Sunday, September 07, 2014

From the Archives: The Friendship Test by Elizabeth Noble

I began keeping a reading journal several years before I began blogging. I find it interesting to sift through my thoughts of books that I read back then. My reviews were often brief and contained little substance, but I thought it'd be fun to document them here on my blog as well as share them with you. Here is one from October of 2005: 


The Friendship Test by Elizabeth Noble
William Morrow; 2004
Fiction; 448 pgs

The first book of the four I got in the mail on the same day (how exciting!) I decided to give a try was The Friendship Test by Elizabeth Noble. The book was first released in the United Kingdom under the title The Tenko Club. The Friendship Test is about a group of best friends whose friendship has stood the test of time. They are all very unique and different in their own ways and have supported each other through the bad and the good times. When one of them receives the call that her distant father has died, the friends come together in a show of support. Everything is not quite so simple both among the friends as they are dealing with family secrets, and friendships are put to the test. Although at first I found the writing style a bit dry (perhaps because it moved so fast at first), I soon found myself engrossed in the story of these women, their families and friends. At moments some of the characters seemed a little too good to be true, however, they were likeable and easy to relate to. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was sad to see my visit with the Tenko Club come to an end.


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12 comments:

  1. That sounds like a sweet book. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Kathy - It was a little different than my usual reads, but I quite liked it.

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  2. I have some journals before the blog and it's so fun to read my old reviews. Mine were super short too. Just a snipped or two but it's still fun to see a log of my books. Thank you for sharing from your archives before the blog!

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    1. Iliana - I enjoy reading my old reviews too--although sometimes they make me cringe. :-)

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  3. Its always wonderful to have a peek back not only to see what you thought of a book after having re-read it but also to see how much your writing has changed over time.

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    1. Tracy - Some days I think my review writing has greatly improved and other days, not so much. LOL

      I re-read so few books. I think the last one I re-read was Pride and Prejudice several years ago. I went from not especially liking it, to loving it--so I know what you mean.

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  4. This sounds like a fun read! If the book is good enough I'm generally willing to let to good to be true character go. I'll have to look for this one.

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    1. Katherine - It was! I think it really depends on the book too, whether I'm willing to tolerate too perfect characters.

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  5. I like books that focus on friendships. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention!

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  6. That's a cute cover on The Friendship Test. When I look back on old review posts, funny enough, most times I can remember what was going on in my life when I was reading. It's also fun to look back on how review technique changes.

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    1. Naida - Me too! They have a way of bringing back memories of our lives, don't they?

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