#BookReview: The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

the best of enemiesSummary:

Bridesmaids meets The In-Laws in a novel told from the alternating perspectives of two women who define the term frenemies—from New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster.

Jacqueline Jordan knows conflict. A fearless journalist, she’s spent the past decade embedded in the world’s hot spots, writing about the fall of nations and the rise of despots. But if you were to inquire about who topped Jack’s enemy list, she’d not hesitate to answer: Kitty Carricoe.

Kitty reigns supreme over the world of carpools and minivans. A SAHM, she spends her days caring for her dentist husband and three towheaded children, running the PTA, and hiding vegetables in deceptively delicious packed lunches.

Kitty and Jack haven’t a single thing in common—except for Sarabeth Chandler, their mutual bestie. Sarabeth and Jack can be tomboys with the best of them, while Sarabeth can get her girly-girl on with Kitty. In fact, the three of them were college friends until the notorious frat party incident, when Jack accidentally hooked up with Kitty’s boyfriend…

Yet both women drop everything and rush to Sarabeth’s side when they get the call that her fabulously wealthy husband has perished in a suspicious plane crash. To solve the mystery surrounding his death, Jack and Kitty must bury the hatchet and hit the road for a trip that just may bring them together—if it doesn’t kill them first.


So I’ll be honest – although I was excited to read Jen Lancaster’s latest novel, I tend to like her non-fiction books better. I kind of already had an idea in my head that I would probably like this but not love it. I listened to this as an audio book while out for walks with my dog, and let me tell you, the first day I started listening to it, I took Aries out four different times for almost six miles (double what we normally do in a day) because I wanted to keep listening to it. Thank you for not making me feel guilty about the ice cream, Jen!

I thought this book was hysterical. I also thought the narrators, especially for Kitty, was spot on. But it was so funny to listen to the counter points of Kitty and Jack and their very different views on everything – from the name of their best friend and so much more. I loved that we were getting flashes of the past to see the demise of their friendship and the snark – the snark – just had me in stitches. I’m sure plenty of my neighbors think I’m off my rocker to be walking around the neighborhood in my crazy loud yoga pants just laughing like a maniac. Thank you for the judgment, Jen!

I love books that explore the friendship between women which obviously this hit, but there was also a bit of mystery mingled in there as well which left me pleasantly surprised. I give this book an enthusiastic five stars and hope you’ll give it a read!

5 stars

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