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Reviewed by Samantha March for Readers' Favorite
In Friends Like These by Hannah Ellis, we meet Marie, who is now single after catching her boyfriend cheating on her. She decides she needs more of a social life after previously relying on her boyfriend so heavily, and sets about making new friends. With a couple of miscues along the way, Marie eventually does form new friendships with an unlikely group, and it’s just in time. Marie’s best friend announces her move to America with her boyfriend, and Marie suddenly finds herself adjusting to yet another change in her life. With new friendships under her belt, Marie starts to dabble in a fresh romance – but is she truly ready to open her heart again?
This book caught my attention right off the bat. The first half of the book is very fast-paced, funny, and quite engaging. Marie is a wonderful chick lit heroine, and what I loved most about her is that she doesn’t consider herself awkward or goofy in the slightest. In fact, when she befriends her new social group, she finds them to be the awkward and goofy ones, and that gave me a good chuckle as well. I did enjoy the romance aspects, though it did get a little too back and forth and dragged out for my liking, but all's well that ends well. In Friends Like These, the supporting cast is just as well-written as our main character, and the difficult situations Marie’s new friends find themselves in were as entertaining and thought-provoking to read about. A highly satisfying read.