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"...a book with all the elements I love: best friends, "found" families, Ribon's trademark humor and vivid writing (the description of Smidge's cancerous cough is heart-stopping)." -- Jennifer Weiner, author of GOOD IN BED and THE NEXT BEST THING

"YTIFH is ... like a planetarium, where what matters is the feeling of the whole... You get to the end... and you have that sense that you've heard a whole story that seemed to be about skin-and-bones people, to the point where part of you is still worrying about them, like they're phantom limbs." -- Linda Holmes, NPR

"Don't let the cover ... fool you:... the story that unfolds is anything but just another chick lit beach read. Ribon has undoubtedly made you laugh in the past... but with "You Take It From Here," she will make you cry. Buckets." -- Danielle Turchiano, Made Possible By Pop Culture

"You Take It From Here was my first experience with author Pamela Ribon, but it won't be my last. She has a wry sense of humor, a unique way of putting words together, and even managed to write a humorous book about a dying wife and mother." -- BOOKS AND MOVIES

"If the standard of a good book is the emotions it conveys, the thoughts it sparks, and the way you find it touching your life after you close the pages, because the story sits with you (and I think it is), then this book is more than good. It is spectacular." -- FromTracie.com

"A book with all the elements I love: best friends, “found” families, Ribon’s trademark humor and vivid writing... I can’t wait to dive in." (Jennifer Weiner A Moment of Jen)

“You get to the end of the book, and you have that sense that you've heard a whole story that seemed to be about skin-and-bones people, to the point where part of you is still worrying about them, like they're phantom limbs.” (Linda Holmes NPR)

"One of those rare books where the characters feel like your best friends from the first page. You'll laugh and cry as Pamela Ribon takes you on a colorful, rich and unforgettable journey of friendship." (Kristin Harmel, author of The Sweetness of Forgetting)

“Hilarity and heartbreak compete, but ultimately hope wins in this thoroughly delightful story about what it means to be a woman, a mother, a best friend. I can’t wait to pass this book along to every woman who ever mattered to me. Pamela Ribon has a huge, fresh voice, and this is her best book yet.” (Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty)

“I giggled, I laughed, I got all angry and emo - and once I made sure no one was looking - I cried.” (The Readers Cafe)

From the Author

[Excerpt from a piece written for John Scalzi's THE BIG IDEA]

You Take It From Here
deals with a lot of bossiness.  Stubborn people, one-track-minded illnesses, the conviction that comes with knowing someone loves you wholeheartedly, and what can happen when you're faced with the terrifying enormity of the unknown. It's about the lengths we will go to for the people we care about the most, and how much we can handle in order to hang on for the ones who need us. We act like nobody knows how he or she going to die, but that's not exactly true. Some people know. They know with utter certainty. Sometimes they even have a pretty good idea of when. When those people need you, it's hard to say anything other than, "Tell me what to do."

This is the part where I need to tell you that this novel is mostly a comedy. It's about friendship and history and small towns and love affairs and yes, cancer, but it's really about that bond you have with your very best, lifelong friend, and how it can survive pretty much anything.

Perhaps because there's no legal way to sever it. You can't divorce your best friend. You can't get emancipated from her. A restraining order only sends her to the boundaries of what will still be an audible yelling zone. You are stuck with each other, even if you spend years ignoring it, even if you pretend each other dead. You will still talk to each other inside your heads. You can hate each other like siblings in the back of a car on week three of a month-long family vacation, but you will still need each other like lovers reuniting at an airport. Nothing can split that bond. Not even death. Because you know that girl will find a way to haunt you. So you'd better be nice to her while she's still around.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451646232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451646238
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Pamela Ribon is a bestselling author, tv writer, screenwriter, retired derby girl, and Wonder Killer. In addition to her novels (one of which landed her a spot in the Oxford English Dictionary under "Muffin Top" (look it up.)), Pamela continues to work in film and television, notably having written for the Emmy award-winning show Samantha Who?. Her stage productions have become international cult sensations (Call Us Crazy: The Anne Heche Monologues), and she's been a featured performer at HBO's US Comedy Arts Festival. On the Internet she's known as "Pamie," where she's been running her wildly successful website pamie.com for a very long time, long enough to have been nominated for a "Lifetime Achievement" Bloggie. Pamela lives in Los Angeles, where she writes and writes and writes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margie on April 6, 2013
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The first chapter sucked me, but then I sort of got lost. I wasn't sure where the story was trying to go. I felt like it bounced around and included a lot of useless information that distracted from the core of the story. I liked the idea of asking a friend to take care of my family when I am gone, but I felt like that got lost in all the other chatter.

The characters were extreme. Smidge was overbearing , pushy and demanding. Danielle was too passive and let Smidge run the show. A few times I was wishing Danielle would stand up to her. I don't see what Danielle gets out of the friendship she has with Smidge. Smidge is such a draining person.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Momof2 on September 22, 2012
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The concept of this book seemed fresh and interesting. Unfortunately, the execution did not live up to my expectations. The characters just weren't likable and the author had a tendancy to jump the story from place to place without making strong connections. My book club choose this book and it got negative feedback from every member.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jp on July 7, 2012
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You Take It From Here is a book you'll want to give to your mom, your sister, especially to that one friend who has made all the difference in your life. While you may not want to ask them to 'take it from here' - you will relate to the impossible, unfair roller coaster of facing a day without them.
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This book was delightful to read. I enjoyed the funny, touching and thoughtful moments. The relationship between the characters was wonderful. I will be happy to read more of this author's books.
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I've been a fan of the author online for years and was happy to get this book. It was good and I recommend it, but I admit that I found both of the main characters annoying at times. It is hard for me to believe that anyone so demanding and annoying would have a best friend that is this utterly devoted. That said, I did enjoy it - just had to roll my eyes internally from time to time.
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When I first started the book I really didn't care for Smidge...at all. By the end of the book I liked her more than at the beginning, but she still bugged me. If I were Danny, I don't think I'd be friends with her. I think I would have given this 5 starts of her character was more likeable.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By noon62 on November 26, 2013
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This book was so bad that I was glad when Smidge finally passed away-one of the most unlikable characters of all time. The best friend and husband are pathetic in how they bow down to the biazrre whims of this woman with a severe personality disorder. Chick Lit at it's worst! First and last book I will read by this author.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CLS on September 7, 2012
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I've ready the author's blog for many, many years and have always enjoyed her books. I wouldn't classify this as generic "chick lit" because I think it appeals to a broad range of readers. This book is definitely going to make you cry, so I would recommend not reading it on a plane like I did. I got a few weird looks...

A lot of reviewers have said that Smidge was an abrasive and annoying character but I actually loved her. She was written so well and really made the story believable. The premise of the book would have never worked without her forceful personality.

Having lost two people very, very close to me to cancer I can honestly say without a doubt that Ribon managed to describe those last few days perfectly. I laughed, I cried and it reminded me of everything I went through in my own life. It was an emotional ride for me and would be for anyone who has had to watch someone they love leave the world too early because of such a horrible disease.

I also want to thank the author for giving Smidge lung cancer. I know that sounds horrible but lung cancer has such a stigma attached to it. People forget that you don't have to be a smoker to get it and will go as far to say that "they probably deserved it." One of the most heart breaking things that I think I found in the book was when Smidge was upset that Jenny would now be that child that lost her Mom to *gasp* lung cancer and that people would assume Smidge was a smoker that could have prevented her early death. It's books like these that will help people understand that not everyone who gets lung cancer was a pack a day smoker with a death wish.
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