That's what frenemies are for : a novel / Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell.

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      Summary: "A Manhattan socialite turns her spin instructor into a fitness superstar to impress her friends. But can she keep her little project under control? Or has she created a monster? Julia Summers seems to have it all: a Fifth Avenue apartment, a successful husband, and two adorable children attending the best private school in the city. She relishes wielding influence over her well-heeled girlfriends. but her star appears to be fading. That's why, when stranded in Manhattan for the summer as the entire Upper East Side flees to the Hamptons, Julia is on the hunt for the next big thing--the hot new fad that will put her back on top. Enter Flame, the next elite fitness craze. Seductive and transformative, Flame is exactly what Julia needs--and demure, naïve instructor Tatum is her ticket in. Turning Tatum from giggly blonde to trendy guru proves hard work. Yet Julia's triumphant comeback at summer's end doesn't quite go as planned, and when things suddenly get ugly, she realizes she's in way over her head. And Tatum begins to grasp just how much power her newfound stardom holds. Then, with Julia's life already spiraling out of control, her husband is arrested for fraud and bribery. As her so-called friends turn their backs on her, and Tatum pursues her own agenda, Julia is forced to rethink everything she knew about her world to reclaim her perfect life. But does she even want it back? Hilarious and incisive, Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell's That's What Frenemies Are For provides an engrossing glimpse into the cutthroat moms' club of the Upper East Side"-- Provided by publisher.
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      LITTLEFIELD, S.; GERSHELL, L. That’s what frenemies are for : a novel. First edition. [s. l.]: Ballantine Books, 2019. ISBN 9781984817969. Disponível em: Acesso em: 4 jun. 2020.
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      Littlefield S, Gershell L. That’s What Frenemies Are for : A Novel. First edition. Ballantine Books; 2019. Accessed June 4, 2020.
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      Littlefield, S., & Gershell, L. (2019). That’s what frenemies are for : a novel (First edition.). Ballantine Books.
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      Littlefield, Sophie, and Lauren Gershell. 2019. That’s What Frenemies Are for : A Novel. First edition. Ballantine Books.
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      Littlefield, S. and Gershell, L. (2019) That’s what frenemies are for : a novel. First edition. Ballantine Books. Available at: (Accessed: 4 June 2020).
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      Littlefield, S & Gershell, L 2019, That’s what frenemies are for : a novel, First edition., Ballantine Books, viewed 4 June 2020, .
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      Littlefield, Sophie, and Lauren Gershell. That’s What Frenemies Are for : A Novel. First edition., Ballantine Books, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Littlefield, Sophie, and Lauren Gershell. That’s What Frenemies Are for : A Novel. First edition. Ballantine Books, 2019.
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      Littlefield S, Gershell L. That’s what frenemies are for : a novel [Internet]. First edition. Ballantine Books; 2019 [cited 2020 Jun 4]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1

*Starred Review* Julia has everything a New York mom could want—an Upper East Side apartment, a devoted husband, friends, and social capital—but she knows she has started to let things slide. She used to be the one who discovered the next big up-and-coming thing, and it's been a while since her last find. She is looking forward to a summer in the Hamptons to shore up her status, but a disaster leaves her vacation home unlivable. Stuck in the city for the summer, she decides to go looking for a project to get herself back on top of the mommy hierarchy and finds Tatum. Julia vows to turn this spin instructor into the next hot fitness guru and impress everyone by summer's end. But Tatum is not as easily managed as Julia might have hoped, and she might actually be a little bit devious. Everything is going wrong, but it will take a true crisis to show Julia who her real friends are. Unputdownable. Littlefield and Gershell write together seamlessly in this dishy summer read perfect for fans of Lauren Weisberger. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 July

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.—Erin Holt, Williamson Cty. P.L., Franklin, TN

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 May #4

Littlefield (House of Glass) teams up with debut novelist Gershell in this witty glimpse into the lives of the very wealthy residents of Manhattan's Upper East Side. Julia Summers lives a life of luxury as wife to real estate developer James and mother of Henry and Paige, who attend the exclusive Graylon Academy. When pipes burst in the family's Hamptons summer home, the repairs for which will take the entire summer, she is forced to stay in the City for the season. Julia tries out new fitness club Flame and mentors personal trainer Tatum by helping her develop her own style and gain clients. As Tatum gets Julia into shape, Julia lets Tatum live at her apartment for a while. But Julia soon suspects that Tatum may have stolen from her and told lies about Julia to her friends. As Julia's friends become more distant and James is arrested and charged with bribery, Julia becomes the immediate target of gossip and soon discovers who her true friends are. The authors keep the plot moving at a quick pace, and it's fascinating to follow the two-sided personalities of her characters—superficially friendly but backstabbing when the opportunity arises. This entertaining page-turner is delicious, biting fun. (July)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.