It took a little while to get into it but not long. It was a really cute story with great characters. I've passed this on to friends and would recommend reading it to pass time or for a great vacation book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been sitting on my nightstand for awhile now. I reached my renewal limit at the library and ended up returning it unread. I put myself on the wait list again and was determined to finish it this time. And I did... today. Frenemies is an easy, quick read, however I have to say I was somewhat disappointed.

Gus is heart broken after catching her boyfriend kissing her friend, Helen. I can see how upsetting this can be. The problem I had with this scenario is I just didn't believe Gus and Nate were a serious couple and Gus and Helen were really friends. I didn't feel a connection with either relationship. Actually I didn't feel a connection between any of the friends. Henry, Nate's friend, and Gus had an interested relationship and I'll leave it at that to prevent writing any spoilers. This book is very predictable, however somewhere in the middle it got interesting again only to end flat.

Honestly, I didn't care too much for any of the characters. I found them to be extremely exhausting and wondered if that was the author's intent. Gus wanted everyone to feel sorry for her regarding the break-up and wanted Helen to been seen as the "crazy" one. Funny how one can quickly judge another but cannot see the same characteristic in herself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Megan Crane's latest book 'Names My Sisters Call Me,' which I found very fun to read, it was well written, and anyone with a few corks in their own family could relate. So I picked this book up figuring I would enjoy it. I could not stand the main character, Gus. She was very 'real' in the sense that she reminded me of a pathetic girl you went to high school with lamenting on and on about some guy who is not worth it. It was a couple hundred pages of endless complaining and self pity. I could not wait for it to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Crane's style and could not put this book down. You don't have to be in your thirties to relate to the characters in this book. This book stresses that no matter how old you think you are, some things just never change. Funny, witty, and more than what I expected.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was fabulous, i couldnt put it down.