Frenemies: 5 Books About Complicated Friendships

Friendships are such sacred, beloved, protected, fragile … complicated … unstable … potentially dangerous things.

It’s the reason we love to read about friendships and why they are the central relationship—and conflict-causer—in so many great novels. Friendships can blossom without warning or pretense but they can wither the same way and in these five books, we see both of those things happen in vivid, shocking and utterly delicious detail.

I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies. The two go down very different life paths, yet when Mel and Abi reunite 17 years later, it looks like their friendship will pick up right where it left off. But jealously mars the reunion—and looks can be deceiving.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

It doesn’t really get more complicated than sleeping with your bff fiancé, even if it is a drunken misstep. It would be hard for even the strongest friendship to get past a transgression like that—but Rachel and Darcy are going to try.

The Object of Your Affections by Falguni Kothari

When former best friends Paris and Naira reconnect, it seems they may hold the solution to the other’s problem. Paris’ husband wants children but Paris has no intention of bearing them. Naira has recently been widowed in Mumbai and feels like she desperately needs a new start. So when Paris suggests that Naira move to New York and become a surrogate for her and Neal, it seems like an ideal plan.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Anne and Marco generally have a good time with their neighbors so when they are invited over for an adults-only dinner, they don’t want to miss it—even after the babysitter for 6-month-old Cora, cancels. But when tragedy occurs, Anne starts to reevaluate their friendship with Cynthia and Graham, wondering if they were ever really friends at all or if something much more sinister was at play.

A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery

Jen is completely obsessed with being a stay-at-home mother and it to her best friend Zoe, it seems like Jen has little time for anything (or anyone) besides her son. So is it any wonder that Zoe goes looking for friendship elsewhere? But when she finds it in the people closest to Jen, it makes a strained relationship even more complicated.

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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