The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Target audience: Young Adult
Keywords: girl friendships, starting high school
Format read: Hardcover borrowed from the library.
Summary: Best friends Jane, Victoria, and Natalya are starting high school in three different schools. This is the first time they’ve ever been apart during the school year and promise each other they will remain as close as ever. Can they do it?
As a huge fan of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I had a feeling I would really like The Darlings are Forever. And I did. In fact, I always wished the earlier Sisterhood book had more meat (I absolutely love the last two) and Darlings had the back story right from the start. While it took me a little bit of time to distinguish Jane, Victoria, and Natalya from one another, I liked this honest look at friendship. We all know how hard it is to remain close with our best friends who we may not see every day so I could easily relate to the struggle to be there for one another, while at the same time, taking the time to explore their new lives.
Uber confident Jane is attending a performing arts high school where she dreams of starring in a top production and catching the eye of her director. (Literally.) Victoria’s dad is running for Senate and she is forced to think five times before she does anything so she doesn’t risk making her dad look bad. Natalya received a scholarship and is attending a prep school with a bunch of rich kids. She (at times desperately) wants to be a part of the in-crowd and this story infiltrates Victoria’s. All of the girls deal with romance, fitting in, and being themselves. So no subject we haven’t read about before. But no fear, Kantor does manage to put her own little twist on a few of these storylines.
The Darlings are Forever is the perfect book for those who enjoy reading about female friendships and New York City. It may not be exactly on the light side but you won’t be crying your eyes out or throwing the book against the wall in fits of frustration either. And sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Some swoon, some drama, and some good old-finished gal pals.
I’ve also reviewed: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor