Meet five friends: Jess, who after being dumped by her boyfriend joins the Peace Corps in Africa for two years; Lilith, who is in love with a married actor but settles for a 24-year-old bartender; Robin, who has platonic sleepovers with her attractive boss; Anne, who pines over a handsome stranger she saw in a café; and Beth, who leaves her manipulative boyfriend of six years in search of freedom and independence. These women are best friends living in the Chicago suburbs, and despite the absence of Jess, they have a blast looking for Mr. Right. This is a fun novel; however, since each chapter is written from a particular woman’s point of view, things are confusing in the beginning. Still, once the reader gets past each woman’s initial chapter, the story moves forward briskly, as the girls welcome Jess home two years later.
Sara Rivka Davidson is currently studying journalism at the University of Melbourne in Australia.