The pillow itself is just fine - perfect level of softness, good quality ticking (no annoying feathers working their sharp points out of cheap cover fabric). The problem is, it is actually "overly constructed" to the point that all the outer edges are hard and the corners are actually sharp. You can't "cuddle" it. I had to practically reconstruct it (rounding the corners, so they stopped sticking out and poking my partner in the eye). Yes, I could have sent it back, but I'd used it for a week, at least before I realized the problem and it was easier just to "remake" it than go to the trouble of returning it.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend