I usually try hard to find something positive to say about a book but this is one time I'm going to be heartless and say I did not like this book. At all. I read 190 pages in to it, waiting for it to get better. It didn't. For a book about lifelong best friends, I couldn't find anything likable about either one of the main characters. I couldn't understand their snarkiness with each other at different times thru the years. Some of the plot lines were so far-fetched that, even in a work of fiction, you couldn't imagine them happening. I like my fiction to be believable, if you're understanding what I'm trying to say here. Like you're a little shadow in the corner, following the characters thru their lives and relating to the things happening to them, you know? I wouldn't have wanted either one of the main characters, Lexi or Clare, to be a friend of mine let alone a best friend. But I must admit when I compare them to my real life best friend Lizzee they don't even begin to rate with her. Lizzee is a treasure. A true-blue, thick-or-thin best friend. For 41 years, so I know what I'm talking about. These two were so self-centered and shallow. If that's a sample of best-friendship, fuhgeddaboutit!
Once upon a time I loved Nancy Thayer's writing. Her early fiction, especially "Three Women on the Water's Edge" was relevant and believable. In fact, I've read "Three Women..." 3 or 4 times thru the years. I'm not sure when she began writing books about the "Hot Flash Club" but I tried reading the first one and it left me totally disappointed. I'd been waiting quite a while for a new book by her, so when I saw the first one was coming out I was like a kid in a candy shop, waiting for something good and gooey to consume. What a disappointment. I didn't get very far in to that one, and I never bothered with the sequels. But when "Moon Shell Beach" came out I thought "Finally!" With the title and the publishing blurb I'd read about it, I anticipated it to be more like her early fiction. Sadly, that wasn't to be. It's tired. It's old. It's cliched. Kind of like LaVyrle Spencer's writing became before she - mercifully - decided to 'retire' from writing. "Years" by Ms. Spencer is one of my and my daughter's all-time favorite books. But the last 3 or 4 of her books had become 'formula'-style. She seemed stuck in a certain writing 'routine' and the characters might've changed but the story line was the same old, same old. Then you come across a writer like Taylor Caldwell who wrote something like 80 novels in her lifetime and, in my humble opinion anyway, every single one of them was goooooooooooood. But you don't come across writers like Ms. Caldwell very often.
So yeah, I'm heartless. I don't mean to be. But I love to read and I love to read good books. I hope I'm not as disappointed in Anne Rivers Siddons' new book, "Off Season", when I get it from the library. She's another one I've enjoyed thru the years and it's been quite a while since she's had a book published, too.
I'm in the running for something good to read. Got any suggestions????