The Friendship List

The Friendship List

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"THE FRIENDSHIP LIST is a must. Susan Mallery is at the top of her game."—Fresh Fiction
"Mallery beautifully illustrates the power of female friendship and the importance of reaching for one's dreams. This irresistible, heartfelt story will appeal to romance readers and women's fiction fans alike."—Publishers Weekly
"The Friendship List is a sassy, sensuous tale about two women who discover their femininity for the first time." —New York Journal of Books
"Best Book of August 2020."—CNN.com
A witty, heartfelt and irresistible story about two best friends determined to help one another shake things up and live life to the fullest in a summer that will change them forever.
Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author of California Girls and Sisters by Choice, has delivered the perfect escape about the power of female friendship and the importance of making your dreams come true.
Single mom Ellen Fox couldn't be more content—until she overhears her son saying he can't go to his dream college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she's living hers.
So Unity Leandre, her best friend since forever, creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too, but not because she needs to change. What's wrong with a thirtysomething widow still sleeping in her late husband's childhood bed?
The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they're just fine. But somewhere between "wear three-inch heels" and "have sex with a gorgeous guy," Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, in a story filled with humor, heartache and regrettable tattoos.
Don't miss Susan Mallery's most irresistible novel yet, The Vineyard at Painted Moon, and join one woman as she searches for the perfect blend of love, family and wine.

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mkpederson
Jan 14, 2021

Disappointing. I found these single parents’ approach to their kids and sex to be disturbing.

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pkf
Jan 08, 2021

This is my least favorite book by this author. The concept sounded fun, but the characters came across as incredibly weak and the storyline was just repetitive and not interesting at all. Honestly, I had to force myself to finish the book. So unusual as I generally really enjoy books by Susan Mallery.

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CL_kcls
Nov 08, 2020

'The Friendship List' made me furious. Two adult women turn into train wreck, shallow teenagers in the blink of an eye. Along the way, one discovers sex and tell us us about it, graphically, ad infinitum. Does anyone need a fictional character to describe her self induced orgasms, like an announcer giving a football play by play?

The parent/child relationships also turn on a dime, beginning with a father who has his teen daughter on birth control and COUNTS her pills despite her promise to him that she's a virgin. Way to let your kid know you trust them, Dad. Did you consider she could just drop them down the drain?

Of course, here's a shocker, she has sex right under his nose which sends him in a tail spin... after which he buys her a 'how to' guide because men are easier to please and she should be sure to have a turn at pleasure. And his adult friend, who is also a teacher, says, "Use a condom" after which the teen replies, "You, too." Great parenting, that.

Does anyone know how to tell a child, even a teen, NO! anymore, or have the expectation of respect? Parents are not the friends of their children. They trust you, you are responsible for them, you have a responsibility to guide them to adulthood, not throw 'how to' guides and condoms at them or be their pals sharing sex secrets.

That is not parental love, it's despicable.

Ironically both adults blame the parents that raised them for their problems.

There is little romance, less coherent dialog and a lot of pages you just need to skip over in 'The Friendship List'. The only slightly redeeming factor of 'The Friendship List' is the straight talk from the elderly friend of Unity, but even she gets fed up with the dead husband dithering.

How many times does a reader have be told one hides in her grief and the other was punished by her parents with rules after her teenage pregnancy? I lost count of the times I read the line "Ellen heard the words but couldn't process them at first." Suck it up, buttercup, you're (supposedly) the adult.

Sorry, Ms. Mallery, even with the tidy little bow at the end, this is the third book in a row that has disappointed me, each one more than the one before it.

2 generous stars considering I wasted my valuable reading time and I kept it overdue to waste that time. Don't waste yours.

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phyllis94941
Oct 14, 2020

This was just OK. I knew where it was going about a quarter of the way through, and that predictability made it boring. I was determined to finish just in case the author decided to get creative. But no - the irritating characters ended up with unbelievable "happily ever after" lives. Yes, it's chick-lit, but flat, uninspired chick-lit.

Two 34-year-old best friends challenge each other to improve themselves and revamp their apparently empty lives. One is an unmarried single mom, the other a widow - both are rescued by hunky (author's term) guys who are amazing sex partners for their respective new girlfriends. Regardless of the author's attempts, the book's message seems to be if the sex is good, life is good. And marriage will solve all problems.

The novel's premise sounded entertaining, but this was not a fun read. It contained annoying and immature characters, unrealistic behavior, and two gratuitous recipes at the end. I can't recommend this book.

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Patricia_T
Sep 11, 2020

Another great story from this author with real life situations, friendships, relationships past and present for adults and teens.

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