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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,342 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Fox Narrator: Amy Rubinate Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781611205510
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For Willa Jacobs, seeing her best friend, Jane Weston, is like looking in a mirror on a really good day. Strangers assume they are sisters, a comparison Willa secretly enjoys. They share an apartment, clothing, and groceries, eking out rent with part-time jobs. Willa writes advertising copy, dreaming up inspirational messages for tea bags, while Jane cleans houses and writes poetry about it.

Together Willa and Jane are a fortress of private jokes and shared opinions, with a friendship so close there’s hardly room for anyone else. But when Ben, Willa’s oldest friend, reappears and falls in love with Jane, Willa wonders: Can she let her two best friends find happiness with each other if it means leaving her behind?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A funny, astute examination of the fragility of friendship.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A perfect…page-turner for cozy winter nights.”

    Glamour

  • “A strikingly wise exploration of the bonds people forge and break. Fox delivers on plot, but it’s her insight, emotion, and eye for universal truths that make Friends Like Us memorable.”

    People

  • “A poignant comedy…Fox makes you care about Willa and everyone else in Friends Like Us long after you’ve finished.”

    Washington Post

  • “How to make a novel about the shaky geometry of romance feel fresh? Lauren Fox, in her second novel, succeeds admirably, partly because she places her twenty-something characters against a grim backdrop of economic uncertainty and the not-quite-healed wounds of parental failures.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The hard emotional truths go down easily amid the smart, rapid-fire wit. A pure if heartbreaking pleasure.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peebee | 2/20/2014

    " This was like a book version of the "Reality Bites" screenplay. It really had that feel to it. I cannot lie, Reality Bites is one of my favorite movies. This book would have received 5 stars, except for the frustrating ending (which I won't give away). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilian Bandaranayake | 2/12/2014

    " This book seemed promising in the beginning but the main character was really getting on my nerves as it went on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/3/2014

    " It was a great story about friends and how messy love can get! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacyann | 1/28/2014

    " Oh, this book left me with many unanswered questions and a lot of theories! It was very good, I highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pengypit10 | 1/26/2014

    " This book is funny; sometimes pee your pants funny, but don't let that catch you off guard. Actually do! Something about the light humor of the book opened me up to some interesting insights about the people around me, so I had a touch more compassion when I finished it than when I started. Not bad for $12.99. The author has a light touch but a fierce wit as well which can be a bit jarring, but in the best way. I must admit I wanted a happy ending, but only because I truly loved the characters by the end (not just the trio, but Seth, Nina, Jane's parents). I have invented several sequels in my mind in the past month (most of my sequels are happy...) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 12/28/2013

    " Started out strong by lost steam halfway through. Found myself having a hard time keeping track of many characters and then the story just ends. I felt like I was jipped out of a decent ending. Will not go out of my way to read a book from this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Caputo | 12/28/2013

    " A very different kind of "chick lit" novel, although I hesitate to call it that. A somewhat refreshing take on best friends and relationships, and confusion with life and family when you're in your mid-20's. I think it was fairly realistic and was very surprised by the downer ending. Chick lit books always end on some high note, and this one was very somber. I liked the book a lot, however I found most of the characters to be either super oblivious and self centered. But maybe that's the point when you're in your 20's...you're still trying to figure everything (including yourself) out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 12/22/2013

    " Clever and laugh out loud funny in spots. I loved the hybrid animals and the constant wordplay. Am I getting old if characters in the their early 20's, underemployed and sometimes angst-filled, fail to grab me? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tc Hartsock | 12/18/2013

    " I read it in one sitting...stayed up till 2 am...what does that say?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Lau | 12/14/2013

    " Total "Millenial" book about being an underemployed college grad. Book was okay; not amazing or anything. Recommended if you love the TV show Girls. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maureen | 12/11/2013

    " I did not enjoy this very much. I love Fox's writing style, but the plot was not great at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 12/7/2013

    " I didn't finish this. It just didn't hold my interest and ended up getting pushed aside. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 11/20/2013

    " Couldn't really get into the characters. The banter was fun at first and then just a page filler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 8/2/2013

    " I found it hard to get into the writing and got tired of all the wordplay. The plot was okay and made me appreciate the relationships in my life. Overall, I thought the book was emotionally draining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mia | 8/26/2012

    " Ugh... Unpleasant characters who make decisions designed to make them (and this reader) unhappy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teresa | 8/15/2012

    " Generic plot, an intensely unlikeable main character (I have no patience for self destructive, whiny female characters that never ever get their act together, shame on you chick lit writers everywhere!). I stuck it out for over 100 pages and then just couldn't do it any more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Farah Rieker | 6/11/2012

    " The book was somewhat interesting in the beginning and then dragged on. I hung in there only to be disappointed by the ending. Bummer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ~ames~ | 5/10/2012

    " I'm really torn on 3 or 4 stars. It would be like 3.75 so I'm rounding up. I found this book very enjoyable and readable, liked the humour, but of course it wouldn't end well. And it didn't. So it was sad but still good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie Kools | 4/21/2012

    " Started it and got bored with it real quick. Moved on the another book. "

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About the Author
Author Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is the author of Still Life with Husband. She earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Glamour, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two daughters.

About the Narrator

Amy Rubinate has narrated over 250 audiobooks and won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her books have been selected for AudioFile’s Best Romance of 2016 list; Booklist’s Top 10 Romance, Top 10 Historical Fiction, Editor’s Choice Media; and YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. She has a degree in oral interpretation of literature and won state and national awards for poetry reading. A voice actor and singer for over a decade, Amy has narrated many interactive children’s books and provided character voices for toys and video games. Amy’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, AudioFile magazine, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.