- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 641 KB
- Print Length: 346 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lakewater Press; 1 edition (21 March 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079KY1WF8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 5 customer ratings
A Forsaken Friend: A Witty and Smart Chick Lit with Attitude (FRIENDS Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The chapters are written from viewpoints that alternate between the two main characters. I understand that each of the authors has taken a character and focused on that viewpoint throughout. It’s a clever device, though there’s the potential for chapters to overlap with the same scenario played out from a different perspective. Fortunately, this is kept to a minimum, so the story keeps up its momentum throughout.
It’s possible to read this as a stand-alone, but I suspect reading A Fallen Friend first would have helped me get to grips with the relationship between Teri and Lee more rapidly.
I won't go into detail about the plot because there's enough of that elsewhere, and I think it's for the reader to find out anyway.
Perhaps because it’s not my normal genre, I wasn’t as gripped by it as I know some other reviewers have been. But personal preference is the only reason I haven’t given it 5 stars. I can understand why it will appeal to fans of Chick-Lit especially those who appreciate that sex and romance don’t suddenly stop when you reach a certain age.
Teri is a mess after losing her job at the university and her allowance from her father when his business partner runs off with the money. Now she’s scrambling to find her place in the world with a series of not so good decisions regarding men and finances.
Lee seemingly has it all going with her love life looking up, albeit with her BFF’s ex-husband, but a family crisis and Teri’s lack of support has everything whirling.
A Forsaken Friend is really a humorous and enjoyable tale told from alternating perspectives of two lifelong friends who both love and can’t stand each other. Pape and Featherstone do a masterful job of depicting the same scenes from two different perspectives yet making each fresh and new.
If you enjoyed A Falling Friend (which I did), you really need to read A Forsaken Friend because it’s a better book. If you haven’t read either, then get busy. It’s labeled as a chick-lit book, but anyone who enjoys flawed and real characters will like this one. Check it out.
Still, there were plenty of outright hilarious lines this time around as well: In discussing a trendy restaurant: “Last time I ate a steak there it was so rare a good vet could have resuscitated it.” Ya gotta admit, that’s pretty great. And this: “One girl wore a glittery gold dress so short and so low cut it was little more than a belt. “I’m wearing it in the ironic way.” Comedy gold, as David Letterman used to say.
As for the story itself…well, it’s complicated. Endlessly so. Lee and Terri and their romantic and family relationships get ever more tangled up, and these convolutions produce all manner of conflict and misunderstanding, all of which takes the entirely of the book to sort out…mostly. Not to worry, these two never run out of problems to deal with – some imposed on them by others and some self-created – and the end of this volume gives promise that there’s plenty more to come.