FRIENDS, ENEMIES by Rosie Rushton


Age Range: 11 - 14
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Girls who are drawn to series-type fiction that’s high in melodrama but low in depth will enjoy this tale of friendship. Tory’s circle of friends is tight knit with ringleader Ella, detail-oriented Pippa, artistic Christy and boy-crazy Becky and Donna. The dynamics change drastically when Hannah, the daughter of Tory’s mother’s friend, moves to town and Tory is obligated through school and home to welcome her into the circle. When seemingly innocent Hannah begins stretching the truth to create innuendos and rumors, alludes to a difficult home life and attempts to thwart Tory’s first romance, it’s no surprise that Tory and her friends turn on one another. They become torn between loathing and sympathy when they learn the facts behind Hannah’s lies about herself. Entertaining, British teenage slang drives a predictable story. (Fiction. 11-14)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-7868-5177-5
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2004