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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345524942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345524942
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance Praise for MWF Seeking BFF

“This charming, funny chronicle of an ‘experiment in extreme friending’ explores the bonds between women and the idea that the world is peopled with potential BFF’s”
People, 3 stars

"Bertsche's skill as a writer and the myriad ways she finds potential dates keep things interesting…. The book is also peppered with intriguing research on topics like what makes friends click, how many friends we need and the health benefits of having friends…. A reader cannot help but root for Bertsche, cheer her successes and consider trying out some of her ideas.” Associated Press
 
“Written with verve, insight and humor, Bertsche somehow manages to be clever but not judgmental…. In contextualizing her personal experience with recent research, Bertsche writes cleverly, but not glibly, about the challenges young women face today.”
Chicago Tribune (Editor’s Choice)
 
“Illuminating and funny.” ­― New York Post
 
 “Bertsche’s natural voice and easy, honest prose may leave readers wanting to befriend the first-time author themselves.”American Way Magazine
 
“A humbling, hilarious journey….Put MWF on your book club list now.” Chicago Magazine
 
“A charming exposition of the latest research on social connections…. [MWF SEEKING BFF] combines personal narrative and social research in an upbeat and approachable manner.” Booklist
 
"In this sweet memoir...Bertsche’s pursuit is grounded in what most everyone is looking for—more fulfilling relationships and a sense of belonging—and she bravely provides some of the tools, including openness, persistence, and self-awareness, needed to attain these rewards."--Publishers Weekly

“A hilarious, thoughtful memoir of one woman’s search for a new best friend.” Shelf Awareness

“Friendship is one of the most important elements of a happy life—but it can be tough to make new friends. In MWF Seeking BFF, Rachel Bertsche weaves together her engaging and often hilarious adventures in search of a new best friend with the latest research about the science of friendship. I couldn’t put it down.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

"Reading about Rachel Bertsche's search for that special someone, you'll find yourself thinking about all the friends you've ever had -- and the ones you hope are right around the corner. Rachel writes with engaging humor and a measure of poignancy, too. You'll enjoy joining her on her journey."-- Jeffrey Zaslow, author of The Girls from Ames
 
“Genuine, funny and thoroughly inspiring, MWF Seeking BFF is a tribute to female friendships and a must-read for anyone who has ever found herself sunk into her couch and scrolling through the phone list feeling like there's no one to call for a last-minute drink or Sunday brunch.” -- Rachel Machacek, author of The Science of Single
 
“Rachel Bertsche's yearlong diary of searching for best friendship in a new city is compulsively readable and will plant a smile on your face as you turn the pages. Funny, forthright, and honest as a midnight phone call, Bertsche's zesty hosanna to female bonding defines what it is to be a double-X Millennial.”-- Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation
 
MWF Seeking BFF is funny, charming, and so relatable. Throughout Rachel’s journey to develop more meaningful, enduring relationships with other women, I found myself wishing she had my number.”-- Robyn Okrant, author of Living Oprah

“I guess you could say Rachel had me at "Hello" — I found myself totally invested in her honest, earnest, oftentimes hilarious quest for meaningful female friendship. Whether you're actively seeking a ‘BFF’ yourself or simply recognize the value in making quality connections with other women, MWF Seeking BFF underscores the profound rewards we women stand to reap when we simply open up, reach out to one another, and go for it. A smart, fun, and inspiring page turner that will surely resonate.”-- Kelly Valen, author of The Twisted Sisterhood

About the Author

Rachel Bertsche is a journalist in Chicago, where she lives with her husband. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire, More, Teen Vogue, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Fitness, Women's Health, CNN.com, and more. Before leaving New York (and all her friends) for the Midwest, Bertsche was an editor at O: The Oprah Magazine.

More About the Author

Rachel Bertsche is a journalist in Chicago, and the best-selling author of MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, More, Teen Vogue, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Fitness, Women's Health, CNN.com, and more. Before leaving New York for the Midwest, Bertsche was an editor at O: The Oprah Magazine.

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Rachel has a fun and quirky way of writing and she's very easy to relate to.
Lindsey R. Whitney
Rachel Bertsche moved to Chicago for love, but as wonderful as her new husband is, she misses being close to her best friends.
Angela Reads
I felt like half the book was her citing research and repeating that research again and again.
Jane E. Blattner

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126 of 142 people found the following review helpful By KermitShorty on January 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I don't usually write reviews on Amazon, but I feel so strongly duped by the amount of positive reviews that I'm wondering if the new friends the author made during her year long search are the ones who actually wrote the 4 and 5-star reviews. Tedious is an accurate description of the book, as another reviewer noted. And it's mind-numbingly so. The author ALREADY has 2 best friends (not to mention 11 other good friends that were bridesmaid contenders), but they live out of town and she is determined to find a local one. She describes 52 "dates" she has with women in a way that comes off as juvenile and middle-school-ish, and her constant references to her summer camp confirms that this chick has a LOT of growing up to do. The straw that broke my back was her description of her yuppie home in a yuppie neighborhood and her acknowledgement that other would want to gawk at her lifestyle. The author has such a complete lack of insight, rarely mentions people that reject her or decline her "dates", and in her eyes is bubbly and funny at all times. I gave the book 2 stars because she few interspersed scientific tidbits about friendship were interesting, but awkwardly peppered throughout the book. This book reeks of "Julie and Julia" aspirations, but falls so flat and is way less charming and honest. If you're over the age of 25, it's very likely that you find the book (and the author) really annoying.
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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Sita C Payne on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up as an impulse buy. I was in Target, buying a birthday present for a 10 year old. I cut through their book department on my way to the toys in case anything jumped out at me. I immediately stopped when I saw the title. I never buy a book based on the title. I almost always have a hard recommendation from someone who knows my tastes, or reviews to bolster the credibility of an unknown. Either way, it's very atypical for me to impulse-buy a book.
A quick glance over the book tells me that the author, Rachel Bertsche is planning to go on one friend-date per week for the next year (52 dates) in a quest to find a new best friend in her new resident city of Chicago.
We just moved 6 months ago and I chose the book because I've been on my own quest to make a new BFF since losing my 2 "besties" through what Bertsche pinpoints as the at-risk age for female friendships: 25-40, the career building/baby-making years. Motherhood is isolating. I felt like I instantly related to her quest, since it was born out of her move to a new place, just like mine.
Sure, I have mom friends and I've made nice with my kids' friends' parents and I'm capable of meeting new people at a birthday party or social event. But, I don't have what Bertsche defines as a BFF. In the beginning of her journey, she states that she's looking for the "What are we doing today?" BFF, the "Let's get last minute lunch and pedicures BFF." A quick run-down of my friend list tells me that I am not close enough with any of them to call them with those last minute suggestions. And how accurate is that as a definition of what you want in a BFF anyway?
So, despite my own life situation, being a recent transplant and a mom, what did I think of the book?
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Julie VINE VOICE on November 20, 2011
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Always interested in what I can learn from the stories of others, I thought I would see if I could learn a little about making friends from Bertsche's story.

After relocating to Chicago to close the distance in her long-distance relationship, Rachel finds herself without the really close girl friends that she had in New York. Rather than waiting passively, she sets out on a yearlong quest to find a new BFF (or a few). Along the way she learns a lot about herself and about friendship. Her goal is 52 dates with different potential BFF's. Initially they are ladies that she is introduced to by mutual friends, but as the year progresses she gets bolder and tries a variety of interesting things to meet new friends, from friendship matchmaking to Rent-a-friends, to getting bold enough to ask out her waitress at dinner. Along the way we are introduced to a varied cast of characters, making it quite necessary for Rachel to include a Glossary of Characters for the reader to reference. I was thankful for this list a few times.

Having found myself in that same "bubble" that Rachel describes where your husband becomes your primary outlet, I realize how important it is to have friends outside of our marriage. Being in my thirties, I also realize just how hard it is to make new friends once you get past a certain age. This book inspired me to make more of an effort with those around me. It also reminded me of something that I have found to be true, that you are never the only one feeling lost or unsure. For every moment that I might want to go up to someone, it is just as likely that they are wishing someone would talk to them. This book is a great reminder to get outside of our own little bubbles and take a step into something new.

Whether you are looking for ideas on how to make friends, or just looking for a great story you can relate to, you'll find it in "MWF Seeking BFF".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Diane on May 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I first heard about this book, I thought the concept sounded exactly like something I would want to read. I immediately put it on my waitlist at the library. When it finally came in, I anxiously started reading it. To my dismay, it didn't come close to meeting my expectations. I enjoyed the author's writing style, and her sense of humor made me chuckle in a few places, but I just couldn't relate to her and her quest. Like many people in today's busy and constantly changing world, I struggle to keep and retain friendships. I was hoping to read about someone who was experiencing the same problems and how they were able to overcome them. Instead, I end up reading about a person who clearly has no trouble making friends, already has many people she calls best friends, and had several social circles already in place even before she started her quest. I bet many of those ladies in those social circles considered her a good or best friend, even if she didn't feel the same way about them. Instead of progressing, this book just continued to churn out the same information page after page - a boring recap of each date, intermixed with some research. I rarely stop reading a book, and have stuck out many to the bitter end. However, with this one, it got to the point where I really didn't care what happened to Rachel and her quest, so I finally stopped reading it about 2/3 of the way through. I didn't even turn to the end to find out what happened. I just didn't care anymore. With so many other good reads out there, I wouldn't waste your time with this one.
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