Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Review: Friends Like These by Danny Wallace

Danny Wallace has friends. He has a wife and goes to brunch, and his new house has a couch with throw pillows. But as he nears 30, he can't help wondering about his best childhood friends, whose names he finds in a long-forgotten address book. Where are they now-and where, really, is he?

Acting on an impulse we've all had at least once, he travels from London to Berlin, Tokyo, Australia, and California, risking rejection and ridicule to show up on his old pals' doorsteps. Memories of his 1980s childhood-from Michael Jackson to Ghostbusters-overwhelm him as he meets former buddies who have blossomed into rappers and ninjas, time-traveling pioneers, mediocre restaurant managers, and even Fijian royalty.

Danny's attempt to re-befriend them all gives remarkable new resonance to the age-old mantra, "friends forever!"

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets three stars. I found it quite amusing and very well written. It felt as if you were reading a friend's story, it just had that nice, easy, friendly feel to it. The pictures, drawings, etc. were very cute and added nicely to the story. While the book did not inspire me to look up a friend from third grade I did find the stories made me smile and laugh at points. The book would certainly make a lovely gift for a friend, new, old, or recently rediscovered.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Amy said...

I wondered how this book was. I thought it sounded like a fun and interesting story. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I have now added it to my TBR list for sure!

~ Amy

Ryan G said...

Sounds like a fun read. I recently signed up for Facebook to talk to old friend from college and HS and once the initial greetings were over with I found myself not having anything else to say. So I'm not sure I would want to track down old friends either.

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