Friends Like These

Friends Like These

By Author / Illustrator

Meg Rosoff


Friends and family

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC








From the incomparable Meg Rosoff, bestselling author of How I Live Now and The Great Godden, comes an alluring coming-of-age tale about the summer that changes everything. New York City. June, 1982. When 18-year-old Beth arrives in Manhattan for a prestigious journalism internship, everything feels brand new - and not always in a good way. A cockroach-infested sublet and a disaffected roommate are the least of her worries, and she soon finds herself caught up with her fellow interns - preppy Oliver, ruthless Dan and ridiculously cool, beautiful, wild Edie. Soon, Beth and Edie are best friends - the sort of heady, all-consuming best-friendship that's impossible to resist. But with the mercury rising and deceit mounting up, betrayal lies just around the corner. Who needs enemies... when you have friends like these?

A gritty, intoxicating novel about a summer of unforgettable firsts: of independence, lies, love and the inevitable loss of innocence. Sharp and irresistible, it's perfect for fans of Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends and Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan.

'An irresistible account of female friendship ... Nobody describes the strength, pain and comedy of being young as elegantly and eloquently as Meg Rosoff' - Amanda Craig 'A wonderful, captivating writer' - Daily Telegraph 'A magical and utterly faultless voice' - Mark Haddon



Freshly landed in stifling summer bustle of 1980's New York, Beth is one of four students on a prestigious journalism internship. Along with the others - intense and ruthless Dan, preppy, good-looking Oliver and wild and troubled rich girl, Edie, she experiences the thrills and fears of work, independence and relationships. Forming an almost suffocating bond with Edie, Beth tries to balance work with the heady freedom of city living and Edie's tumultuous home and love life.

This is another beautifully written and evocative book from the peerless YA author Meg Rosoff. The sweltering New York summer and the gritty urban background are central to the feel of the book - Beth is often hot, awkward and uncomfortable. But her measured way of thinking is her saving grace in a confused and heady atmosphere where lies and betrayals ultimately surface.

Although we gain some insight into the other characters, this is really Beth’s story - an intoxicating mix of love, friendship and learning over one unforgettable summer.

320 pages / Reviewed by Clark Wilkins, school librarian

Suggested Reading Age 14+


Set in the summer of 1983, an ambitious intern, Beth, sets out in New York - alone, and unaware of some aspects of the New York way of life. With a place to stay in the sweltering heat in an apartment infested with cockroaches, a keen Beth befriends an outgoing, chaotic Edie. Whilst all seems good with Beth moving in with Edie, this friendship grows and so does Beth's relationship with Tom. But as the summer goes on, the trail of lies and betrayal unwind.

This novel gives aspects of New York life during the 1980s including topics which were raised at the time. This book shows the journey of friendship, betrayal and love.

320 pages / Reviewed by Morgan Harkin

Suggested Reading Age 14+


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