Friends Like These by Hannah Ellis



I read this book a long time ago, through the Bout of Books Readathon, and the review slipped through the net, I’m afraid (apologies), so here we go! Note: There will be a fair bit of repetition in relation to the above post but stick with me!

What they say: When newly single Marie decides to shake up her social life, she has no idea what she is letting herself in for. With her sights set on the flamboyant Sebastian and his sophisticated group, Marie is sure that things are about to change for the better.
But when a chance encounter brings some unlikely characters into her life, things start to veer off course. Marie would never normally be seen with this bunch of misfits but to her annoyance they just keep turning up.
As lives quickly become entwined and unusual friendships form, Marie realises that we don’t always get to choose our friends; sometimes they choose us.
Buoyed by her newfound friendships, Marie might even take another chance at love.

The Review: ‘Friends like these’ began with Marie, in a pharmacy looking for a pregnancy test just weeks after she ‘caught her ex boyfriend in bed with some dumb blonde.’ It was a great beginning and I jumped straight in. From the off I found Marie to be slightly negative, but as you probably know by now I generally find it difficult to warm to a lead and instead empathize with their best friend, and this was what happened here.

I loved that ‘Friends Like These’ was primarily about, well you guess it, friends! Marie is losing her best one who is moving to New York. She feels she has nobody else and as the story goes on we’re meeting more and more possible friends and boyfriends for her.  The pacing was great, anytime there even threatened to be a lull there would be a mix-up or misunderstanding or just a plain old ‘happening’ that would keep you wanting more. Conversely there were times I found that there was so many things happening that it could get a little bit confusing and so I have to say that there were perhaps just a few moments where I felt a tighter edit could have been done with, but then I’d fall back into the story so it wasn’t really a problem for me. There are some very funny scenarios, including Marie’s speed dating experience (except it isn’t!), from which comes a number of the main characters in the story, all very different, who I found to be vivid and enjoyable, and a ‘Hangover’ type morning after. There were also a huge number of sweet, warm moments that brought a smile to my face, and I loved the growth of Marie’s character as realisations hit.

All in all a fun read, light, funny, fluffy and very enjoyable. Thanks to the author for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5


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