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  • Worth the wait!

    The story unfolds slowly as characters are built. You know a bit of the ending from the first chapter, but there are unspoken moments of suspense....I wanted to keep reading to get questions answered. And the story has a big finish, as all good ones do. Real characters, a story well told!

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  • Page turner

    This was a story about looking honestly at true friendship. What seems true isnt always what it appears to be. I loved this book and it made me question and evaluate those who I am lucky to call "friends" in my life. A great read and i will look forward to reading more from this author.

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  • If some people seem too good to be true...

    Remember in middle school, when the popular kid would talk to your friend and suddenly you ceased to exist? Well, in adulthood there are those that never quite grew out of that basking-in-attention phase. Sometimes, you just need to feel special I guess. The main character: Helen has found her people. They are wildly successful, resourceful, influential, fun, generous, and out of everyone else, they have chosen her as their new pet. And like a child eager to please, she is oh so easily influenced by her new besties. But as her wishes start to be dismissed and questionable behavior begins to surface, she is already too dependent on her new friends' promises...and might I mention that she has already burned too many bridges with those that really mattered. Under the Influence is my favorite Joyce Maynard book to date. It offers such a good lesson because Helen's story is not far-fetched. It's about flawed people who place their hopes and dreams in other flawed people who enjoy their place on pedestals like Gods. But you know what they say: If it seems too good to be true... My favorite quote: "Friends. There's a loaded word for you. I know some people when speaking of a particular relationship may say, "We're just friends", as if this were some lesser form or connection to that of lovers or so-called soulmates. But to me, there may be no bond that matters more in the end than friendship, true and enduring friendship."

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  • WHAT IS THE MOTIvATION BEHIND A FRIENDSHIP?

    I really enjoyed this page turner. I had good character development and plot. I liked her writing style and look forward to reading other books by Joyce maynard.

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  • Beautifully written

    Really enjoyed this well written book. It had me captured from page 1. I'll definitely read more of authors books. Although some of story seems unrealistic, it will captivate you. There is love, hope, sadness all included.

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