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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: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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.

Photo Credit: Jessica Schilling Photography

Customer Reviews

It was a wonderful read from start to finish.
Chellelands
Any woman with a best friend will relate to the joys, frustrations, quirks, and inside jokes that make friendships so unique.
Claire
The author does an amazing job bringing the characters to life and making you care about them.
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8 of 10 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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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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3 of 4 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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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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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Danae Savitri on July 14, 2012
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While I love Ms Ribon's writing, from way back to her Squishy days and also really enjoyed some of her other novels, I thought this effort was strained and saccharine. I never warmed up to Smidge as a character, thought she suffered from borderline personality disorder, common among people who are charismatic narcissistics, who alternately bully, manipulate, and charm others around them. The mother in the Ya Ya Sisterhood books is the same "southern" ideal, whose allure I also failed to understand. The tone artifically strives too hard for depth of emotion and then breaks down, leaving the reader feeling cheated, but would probably be a great lifetime or oxygen movie script. Pam Ribon's gift of language naturally acts as the redeemable factor, preventing it from sinking entirely into cliched bathos.
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