Best Friends Forever: A Novel

Best Friends Forever: A Novel

Jennifer Weiner

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 0743294300

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes "a smart, witty fairy tale for grownups" (Maureen Corrigan, NPR).

Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both nine years old. But in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat.

Flash-forward fifteen years. Valerie Adler has found a measure of fame and fortune working as the weathergirl at the local TV station. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents’ house in their small hometown of Pleasant Ridge, Illinois, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. She’s just returned from Bad Date #6 when she opens her door to find her long-gone best friend standing there, a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat. "Something horrible has happened," Val tells Addie, "and you’re the only one who can help."

Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It’s about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it, and the ties that keep best friends together

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Lord love her. But stil . How long had I been waiting for a man to say that he liked my house, that he’d been looking for me? Under different circumstances, of course, with the words meaning something else entirely. Jordan reached for my face, cupped my cheek in reached for my face, cupped my cheek in his palm and turned me toward him. “I liked you,” he said again, his voice cracking as he pul ed me close. His lips were warm against mine, his hands moving in my hair, his body easing mine down

the seat. Jon had grabbed my seat belt and pul ed it until I felt like I couldn’t breathe. My father had snapped at us (“That’s enough, you two!”), and my mother had tried to distract us with the license-plate game, which was hard to concentrate on when you were trapped in what smel ed like a bowel movement on wheels. “It’l take, like, two days,” Val was saying. She’d gotten an atlas from between her mattress and her box spring and spread it open on the floor. “You see? This, right here?” She

eyes. Maybe I could talk him into shaving the mustache. I could see us together, on a slope covered with fal en leaves, my mittened hands around a cup, the coffeescented steam curling in the air. Please stop talking, I begged him telepathical y. Every time you open your mouth, you are jeopardizing our beautiful life together. Sadly, Matthew didn’t get the message. “Six months ago,” he began, with his eyes locked on mine, “I woke up with a bright light shining through my bedroom windows. I

twisting the lid onto an open jar of baby food to clear some space. “Ms. Nadeau, I need you to fil in a few details about the reunion last night.” “Sure thing,” she said, and hiccuped, sliding into the seat across from him. She propped her chin in her hands and stared at him with disconcerting intensity. “Hey. You’re cute.” “Thank you. Now, about last night…” “My ex-husband was cute, too,” said Judy. “I don’t trust cute men. They’re al so entitled. ” “Last night,” Jordan repeated. “What

strange.” “Everyone’s strange in high school,” said Jordan. Addie Downs seemed surprised to hear it. “You think so?” “You should have seen me. I had such bad acne, it looked like someone taped a sausage pizza to my face.” She smiled faintly, stil looking troubled. Jordan fought the urge to reach for her, to touch her hand, even as a cool, removed corner of his brain inquired What, exactly, do you think you’re doing? “Were you home last night?” he asked her. “I had a date.” “How’d it

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