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Fictional Frenemies

To be or not to be…is not the question. These relationships would never exist in the real world, so there’s no harm in a fictional character spiraling out of control. Right?

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    Social Creature Book Cover Picture

    Social Creature

    by Tara Isabella Burton

    Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.

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    How Could She Book Cover Picture

    How Could She

    by Lauren Mechling

    Hilarious and fiercely observed, How Could She is an essential novel of female friendship, an insider’s look into the cutthroat world of New York media–from print to podcasting–and a witty exploration of the ways we can and cannot escape our pasts.

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    Sula Book Cover Picture

    Sula

    by Toni Morrison

    Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end?

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    Lies You Never Told Me Book Cover Picture
    Lies You Never Told Me Book Cover Picture

    Lies You Never Told Me

    by Jennifer Donaldson

    Gabe and Elyse both make the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard. Told in parallel narratives, this twisty, shocking story shows how one bad choice can lead to a spiral of unforeseen consequences that not everyone will survive.

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    Lies You Never Told Me Book Cover Picture

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    Tell Me Everything Book Cover Picture

    Tell Me Everything

    by Cambria Brockman

    In a mesmerizing novel that peels back the innumerable layers of a seductive protagonist, debut author Cambria Brockman brings to life an entrancing story of friendship, heartbreak, and betrayal.

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    One of Us Is Lying Book Cover Picture
    One of Us Is Lying Book Cover Picture

    One of Us Is Lying

    by Karen M. McManus

    On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Before the end of detention one of them is dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident…

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    One of Us Is Lying Book Cover Picture

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    The Other Mrs. Miller Book Cover Picture

    The Other Mrs. Miller

    by Allison Dickson

    An addictive domestic thriller for fans of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Couple Next Door, The Other Mrs. Miller serves up a delicious brew of dark secrets and stunning plot twists that will keep you captivated until the very last page.

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    The Other Mrs. Miller Book Cover Picture

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    Wunderland Book Cover Picture

    Wunderland

    by Jennifer Cody Epstein

    An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist.

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    Wunderland Book Cover Picture

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    Watch Me Disappear Book Cover Picture

    Watch Me Disappear

    by Janelle Brown

    The disappearance of a beautiful, charismatic mother leaves her family to piece together her secrets in this propulsive novel for fans of Big Little Lies.

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    Watch Me Disappear Book Cover Picture

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    Cat's Eye Book Cover Picture

    Cat’s Eye

    by Margaret Atwood

    Cat’s Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman—but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories.

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    That's What Frenemies Are For Book Cover Picture
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    That’s What Frenemies Are For

    by Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell

    In this razor-sharp novel for fans of When Life Gives You Lululemons, a Manhattan socialite turns her spin instructor into a fitness superstar to impress her friends. But can she keep her little project under control? Or has she created a monster?

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game Book Cover Picture
    The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game Book Cover Picture

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    by Patricia Highsmith

    Suave, agreeable, and completely amoral, Patricia Highsmith’s hero, the inimitable Tom Ripley, stops at nothing–not even murder– to accomplish his goals. In achieving for himself the opulent life that he was denied as a child, Ripley shows himself to be a master of illusion and manipulation and a disturbingly sympathetic combination of genius and psychopath. As Highsmith navigates the mesmerizing tangle of Ripley’s deadly and sinister games, she turns the mystery genre inside out and takes us into the mind of a man utterly indifferent to evil.

    The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game Book Cover Picture
    The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game Book Cover Picture

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    The Cheerleaders Book Cover Picture

    The Cheerleaders

    by Kara Thomas

    From the author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters comes an all-new edge-of-your-seat thriller set in upstate New York about an eerie sequence of seemingly unrelated events that leaves five cheerleaders dead.

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    The Cheerleaders Book Cover Picture

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    People Like Us Book Cover Picture

    People Like Us

    by Dana Mele

    Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

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    Supper Club Book Cover Picture

    Supper Club

    by Lara Williams

    A sharply intelligent and intimate novel about a secret society of hungry young women who meet after dark and feast to reclaim their appetites–and their physical spaces–that posits the question: If you feed a starving woman, what will she grow into?

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    The Perfect Plan Book Cover Picture

    The Perfect Plan

    by Bryan Reardon

    From New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon comes a tense, twisting story about two brothers locked together in a dangerous game—and an unforgettable tale of a family’s dark secrets.

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    Undead Girl Gang Book Cover Picture

    Undead Girl Gang

    by Lily Anderson

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    Heartburn

    by Nora Ephron

    Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. In between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron’s irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé.

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    Heartburn Book Cover Picture

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    The Merciless Book Cover Picture
    The Merciless Book Cover Picture

    The Merciless

    by Danielle Vega

    Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. Now all Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out…

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