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      19.08.2013 16:37

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      I love this book, this was the first I read by Dorothy Koomson and I felt I had to read everything else she had published - which didnt let me down! She has a way of writing that is easy to read yet totally captivating, her books get finished in hours rather than days.I would say this is one of her better books - It makes you laugh, cry and feel grateful for what you have in your life. It has a way of sucking you in and you end up feeling the emotions that Kamryn and Tegan are feeling. The way that Tegan is portrayed is literally heartbreaking!

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      23.02.2013 00:56
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      An emotional roller-coaster from beginning to end.

      My Best Friends Girl is a highly emotional book that I originally picked up for Vicky to read on a plane trip we were taking. It's not a traditional guys book by any stretch of the imagination, but as fate would have it I forgot to pack my book and had to make do. I'm glad I did as this is one of the most emotional books that I have ever read.

      My Best Friends Girl tells the heart renching story of Kamryn Matika; a 32 year old National Marketing Manager for a department store. Kamryn's life in Leeds is exactly where she wants it to be, and a big promotion is on the horizon. However Kamryn's tragic past is about to catch up with her. Two years ago she recieved the heart renching news that her best friend Adel had slept with her fiance! Kamryn and Adel had been an inseperable pair ever since college, and their love was closer than that of sisters. Yet this event had shattered their friendship and forced Kamryn to walk away from her life in London. She has completely refused all contact from either party since.

      On her 32nd birthday Kamryn recieves a card from Adel with a simple; but very clear, message. "Please don't ignore this. I need to see you. I'm dying!" Despite reservations Kamryn decides to pluck up the courage to speak with Adel, and eventually finds her lying in a hospital bed. Adel has an aggressive and inoporable form of cancer and her prospects are grim, but that is not the sole reason she was so desperate to see Kamryn. You see Adel has a young daughter named Tiegan who she loves more than anyone in the world. In her early years Tiegan was very close to Kamryn, and as a result Adel will trust nobody else to raise her. Before she can give an answer Kamryn must decide whether she is willing to accept this bourden into her current carefree life.

      To make matters worse Adel has one further revelation for her. Tiegan's oblivious father is none other than Kamryn's former fiance Nate. Adel had covered up that bit of information from everybody the day she found out she was pregnant, and didn't even tell Nate when Kamryn walked. So if Kamryn is willing to forgive Adel and accept this great resposibility, then she will have even more tribulations to overcome. She needs to ask permission to adopt the daughter that the man who betrayed her doesn't know he has yet. She will then need to balance out her life and career with a young girl, and try to make sure that none of her resentments are taken out on the child. Besides which; even if she gets all of that perfected, then the social services will still remain hessitant to let a black lady completely adopt a white child.

      It should be pretty obvious that she does take on this responsibility, but the rest of the book is honestly far from predictable. Dorothy Koomson has penned a superb story here, and created a very relatable character in Kamryn Matika. As she struggles with the responsibility of being a parent she makes many mistakes. However you never once feel like judging her because she is written in such a relatable way. You do constantly feel like you would probably be doing the same things if you were trapped in the same situation. In fact whenever Kamryn narrates her thoughts I found myself nodding along in agreement. It is the sign of a good author that even a white male can relate to the insecurities and fears of a black female, because it shows that Kamryn is not a stereotype. She's a well rounded chacter that consistently responds to difficult situations in very human ways.

      At times the story can be undeniably tragic and has the desired emotional effect whenever it needs too. None of these times feel like Koomson is manipulating your emotions and so you will find youself wanting to cry along with Kamryn. Maybe a girl would be crying along, but I am a big butch man who admits nothing...Ahem.... Getting back on track, the simple fact is true that certain portions of the book are incredibally moving.

      Yet I was very grateful for the fact that the book was not entierely bleak and depressing. At other times the characters can have a good time, and the writing lightens up to accomodate this. Some of the side characters carry a real spark and charisma during these sections and Koomsan utilises them well. Tiegen herself reads like an adorable child and its easy to understand why so many characters can fall instantly in love with her.

      These sparks of life work well with the more depressing moments to complete the book. It's a real rollercoaster of mixed emotions from start to finish and I personally couldn't put it down. From a bloke that should be considered high praise indeed!

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      27.02.2012 19:54
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      I fell a little bit in love with this book, and am not ashamed to say I shed a tear.. or several!

      I read this on a long flight and if I tell you I sat on a plane of strangers with tears running down my face you can get an idea of how it affected me. If I also tell you that after reading this I then went back and read Koomson's previous books I think thats a pretty strong positive review!

      The book tells the story of how Kamryn's ex best friend comes back into her life when she needs the ultimate favour from her.. and after committing the ultimate betrayal of sleeping with her boyfriend.

      It deals with themes that we can all identify with, love, friendship, death, betrayal.. but does so in an unique way whilst focusing on the challenges Kamryn faces taking on Adele's little girl and the growing bond between the two of them.

      Koomson writes characters who are not perfect but you cant help taking them to your heart. Once the book was finished I felt a little bereft.. like I'd been left by some close friends.

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        30.05.2011 16:58
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        Great book

        I had heard a lot of good things about this book before I bought it, partially because of the author Dorothy Koomson who seems to be a bestseller, selling many books on various issues, sort of similar to Jodi Picoult but less controversial! I had read two of her books previously, Goodnight Beautiful and The Chocolate Run and they were both very good.

        On the front cover there's a picture of a black woman holding a white girl's hand, with the phrase 'what would you do for the friend that broke your heart?' and this pretty much sums up the book. Kamryn thought that she had found the best friend ever in Adele and the best fiancé ever in Nate, until they slept together, and created a child. Her life totally changes and she moves away, devoting herself to her work and no commitments or relationships. However, one day she gets a card from Adele saying that she is terminally ill and wants her to look after her daughter Tegan when she dies. But will she really adopt the child that reminds her of her best friend's betrayal?

        It is a really good book that really draws the reader in, the issues in it are quite complex such as adoption, affairs and death, at some points you wonder whether it could really happen but all the people in it seem totally real - its not like some chick lit books where the protagonist is totally perfect, the characters certainly have their flaws. As the characters seem so real it totally involves you, and makes it that bit more emotional which the book already is because of the sad events occurring within it! There is laughter and there are tears. At the end of it you'll want to pick up another Dorothy Koomson book, it certainly didn't take me very long to finish this one!

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          15.03.2011 18:47
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          Loved it

          When Adele Brannon slept and had a baby with her best friend Kamryn Matika's fiance Nate, Kamryn vowed never to talk to her best friend again. Two years later, she's living in Leeds and is happy enough with her lot, until a letter comes in the post from Adele telling Kamryn that she's ill and would like to see her. Without really thinking about what she's doing, Kamryn heads down to London to see her former best friend and finds her dying of terminal cancer. Adele asks Kamryn if she'll formally adopt her young daughter Tegan and Kamryn finds herself in a swirl of emotions as she comes to terms with her best friend dying and potentially becoming a mother to Tegan. Kamryn eventually agrees to become Tegan's guardian and she suddenly finds herself learning on the job about how to look after a grieving five year old after Adele passes away. Will Kamryn be able to stick to her promise to Adele to look after Tegan, or will it all be too much for her?

          It's fair to say that I'm quite a fan of Dorothy Koomson. I've only read two of her books (Marshmallows for Breakfast and The Ice-Cream Girls) but they've both been fantastic reads and I've had all of her other books sitting on my shelves for months. Everyone I know says that My Best Friend's Girl is her best - it was even chosen as one of Richard & Judy's Summer Reads but I just hadn't gotten around to pick it up. I finally decided to take the plunge, because everyone said it was great and I desperately wanted to be part of the crowd that says either "read it" or "don't bother". Thankfully, I'm firmly in the former camp.

