Review Blog

Feb 06 2017

My best friend is a goddess by Tara Eglington

cover image

Harper Collins, 2016. ISBN 9780732299903
(Age: 13+) Highly recommended. Surprising as it is for fiction aimed at teenage girls; this novel is highly engaging and thought provoking. For once, a book that celebrates intelligence rather than harping on about how being beautiful is everything!
When Adriana returns from eighteen months in Borneo her best friend, Emily, thinks that everything will go right back to normal - Friday night movie nights, and sharing secrets. Her plans go array however when Adriana returns a goddess, even more beautiful than the 'Tens' they always hated, while Emily is still the same old Emily waiting for the 'boob-fairy' to bless her. It isn't only Adriana's newfound beauty that comes between them but, as expected, a boy. Theo is dreamy in every way. He is the embodiment of Emily's artistic fantasies. And Adriana's crush. Like with any best friendship, Emily knows she can't act on her feelings and instead chooses to keep them to herself, forcing a bigger wedge in their friendship than ever before. It isn't long before it becomes clear that Adriana must leave her loser friend behind, but despite this knowledge she clings to Emily's friendship until she has no other option but to destroy it.
The thing about friendships is that things change and people have to adapt to their new situation. It could be that one friend moves, or gets another friend, or maybe there's a boy (or girl) that gets in the way. This is a novel which shows how things sometimes have to change. And how sometimes they don't have to change all that much. I would highly recommend to girls aged thirteen and up; not only is this a guidebook for coping with change, but also a great way to say beauty is not everything.
Kayla Gaskell, university student

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017
CBCA Awards 2017 winners
Environment Award for Children's Literature 2017
Speech Pathology shortlist 2017
2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
2017 Branford Boase Award
2017 UKLA Book Awards

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates