Besties by Leah Reena Goren


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Besties is an illustrated companion to what it’s like for the author and her best friend in their long-term friendship. The blurb for the book touted that it was a celebration of close female relationships and what it was like to have a best friend as a woman. I give this book 3/5 stars.

I say that it is the author’s story of “besties” because while I found some of her passages to be universal, most of the book read as if it was a chronicle of their own friendship and private inside jokes.


I got this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review, but it wasn’t what I was expecting really, that could be both good and bad. When I read a book about besties I want to connect with them and think “OMG!! Me and my bestie do that too!” Sorry for the comparison but maybe something akin to reading a list on Buzzfeed where you can relate to at least 20 of the 26 things that you only do when you have a childhood bestie. Being the third wheel while two people go over their entire existence together can be entertaining but only for a short time before it becomes tedious and you want to be included in the story.

I did enjoy the illustrations in the book, they were simple with an easy color scheme and went along well with what was written. When there was a passage that I could relate to my friendship with my bestie I loved the little drawings and thought they really nailed those close moments well.


When you have a best friend for your whole life, you are not the same person that you were when you first met the person, it’s just like a marriage. You choose to grow together or grow apart, and during that growing time so many things can change for both individuals. No matter what, if you are true besties, no matter what changes you go thruough or what obstacles you encounter some things will stay the same between the two of you, the special way about you two that makes you friends, and that is what is so special about having someone that is that close to you. Those are my words, not this books, but I think that in the end that is sort of the take away message of the book.

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Sara is a book hobbit that lives in a house of all boys, located in the promised land. Books stack the walls to the ceiling in some places, and she just keeps adding more. She was raised on top of a mountain that is locked in the dead of winter ten months of the year. She wears a size eleven shoe and enjoys her chicken cooked on the BBQ grill. In addition to reading she enjoys pinning crafts on Pinterest that she will never make and watching movies about people with sad lives or documentaries about serial killers.

13 thoughts on “Besties by Leah Reena Goren

  1. Now, you seem to know a thing or two about long term best friendship! Ever considered writing about your own experiences? Good review btw. I always enjoy the reviews I read here 😊

    1. Thank you for reading! I may write about me and my best friends adventures later on in life, when being incriminated isn’t an issue anymore!

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