The Friendship List

The Friendship List

A Novel

Book - 2020
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Best friends Unity and Ellen are in serious ruts. High school teacher Ellen, whose son's dream of going out of state for college is arousing financial anxiety, hasn't dated since she became pregnant on the night of her junior prom. Unity, a successful handyman, is grieving after her soldier husband was killed three years ago. Each woman goads the other to venture out of her restrictive comfort zone, daring the other to take on a list of challenges, ranging from singing karaoke to wearing sexy clothes, skydiving, getting a tattoo, and having sex. Summer brings big changes. Ellen accompanies her son, a dozen other high school athletes, and her good friend Coach Keith on a bus tour of Pacific coast universities. Unity, who works at a senior living community, is speechless when a septuagenarian friend tries to set her up with her great-nephew, but then she thinks about her bet with Ellen.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HQN â™­2020.
ISBN: 9781335136961
Characteristics: 369 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jan 14, 2021

Disappointing. I found these single parents’ approach to their kids and sex to be disturbing.

Jan 08, 2021

This is my least favorite book by this author. The concept sounded fun, but the characters came across as incredibly weak and the storyline was just repetitive and not interesting at all. Honestly, I had to force myself to finish the book. So unusual as I generally really enjoy books by Susan Mallery.

Nov 08, 2020

'The Friendship List' made me furious. Two adult women turn into train wreck, shallow teenagers in the blink of an eye. Along the way, one discovers sex and tell us us about it, graphically, ad infinitum. Does anyone need a fictional character to describe her self induced orgasms, like an announcer giving a football play by play?

The parent/child relationships also turn on a dime, beginning with a father who has his teen daughter on birth control and COUNTS her pills despite her promise to him that she's a virgin. Way to let your kid know you trust them, Dad. Did you consider she could just drop them down the drain?

Of course, here's a shocker, she has sex right under his nose which sends him in a tail spin... after which he buys her a 'how to' guide because men are easier to please and she should be sure to have a turn at pleasure. And his adult friend, who is also a teacher, says, "Use a condom" after which the teen replies, "You, too." Great parenting, that.

Does anyone know how to tell a child, even a teen, NO! anymore, or have the expectation of respect? Parents are not the friends of their children. They trust you, you are responsible for them, you have a responsibility to guide them to adulthood, not throw 'how to' guides and condoms at them or be their pals sharing sex secrets.

That is not parental love, it's despicable.

Ironically both adults blame the parents that raised them for their problems.

There is little romance, less coherent dialog and a lot of pages you just need to skip over in 'The Friendship List'. The only slightly redeeming factor of 'The Friendship List' is the straight talk from the elderly friend of Unity, but even she gets fed up with the dead husband dithering.

How many times does a reader have be told one hides in her grief and the other was punished by her parents with rules after her teenage pregnancy? I lost count of the times I read the line "Ellen heard the words but couldn't process them at first." Suck it up, buttercup, you're (supposedly) the adult.

Sorry, Ms. Mallery, even with the tidy little bow at the end, this is the third book in a row that has disappointed me, each one more than the one before it.

2 generous stars considering I wasted my valuable reading time and I kept it overdue to waste that time. Don't waste yours.

Oct 14, 2020

This was just OK. I knew where it was going about a quarter of the way through, and that predictability made it boring. I was determined to finish just in case the author decided to get creative. But no - the irritating characters ended up with unbelievable "happily ever after" lives. Yes, it's chick-lit, but flat, uninspired chick-lit.

Two 34-year-old best friends challenge each other to improve themselves and revamp their apparently empty lives. One is an unmarried single mom, the other a widow - both are rescued by hunky (author's term) guys who are amazing sex partners for their respective new girlfriends. Regardless of the author's attempts, the book's message seems to be if the sex is good, life is good. And marriage will solve all problems.

The novel's premise sounded entertaining, but this was not a fun read. It contained annoying and immature characters, unrealistic behavior, and two gratuitous recipes at the end. I can't recommend this book.

Sep 11, 2020

Another great story from this author with real life situations, friendships, relationships past and present for adults and teens.

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