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Saturday, 8 October 2011

Friday Night With the Girls by Shari Low

Friday Night With the Girls

You should write it all down, Lou, so that your daughter can understand what happened. Everything. Right from the start.' Lou Cairney's life has never been dull. But through twenty years of ups, downs and really bad hairstyles, Lou has had the best friends a woman could hope for in Lizzy and Ginger. Growing up together, they shared their dreams and their disasters, broken hearts and career crashes and they survived it all thanks to love, hope and a large dollop of humour. And  cocktails. Lots of cocktails. Until now. Lou needs her friends more than ever because her past has just caught up with her in a shocking way. Everyone makes mistakes in life - but Lou has just discovered that she might have made the biggest one of all...

This book is the perfect chick lit read - lots of fun, friday nights out, times of happiness, times of sadness, friends  working together, friends drifting apart, to name but a few of the areas of the story.

Lou, Lizzy and Ginger have grown up together and the book is partly in the present tense adn partly looking back at some of the main events within their lives - births, marriage proposals, marriage breakups and illness.  

All the characters were believeable. Lou the business woman, a hairdresser with her own salon and staff; Ginger the music manager and london highflyer; and Lizzy, the housewife with two children. Each have their own life but they also have that special bond that great friends have. 

Although the story was partly present tense and partly looking back, this flowed well and I really enjoyed learning about their pasts. 
There are times of happiness during the book, however as with life, there are many times of worry too - one of them could be forseen, too many drinks and too high heels in a busy club. I don't want to talk too much about other events within the book as I don't want to ruin the surprise for others but the book is a real wheel of emotion.

This is the first book I have read by Shari Low, and I really enjoyed it. I will be looking out for more of her books in the future. It was an easy book to read, easy to get lost in and I would most certainly have loved to have friends like these three. I was able to laugh with them, but also share a few tears!

Thank you to the publishers for sending me the book to review.

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