Book Review: The Best Girl by Emma Harrison

By Angela Maria Hart

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison was originally published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen, in 2008. But, I just came across this particular book. The title, The Best Girl, is in reference to the fact that Farrah is going to be her brother’s best man at his wedding. Rather than be the best man, she is the best girl. After conquering her first semester at college, Farrah was obliged to visit her family for her brother’s wedding during her winter break. All she really wanted to do was go home and relax, but was coaxed into going to a ski resort with her future family in-laws.

Farrah thought her only problem would be helping with wedding plans and being Jonah’s best girl, but it turns out that her crush, Connor (or Hot Conner as she refers to him), is working at the lodge her family is staying at. Normally, it would not be an issue for someone’s crush to appear, but Farrah tried to create a persona for herself at school renaming herself “Jane.” Annoyed with the fact that her mother named her after a Charlie’s Angel, Farrah decided that she would rather be known as Jane. She even had her newspaper articles published under the name Jane instead of Farrah. Connor is unaware of the fact that Jane is not Farrah’s real name. Unfortunately, for Farrah, that lie inspires other lies.

The Best Girl is a really quick read. It is a fun quick read that people are sure to enjoy to pass the time. Personally, my favorite character was Biff aka Buffy. She quickly became Farrah’s confidant and friend while their families planned an extravagant wedding for Jonah and his fiancée. Biff had some of the funniest one-liners, moved the plot along, and was really enjoyable to read. I particularly enjoyed the fact she referenced Buffy the Vampire Slayer on more than one occasion. As an avid viewer and forever fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I enjoyed seeing a reference to that particular program. I recommend this book to fans of young adult romance.