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I’m a firm believer in the importance of friendship, which often gets overlooked in favor of stories centering romantic relationships. Naturally, I immediately clicked “request” on NetGalley when I saw The Friendship Breakup. Many thanks to NetGalley and Alcove Press for the digital review copy of Annie Cathryn’s debut novel, in exchange for my honest review.
The Friendship Breakup follows Fallon Monroe, mom and aspiring chocolatier, as she navigates a confusing break with her mom friend group. Her former BFF, Beatrice, is suddenly ghosting her and she doesn’t know why! As Fallon tries to win back her friends and figure out what’s gone wrong, she also embarks on a journey of self discovery.
There was a lot to like about this reading experience, and I definitely wanted to keep reading to get to the bottom of why Fallon’s friends abandoned her. This ultimately fell solidly in the middle for me, as a read I enjoyed but didn’t love. Let’s get into why that is.
What I Liked
I loved this book’s emphasis on the importance of friendship. We see Fallon interacting with a variety of friends from different periods of her life and discussing the roles that friends can play in our lives. It was refreshing to see an acknowledgement that these relationships matter.
Fallon is a complicated protagonist who feels very real. She has dreams and aspirations for her marriage, her life, and her career, but she doesn’t always make the right choices or go about things in the proper way. I enjoyed seeing her learn and grow throughout the course of the book.
The book’s ending felt realistic in a way I appreciated, but I’ll say no more because no spoilers.
What I Didn’t Like
At times, it felt like the book was trying to do a bit too much. There is a lot going on between the friendship breakup, the chocolate business, the marriage, and another storyline I won’t spoil. That is true to life in a way, but became a bit overwhelming at times in a book.
Some of the writing felt a bit labored, with some rather forced metaphor and simile throughout. It was the sort of thing that made me think “I bet this is a debut novel.” That’s not to say the writing is bad, necessarily, just that it sometimes felt a little forced in a way that pulled me out of the story.
Overall, I enjoyed The Friendship Breakup and will definitely be interested to see what this author does next. I recommend this book to fans of stories about female friendship and to moms who are struggling to balance their social lives, dreams, and parenthood.
5 thoughts on ““The Friendship Breakup” Shows How Much Friends Matter”
I love friendship stories too. I am more partial to the ones that end happily, but I think break up stories are realistic. A memorable one was When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
I don’t think I’ve heard of that one! I’ll have to check it out!
I agree about friendships. I love books about friends and this one looks great.
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