Review: The Friendship List

The Friendship List


[ ] Dance till dawn

[ ] Go skydiving

[ ] Wear a bikini in public

[ ] Start living

Two best friends jump-start their lives in a summer that will change them forever…

Single mom Ellen Fox couldn’t be more content—until she overhears her son saying he can’t go to his dream college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she’s living hers.

So Unity Leandre, her best friend since forever, creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too, but not because she needs to change. What’s wrong with a thirtysomething widow still sleeping in her late husband’s childhood bed?

The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re just fine. But somewhere between “wear three-inch heels” and “have sex with a gorgeous guy,” Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, in a story filled with humor, heartache and regrettable tattoos. 

Rating: 5-stars


The Friendship List by Susan Mallery is the most enjoyable contemporary women’s fiction novel I have read. Inside, are two families. One contains a single mother who raised her 17-year-old boy herself without help. He’s now looking into colleges but is afraid to leave his mom. He thinks his mom has no life and needs him with her.

Then, there’s a single father, a well-esteemed Coach. He is known to be tough on his male students but he’s also the one man the students can all rely on…He has a teenage daughter who feels like he’s trying to get rid of her by sending her off to college. Her mother never wanted contact with her and now she thinks her father doesn’t want her anymore.

As this story digs deeper into these families and their troubles the two single parents have a friendship that is about to change. I loved the chemistry between characters. This book realistically drew a picture of what families go through and how they behave. The teenagers made this even more enjoyable. It felt so real. I fell in love with the cast of characters and their journeys. Each one was unforgettable. Overall, the book was action-packed, full of drama and tension, and had the best emotional rollercoaster ride.

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