Thursday, January 5, 2012

Read, Currently Reading, To Read: 3


Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
 My take: 

I only had to get to page 23 to figure out I wasn't going to enjoy this book in the slightest. I was so optimistic when I picked it up, but it fell flat.
I couldn't stand the author's insertions of research about friendships, and she came across as a whiny, petulant child in how she was approaching this process. "Do they like me? Am I trying too hard??" Gain some security, woman!! I opted to check this one back in and start on something else I'd actually enjoy.
Currently Reading 
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins

To Read

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

* This is a continuation of a series. To see the first books, please see #1, #2

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