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.
I spotted this book in the supermarket a few weeks ago and couldn’t NOT buy it. I mean, firstly can we just talk about that cover? It’s so eye catching and fun that I grabbed it like a crazy lady and read the back. Friendship – check. Drew Barrymore – check. San Francisco – HELLS YES! In the basket it went.
For those of you that aren’t fully aware of the love I have of San Fran, it’s huge. If I could, I would move there tomorrow and live by the bay. I even set my debut novel, The Story of Us, there!
Anyway, I digress. The Gospel According to Drew Barrymore is a wonderful read about 2 best friends, Laura and Esther, with flashbacks to their youth, how they met, what Drew Barrymore means to them and where they’re at now with their lives. For Esther, she’s married with a new baby whereas Laura is living in Napa, working at a vineyard and living the carefree life. Until one day she goes missing. Nobody can reach her, she isn’t responding to Esther’s text messages or phone calls and without flying out to San Francisco, the search for Laura is a lost cause.
Being the best friend that Esther is though, she (begrudgingly to a degree) hops on a plane for 2 nights and 2 nights only to try and find her best friend. To go to her place of work, chat to her colleagues, look at her apartment and try to piece together the puzzle that is Laura.
I loved the flashbacks in this book, the quotes from the Drew Barrymore films were brilliant and how her films slot in so well to the story of Esther and Laura. When you read about the pair growing up, you can relate to what they go through. Through their teenage years you have Laura who looks like a supermodel, gets all the attention from the boys and is one of the ‘cool’ kids that gets invited to all of the parties. Everybody loves Laura, and there are times when Laura pushes Esther away and you feel the pain for her. Esther was never really popular, was nicknamed Fat Fester and was viewed as the tag along, ‘Laura’s friend’.
The mystery behind Laura’s disappearance isn’t revealed until the very end and when it is, it all falls into place. There are twists and turns aplenty in this book, just when you think you have it figured out, you realise that all is not as it seems. Just when you think Esther is being too harsh on Laura, you see a flashback of their youth and realise that at times, neither of them have been angels. Both have acted selfishly, both have kept things from the other, but neither one can let go of their friendship.
I devoured this book in 2 days and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others sooooooo, The Gospel According to Drew Barrymore gets….
I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I did, it’s the perfect holiday read. It’s the first book I’ve read by Pippa Wright and I have a feeling it won’t be the last!