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How I wrote a book in a week, pretended it took a year and chronicled every last minutiae of detail regarding my boring-ass, spoiled suburban life. Jun 27, Kitty rated it it was ok. I think this might have made a good essay but when Rachel decided to go on 52 "friend dates" in an effort Bergmo find a new BFF, I don't think she needed to describe each one in detail.
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I also must say, it got really an More cons than pros. Newish to Minot and looking for new friends also must say, it got really annoying how on the one hand, our fearless author was filling her weekly calendar with brunches, lunches, drinks, dinners, cookie parties, book clubs, mani-pedis and much girl-talk, whilst proclaiming or, actually, whining'But none of these girls is yet my BFF!!!
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Jan 02, Lety rated it it was ok. The book gets repetitive and tedious. By the end the author is mostly congratulating herself on how she is a friending expert now, and illustrates this by dwelling on superficial observations about how much better she is at approaching people than she was at the beginning of the book. She is introspective, but not in a way that feels relatable or relevant to the reader. There is nothing revelatory. By far what most annoyed me about the book was the way she would introduce her own opinion about th The book gets repetitive and tedious.
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Jul 24, Romany Arrowsmith rated it did not like it. You know those people who think they're really good conversationalists, but are actually really terrible, and no one has ever been honest with them about it?
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Rachel Bertsche, a newcomer to Chicago, felt isolated and friendless. As a relative newcomer to my current place I can certainly relate, although admittedly Rachel seems to have a lot more time than I have no kids which may have made her more motivated to actively seek friendships. Rachel did something quite original and brave in my opinion. The way an anxious Mwf seeking married Bergamo charming might determinedly pursue a variety of avenues for meeting amrried guys in marroed of "The One," Rachel decided to go through all sorts of contortions -- friends of friends, websites, all kinds of networking ideas -- to meet 52 different new women over the course of a year in the hope that at Mwf seeking married Bergamo charming one might fill the role of "BFF.
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