Fiona and Patricia become best friends in first grade. Their bond is made stronger by the fact that they both have non-mothering mothers; Fiona’s is abusive and Patricia’s neglectful. The girls support each other in everything-even Fiona cutting off her beautiful long red hair which ends up being the catalyst for the biggest secret these girls will keep. It also infuriates Fiona’s mother who does something so awful to her daughter without ever stopping to think or care what her actions will do to a young and impressionable girl.
The women’s friendship continues on into adulthood. They both become actresses. Fiona gets married and becomes pregnant and Patricia rises to stardom on a reality type show. Life begins getting hectic and their friendship suffers. Then in one moment, a secret kept safe between them for years is revealed and everything is threatened-their friendship, careers, even Fiona’s marriage.
It took me a while to get into this novel but once I did I got involved in the story and the outcome. The LA scene and the acting parts really didn’t do much for me but the rest of the story line was interesting. My favorite character was Fiona. I felt she was a really complex person who had suffered a great deal from a bad childhood. I felt for her, secrets were her way of surviving. She grew up keeping secrets from her mother in order to stay out of trouble. Being an actress was her way of getting through life-to me she was acting to get past hurts from long ago. I did care about her and what was happening to her and would happen in her future.
I think this novel shows us how strong the bonds of friendship can be but also how easily these bonds can be shattered. I really enjoyed the dicussion at Book Club Girl with DeLaune Michel and you can listen to that here.
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