Friday, December 27, 2013

Book Review: MWF Seeking BFF

By Tracey Meyers

No one will ever be able to replace my BFF.  I'm not even going to pretend that someone would be able to.  My BFF is one of the precious gems in my life.  However, there is one problem - we live 500+ miles away from one another.  Though e-mail allows us to keep up-to-date with one another, all with the quick click of the send button (that typically takes place many times on any given day), I can't call her up to see if she wants to go for a mani/pedi or come over to watch The Mindy Project or How I Met Your Mother (two of our favorite TV shows) with me on the spur of the moment.

In February 2012, I came across a blog review of MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche.  As I read the review I found myself think about my BFF and how I felt the need to make new friends.  Not to long after reading the review of the book, my BFF told me about a author event with Rachel being held in a nearby suburb, so I attended.  This event made me even more eager to read Rachel's book. However, life got in the way and it wasn't until recently that I was able sit down it.

One of the things that I appreciate most about this memoir is that Rachel not only had the courage to publicly admit the struggles she was having with making friends and finding her place in a new city, but that she also worked to find a solution to this problem in a creative and fun ways.  Furthermore, she also didn't give up. I also liked how she set goals - such as going on 52 friend dates - for her search rather than just flying by the seat of her pants, per se. (This is similar to how I approach such endeavors too, so I greatly appreciate the way she does things.)

As with many others, this book gave me the kick in the pants to start my own search for new friends and also gave me some ideas on how to approach this journey.  Also, it made me feel less awkward trying to pick up females for friendship - like the time I asked this person I casually chatted with at the train depot every morning if she'd like to meet up for coffee sometime.

Even if you aren't in the market for new friends, I truly recommend this book as a way to experience such an age old journey in a new way.  Furthermore, it really makes you think of the friendships you already have established and allows you to appreciate them even that much more.

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