The Friends We Keep by Jane Green

The Friends We Keep

Jane Green

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.

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The Friends We Keep is the heartwarming and unforgettable new novel from Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House. 

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known one another since college. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never 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 in college, 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 one another 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.


Advance Galley Reviews

I love to read Jane Green novels, and was very disappointed that I didn't have the time to finish this book. But from what I did get to read it will definitely be one that I need to add to my collection. Thank you First To Read!

The Friends We Keep is my first Jane Green novel. It definitely will not be my last. I was intrigued to read this story about college friends who after life happens come together again about 30 years later. Life has happened to each. Hard times, betrayal, and disappointments. The one thing that survives is friendship.

The Friends We Keep was such a great read. It was an actual account of what friendship is really like. Through the good and bad, real friends, find a way to love and hang on to each other.

Jane Green creates compelling characters in The Friends We Keep. Evvie, Maggie and Topher are unique characters who find a bond as they start college that lasts through college and beyond. The book follows their lives together and separate through complicated lives, flawed decisions and a secret that will threaten their friendship. I highly recommend it.

I guess I missed the download period on this. Didn't get a chance to read it.

Jane Green is one of my go-to authors so of course I couldn't pass up the chance to read her newest book! The Friends We Keep spoke to me as soon as I saw the cover. I was delighted by this story of three friends who meet while in their first year of university (college). Maggie, Evvie, and Topher have great chemistry and share a tight bond that not even decades of not speaking can break. Jane Green does a wonderful job of writing about real life troubles and tribulations through characters who are deeply flawed and undeniably human. I definitely recommend this one! *Thank you to the publisher and the First to Read program for lending me an advanced digital copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

This novel was so heart-warming! I loved everything about this book: the setting, half in the States, half in England, the characters, Evvie, Maggie, and Topher are all engaging and relatable yet flawed, the story line, which carries you through their lives from their days in university in the 80/90s to modern day. I absolutely loved that the author dealt with specific issues—like AIDS, child sexual abuse, aging parents, eating disorders, alcoholism—with each character without being confrontational and also while humanizing these issues. I highly recommend this book!

Sometimes the friends we make when we are at a younger stage of life (like college) are the friends that know the core of us better than anyone. This is a story of three people who connected in college, went their separate ways and maintained minimal touch, and then rediscovered the strength of their friendship later in life. The story covers 30 years, and we get to know Evvie, Maggie and Topher both as friends and as individuals. We are able to observe their mistakes, triumphs, regrets, and growth. Personally, this was not a great fit for me. I know many who love Jane Green, and, if this is you, you will probably love this book. For me, I prefer a little more hope and joy; this was a little too sad for me.

"The Friends We Keep" - a wonderful story of friendship, love, and betrayal as college friends meet 30 years later. Jane Green always takes her readers on a delightful journey. Evvie, roommate Maggie and Topher meet at college. Their stories from college to 30 year into the future. Evvie become a supermodel and mom while Maggie is professional and marries Ben, but struggles with Ben addiction and their marriage is in trouble. Topher is a successful actor and struggles with his youth. One of them has a secret so big, that a 30 plus year old friendship might not survive. Wonderful read, perfect for all summer activities. Thanks to Penguin and First to Read for the advanced reader copy.

Evvie, Topher, and Maggie have been best friends since meeting in college.  They are inseparable for four years, always helping each other out, and making a promise to stick together forever.  However, after college they go their separate ways.Evvie and Topher move to New York City where Evvie is a successful model, and Topher is a famous soap opera star.  Maggie moved to London to work in PR.  Eventually life gets too busy to make time to keep the promise they made to each other in college.  That they would be together forever. When their thirtieth college reunion comes around, the three friends make the decisions to live together again.  So much has changed, and there are things not being said.  One of the friends has a secret so big, it will tear their friendship apart.I enjoyed this book.  It's a very realistic view on how friendships change.   Everything is so easy when you live together and see each other every day.  When everyone goes a different direction, life gets busy and things change.  Friendship is something you have to work hard to keep.  I met two of my closest girlfriends in elementary school and the other three in college.  None of us live in the same town.  We all have lives, we've all made new friends, but no matter what, we all make it a point to stay connected no matter how busy life gets!

I've read some of Jane Green's books before and I feel like I always have the same issue. I start out liking them a lot but then everything works out a little too perfectly in the end. I did like the story of three college friends and thought it was a fairly realistic portrait of how friendships change over time. I did find it completely unbelievable that Evvie was able to keep her son hidden from her friends especially since she was a famous model. This will make a great easy beach read.

This is the story of 3 friends that meet up in college in the late 80's. We get to know each of their storys through all those years until present day. To me it was a meh story, I feel like Jane Green tryed to cover lots of issues like addiction, eating disorders, self acceptance, daddy issues and abusive relationships. But I feel like non of them was cover properly since just one of the characters went to therapy and had professional help. To me it would be a better story if she had picked just one or two themes to work through the story and focused a little more in one character because I feel like we had three fictional people that we did not got to know well.

