The Right Thing by Amy Conner
Published: May 27, 2014
Format: via NetGalley
On a scorching August day in 1963, seven-year-old Annie Banks meets the girl who will become her best friend. Skinny, outspoken Starr Dukes and her wandering preacher father may not be accepted by polite society in Jackson, Mississippi, but Annie and Starr are too busy sharing secrets and playing elaborate games of Queen for a Day to care. Then, as suddenly as she appeared in Annie's life, Starr disappears. Annie grows up to follow the path ordained for pretty, well-to-do Jackson women--marrying an ambitious lawyer, filling her days with shopping and charity work. She barely recognizes Starr when they meet twenty-seven years after that first fateful summer, but the bond formed so long ago quickly reemerges. Starr, pregnant by a powerful married man who wants her to get out of town, has nowhere to turn. And Annie, determined not to fail her friend this time, agrees to drive Starr to New Orleans to get money she's owed.
During the eventful road trip that follows, Annie will confront the gap between friendship and responsibility; between her safe, ordered existence and the dreams she's grown accustomed to denying. Moving, witty, and beautifully told, The Right Thing is a story of love and courage, the powerful impact of friendship, and the small acts that can anchor a life--or, with a little luck, steer it in the right direction at last.
Okay if you don’t know by now I love a good Southern read and this one is no exception. This is the story of Annie and Starr who were friends when they were little until one day Starr leaves without a trace. Fast forward decades and Annie is married and while out shopping one day she sees a woman who looks kind of familiar. Starr knows who she is and lets it be who she is. Annie is shocked and surprised to see Starr who is the town gossip after she finds herself pregnant from her married boyfriend. Annie and Starr have always had a connection so Annie feels bad for her friend and decides to help her out seeing how she is basically all alone.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved how we get flashbacks on them as children and see how even back them how sassy they were. We see how the way they grew up made them who and how they are today. Friendships are one of the first loves in our lives. They show us how to love and care for someone else. From the very start you can see these two girls were soul mates of a different kind, bringing out the best in each other. They can make you laugh and/or cry but regardless they always have your back. This is one read you have to get into. It’s a rich story of friendship and how they can impact our lives. No matter how much time has pass, if you are meant to have someone in your life nothing will take that connection away.