Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format Read: ARC
Published by Harper Collins Australia on October 24th 2016
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Emily has been friends with Adriana since Year One, way back when Adriana had a huge gap between her teeth and was super skinny. Emily wasn't any less awkward looking, and the girls are inseparable all through primary and into high school.
But when Adriana's mother dies during the autumn of Year Eight, everything changes. Adriana's father accepts a job in Borneo and suddenly, the two best friends, who’ve always been together, are almost ten thousand miles apart. Despite the distance, and a rubbish internet connection, the girls manage to stay in touch for the next 18 months.
And then Adriana announces that she’s coming home.
Emily can’t wait for things to go back to how they were – except one thing is undeniably different from the moment Adriana’s plane touches down at Jefferson airport. Adriana has gone from awkward to AMAZING. As in Victoria’s Secret model level of amazing – an utter goddess.
People stop her in the street to tell her she should model. Boys throw themselves at her everywhere she goes. The popular girls at school (aka The Tens), who made Adriana’s life hell once upon a time, are now following her on Insta and sending her pics on snapchat.
Thankfully, Adriana is no different on the inside. She's still the same best friend Emily knows and loves, and they're certainly not going to lose their friendship over the fact that Adriana has lucked out genetically.
Emily just wishes that one guy, any guy, would want to get to know her for some other reason besides being Adriana's best friend. In the meantime, she's committed to helping Adriana manage the throngs of potential suitors who are texting, emailing and adding Emily on Facebook in the hope of an introduction to 'the goddess', as Adriana is still pretty shy around boys and no-one's made her want to step out of her shell.
That is, until she sees the brand new and super cute guy in Emily's art class. The one called Theo, who makes Emily laugh so much she can barely focus on her own canvas. The only guy that Emily’s ever felt a real connection with – and the first one that doesn't seem all that affected by Adriana's appearance.
Two best friends crushing on one very cute guy ... someone's going to get their heart broken.
MY BEST FRIEND IS A GODDESS is about what happens to a friendship when two girls change - and not just on the outside.
Tara’s done it again. She’s gone and written another heartwarming — yet realistic — coming of age book about the trials and tribulations of friendships, growing up and falling in love.
I’ve been a huge fan of Tara’s since picking up her Aurora Skye series three years ago. I remember picking it up out of the blue because I was feeling ill and wanted a nice lighthearted read to make myself feel better. What I discovered was a wonderful Aussie author who’d penned a beautiful book that talked about friendship, family and finding love in high school. I wish I had stumbled across such a book when I was still in school, and I’m sure readers today will find a very relatable character in Aurora.
My Best Friend is a Goddess (Goddess) is Tara’s newest novel, and I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint at all. I’ve come to find comfort in the way that Tara writes, and every character — regardless of whether they’re nice or horrible — leaves a lasting impression on the reader.
Emily and Adriana have been friends since year one. They’ve been through thick and thin together and despite Adriana moving thousands of miles away to a new country, both girls have managed to stay best friends. When Adriana arrives home, Emily is shocked with the way Adriana has changed (when puberty strikes), and she now has a goddess for a best friend…not that Adriana actually realises.
Nothing has ever come between Emily and Adriana before, until a boy. But what’s realistic is that the boy is not that ‘one thing’ that comes between their friendship…but rather it was one of many small things such as new friends, changing experiences and what most people fear most: growing up. Goddess is a realistic portrayal of friendships, high school and the changes that every person experiences as they grow up. I’m not going say that it’s all rainbows and hugs (because it’s not), but it’s a very real read. And if you’re a crier like me…bring tissues for the heartbreaking moments.
While the ending was not my favourite, now that I’ve had time to reflect, I actually agree with the direction that Tara had taken. I’m not going to say too much as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who’s yet to read Goddess, but once again it reiterated how realistic this story is to real life.
If you’re looking for a summer read about the exploration of friendships and growing up, then you definitely need to give Goddess a go. It will definitely pull on your heartstrings, but worth a read while you’re relaxing by the beach!
Thank you to Tara Eglington for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.