“Men see women in two separate categories. There are the women they sleep with, and the women they fall in love with. And they will treat you differently based on that.”
From the day they first meet as teenagers Fern and Jessica are best friends. Despite their differences, they are there for each other throughout everything, navigating the difficulties of growing up and fitting in. That is, until Jessica crosses a line that Fern can’t forgive.
But now, more than ten years later, Jessica has unexpectedly reappeared in Fern’s life.
A lot has changed for them both – but can their relationship be different now they are older? Is it possible for either of them to rewrite the role that they have been cast in? Or will their shared history ultimately be doomed to repeat itself?
Set between the present day and the past, Girl Friends is a blisteringly funny and devastating novel: both a joyful celebration of female friendship and a razor-sharp look at the damage we can all cause to those we claim to love the most.
Press and Reviews
“A total tour de force - Girl Friends is all at once shocking, validating, shrewd and sharp-witted. I didn't even know female friendship could be altered…”
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“Holly Bourne tackles a serious subject with humour and sensitivity.”
“Bourne is intensely readable and writes with compassion, insight and humour.”
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