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Publisher Description


Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey—full of tests and trials—as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.
Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean—each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.
As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.
In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life—sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Danielle Steel's First Sight.

Fiction & Literature
July 24
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

emmâ ,

I loved this book it’s sad but it’s so good


Chaulklate ,


This has to be the worst book I've ever read. I think the author was trying to 'keep it real'.....yes death happens, and it awful, but who wants to read a book where most of the characters die!?! I know I'm spoiling it, but trust me I'm doing u a favor. Do not buy this book! She has MANY more good reads, don't settle for this one

ne0g0rd ,

Friends Forever

DO NOT BUY! This book has many errors, including missing the ending! It is a copy Of the page previous. I have an idea of the ending but not the real one.

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