Every so often after reading a large number of heavy subject books, you may crave a break from it all. For me, I usually accomplish this by picking up a light and fluffy contemporary YA novel. Vikki from Penguin Random House suggested that I try A Tale of Two Besties, and she was right it truly was an adorable read.
Tale of Two Besties, concerns two best friends, Harper and Lily who are inseparable that is until Lily’s parents decide that it would be better for her “development” if she attended the special Pathways school instead of Beverly High like the rest of her class, including her best friend Harper.
I liked that the story was told from the perspective of both girls, as we get a glimpse at what each girl is thinking and feeling while they go through similar and occasionally the same experiences and events. In addition it was cool to watch how each girl adapted to high school without each other and their attempts at staying in contact when they went to separate schools.
All in all, I believe this book does an excellent job at illustrating how friendships similar to any good relationship needs to be a two-way street and that it is imperative that friends communicate with each other so that there are no misunderstandings. Furthermore, this book demonstrates that people probably should be realistic regarding their expectations as friendships change especially when people are apart. However, if I were to be honest I ought to say reading Tale of Two Besties felt akin to reading a middle grade novel rather than a YA novel. Although this may be due to the age of the two girls, who in this book are just starting high school. Not that there’s anything wrong with middle grade fiction, in the end it just wasn’t for me.
Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.