That’s What Frenemies Are For
By Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell
Published July 2019 by Ballantine Books
Julia Summers seems to have it all: a Fifth Avenue apartment, a successful husband, and two adorable children attending the best private school in the city. She relishes wielding influence over her well-heeled girlfriends . . . but her star appears to be fading. That’s why, when stranded in Manhattan for the summer as the entire Upper East Side flees to the Hamptons, Julia is on the hunt for the next big thing–the hot, new fad that will put her back on top.
Enter Flame, the new elite fitness craze. Seductive and transformative, Flame is exactly what Julia needs–and demure, naïve instructor Tatum is her ticket in. Turning Tatum from giggly blonde to trendy guru proves hard work. Yet Julia’s triumphant comeback at summer’s end doesn’t quite go as planned, and when things suddenly get ugly–and even deadly–she realizes she may have been in way over her head. And Tatum, waiting in the wings, begins to grasp just how much power her newfound stardom holds . . .
Then, with Julia’s life already spiraling out of control, her husband is arrested for fraud and bribery. As her so-called friends turn their backs on her, and Tatum pursues her own agenda, Julia is forced to rethink everything she knew about her world to reclaim her perfect life.
But does she even want it back?
That’s What Frenemies Are For is such an entertaining read. I really reminded me of When Life Gives You Lululemons, and I loved it!
Julia likes setting trends and staying ahead of her friends. In fact, it’s a big part of the “game” they all play, to one up each other. If this already sounds like an exhausting way to live life, I’m right there with you.
Julia’s best friends are always comparing and one upping each other, and Julia is starting to feel a little misplaced in all of this. So when the school fundraiser happens, she bids on a basket for Flame, a local boutique gym.
After their house in the Hamptons falls to shambles and she realizes she’ll be stuck in the city for the summer while her friends will be off on their summer vacations, Julia decides she’s going to make it her summer goal to work out at Flame and get Tatum, a super cute and perky new girl, to be the new “in” thing in town.
This book kept me totally glued while reading it. Being that I don’t live a life of wealth, I always enjoy a story about people who have so much money they can bathe in it. Like, who spends $900 on four or five pieces of clothing?
Julia’s journey throughout this book was simultaneously fun and hard to watch. She has a lot of learning and growing to do. And even though she’s wealthy and lives an entirely different lifestyle I do, she still has a lot of relatable qualities.
Tatum was not what I was expecting, And I don’t really want to go too much into her character on this review for fear of giving away spoilers, which I definitely don’t want to do.
I thought the secondary characters in this story were well developed. You could definitely feel the tension between Julia and her “friends” and the need to be the top dog was clearly felt while reading this story.
So honestly, one of my favorite characters was Julia’s housekeeper/nanny. Obviously she’s a secondary character, but you could tell she cared about the family and children, she just wasn’t appreciated enough. And she especially got pushed to the wayside when Tatum shows up in the story. I’m glad she got what she deserved.
Overall, this is a fun read and one I thoroughly enjoyed! It’s rare I find books I’d re-read but this is definitely one of those books I’d re-read in a heartbeat!
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.