Thursday, 26 March 2015

Book Review - The Gospel According to Drew Barrymore by Pippa Wright

The Gospel According to Drew Barrymore
The Gospel According to Drew Barrymore
Published: 26th March 2015
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 406
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
Friendship is like a shark: it has to keep moving forwards to survive.

Esther and Laura have been best friends since they were seven. Quite a bit has changed since then . . . They've swapped school for full-time employment, boyfriends for bugaboos, experimental hair-dye for salon-preened locks - and their friendship has evolved just as much. But they remain close, knitted together by the bonds of time . . .

So when Esther is told that Laura has gone missing, she immediately leaves her husband and small child for San Francisco and begins to trace her friend's last movements. All she has is an email from Laura: 'I'm channelling Drew Barrymore, as ever. The Gospel, right?'

In trying to understand why Laura has disappeared, and what on earth Drew Barrymore has to do with it, Esther needs to look back. Back at the secrets woven into their friendship and the truths she's avoided facing for so long
The Gospel According to Drew Barrymore is the story of friendship between Laura and Esther who have grown up together. Drifting in and out of each other’s lives for many years these two share an unbreakable bond. So when Laura goes missing without a trace, Esther fearing the worst drops everything and flies to Napa to search for her best  friend.
The story flips backwards and forwards between Esther’s search for Laura in the present day and flashbacks of their shared history when they tend to look at Drew Barrymore’s latest film to get them out of their current fix, quoting to each other “What would Drew do?” Being of a similar age to Laura and Esther I loved the references to the Drew Barrymore films and they brought back many memories of when I watched the same films.
I found it really hard to like either Laura or Esther. We only see Laura through Esther’s eyes but what we see is someone who is completely selfish and has no regard to the feelings of those around her. She seems to only be concerned with Ester’s friendship when it is some benefit to her.  I also found Esther to be a little weak, often changing her plans or left waiting because Laura has decided to do something else and never standing up to her friend.
The story flowed well and quick enough for me to keep interested is the story and what had happened to Laura. This was my first time reading a book by Pippa Wright and I would definitely pick up another in the future. If you’re looking for a book with a refreshingly honest look at long lasting friendships then give this a go.
Thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy to review. I would give this book a rating of 4/5.

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