Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Friendship by Emily Gould

Friendship by Emily Gould


Okay first thing I have to add here and it's something I hardly do, is add the blurb.

A novel about two friends learning the difference between getting older and growing upBev Tunney and Amy Schein have been best friends for years; now, at thirty, they’re at a crossroads. Bev is a Midwestern striver still mourning a years-old romantic catastrophe. Amy is an East Coast princess whose luck and charm have too long allowed her to cruise through life. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed for bohemian in her mid-twenties: temping, living with roommates, drowning in student-loan debt. Amy is still riding the tailwinds of her early success, but her habit of burning bridges is finally catching up to her. And now Bev is pregnant.As Bev and Amy are dragged, kicking and screaming, into real adulthood, they have to face the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart.Friendship, Emily Gould’s debut novel, traces the evolution of a friendship with humor and wry sympathy. Gould examines the relationship between two women who want to help each other but sometimes can’t help themselves; who want to make good decisions but sometimes fall prey to their own worst impulses; whose generous intentions are sometimes overwhelmed by petty concerns.This is a novel about the way we speak and live today; about the ways we disappoint and betray one another. At once a meditation on the modern meaning of maturity and a timeless portrait of the underexamined bond that exists between friends, this exacting and truthful novel is a revelation.

As you can read, the book is practically about the adult life, of being nearly thirty and having your life. This book scared me. As a nineteen year old young woman studying English at university, this book made me think the outside world, New York, was a world where I'll either get a good job and eventually fired for saying the wrong thing (which i totally do at the moment) or get knocked up by a one night stand. Yes they are kind of spoilers but I don't care right now. This book made me want to hide in a ball because I don't want to end up like Amy or Bev. I know there are people who live in similar situations but still. I'm still hoping that I'll be lucky enough to catch my lucky break or at least be in a good job. But yeah read this book if you want to feel bad about your future. Or if you want a Rainbow Rowell-esque novel without the Rainbow Rowell magic