Fiction Friends

Fiction Friends is a book review and explainer podcast between two friends, Jet and Mariana, who have very different tastes in literary fiction.

In this podcast, we will cover our favorite fiction titles in all of literature, ranging from classics and old-time favorites to modern romance and contemporary thrillers. We both take turns choosing a book to cover for each episode wherein we discuss the book's spoiler-free summary, initial thoughts, favorite quotes, favorite scenes, and our general feelings about the book's underlying themes and messages.

This book review and explainer is dedicated to lovers of fiction and literature. Join us in our conversations and share in our passion for storytelling.

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5-Minute Reviews: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
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The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune Book Review
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5-Minute Reviews: Animal Farm by George Orwell
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Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan Book Review
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5-Minute Reviews: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Book Review
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5-Minute Reviews: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman Book Review
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5-Minute Reviews: Circe by Madeline Miller
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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
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5-Minute Reviews: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Book Review
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5-Minute Reviews: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman Book Review
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5-Minute Reviews: A Gentleman in Moscow
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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Book Review
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5-Minute Reviews: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami Book Review
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5-Minute Reviews: My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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5-Minute Reviews: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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Penpal by Dathan Auerbach Book Review feat. Danielle Gaston
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5-Minute Reviews: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell Book Review
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5-Minute Reviews: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover Full Review
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5-Minute Reviews: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
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The Institute by Stephen King Book Review
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5-Minute Reviews: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Full Review
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Fiction Friends Trailer
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