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Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend Paperback – September 1, 2009
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"Finally, a book that helps you get through the other type of breakup." -Andrea Lavinthal and Jessica Rozler, authors of Friend or Frenemy?
"The end of a friendship is painful and sad, regardless of the circumstances. Dr. Irene Levine explores this difficult subject with insight and heart, plus a look at the latest research. Her guidance is especially interesting and helpful regarding Facebook and other new developments that are changing the meaning of friendship in today's world." -Florence Isaacs, author of Toxic Friends/True Friends and What Do You Say When...
"Dr. Irene Levine's Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend should be every woman's BFF! Written in a breezy yet thoughtful style and peppered with stories from real-life best friends, this guide shows that female friendships are rich, life-affirming, joyful-but often very complicated too. We women love our friends, but we feel completely alone and confused when those friendships get troubled or even disappear. In her unique self-help guide, Dr Levine gives essential advice and tips for navigating the ups and downs of female friendship. -Joanne Rendell, author of The Professors Wives Club and Crossing Washington Square
A Best Friends Forever explodes the myths about female friendships and is a readable, entertaining survival manual filled with practical advice for girls and women of all ages. The book reminds us that it is the nature of relationships to change over time, and helps us understand and cope with those changes. We don't expect to marry our elementary school sweethearts, and it is equally rare for our best friends from childhood to be there for us forever. This book will help you navigate the choppy waters that complicate friendships, advise you on how to salvage the friendships that can and should be saved, and guide you to move on when necessary. -Diana Zuckerman, PhD, Psychologist, President, National Research Center for Women & Families
A fractured friendship can be as painful as any other break-up, whether you've been jilted by a friend or been the one to do the jilting. Irene S. Levine understands the complications of friendship-the lulls, the obstacles, and yes, the dissolutions, and offers kind, practical and realistic tools to recover from a break-up and emerge strong, healthy and complete." -Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Time of My Life
Top Customer Reviews
I will give a copy of Dr. Levine's book to each of my daughters as it answers so many of the questions we have mulled over during the past years: "How could she say that?" "How could she do that?" "Should I still go with her family for the weekend anyway?" The book is perfect for women of all ages!
Interestingly, while offering this line of thinking, the author still manages not to slide too far the other way… she never gives the impression that oh well, friendships breaking off without warning is perfectly normal so you should expect it and not worry about it. She never takes the cavalier attitude that if there’s nothing you can do about it you should just let it roll off your back. There are important lessons to be learned from our failures that can be applied to future friendships.
I still don’t know what happened to my own best-friendship and I will probably never know… I wasn’t expecting to find the exact answer on Page 64 or anything like that… but I feel more at peace with that reality than I did before I started reading this book. No crime has been committed and there’s no blame to be assigned.
This book just didn't deliver, however. It goes on and on about ways you can lose a friend, types of friendships, etc. The section on how to tell if you are the toxic friend can certainly be useful, but that's about it. There is nothing in here about how to actually get over it. Of course there is no magic cure-all, but a self help type book usually has helpful suggestions, activities, etc. This book did not. It literally gives next to no advice on how to "survive a breakup". It's all about really obvious misc. friendship subjects, and rather drags on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still in the process of reading - but so far, this book has been quite liberating in perception!Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is uninsightful and useless. Besides anecdotal snippets of people's stories, it offers little on how to cope with the deeper issues of friendship dynamics. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Ma
The author addresses a difficult and important loss for women that is too often minimized by society. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kim Dembrosky
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A good book for understanding friendships between women, and how they can come apart so violently.Published 11 months ago by Liz Alexander
Terrific book. I love the entire read. The author brought up different options and points of view which I found extremely helpful and healing.Published 15 months ago by Joanne F. Pieroni
Sometimes a book that has been around a while has better information than a new one! This book has been very helpful to me when a "best" friendship ended recently. Read morePublished 16 months ago by msmorningstar
Very well written. it helped me in my struggle with a friend lately. Good book for anyone to read.Published 16 months ago by Lynn Hartz
While there are things we will never understand, this book does help deal with some very painful feelings.Published 17 months ago by Dee Martin