Bridesmaids meets The In-Laws in a novel told from the alternating perspectives of two women who define the term frenemies - from New York Times best-selling author Jen Lancaster.
Jacqueline Jordan knows conflict. A fearless journalist, she's spent the past decade embedded in the world's hot spots, writing about the fall of nations and the rise of despots. But if you were to inquire about who topped Jack's enemy list, she'd not hesitate to answer: Kitty Carricoe.
Kitty reigns supreme over the world of carpools and minivans. A SAHM, she spends her days caring for her dentist husband and three towheaded children, running the PTA, and hiding vegetables in deceptively delicious packed lunches.
Kitty and Jack haven't a single thing in common - except for Sarabeth Chandler, their mutual bestie. Sarabeth and Jack can be tomboys with the best of them, while Sarabeth can get her girly-girl on with Kitty. In fact the three of them were college friends until the notorious frat party incident, when Jack accidentally hooked up with Kitty's boyfriend....
Yet both women drop everything and rush to Sarabeth's side when they get the call that her fabulously wealthy husband has perished in a suspicious plane crash. To solve the mystery surrounding his death, Jack and Kitty must bury the hatchet and hit the road for a trip that just may bring them together - if it doesn't kill them first.
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Unexpected pleasure with engaging dialgoue
I would listen to The Best of Enemies again because the dialogue and performances were completely entertaining. I have enjoyed Jen Lancaster's memoirs but was completely taken by surprise with her excellent characterizations and laugh out-loud dialgoue that so accurately reflects several decades of female interaction. Loved how she started out the story with the hotel bills and let in unfold from there. It really drew the reader in. So what about that shark? Deftly mixed ways to move the plot along, flashbacks, etc. Really good POV shifting, too.
Not sure but it reminded me of an old-fashioned comedy of manners with a modern edge. The ending was a little silly but I liked the development between the two main characters - really well done. Still laughing over the nightclub scene at Monaco- perfect!
These two did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and enhanced the comedy and the conflict. Played against each other to great advantage.
You might not start out liking one or both of the characters but you will end up cheering for them at the end.
- Anne A. Kennedy "aakennedy"
Jen's best so far
- Sarah Fitz