          Dorothy Koomson, from what I've read of her thus far, seems to do well when she's tackling slightly controversial plots; she isn't afraid of taking something you see so much of and turning it into a fantastic and unputdownable read and the same can be said for all three of her books that I've read. She really manages to capture the dilemmas she puts her characters into, even more so in My Best Friend's Girl. In the book she puts Kamryn in a total catch-22 situation because who can say no to dying friend despite everything she may have done, particularly when there's a young child involved? Exactly. That is how the story starts, throwing us right into Kamryn's ordered life before she receives the letter from Adele summoning her to her hospital side and despite not talking to or seeing her for two years, Kamryn does as she's asked. Then before she can even adjust to having a dying best friend, she's suddenly looking after Tegan, Adele's five-year-old daughter and trying to come to terms with her friend's death.

          When it came to Adele's death, there was no holding back; I figured from the synopsis on the back of the book that it might take some time for Adele to pass away, but she's dead within the first 50 or so pages. It was a bit of a shock; like Kamryn I knew she was dying but I didn't expect it so suddenly. From then on, it's all about Kamryn's new life as mum to the lovely Tegan. Koomson holds no punches when it comes to Kamryn learning how to look after Tegan and it was pretty much a learn-as-you-go process for her and there were some ups and downs. A lot of the book appears to be about relationships. There's Kamryn's relationship with Adele, Kamryn's relationship with Tegan, Kamryn's relationship with her ex-fiancee Nate who is also the father of Tegan, and then there's Tegan's budding relationship with Kamryn's new boss Luke. Relationships were a major focus of the book and they were all incredibly well written. It's easy to see why Kamryn was so hurt when Adele and Nate did what they did, anyone would be, but I liked how there was still hope there that Kamryn could maybe get past it, particularly where Nate was concerned considering he's Tegan's father. I loved the burgeoining relationship between Kamryn and Luke and Luke and Tegan, he added a bit of sparkle to their lives, despite his and Kamryn's rocky beginnings.

          I pretty much loved every single character in My Best Friend's Girl. Kamryn really spoke to me because she definitely had her flaws yet she also had her reasons for not trusting people and for not believing things people say to her. She'll speak to a lot of women out there, and although I didn't like some things (her and Nate, specifically), overall I did like her. Tegan, though, stole the book for me. I absolutely loved her. She stole every scene she was present in, even those early scenes where she was hesitant and frightened. I have a feeling I keep saying this about child characters, but I loved Tegan, and she is my favourite child character I think I've ever come across. I suppose the only other main character throughout is Luke, Kamryn's new boss, and despite his and Kamryn's aforementioned rocky beginnings, I did finally warm to him. Firstly because he and Tegan were so cute together but secondly because he really did become nicer and we learn a lot about him as the book progresses. Finally, we have Nate and Adele. Surprisingly, I liked Adele. I did. I shouldn't have, but she seemed genuine. We don't see much of her, she dies early on as I've said, but she has some diary-type entries throughout the book and through them we learn more about her. I didn't, however, like Nate. At all. I just couldn't warm to him and I he just seemed shifty and wrong and as if he wasn't what he seemed.

          Dorothy Koomson's writing is brilliant. There's no other words to describe how great a writer she is. My Best Friend's Girl is told entirely from Kamryn's point of view, with the odd letter from Adele thrown in which fills in some of the gaps of the Adele/Nate plot line. It was a fantastic way to write it, as Kamryn is undoubtedly our main focus and although she's spiky and unable to trust, we learn why which helps us to learn to like Kamryn. I can definitely see why everyone raves about this book because it really did blow me away. I could barely put it down and I urge everyone who enjoys a well-written story to pick this one up as there's a good chance you will not regret it!

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            21.07.2010 19:38
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            An emotional read have your tissues ready

            I bought this book after seeing it on Richard and Judys summer read book club and Dorothy Koomson is now one of my favourite authors, I picked it up for £4 in my local supermarket a couple of years ago. Dorothy Koomson is originally from London and started out writing storys for her school friends, she also worked for newspapers and magazines before coming a published novelist.

            Dorothy Koomsons other novels include:
            The Cupid Effect
            The Chocloate Run
            Marshmallows for breakfast
            Goodnight Beautiful
            and most recently The Ice Cream Girls

            My Best Friends Girl was published in 2006 and was Dorothys third novel

            So whats it about................

            This story is about what would happen if your best friend betrayed you but then needed your help. We follow the story of Kamryn and Adele two bestfriends who fall out when Adele sleeps with Kamryns fiance Nate years later after cutting both Adele and her fiance out of her life Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking to see her she is dying and asks Kamryn to adopt her daughter Tegan who is the result of her one night stand with Kamryns fiance.
            Kamryn has a good job and busy social life and she does not have time for bringing up a child especially one which unleashes so much emotion.
            This book sees Kamryn take on the role of carer for Tegan its an emotional story as Kamryn works towards forgiving the ultimate betrayal and taking on responsibilites that she never thought she wanted.

            The book is one I was not able to put down the story flows well and at no point were you bored you just wanted to know what was going to happen next. Like I said after reading this I have become hooked on Dorothy Koomsons novels the storys are definatley a chick lit read. Make sure you have your tissues ready its a real tearjerker.

            I also write reviews on other site under the same name.

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              25.06.2010 15:18
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              A couple of weeks ago I read a fantastic review by jenniimariie of this book, and made a mental note to add it to my Amazon list of things to buy in the future . So, I was pretty delighted when I saw it at my daughters school fair a couiple of days ago at the bargain price of 20 pence, and snapped it up.

              I couldn't wait to get stuck in, as the review I'd read had really got me interested - and after reading the book from cover to cover, pausing only to sleep and cook, it's time for me to give my own review!

              When Kamryn discovers one night that her best friend Adele has not only slept with her boyfriend Nate, but also had his child, a child she is a godparent to, she does what any girl would do - cuts both of them out of her life, and moves to a enw job and a new city for a fresh start . Then one day, a couple of years after this discovery, she recieves a card on her birthday . This card doesn't contain the typical birthday wishes though - just a short message.

              'Dear Kamryn. Please don't ignore this.

              I need to see you. I'm dying. I'm in St Judes Hospital in central London.
              Yours, Adele x . PS, I miss you'

              Realising that this might be her only chance to see her former best friend again, Kamryn goes to visit, and is surprised when Adele asks that Kamryn adopt her daughter Tegan . This is something Kamryn never expected - she never wanted children, especially not a child her ex had with another woman ( not that he knows he is the father. ) But, as the situation unfolds, she realises she has no choice - and begins her new life as a parent.

              This book is, from the very first chapter, emotionally gripping . There are tears within the first few pages, and you begin to care about the central characters almost immediately, seeing them vulnerable and weak in a way that they don't show to other people in the book . The history between characters evolves slowly - for example, we don;t know at the start the full story for Adele and Nate sleeping together, we only learn that later, once we've had a chance to understand characters and they way they think and react .

              The issue of raising someone elses child is dealt with very tactfully - we see Kamryn and Tegan learning to handle their grief together, but also helping each other lay the ghosts of their past to rest . Tegan as a character is incredibly lovable as a young girl who has lost her mum, but still longs for the comfort and security of a mother figure. We see how easily the trust of a child can be shattered, and how simple mistakes can lead to big misunderstandings when a relationship hasn't had time to establish itself yet, and many issues are dealt with in a humourous, yet still tactful manner .

              The book is in essence still chick-lit though, and thats means not one, but two love interests for Kamryn. We have old flame Nate, always on her mind as Tegans father, and we have new boss Luke. Luke initially comes across as a bit of an arse, but soon develops into a much more likable character when his own issues in childhood are exposed.

              I think the book has three main themes - bad childhood certainly being one of the strongest of them, with all of the main characters having had some kind of abuse or neglect in their childhoods, leading them towards being the people they are today . The second theme is, naturally, grief , as the people in the book lose things they care about - friends, parets, relationships, or simply the freedom of being a thirty something with no ties. The third theme is overcoming that grief, coming out on the other side and finding ways to smile, whilst never forgetting what has gone before .

