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MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche

Thursday, November 24, 2011
When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realizes that her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington, D.C. Still, in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl talk over brunch or a reality-TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan: She’ll go on fifty-two friend-dates, one per week for a year, in hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever.

In her thought-provoking, uproarious memoir, Bertsche blends the story of her girl-dates (whom she meets everywhere from improv class to friend rental websites) with the latest social research to examine how difficult—and hilariously awkward—it is to make new friends as an adult. In a time when women will happily announce they need a man but are embarrassed to admit they need a BFF, Bertsche uncovers the reality that no matter how great your love life is, you’ve gotta have friends.

Goodreads Summary

What do you do when you are friendless in an unfamiliar big city?  You put out an ad for friends, of course!  The author moved to the Windy City after marrying her college sweetheart, from that statement alone everything sounds hunky-dory...however, she had to leave behind her two best friends.

Rachel's story is hysterical.  This book will easily make the reader laugh, experience several awkward moments with Rachel, and hold his/her breath to see if the friendship will work out.  The way the author writes will captivate the reader.  Rachel's style of writing is fluid, down-to-earth, and infused with humor.  Rachel literally holds nothing back, she is very candid with the reader. 

The potential candidates for Rachel's BFF are fun to get to meet.  They each have different qualities and mannerisms that will make them stick out to the reader.  The reader will also be able to follow Rachel's reasoning and logic for why a friendship didn't work out or may work out.  It's funny to think of speed-dating for friendship, but Rachel will help the reader see the merit in it.  One statement of Rachel's that sticks out as a pearl of wisdom is when she states that society has made it acceptable to be a woman seeking a man and vice versa, but not a woman seeking friendship from other women.  She also goes into detail about how female friendships are taking a hit in recent years, this information should be interesting to readers-particularly readers of the female persuasion. 

Overall, this book was hilarious and absorbing, highly recommended to adult/young adult readers.

5 Stars

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