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My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend - Ann Goldstein, Elena Ferrante That I feel perfectly set up!

This is a brilliant (see what I did there) and intricate look at friendship between two girls. This installment covers young girls through adolescence, ending up in mid-teen years if I remember correctly.

There are love interests, family dramas, neighborhood politics, and peer relationships but at the center of it all is Elena and Lila. And for all the relationships I may or may not be rooting for in this book, the only one I really have to care about is theirs-and I do.

Though I didn't grow up in violence or with the backdrop of this neighborhood, navigating girlhood and adolescence is a bit universal. Navigating female friendships is equally complicated often times-at once envious, proud, and always invested, the relationship at the heart of this book is highly relatable for all its positives and negative emotions. I can't wait to read on...

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