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Best Friends is a novel by Martha Moody about the friendship between two young women in college and how it blossoms into the later years of their lives. It was published in 2001 by Penguin Group. I enjoyed this novel because of the unpredictable twists and turns in the plot.

Clare Mann goes to college in Ohio where she meets Sally Rose, a wealthy and beautiful girl from California. Clare is immediately fascinated with her lifestyle and finds her to be more interesting then anyone she has ever encountered. This friendship only grows when Clare goes with Rosie to L.A. to meet her family. The secrets Clare finds out answers all her questions about Ruby, while the California air transforms her into a different person. Clare becomes more carefree and treats L.A. as an escape from the reality of her life back home. She soon finds it hard to be able to separate her own life from Ruby’s. They soon grow older and begin to separate, but always seem to be able to rekindle their friendship. The many things Clare craved in Ruby’s life hold would be revealed to be just something undesirable in the end.

All in all, I can say I really enjoyed this novel, but mostly because of the secrets and surprises it holds. I would recommend this novel to someone looking for a good read about the element of envy in a friendship and about a family trying to maintain an image much different from the one they actually have

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