That’s What Frenemies Are For

Ballantine. Jul. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781984817969. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781984817976. F
Julia Summers has a $5 million apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and a husband raking in the dough to support their two children and the nanny who cares for them. Her biggest worry is when her next coffee date with her best friends will be. However, when the family’s summer trip to their Hamptons house is canceled, she’s left stranded in Manhattan while her entire social circle flees the city. Needing a project, she cashes in on an auction basket that she won to a new cycling gym called Flame. There she meets Tatum, a young, fresh-faced fitness instructor, who turns into Julia’s pet project, and then some. Multigenre novelist Littlefield (“Aftertime” series; The Guilty One; Garden of Stones) and newcomer Gershell come in hot with this look at the cutthroat world of Manhattan’s social elite. Readers will love watching Julia groom Tatum into a fitness star; from discarding her Target leggings to treating her to keratin treatments and gel manicures, no stone is left unturned in the makeover process.
VERDICT An excellent choice for fans of Lauren Weisberger.

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