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Estelle: The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen

The Best of Us by Sarah PekkanenThe Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Pages: 352
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: college friends, marriage, Jamaica
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)

Summary: Knee-deep in marriage, kids, infidelity, and secrets, college friends reunite for a fully-paid trip to Jamaica for Dwight’s 35th birthday.

There are many days where I sit around and pray for a very successful and kind friend to sweep me out of my routine 9-5 life and take me to a tropical island (all expenses paid!!), where I can frolic in the waves with friends, sipping margaritas, and chatting to all hours of the night.

(Note: Any of these friends can step forward at anytime… really.)

Sadly, I don’t see this happening to me any time soon but I can be happy (cough hate cough) that it happened to this group of friends, while I drool over their opportunity of a lifetime. But in all seriousness, this group of college pals needs this trip more than anything. Case in point: Tina is feeling totally rundown as a mom; Savannah is reeling from her unfaithful (soon-to-be ex) husband; Allie receives some unfortunate news about her health; Pauline is tired of the persona she has built as Dwight’s wife.

You can see how escaping from real life couldn’t come at a better time.

Pekkanen does a great job of weaving the stories of these four women; I really liked seeing how differently each of their lives turned out and how their views on marriage and life-after-college were so vast. There is such truth in how everyone’s relationship is so unique. How do you balance your own interests when you are a mother? Can you forgive someone who betrays you? Does your relationship have what it takes to go the distance? Is it ever too late to let your guard down?

While this crowd is chumming it up like they are back in college, tension builds in paradise when old feelings resurface, flirting speeds into overdrive, unwanted guests arrive, and that hurricane they hoped they would miss is heading right for their house. There’s nothing like being in close quarters to really confront your problems. Despite the drama that ensues, Jamaica proves to be a turning point of every single person in this house — whether that’s good or bad is up to you to find out.

The Best of Us is a book that is meant to be scorched in the sun, stained with your sunscreened fingers, and maybe even splashed with a little ocean water. I was practically salivating over the luxuries these characters were offered, and I literally could not wait to figure out how this little trip would change them all. There’s a great balance to the sexy, sweet, tough, and nostalgic moments that fill the pages. I’m definitely looking forward to checking out more of Pekkanen’s work.

Tequila shots, anyone?

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April 18, 2013 - 10:17 am

Meg - This read was definitely awesome escapism — and I’m more than ready for a vacation myself! I think I liked Savannah the most, though I’d imagine everyone could find a shade or two of certain characters in themselves!

April 2, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - “The Best of Us is a book that is meant to be scorched in the sun, stained with your sunscreened fingers, and maybe even splashed with a little ocean water.” <– Um hello one of my favorite lines in a review + most convincing reasons to buy a book! I've read Pekkanen's first two books and really enjoyed them. Glad to hear this one was a good read, too!

March 29, 2013 - 3:17 pm

April Books & Wine - I’d totally do tequila shots with you. I’m always up for a good time.

Anyways.

I’m on the prowl for adult books, lately, I like YA but it’s not quite doing as much for me as grown up books (I FEEL LIKE A TRAITOR SAYING THAT) but seriously, The Best Of Us sounds up my alley. AND OMG I want an all expenses paid trip to Jamaica too.

Also. I am not sure I could read this book without picturing Dwight as Dwight Shrute from the office.

March 29, 2013 - 3:30 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Damn, must be nice! I’d love to whisk all my friends to a beach to celebrate my birthday. However, I’d pick a beach in Australia. 😀

March 28, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Cassie - Ah, Estelle, Estelle.. you’re killin me! This makes me yearn for summer and the beach <3.

This sounds like a wonderful read! CANT WAIT!

March 28, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I love this review! My friends and I have been planning on going to Puerto Rico to visit my best friends grandma during college but I don’t see it happening any time soon. I think I am going to need to read this book!

March 28, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Alexa Y. - When I win the lottery OR when I create an app that sells for billions of dollars, I will totally sponsor our trip to Jamaica. Till then, I’ll leave you with this – I LOVE the sound of this book. I’m a sucker for books about friendship and reunions, so that’s really no surprise at all. I hadn’t heard of this one, but it does sound really good!

March 28, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Tara - While I can’t afford to pay for everyone to go to Jamaica, I still think we should all plan a group trip 🙂 This book sounds like a great beach read!

March 28, 2013 - 9:20 am

Maggie - I’ve read one Sarah Pekkanen, Skipping a Beat, and while I liked it I found it so frustrating that I’ve never been able to bring myself to read anything else by her. But this sounds good, maybe I’ll change my mind. Great review!

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