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Literary Fiction

Marlena

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by Julie Buntin

Quick take

Buntin taps into something authentic, a core nugget so true that it feels like, in reading this novel, Marlena happened to me.

Why I love it

There is something compelling about certain teenage female friendships. The intensity that can rival a great romance. The desperate loyalty, the inexplicable need to pour your every secret into your friend vessel. The mutual adoration that’s near-sexual. Perhaps because, beyond 'œboyfriend' or 'œgirlfriend,' the nebulous shape of a best friendship requires more guarding and defending and is ther...

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