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Bad, bold Gemma and dainty Alice have been best friends forever, even though Gemma loves football and fighting, while Alice prefers party frocks and pretty things. Gemma is sure they share everything – until she finds out that Alice has something she’s not sharing: a secret that will change their friendship forever. Alice is moving house, all the way to Scotland! Maybe Gemma will never see her again!

Gemma is heartbroken. What if Alice finds a new best friend? Is there anything she can do to stop her going? And when two best friends want to be together, just how far will they go? In this moving book, Jacqueline Wilson captures the power and intensity of girls’ first friendships with startling precision.

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Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

October 9th, 2008

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.5; Middle years; 6.0 points

Other details

  • 224 pages



UK edition


Jacqueline Wilson

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  1. PN
    on 7 November 2020

    this book is about two best friends that if you ever saw them you would think that they were sisters.but one day a secret that Alice needs to separate Gemmy and move to Scotland. then c the whole story is an amazing story about two best friends that need to separate from each other and then a miracle happens and the two best friends are going to get together.I loved this book!

    5out of 5
  2. sunsas10
    on 11 May 2017

    It was really nice inspiring and teaching us to always love

    5out of 5
  3. Sweet2005lovely
    on 12 May 2015

    The girls in this story are heartbroken when they have to move away from each other. great book

  4. cupcake5
    on 7 April 2015

    i liked the book a lot. It was about two girls who were completely different and yet were still best friends it was also quite funny

    4out of 5
  5. Fergus70
    on 1 January 2015

    It was a very good book but in my opinion “sleepovers”, another book that Jacqueline Wilson wrote, is better. I thought it could have had a better ending. I would highly red commend it 📖📚

    4out of 5
  6. winstuff889
    on 14 August 2014

    its the best i ever read

  7. 2014andbeyond
    on 23 July 2014

    great book ! I think that flora is horrible ! :)

  8. bookmunchie
    on 23 May 2014

    Good to help cope with change

    4out of 5
  9. Rumaitha12
    on 9 March 2014

    A great book and is amazing

  10. bee100xxx
    on 8 March 2014

    Sporty Gemma and Dainty Alice have been Best Friends from day 1! Gemma is certain that they will be best Friends Forever! Until Alice has to move to Scotland, Gemma has Dangerous worries! What will happen if Alice finds a new Best Friend?....

    5out of 5
  11. books2000
    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  12. AngelofDeath
    on 7 March 2014

    It is a wonderful story about friendship and how it can take you places.

  13. sparklesheep02
    on 7 March 2014

    Love this book! I was going through a friendship problem at the time and found this book very comforting! This book is awesome.

    4out of 5
  14. ElsieJW
    on 6 March 2014

    This book was excellent

  15. bookaholic202
    on 6 March 2014

    gemma tries everything to stop alice moving away.all about what its like to lose your friend

  16. Booklover0109
    on 5 March 2014

    This book is about two best friends that are nothing alike but still get on together

  17. lebbyland27
    on 4 March 2014

    i love JACQUELINE WILSON and i think all her books are wonderful ad funny, sad , different etc. but this one shows the difference between friends and what happens in best frend’s lives

    5out of 5
  18. tomgates27
    on 27 January 2014

    this book is great, i have read it loads of times bought for me as a present, one of the best presents ever

    5out of 5
  19. caitlin1205
    on 25 January 2014

    this book was okay.

    2out of 5
  20. niceee
    on 26 December 2013

    it’s a great book **°°

    5out of 5
  21. roseyclo
    on 4 December 2013

    very good!

  22. booklover84
    on 17 November 2013

    This is the best book ever. It is so good I read it LOADS of times. I rate this book  Stars

    5out of 5
  23. family75
    on 4 October 2013

    okay i like it…....can be sad though,i dont really like flora though i love the name

    3out of 5
  24. emerald224
    on 9 August 2013

    I love this book it’s a bit sad when they get split up and when gemma goes to Scotland and flora is there and being mean but it’s quite happy at the end

  25. Emster123
    on 28 July 2013

    I read this book about 6 months ago and I was a bit disappointed, on the back of the book it looked really good but I wasn’t that keen on it once I had actually started to read it. It is good but not up to Jacqueline wilson’s normal standards! I would still recommend it to a friend because I did enjoy it but I would say that 8 year old would like this better than a 12 year old!!

