Book Review: The Best Of Us
Title: The Best Of Us
Author: Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Source: Advance copy from publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5
Following a once-in-a-lifetime invitation, a group of old college friends leap at the chance to bring their husbands for a week’s vacation at a private villa in Jamaica to celebrate a former classmates’ thirty-fifth birthday. All four women are desperate for a break and this seems like a perfect opportunity. Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie needs to escape from the shattering news about an illness that runs in her family. Savannah is carrying the secret of her husband’s infidelity. And, finally, there’s Pauline, who spares no expense to throw her husband an unforgettable birthday celebration, hoping it will gloss over the cracks that have already formed in their new marriage. The week begins idyllically, filled with languorous days and late nights of drinking and laughter. But as a hurricane approaches the island, turmoil builds, forcing each woman to re-evaluate everything she’s known about the others—and herself.
This is an idyllic novel on the surface of it. Four best friends are on a tropical getaway and for three of them it’s totally free of charge. Tina, Allie, and Savannah are the best of friends. They are very different from one another and very complex characters. Life isn’t easy for them at the moment and each one of them is going through some rough times and thus this getaway seems to be a great idea to sort out their thoughts and life. The trip gives them a chance to confront their problems.
Tina is a stay at home mum who feels she is holding herself together by a thread. The never-ending tasks at home and demands of her kids have taken a toll on her and she never seems to find a quiet moment to herself. I could totally relate to her. Savannah is vivacious and beautiful. Her husband has just left her for a younger woman and instead of confiding in her best friends, she acts up. Allie, on the surface is the most stable of friends, but she has received some devastating news. Instead of sharing it with her husband she keeps it to herself and acts totally out of character during this trip.
These friends deal with some of life’s heavy problems in a frustrating yet realistic manner. This is a light yet complex read.