My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sum it up in a Sentence (or two): New-ish Chicago transplant, wife, and author Rachel Bertsche documents the year she spends actively looking for a new best friend.
Wait, Chicago?: Yep, she's in Chicago. And my first few thoughts were of the "can we be friends?" variety. These ebbed as I got deeper into the book and saw what her idea of a fun friend date was (pedicures, yoga, brunch) and where she frequently went out (in neighborhoods no where near me).
Other First Thoughts: I love that Bertsche makes the distinction between Husband and BFF. They aren't the same! I especially appreciate that she is married and still needs that social outlet of a friend who isn't her husband. Her husband is the love of her life, but a best friend is a best friend.
Isn't it Ironic: Me, lover of alone time, relating to such a social book. But since I've read this, and since I've moved in with my boyfriend, I've really seen how important these outside of relationship connections are. I'd even say I see me friends more now that I'm living with Jesus - because my free time isn't spent coordinating with his schedule, I can make more plans with friends.
Friends at Work: Office/work friends are important! I knew it! That's one of the biggest reasons I wanted a job change, and Bertsche affirms my need: employees with a friend at work are seven times more likely to be engaged in their jobs (p 46).
Final thoughts: I got emotional at the end of this book. It was well-written and an interesting concept. I love that things worked out, but didn't always go as planned and weren't always as expected. I'm interested in where Bertsche is now with her friendships.
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