Willa and her best friend Jane, are happy (or at least complacent) in their lives. But when Willa’s original best friend shows up in the form of an all-grown up guy, that comfort is riled.
Ben’s high school crush on Willa doesn’t translate well a decade later, but instead is projected onto her look-alike best friend. The duo quickly adapts to become a trio, each taking turns as the third wheel based on the situation. But it can’t stay that way forever.
Friendships—more than one—are tested, definitions of love are formed and smashed, and the reader is never really sure of which way it’s going to go. A few times, I thought that the story was going to go in a completely different direction (and, in fact, I’m still a little confused as to what actually happened!).
Fox so craftfully makes the sometimes humdrum life of friends the backdrop for this story that is pretty dark for a book that, at a glance, appears to be common chick-lit (I so completely love chick-lit, so I say that without any trace of condescension!).
The humor and tragedy (ok, tragedy seems like a strong word, but I’m sure that’s what it felt like to the characters) are so well balanced and juxtaposed that neither seems out of place at any point.
Additionally, this book is so punny—humor born out of great puns and plays on words. I LOVE this type of humor, and it had me giggling and cringing at the great jokes and wordplay!
Friends Like Us is great for anyone who has had a best friend, been part of a love triangle, or lost out in either one. And if you don’t fit in one of those categories, you have not truly lived! So add this to your reading list, now.