              I found the book a very emotional read, and was immersed in it from the start. I laughed a bit, smiled a bit, and cried quite a lot . This is the first book I have read by this author, but I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for more .

              5 * , a great read.

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                02.06.2010 13:21
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                both heart wrenching and heart warming! Recommend!

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                After her best friend does the unthinkable Kamryn leaves. Years later her ex-best friend Adele gets in touch on her birthday, and after gathering up all the courage she can she goes to see her in hospital. Kamryn finds out that Adele is dying and her 5 year old daughter will be left alone. Then Kamryn is faced with the biggest dilemma of her life when Adele asks her to adopt her daughter and promise to look after her and love her.
                The story follows Kamryn in her ordeal to adopt Tegan, her ex boyfriend and her new boss Luke, who she finds herself slowly falling in love with, something she never thought she would feel again.

                What to Expect

                This is a run of the mill chick-lit book. A heart wrenching story of a woman broken hearted turns into a heart warming story of a woman trying to fall in love all over again. Dorothy Koomson is an excellent author and great at tugging on the heart strings. I am the first to admit that this is not my kind of book but as soon as i read the first couple of chapters i was hooked until the end. You cannot help but fall in love with the characters. Also it is easy to relate to Kamryn in her struggle to look after a 5 year old girl (finding schools, new clothes, dealing with her mothers death) and when a normal shopping trip takes a turn for the worse when shampoo comes into play, the empathy for the character only grows.
                Is it for you?

                Well if you like chick-lit books then this is a sure winner. Make sure you have the tissues at the ready though because there are moments the pull at the heart strings. Even if you dont like this particular genre i suggest you give it a try. It is predictable but the way it mixes tragedy with amusing anecdotes about kamryn, you cannot help but read on!!

                Also on ciao.co.uk

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                26.05.2010 15:41
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                I would definitely recommend this book it is very well written.

                My Best Friends Girl starts with Kamryn' s 32nd birthday, she is all excited and happy it is her birthday until she comes across a card from her best friend Adele asking her to come to the hospital because she is dying, they have not spoken in about 2 years after Kamryn found out that Adele had slept with her Fiancé Nate.

                Kamryn is hesitant to go to the hospital to face her best friend, but in the end she goes, Adele asks her to adopt her daughter Tegan once she has passed.

                Adele's request hits Kamryn hard, although she had a very close relationship with Tegan, she is Nate's child and adopting Tegan would just be a everyday reminder of Nate, also she has never wanted kids of her own and has a successful career under her belt, a great social life. Kamryn does not want to upheaval all that she has going for herself, and on top of that she has no idea of how to raise a child.

                Once Kamryn starts to realise that Tegan has no one else to look after her and with Adele deteriorating fast she finds herself unable to stop herself in taking Tegan on as her own.

                The story is then about the journey of Kamryn adjusting to life with Tegan and Tegan adjusting to life with Kamryn, a new man comes into Kamyrn's life and plays a father figure to Tegan.

                Down the line Nate comes back into the picture and Kamryn has to choose between Nate and her new man.

                My thoughts:

                For the first few chapters of this book I was very emotional, it was only because I was on the train to work I did not cry, had I been at home on my own I would have cried my eyes out.

                As the book moved through the story I was completely absorbed in the story, I really felt like I was Kamryn, I loved her personality she was bubbly, funny and sensitive she reminded me of myself at times so I could relate to her really well. Dorothy did an excellent job of writing this story in first person she dealt with all the possible emotions that one would go through in these situations, no detail was left out.

                What struck me about the way the book was written was how thorough Dorothy was about everything so you could picture exactly what was going on in the book, there are 5 main characters in this book to deal with and they all fitted in their roles perfectly so you got to know each character fully and could build up a connection with each one.

                I loved the way Tegan was in the story, you can tell Dorothy is a mother herself as she describes Tegan's personality and her reactions to her mothers death very well, so well that it kept making me tearful.

                Dorothy did a good job of blending the story lines of Kamryn's relationship with Tegan and the romance side of things with Kamryn, Luke and Nate, by the end I was not sure who I was rooting for more Luke or Nate.

                The book had a great ending and I was left feeling very satisfied with my read, I will most definitely be reading her other books, I already have Marshmallows for breakfast lined up!

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                  09.09.2009 21:40

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                  Great Book to read. Has you in tears one minute and laughing your socks off the next minute. Have been passing this book around my office its so good. Makes you think how much you would do for your friends.

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                  15.07.2009 13:38
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                  Give it a go!

                  If you've read my review of Marley And Me you'll know my book list is very male dominated. I don't tend to like chick-lit at all. Because of this the prospect of reading a book with such a title, such a cover, such a synopsis ugggh why did I agree to read it?

                  The synopsis even gives away the plot. Former best friends, one dies and the other agrees to look after the daughter of the departed mother. How soppy, how lame and if I skip a few chapters at a time will anyone notice?

                  That's where the negative slant ends. This is a wonderfully written story, superb characters, gentle and clever subplots, humours at times but a real tear jerker throughout. Even the hardest faced person will feel their heartstrings getting pulled all over the shop.

                  Koomson's detail of developing her characters is so strong you begin to feel as if you not only know the characters but you're actually involved in the book. Be it as a Luke, a Nate, a Kam or even a little Tegan. It's impossible to not get involved.

                  Genuinely a good book. Maybe I should read more chick-lit...

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                  A great poolside companion for the summer season.

                  Dorothy writes in a very easy to read style, a perfect poolside companion. Though it makes for light reading, the story is one of pure emotion. We follow our heroine, Kamryn on a life changing journey, with flashes back to the past to help explain the present. The flashbacks are something Dorothy does often (read Goodnight Beautiful) and she does to great effect. Some flashbacks can slow a story down, drag out the plot line and bore you into putting the book down, but Dorothy has managed to make it work, and work well!
                  The story moves quickly, keeping you entertained and hooked. The characters are engaging, and you cannot help but say 'awe' whenever the adorable Tegan speaks or acts. The lead character, Kamryn, is relatable and endearing. Koomson understands her characters and they help to keep the plot moving along. The story is emotional and can bring you to tears of sorrow or joy several times. Light hearted laughter for a little relief and some serious roller-coasting emotion all mixed into one great book.

                  Read in about two weeks, a swift, enjoyable read for fans of the genre and author.

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                  25.06.2009 23:22
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                  The book is about how strong friendship is and how responsibitly can change everything

                  My Best Friend's Girl was the very first book of Dorothy Koomson that I read, it brought tears to my eyes and made me laugh. The book was very well written, I wanted to finish to see how it ended but once I finished I wish I was still reading it! It really made me want to read it over and over. The story is about two friends that fell out, because Adele had spelt with Kamryn's fiance which resulted in her having Tegan (the little girl) the friends haven't talked in ages and soon they are reunited by the fact Adele has cancer and will not live and she needs someone she can trust to look after Tegan once she has pasted. The book follows the view of Adele and Kamyrn's point of view, how they fell out and what happened after. The book is a most read and you will not be able to put it down!

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                    A great story by Dorothy Koomson, love, betrayal, grief and forgiveness.

                    I had read many positive reviews about books by the author Dorothy Koomson and so when I saw the book "My Best Friend's Daughter" at my friend's Scout jumble sale I thought I would buy it. It then sat on my bookshelf for several months as I tried to work my way through other books. However a recent holiday prompted me to start this book and I am glad I did.

                    The copy of my book has a sticker saying that this was a Richard & Judy's summer read. The front of the book also says "What would you do for the friend who broke your heart?"

                    The book tells the story of Kamryn Matika a young single woman who as the story begins is enjoying her birthday. However that enjoyment is short lived as she opens a card from Adele Brannon someone who she used to be best friends with. However the two have not spoken to each other since Kamryn discovered that Adele had slept with her fiancé and then became pregnant with his child. However now Adele needs Kamryn's help, she is dying and she wants Kamryn to adopt her 5 year old daughter Tegan. The last thing Kamryn needs is a 5 year old daughter to look after and especially one who will remind her of her fiancé and best friends betrayal and of the life she could have had if she had married him. What will Kamryn do? Will she be able to forgive Adele? Will she be able to look after a child? To find out you'll need to buy the book. (p.s all the above information you find out on the back of the book so I'm not giving away anything about what happens).

