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Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak @annapitoniak @littlebrown @HBGCanada

Happy Pub Day to this highly anticipated book that will sure to fascinate you with this character study of two best friends!

Brenda’s review

Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak explores the complicated toxic relationship between two very different best friends.  They live very different lives but are intertwined together by their ambitions.

I was drawn into this character study into the dark side of friendship family and privilege. I loved the dynamics here between two best friends Violet and Stella. Stella is rich, privileged and ambitious when it comes to besting her bestie. She really thinks she is pretty special. Violet is struggling to stay afloat and is dependent on Stella’s family. She really is trying to be something special at her job. This made for an interesting dynamic between the friends.

Both characters are unlikable and I was on my toes guessing who was more the toxic one to each other.   I couldn’t feel any sympathy for either character and didn’t find too much to relate to with either making it hard for me to figure out who had the power over who.  I had no idea where the story was going or where it could possibly go until that twist at the halfway mark and the story started to come together and I was turning the pages as fast as I could to see how this one wrapped up.

I read this one with our Traveling Sister and blogging buddy over at It’s All About The Thrill We really enjoyed reading this one together and discussing it.  I highly recommend.

Thank you to  Little, Brown and Company and Hachette Canada for my complimentary copy.

From Kim’s review

Frenemies anyone? Holy crap if these two girls are best friends as they claim, I would certainly hate to be their enemy. Absolutely scandalous is what this book is! There was a very odd dynamic to this relationship. It certainly kept me intrigued. As their relationship evolved over the years one of them is overtaken with jealously. Their friendship is replaced with a competitive, nasty, back stabbing situation that will leave your mouth hanging open. I was enthralled from start to finish with this toxic relationship these girls had. Will one of them go too far? For Kim’s full review

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