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Friends Forever

Friends Forever, August 2012
by Danielle Steel

Delacorte Press
320 pages
ISBN: 0385343213
EAN: 9780385343213
Kindle: B0062OCNX0
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Fresh Fiction Review

Friends Forever
Danielle Steel

Reviewed by Jennifer Vido
Posted August 21, 2012

Romance

At a prestigious co-ed private school in a tony area of San Francisco, five affluent families come together with the common bond of educating their children. As strangers they embark on a journey at the Atwood School in hopes of forging ties with their community. The lives of these five particular children, Gabby, Izzie, Billy, Sean, and Andy, become intertwined forever. Whether it's the arts, athletics, or even academics, each child finds a niche as they evolve from kindergarteners to young adults.

As their school years quickly pass by, the Big Five, as they are called, must face the harsh realities that life sometimes brings. Whether it's an unexpected divorce or grave sibling issues, they have each other to lean on in the hardest of times. When graduation day finally arrives, college decisions have been made that push the group to go their separate ways.

While chasing their respective dreams, tragedy strikes their inner circle forcing them to rely on one another once again for their very survival. The bond they share can't be broken despite the losses this young group must face. Having to hurriedly grow up due to unforeseen circumstances strengthens their friendship and ultimately puts their love to the test.

FRIENDS FOREVER is a powerful novel written by the one and only Danielle Steel, the master storyteller of romance. Her latest release is a page-turning drama portraying a tight group of childhood friends who must face heartbreak and disappointment in the circle of life. The five main characters bring a superb blend of rich personalities to the mix creating a well-orchestrated symphony of pure literary pleasure. Her most compelling novel to date, FRIENDS FOREVER is exactly what Steele's fans have come to expect... pure brilliance.

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SUMMARY

Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey—full of tests and trials—as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.
 
FRIENDS FOREVER
 
Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean—each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.
 
As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.
 
In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life—sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side.


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