“Besties” by Leah Reena Goren


My best friend was quite honestly the person who saved my life. I didn’t expect to see us in this, though. I figured some of the examples in this book would be like aggravatingly “normal-girl” uninteresting (she and I grew up Punk and Goth, respectively) and the truth is most of them weren’t. And some brought smiles and tears to my eyes remembering all the things we’ve done: the stupid, the beautiful and the brave. This book will bring back those memories pretty vividly. Right down to the piece of junk car you both rode around in during college that had trash in it that you couldn’t remember putting there, and an a/c that projected¬†spiders if you turned it on.

The illustrations are quaint and wonderful, and the book’s cover is so beautiful (the designs inside are vividly colored aside from the girls). On each page is a remembrance, a thank you for what having a close friend brings to your life. I really enjoyed it, and it’s a short, fun read. It would make a nice gift for a best friend on Valentine’s Day, as well, especially with the color scheme. But, you know, don’t forget to get her candy, too.

Best friends are the safety net in a life that isn’t always gentle or kind. They help us understand the world and our place in it. And in the darkest times, they are the moon and the stars. This work accurately celebrates that, and if that’s the kind of thing you are in the mood for, “Besties” is the perfect fit.


*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.*




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