This is a light romp through a 30 year friendship between 3 college friends. As the friendship fades away for about 25 years before being reestablished, there is a lot of time not covered. The re-connection is based on a promise they made if they found themselves alone at 50 they'd live with each other again and relive the glory days of their friendship as middle-aged adults. So much improbability to the ending and a lot left undone or unsaid through the middle years. What bothered me the most is the underlying problems with a main character who's behaviors impact 2 of the three friends throughout the book. Not enough exploration is done into that character. But if you're into light fare, it's entertaining enough

After reading the first chapter, I was a little disappointed that the story went back in time thinking I didn’t want to read how they got to that point, it seemed like it would be redundant. It was anything but redundant though! The story of these three friends who meet during college and how they all grow up individually and together was such a great story! The ups and downs of their lives and how they come together to get through it all is so much like real life. Would definitely recommend!

This was a DNF for me. None of the characters were interesting me and then when the mom of one of the characters another character something she should not have (don’t want give away a spoiler) I had enough. Bummer.

Evvie, Maggie and Topher meet in college and become lifelong friends. The story brings you through their college lives together, their adult lives apart and what brings them back together - plus a few secrets along the way. This was a one day read for me. I devoured this book and read for hours at a time. It was the perfect book for me since I sensed I was headed for a reading slump. I can always count on @janegreen for a great story that I can’t put down. I loved how the book alternated POV’s and covered years of the characters lives. It was also nice to see that the friendship was amongst three diverse people. If you haven’t read anything by Jane Green - you should start. She doesn’t disappoint ????????

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 three friends as they experienced success, betrayal, and tragedy. Each character shared her/his point of view and experiences 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.

This story follows three friends during a 33 year period: bonds are formed, dreams realized, and disappointment occurred. Maggie, Evvie and Topher meet while students at a university in England. They have different backgrounds, but over the years develop a strong friendship. In this book, the reader follows the characters as they go through college life socially and academically. Their friendship grows over time. Ben, an older student, eventually joins the group. This book follows three friends over 33 years. There is joy, sadness, hurt and happiness. After graduation, the friends continue to pursue their dreams. The reader follows as the characters achieve success, experience disappointments, losses and grow apart. At a college reunion, they reconnect with each other. They realize how much they missed each other and the friendship they shared. But a secret threatens to destroy their reconnection. I was totally engaged in the characters and their lives. I loved getting to know the characters and following their lives. I celebrated their achievements with them and was sad for their struggles. This is a lovely story about life friendship and love, strength and forgiveness.

This was an interesting read; thought provoking and circumspect. The writing style was profound, as I could easily resonate with the emotions and feelings of the characters. I caught myself on a number of occasions role-playing in my mind. If I didn't know it was a work of fiction, I could easily have mistaken it for a memoir. It speaks of life-choices and their resulting consequences, how they affect us individually and inevitably our families, friends and loved ones. I would recommend it for every young person...especially anyone approaching middle-age.

I really enjoyed this book. The three friends ended up with completely different lifestyles. It felt so realistic how friendships do have their ups and downs and even sometimes you might go a long time without much other than a card you can still pick up where you left off. I also liked how the author alternated the chapters from each friend's point of view and I never once got confused because she made it clear which one it was. Such a good book.

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!

2016 Ben is sober and trying to save his marriage. Ben prays for second chance at his marriage.Ben works in London and sometimes walk past each other like strangers.The commute to London made the relationship worse.Distance did not make them care for each other more.Ben plans a second honeymoon but discovers it may not go as planned. 1986 Evvie moved to London to live with her grandmother when her father knocked her mother's front two teeth out.Her mother is Jamaican and married into rich white banking family.Evvie was isolated from friends and on a TV show for years. Evvie has roommate Maggie makes friends with. They quickly meet another friend topher.the girls have different opinions about Ben and his attitude.Its easy to see early on how much alcohol effects Ben and how it puts him in better mood . The friends will be away from each other after college but promise to remain close.I didn't like the fact that Evvie describes herself as feminist at one point.I liked how the book goes through the years.I also liked how the focus changed from each character.there were secrets held and thought it may have been for the worse.i thought some parts were boring. The book covered some tough subjects which I liked. It was interesting how each character handled the storms in their lives.i reviewed on goodreads and my blog www.amybookworm53.home.blog

I've been a long-time fan of Jane Green's novels, and was thrilled to be able to read this ahead of publication. 'The Friends We Keep' is a wonderful novel about three friends, and how their friendship has changed over decades, countries and conflict. Evvie, Topher and Maggie are first introduced to us as students at university in England; we follow them over the next thirty or so years, as their lives take very different paths. I felt like I knew these characters intimately, and was sad when their story came to an end. Despite being US-based, Green obviously knows her village politics well, and every event and situation rang true for me. I'm already looking forward to her next novel!

I found this to be a well rounded story. The characters were well developed and I felt like I was there with them. To me, the moral of the story is that we all make mistakes but still deserve happiness and a place to call home. Thanks, First to Read, for my advance copy!

 


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