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“This book was great. Danielle Steel did a wonderful job capturing how each character feels. Just a warning, this book is pretty sad but it is very good.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Stopped reading after first chapter. The 5 kids and parents meeting was nice to read but really far fetched. That and we're told that these kids now what they want to do career wise at age 5. I don't recall what I wanted to do with my life when I was that age. And it's far fetched because...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Actually started off surprisingly good. Second half very predictable and depressing. Need something between "I liked it and I didn't like it" stars.”Susan A wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lot of unexpected tragedies yet so believable. Good read. But soft hearted people be prepared. ”Kritika vinodh wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
I recently read the novel Friends Forever by Danielle Steel. This was the first time this book had been published in paperback. I have not read anything by Danielle Steel for a long, long while and I needed a change from the mystery, crime, and thriller books I generally read. What follows is a synopsis from the back of the book and my thoughts on this story.
Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, the three boys and two girls become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure tragedy, and open their hearts. In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey.
Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean—each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by their magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children thrive beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.
As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to steady their course. But as they enter the college years and their lives diverge, the way forward is neither safe nor clear: the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose.
Theirs is a heart wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life—sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side.
What I Thought Of Friends Forever:
I needed a change from what I normally read and this book did provide a change. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel offered a look at what friendships are supposed to be like when they work well and how we can shore each other up just by being there to listen.
This story also offers some insight into how the children of this generation may be thinking: “I am worried about all of us. I think our generation is cursed. All you ever read about are kids our age who are shot and killed, die in car wrecks, or kill themselves, or do drive-by shootings and kill fifty people. What’s wrong with us? Why does this shit happen?” This is one of my favorite quotes from this novel. The other quote that spoke volumes to me about how this generation may be feeling goes like this: “Maybe my generation takes bigger risks…They think they’re immortal. All young people think that. Maybe the difference is that your generation acts on it, which is dangerous.”
The five main characters in Friends Forever are very likable even though some of them do have issues and problems they need to overcome. These difficulties served to make them seem more real. Their characters are very well written and when something bad does happen to any of them it is very emotional for the reader as well.
I did really enjoy this novel by Danielle Steel. My reason for choosing this paperback was that I needed a change from the normal crime, mystery, thriller books I am used to reading. Danielle Steel definitely delivered a different type of story from my norm with Friends Forever.
Friends Forever was a great read that offered insight into this generation along with some other life lessons. I enjoyed watching as these five main characters grew from kindergarteners to college age and beyond for some. As I stated at the beginning, it has been a great long while since I have read anything by Danielle Steel. Since reading this novel it occurs to me that I may have to start reading her books a bit more often—just for a change of pace. I would give this book a 5***** rating because it did definitely pull at my emotions at different times throughout this book.
“Trashy, Danielle Steele, Poorly written. no character development. Can't even remember what it was about. Basically a waste of time when I could have been reading something worthwhile.”Gloria L wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“story good but the writing isn't that good”Shirley H wrote this review Sunday, July 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story line was okay but this woman cannot write. Hard to believe she is a best selling author.”Wendy H wrote this review Thursday, April 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was too depressing! ”Kindra R wrote this review Wednesday, April 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Stopped reading after first chapter. The 5 kids and parents meeting was nice to read but really far fetched. That and we're told that these kids now what they want to do career wise at age 5. I don't recall what I wanted to do with my life when I was that age. And it's far fetched because these kids later be just that.
And right after being introduced to these fives, the mothers talk about how a teenager committed suicide. Depressing.”
“I was pleased with the entire book up until learning Andy's fate. I felt it completely unnecessary and like a quick, rushed ending to the book. I felt horrible for Izzie the entire time. It was a supremely gripping read that I finished in just under two hours ”Annalise wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No