    4out of 5
  26. samcharlie123
    on 8 March 2013

    Another great book by Jacky Wilson.

    It’s about 2 best friends, Gemma and Alice who get split up. But in the end, it’s happy. But you’ll have to read it to find out how!

    5out of 5
  27. KarlMagic33
    on 8 March 2013

    Really Good!

  28. bugzy72
    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

  29. Sherlock25
    on 6 March 2013

    A good book about two friends from birth finally being separated, sad but with a happy ending

  30. bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    I really great book I couldn’t help but laugh when gemma put a cake into alices new friends face. I loved it that gemma and alice stayed friends even though alice moved to scotland

  31. TwilightTeamEdward
    on 4 March 2013

    I really love this book. it is a story for best friends.

  32. Rose-Fell123
    on 23 November 2012

    A book about friendship, heartbreak, and jealousy. Three simple words: READ IT NOW!!!!!!

  33. booklover-2004
    on 16 November 2012

    This book shows how friends can get over this sort of thing. It certainly helped me when it happened to me.

  34. lemonhoneysss10
    on 6 March 2012

    A story by bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson. A tale of friendship and fun, loss and emotion. Will friends stay friends and will they always be together?

  35. migit1
    on 4 March 2012

    this book is really cool and it really shows what friendship is! It was about a secret that was kept from a friend.. My friends keep secrets from me!

  36. pilgrim55
    on 2 March 2012


  37. kicky105
    on 1 March 2012

    Alice and Gemma are best friends, until Alice moves to Scotland! It’s such a long way away, so what can they do to stay Best Friends?

  38. AmyXx
    on 1 March 2012

    This book wasn’t my favorite of all time to be honest. But all my friends enjoyed it so i would would recommend it to other readers.

  39. kola5689
    on 1 March 2012

    This is a very touching story on how two best friends all of sudden get spilt up, my brothers best friend sadly got separated. He moved to Australia due to the fact they had no money, at least in Best Friends they get reunited thanks to Gemma’s Grandad. Must Have!

  40. lids
    on 24 February 2012

    i liked it,However,it was not one of jacqueline wilsons best book

  41. flossy1998
    on 19 February 2012

    I read this book when I was in primary school, and totally loved it! =], hence I decided to watched the film, the film it just amazing I recommend watching the film.

    However you have to buy the ‘Jacqueline Wilson Collection Box’ it contains all the books adapted in DVDS it is about £14.99 on amazon, but you can rent it from your local library ;) that is what I did.

    5out of 5
  42. pawprint2
    on 12 December 2011

    Great book

    5out of 5
  43. 21flower62
    on 5 October 2011

    I hate it when Alice had to move away . i just keep readin it over and over and over again. cause its sssooooooo good

  44. CarribbeanCuba
    on 27 August 2011

    This book is fantastic, i have read it 3 times. Its one of the Jacqueline Wilson books i read an dit inspired read to read more. I would recomend this to anyone of all ages and book types.

    5out of 5
  45. foofoo38
    on 12 July 2011


  46. lolarox1234567
    on 11 February 2011

    i loved this book it was abouselutely hilarious

    5out of 5
  47. mkhan092
    on 15 January 2011

    i thought the book was fantastic and i loved it i would reccomend it to people who are fans of Mrs Wilson

    5out of 5
  48. camhe
    on 1 December 2010

    I loved this book.but it is sad.

    5out of 5
  49. SmileyFluff
    on 21 April 2010

    This book is fab! I love how Gemma is determined to stay with her best friend and then how she becomes friends with Biscuits. I love his personality too!

    5out of 5
  50. avrillavinge
    on 5 April 2010

    Best friends is a fantastic book about two friends called Alice and Gemma. Alice is a girly girl and Gemma is a tomboy. The two girls get up to funny, naughty and important things at school. Gemma thinks they will be best friends forever but when Gemma finds out that Alice is moving to Scotland, will the two be best friends forever?

  51. gebba
    on 2 April 2010


  52. lotty793
    on 27 February 2010

    i think gemma and alice shouldn’t have ran a way but it still was a good book i loved it i told everyone i know a bout it coz i think every one should fead it and i loved the end part it was the best

    5out of 5