Avalon and Halley have been best friends since they can remember. The live next door to each other and even have a puppy, Pucci, that they share custody of. When Halley goes off to art camp, Avalon can't wait for her best friend to come home. She's even planned a party in their friendship's honor. But, when Halley returns from art camp, Avalon gets a huge surprise. Not only has her best friend lost her fashion sense, she's gotten a new friend, in the form of Sofee. A girl that was once nicknamed by the two friends as Softee. At school, the two friends, who are in the same class for the school paper, begin a competition in which they are fighting with others for their own column, where they give fashion advice to the other students. Both girls are having a hard time adjusting to the new friends that the other has made.
When, two friends end up having a falling out, that's when the true drama begins. Avalon, who is the daughter of lawyers, draws up an agreement which lets them know the terms of custody of Pucci, and they start rotating days on the Style Snark column for the paper. They decide that the students can vote for which style snark they like the best. From parties to sleepovers, the girls throw low blows to each other. Will these two friends work everything out, or will be be full on war for the rest of the year? Well, I guess you'll just have to read to find out.
This book is a different kind of fun. You'll be turning the pages to see what the Avalon and Halley will come up with next to try and destroy the other. I love the way that the girls' claws come out in the Style Snark column. Both throw out comments on the others outfits and more. This book is fashionably fun and, trust me, addicting. Make sure to look for the sequel, Faketastic, coming out Jan. 2009.
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com
Move over THE CLIQUE and THE ASHLEYS - the FRENEMIES are here to stay.
Avalon and Halley have been best friends forever. Their backyards connect and they share custody of their dog, Pucci. They are the fashion gurus at Seaview Middle School.
The summer going into eighth grade changes everything between the two BFFs. Halley has gone off to an art program at Berkley for the summer, leaving Avalon alone. While at Berkley, Halley befriends Sofee, the girl that up until the end of school, Avalon and Halley had nicknamed Softee. To while away her summer alone, Avalon has become friends with Brianna Cho, the head cheerleader. Neither girl approves of the new friendships.
From the first day home from Berkley, Halley can tell things aren't the way they had been with Avalon. The two try to catch up on how they spent their summer as they prepare for the first day of school. Avalon shares her idea of having a back-to-school party, celebrating their friendship. Halley has a hard time getting into the excitement, but goes along with the plan.
Before long, it seems like the new friendships each has built over the summer have caused a major rift in their own friendship. The two start feuding in deliciously snarky (trust me, this word is used a lot in the book!) ways. With the intervention of their parents, the two girls develop a truce. But by the time the combined party rolls around, is the truce going to last?
The story was a lot of fun, especially with all the catty maneuvers they pull on each other. With best friends like these, who needs enemies?
I won this book in a contest. I hadn't read up on it much, so when I received it I was intrigued. It's part one of a YA Fiction series about best friends, who after spending a summer apart start to wonder why they were friends to begin with. Right off the bat things don't start off very well for Avalon Greene and Halley Brandon. They find out that they are annoyed with the other's style choices or attitude. This book goes back and forth between the two girl's POV, and boy are they brutal! I know middle school can be like this, because I remember how mean the girls could be. You know the ones. They have the expensive clothes, perfect tans, and hair. Well, that's Avalon and Halley.
The best parts of the book, for me, were the girl's entries at the SMS Daily (Seaview Middle School's Daily Online Paper). They start off together doing a fashion piece about what's in or out, and who was seen wearing the ins and outs at their school. As their fight escalates they start writing their own pieces, and the vicious words are directed at each other. I love snark and this is book is filled to the brim with it!
What is also good about the characters is that you can find yourself relating to one of them. I found I identified and felt worse for Halley than Avalon. Avalon took things way too far for me, but it's still easy to feel a little sympathy for her. This is a quick and cute read, if you enjoy the YA genre.