“Once We Were Friends” by Bryan Mooney is the story of two boys, Davey Malloy and Timmy Walker, who grew up in the Midwest sharing a wonderful friendship, as well as a budding affection for Sun Lei, a young immigrant girl from South Korea. We spend a summer with them at age twelve and see the seeds of their adult lives and choices being planted—both good and bad.
The novel is a truly unique combination of a coming of age story, a boys-to-men tale, a friendship-to-conflict drama, and a nostalgic, sweet romance mixed with harsh realism of growing up good—or bad.
Once We Were Friends is a compelling human story, exploring male friendship and conflicted morality in a realistic and spellbinding style. It will keep readers interested from beginning to end, not only because of the author’s natural talent at creating suspense, but also due to the characters’ believable emotional depths and the genuine conflicts that draw us in and keep us turning pages to the very end.