Review: I have been very curious about Sarah Pekkanen's novels for a while. Our Julie is a big fan of hers and I wondered what the buzz was all about. Now, I know. Sarah Pekkanen is wonderful.
I found the premise a bit unlikely but maybe that’s because none of my friends are multi-millionaires who can afford a vacation aboard a charted flight to Jamaica in a private villa complete with personal Chef and helicopter rides let alone invite a handful of their closest friends. It’s surreal. That is my only negative comment about The Best of Us. The rest is wonderful.
From the first page, to the last page I was so engrossed in this story. I really loved it. Each character was very different, each marriage was different. I loved how diverse each character was. I also loved how my feeling towards the characters changed throughout the novel. The novel felt authentic. That Tina, Allie, Savannah and Dwight remained friends after college was real. The way the interacted with each other, the experiences they shared, everything felt so true.
If you follow our blog, you already know the love we feel for Ms. Pekkanen. I’m sure you have read Julie’s reviews singing her praises. I’m happy to finally join the chorus. I recommend The Best of Us to all. It ‘s a great summer beach read, light, funny, yet insightful. It has substance, memorable characters, and the ability to make the reader feel like the fifth friend in that house and slip right into their world like you’ve known them all along as well.
Final Take: 4/5
Pick up The Best of Us from your bookseller on April 9, 2013. Enjoy!