⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars
Title: Girl Friends
Author: Holly Bourne
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: ARC, ebook
Publication: 8th of September 2022
When Fern is unexpectedly approached by Jessica, a woman who used to be her best friend while they were growing up, she greets her with mixed feelings. They parted ways after a betrayal Fern wasn’t able to forgive. But now, Jessica returns, bringing her usual overwhelming energy and charm. She seems a different, more mature person, but will the teenage girl friends fit into their old roles?
Girl Friends is a fantastic study of female friendship with all the love, jealousy and rivalry it often includes. It dissects the relationships between women, their intensity and their importance, especially for young girls. In the multiple retrospections, Bourne gives her readers an insight into a teenager’s mind, writing in detail about the pressure put by society on girls to behave in certain ways. It is an honest voice that shows the contradictions between parental and peer expectations, as the characters attempt to find the impossible balance between desired and slutty. The author explores both the exhilaration of being chosen from the crowd and the uncertainty of unwanted attention.
Although men are an essential element of the plot, the book always returns to women and the relationships between them. Their love, rivalry, constant judgement and comparisons are the main focus of this novel. I believe I will recommend this book to all my girl friends.