Friends Forever

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Delacorte Press, 2012 - Fiction - 308 pages
37 Reviews
Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey—full of tests and trials—as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.
 
FRIENDS FOREVER
 
Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean—each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.
 
As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.
 
In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life—sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side.
 

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User Review  - JoanneC - Tesco

I read Danielle Steel as a bit of light relief between crime books! This book did not have the desired, light hearted, romantic novel feel I expected. Hard to say more without giving too much away. Read full review

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So many tragedies jam packed into one book. This was an audio book I chose to pass the time in the car. If I had actually tried to read this book I think it would have been added to the "did not ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
19
Section 3
33
Section 4
57
Section 5
69
Section 6
77
Section 7
103
Section 8
119
Section 13
189
Section 14
193
Section 15
203
Section 16
211
Section 17
227
Section 18
239
Section 19
247
Section 20
259

Section 9
131
Section 10
145
Section 11
157
Section 12
167
Section 21
277
Section 22
289
Section 23
299
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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 600 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, Friends Forever, Betrayal, Hotel Vendome, Happy Birthday, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death, and the memoir of her work with the homeless, A Gift of Hope.

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