The False Friend

The False Friend

Large Print - 2011
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As children, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their schoolgirl followers. One afternoon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia has blocked out the actual events of that day. The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted. But Celia's sub-conscious knows and has rendered her unable to move forward in her relationship with her boyfriend, Huck. When at last the memories come crashing down around Celia, she returns to her hometown to confess, but no one believes her. Huck wants to be supportive, but even his love can't blind him to all that contradicts Celia's version of the past. Uncovering the truth will have powerful consequences in this deeply resonant and emotionally charged story in which best-selling author Myla Goldberg explores the adults that children become, the truths that we accept or reject, and the lies to which we succumb.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011
Edition: Center Point Large Print ed
ISBN: 9781602859883
1602859884
Characteristics: 285 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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Starpoem
Aug 25, 2017

This is the second time I've read this book, and it won't be the last. I'm drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Myla Goldberg's writing is lyrical, and the story is so relatable. I grew up witnessing 1980's schoolyard bullying and power plays like those described in the book. Even though it's painful to revisit those memories, it's refreshing to see an author placing a magnifying glass to the topic of bullying and its lasting psychological effects. Too often this topic gets swept under the rug, at least for my generation.

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aplumpe
Aug 15, 2012

Boring and I never felt sympathetic to the main character.

You kind of find out what happens to her friend in the end but not really. Not a satisfying read at all.

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nursebarb
Mar 16, 2011

Would not recommend. One of the worst books I have wasted my time reading. Kept hoping it would get better. It was difficult to read and did not follow any type of order. Way too

debwalker Jan 02, 2011

When Celia's long-repressed memories of the day her childhood friend vanished finally emerge, she's forced to own up to her role in the tragedy. But can she really trust her own memories?

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jegoodr
Dec 15, 2010

This book just wasn't what I was expecting, I guess. The description makes it sound like a kind of psychological suspense novel, and it really isn't. I kept waiting...and waiting...and waiting...for something to happen, and nothing ever really did. Also, the author was incredibly wordy in places. I'm all for descriptive language, but this was a little much in some places. If you're interested in the cliques of adolescent girls, or self-discovery stories, you would probably like this book. Maybe if I'd gone into it with a different mindset I would have enjoyed it more.

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