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That's What Frenemies Are For by Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell
Contemporary fiction

That's What Frenemies Are For

by Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell

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A social project backfires and creates a delicious upper-elite drama that's just oh-so fun to witness.

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Julia Summers seems to have it all: a Fifth Avenue apartment, a successful husband, and two adorable children attending the best private school in the city. She relishes wielding influence over her well-heeled girlfriends . . . but her star appears to be fading. That's why, when stranded in Manhattan for the summer as the entire Upper East Side flees to the Hamptons, Julia is on the hunt for the next big thing--the hot, new fad that will put her back on top.

Enter Flame, the new elite fitness craze. Seductive and transformative, Flame is exactly what Julia needs—and demure, naïve instructor Tatum is her ticket in. Turning Tatum from giggly blonde to trendy guru proves hard work. Yet Julia's triumphant comeback at summer's end doesn't quite go as planned, and when things suddenly get ugly—and even deadly—she realizes she may have been in way over her head. And Tatum, waiting in the wings, begins to grasp just how much power her newfound stardom holds . . .

Then, with Julia's life already spiraling out of control, her husband is arrested for fraud and bribery. As her so-called friends turn their backs on her, and Tatum pursues her own agenda, Julia is forced to rethink everything she knew about her world to reclaim her perfect life.

But does she even want it back?

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  • Hazlet, NJ

    Yes, it’s a fun easy read, but it’s also smart and the characters have a little more depth than expected. I grew up in the manhattan private school scene and these characters feel VERY true to life.

  • Mesa, AZ

    Its give you new understand between Julie and Tatum relationship of frenemies. How much are willing to pay on top vs modern life without lots luxurys. She does discover who more important in life.

  • riverside, IL

    I opened this book on Friday night and read the first 70 pages. I opened the book back up late the following night to help me fall asleep and it was suddenly 6:40am and I had finished the book.

  • New Hope, MN

    Loved this book. Loved the gossipy nature of the main character, Julia, who was completely self-aware and honest with the readers about her flaws and devious (and misguided) plans.

  • New Springfield , OH

    What a great story. A nice light read. I love reading about wealthy people living in NYC. It reminded me of the grown up version of Gossip Girl. 5 stsrs

  • Vestavia Hills, AL

    Perfectly captivating! A must read for moms who want to step into the uppity world of NY elite moms and their upscale lives. Oh the drama!!

  • Chicago, IL

    It was hard to get into at first, but then I found myself wanting to know more about the characters and what would happen to everyone

  • Butler, PA

    Loved this. Easy read. Slight twists and turns. Highly recommend. Loved that you aren’t too sure who the antagonist is.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    A sassy and snarky summer read where you peek into the lives of rich women that live on the Upper East Side in NYC.

  • Grove City, OH

    Chick lit at its best. Highly entertaining and fun. Easy to read and I loved the main character despite her flaws.

  • Englewood, CO

    This was such a fun/cute read! It took some turns that I wasn't expecting, which made it even more fun to read :)

  • Hagerstown, MD

    This book breaks down the dramas of being friends with "fake" people. They don't always show you the true them.

  • Houston, TX

    Loved the glitz, glam, drama, and snarky characters. Quick and easy read. Older Gossip Girl in a novel.

  • Hanover, MA

    Loved this book- unlikeable characters, drama, laughs- it felt like an adult version of Gossip Girl!

  • Kuna , ID

    Perfect for poolside or beach reading! Very fun and easy to see a TV show made about this book

  • Riverside , CT

    Perfect beach read. Funny, very close to home for those of us living in NYC, and relatable.

  • Winter Garden, FL

    Loved how the book flowed and the drama with the characters. Kept things interesting!

  • Absecon , NJ

    Great read! Quick, and hard to put down. Definitely a guilty pleasure read.

  • Milpitas, CA

    Great light read - if you’re looking for a summer beach read, this is it.

  • Shelby Twp, MI

    A deliciously juicy novel that provides the perfect escape for the reader.

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