Genres: Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
How far would you go for the best friend who broke your heart? This internationally bestselling novel tells an enchanting tale of life’s most unpredictable loves and heartaches, and the unforgettable bond between a single woman and an extraordinary five-year-old girl. From the moment they met in college, best friends Adele Brannon and Kamryn Matika thought nothing could come between them—until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn’s fiancé, Nate. Now, after years of silence, the two women are reuniting, and Adele has a stunning request for her old friend: she wants Kamryn to adopt her five-year-old daughter, Tegan.
Besides the difference in skin color—many will assume that headstrong, impulsive Kamryn is Tegan’s nanny—there’s the inconvenient truth that Kamryn is wholly unprepared to take care of anyone, especially someone who reminds her so much of Nate. With crises brewing at work and her love life in shambles, can Kamryn somehow become the mother a little girl needs her to be?
In My Best Friend’s Girl, Dorothy Koomson takes us on a warm and wondrous journey through laughter and tears, forgiveness and hope—and the enduring love forged by the unlikeliest of families.
My Best Friend’s Girl by Dorothy Koomson is a kind of unassuming story that leaves a pretty large impact. This story quietly infiltrated my mind and my heart and I think I’ll remember this one for a long time.
The story begins with Kamryn as she prepares to have a perfect birthday, and everything’s going according to plan until she opens a card from her ex-best friend. In it is a note saying that she must come to the hospital to visit because her friend is dying. (Yep, I was crying during the first chapter.) Kamryn’s beyond conflicted because even after 2 years, and the heartbreaking situation that Adele’s facing, she still can’t let go of what happened between them, and with some honest writing, My Best Friend’s Girl tells the story of how to move on from heartbreak and how the most unexpected and unwanted changes can give you everything you need.
Kamryn “Ryn” Matika is single and single-minded. She’s focused on her career and her future, and becoming a mother is the farthest thing from her mind. What Adele asks her to do is unthinkable. She can’t raise a child, especially not her ex-fiance’s child. She’s not equipped. But does she really have a choice? There were so many emotions as Ryn dealt with her conflicted feelings, and I felt every single one of them. I felt for Ryn as she struggled to forgive and to fight through her grief. I felt for her as she battled her insecurity and anxiety as she struggled with her new responsibilities as a care taker, and the loss of identity as she grew into her role as a mother.
This isn’t the type of book that I typically read, and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if it wasn’t recommended, but I’m glad I read it. It really was beautiful. I loved how real everything was, from the characters, to the situations, to the conflicts. There were layers to this story, and I read it slowly because of that. I took small bites and digested everything. There were times when the pace lagged a bit, but I didn’t mind it too much, since even the quieter moments had meaning.
This novel could be categorized as more women’s fiction than romance, but there was a romantic thread the whole way through. As Ryn went through the process of making her best friend’s girl her own, she had to decide whether to welcome her ex back in her life, and what that would all mean for her future. I loved all the complex relationships in this book. There were times when things got messy, but that made me love the book even more, it was real. The characters had depth and they were diverse, which I always appreciate seeing, especially if there’s romance.
My Best Friend’s Girl is a heartwarming story about how the unpredictability of life can lead you to a destination you never dreamed, but one you were meant to reach. The blurb got my attention, but the heart in this story kept me reading, and I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story about love and forgiveness and unexpected families.