November 17, 2010

My Worst Best Friend, by Dyan Sheldon

Title: My Worst Best Friend
Author: Dyan Sheldon
Publisher: Candlewick
Release: August 24, 2010
Source: Publisher
Gracie and Savannah are best friends --and utterly unalike. Savannah is beautiful, outrageous, and irresistible to the opposite sex. Gracie is shy, smart, and would rather be studying lizards than meeting boys. Still, they’ve made a surprisingly great team, and (until now) it seemed as if nothing could come between them. But lately, Savannah’s talent for lying and manipulating is becoming harder to ignore. She’s fallen head over heels for an elusive college boy, and Gracie can’t help wondering: is her friend as confident as she seems? When Savannah gets between Gracie and her crush, the line separating best friend from worst friend is crossed.

I was expecting My Worst Best Friend to be completely different than what it ended up being. I still enjoyed reading it, but I think I would have preferred the book I thought it was going to be, instead of what it actually is. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked it, but not as much as I was expecting to.

The two main characters in this book made me want to stab my self in the eye, with some intensely sharp objects. I was wondering the entire time if they had brains, and I’m still not sure. There is no way two girls like that could be friends. I did like the side characters, however, and they were probably the reason I continued to read when I was ready to slap Gracie and Savannah upside the head, metaphorically of course.

I wasn’t too keen on the writing style, either. The story was woven well, but some little quirks in the writing really made me enjoy the book less. It is obvious from Dyan Sheldon’s success that she is a good writer, but I didn’t really enjoy her style.

The story, though completely different than I expected, was a pretty decent read. It was entertaining to read about Sav and Gray’s disputes, even if some of them made me want to pull all of my hair out. The progression of Gracie’s character was great, but it didn’t really happen until the very end of the book. As for Savannah, there is really no hope.

If you are looking for a quick, light read you can sit down with to take your mind off of life, My Worst Best Friend may be for you. If you are looking for a fantastic book that will keep you thinking until the late of night, you may want to stay away from this book.

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