                    It is a book which deals with many different themes including death, looking at it from both an adults and a child's perspectives and grief and the different way people deal with it. It also looks at abuse and as such could be upsetting to people. The author deals with these topics sensitively and with a great deal of understanding.

                    I really liked the characters in this book, Kamryn especially as she is quite a complicated character. She tries to come across as being strong and independent but she is really quite in-secure. During the book she develops a relationship with someone and its really interesting to watch and made all the more amusing with Tegan's intervention. Tegan's character is also great, the author really makes you feel for Tegan and to imagine what it would be like for a 5 year old to lose their mother and how much they would really understand. You just want to reach out and give her a big hug!


                    I really enjoyed this book it was a book that pulled me in and made me want to read on to find out what happened. It was a real emotional read, I made the mistake of reading this book whilst on a train journey and trying to hide the tears that were welling up in my eyes at times! It also can be funny at times, it's a real emotional rollercoaster. It is a really great story with characters that appear real and that you can relate with. It's a topic that makes you think, what would you do in that situation.

                    I only paid 50p for my copy of this book but its worth a lot more than that. I have now got "Marshmallows for Breakfast" which is another of her books and I look forward to reading that too and just hope it is as good.

                    The book is currently on sale in Amazon for £5.49 (or possibly cheaper at a jumble sale near you!)

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                      Book about what happens when a young mum dies who asked her friend to adopt her daughter.

                      Needing some holiday books I asked my daughter to bring some for me from her huge collection of books. One was by an author called Dorothy Koomson who I had never heard of, but a sticker on the front of the book informed me that this was a "Richard and Judy's Summer Read"- was that going to make it worth reading I wondered, or was it to be a load of rubbish?

                      Dorothy Koomson lives in both London and Sydney and My Best Friend's girl is her third novel.

                      I glanced at the back cover to find out what the book was about to see if it was worth adding to my luggage. I don't want to give away too much of the story but anyone reading the back of the book can discover it is about two best friends who fall out, something they never imagined could happen. Kamryn discovered that her fiancé had slept with her best friend, who had become pregnant and had a little girl called Tegan. Several years later opening a birthday card Kamryn discovers that Adele is dying and asks her to become Tegan's guardian. Kamryn has made a new life for herself, has done well with her career and having a child was something not in her plans. Could she refuse?

                      Woven into the web is how Kamryn copes with her friend's death, how she looks after a child, copes with a new boss, meets up with her ex-fiancé. Kamryn incidentally is coloured, shown on the cover but I admit I didn't at first pick this up, but this is dealt with throughout the story as Tegan is very blonde. It is fast moving, deals with all sorts of things that had me laughing and crying - not the sort of thing to read on the plane I discovered!

                      The characters are great, I found myself in their places wondering how I would have dealt with the problems that arose. I was angry at parts, I was sad at others, happy at times too. It shows that adoption isn't easy, just like coping with death and illness and leaving loved ones behind.

                      I did enjoy this book but know that it may upset some people, so be warned.

                      I borrowed this book but it does say it cost £6.99, it's on Amazon for £5.49 or used from 1p! Just over 400 pages it didn't take long to read as I wanted to know what happened next!

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                      What would you do for the friend who broke your heart? Best friends Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon thought nothing could come between them - until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn's fiance, Nate. Worse still, she got pregnant and had his child. When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again. Two years later, Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital. Adele is dying and begs Kamryn to adopt her daughter, Tegan. With a great job and a hectic social life, the last thing Kamryn needs is a five year old to disrupt things. Especially not one who reminds her of Nate. But with no one else to take care of Tegan and Adele fading fast, does she have any other choice? So begins a difficult journey that leads Kamryn towards forgiveness, love, responsibility and, ultimately, a better understanding of herself.