This Review May Contain Spoilers.
Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine–– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small café and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and cannot begin to guess what secret Portland is hiding about her husband and crumbling marriage. While one woman feels shut out, the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself.
A Questionable Friendship explores what really makes someone a true friend, a support system, a sister. How much trust goes into a friendship and when is being a friend not enough? Brynne and Portland’s story will attempt to answer those questions, and show that happily ever after isn’t in the cards for everyone.
Now, I’m a harsh critic when it comes to books. I love chick lit, mystery, historical books, anything. Going into this book, I had big expectations because I knew this author through her beauty videos on Youtube. As the book started out, I enjoyed meeting the character Brynne. There was a bit of a mystery to her since she was struggling to have baby #2 and was having some odd bleeding. She was sweet and it seemed like she would have a good storyline. With Portland, I just didn’t connect to her. In a lot of ways, she seemed like a bit of an afterthought with a more boring, unrealistic storyline.
Brynne and Portland are best friends, but they don’t share everything with each other. For Brynne, she has some scary health issues. Portland has a husband who is being super shady with a secret drug business. There were a lot of filler scenes that didn’t seem to mean anything to the big picture. Brynne had a whole chapter going on a field trip that meant nothing to the plot, and Portland had many scenes with her dad and his new girlfriend that really didn’t have any importance to the plot, either. It felt like the author wanted crazy things to happen to the characters (Possible Cancer, domestic abuse), but it just didn’t really go there.
One thing I am a stickler for is grammar and punctuation when it comes to novels. This one felt more like a rough draft that hadn’t been edited and it would have been more complete upon more editing. There were instances of no periods where there should be and misspellings, such as using the word “foot” instead of “food”.
The book however, was really easy to get through. It gave the Lifetime movie vibe, where it wasn’t necessarily realistic, but it was pretty easy to read quickly. I had some disappointments coming to the end of the novel, however. (Spoiler Alert)- When Portland dies, it seems incredibly unrealistic and it leaves the two friend without ever properly fixing their friendship. It seemed like the easy way out rather than Portland divorcing her husband and moving on. Brynne’s storyline was also never finished. While it seemed like she would be clear on her health issues, we never know if she gets cancer, another baby, or both.
Overall, I’m going to try another book from this author and see if I enjoy it more. I was disappointed overall. Although it was easy to read and I generally like some parts of the book, I really got tired of the filler scenes and how unrealistic certain parts of the book were. It felt like Brynne and Portland weren’t really even friends and we spend the entire book waiting for Brynne to be pregnant or Portland to be a more exciting character, it it just didn’t happen for me.