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My Other Ex: Women's True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends Paperback – August 12, 2014
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I found the introduction and first section excellent. In fact, many times I found myself crying. There is no denying the powerful connection of female friendships and the feelings they evoke. As I moved on to section two, (When we're grown up) I found myself unable to connect with these experiences. This surprised me, as the beginning had been so beautiful, yet, something was lacking here. Having lost a best friend of 20 years in adulthood, I felt this section would have hit hard. It lacked intensity and felt more like commentaries. I confess to having skipped section three about motherhood, as it didn't interest me. Section four had some delightful writings on reconciliations. How often humility, and reaching out reunited many women. The last section on what we've learned was very good. While a lot of the information seemed self-evident, there were some real gems here. Lots of things I knew, but needed to be reminded of. One statement in particular I found very useful, " When you don't put time into something it dies." I literally grabbed a pen and paper, and wrote a list of friends who I wanted to keep in my life. The friendships that mean the most to me, which I often neglect because I'm too busy! I'm glad I read this book, even though some sections I found hard to relate to. But, my experiences are different from everyone else's, and the various writings that lacked for me, could be exactly what draws another.
The story I speak of is the second story in the book: Delilah, by Chelsea Schott. It details a friendship born in a town not unlike where I grew up. A friendship that perishes in the same way that happened with me in the transition from junior high to high school, and again very recently. Whether you're in your teens or your 40's it seems that the emotions that accompany the growing apart of a friendship don't change that much, and Schott's description of such an occurrence was like a punch in the gut designed to remind me that the depth of the loss of a friendship hurts as much now as it did before I even had a driver's license.
That said, the writing wasn't as tight as it could have been. Many of the essays read like drafts, not like polished final pieces. That's not to say they weren't good, just that they didn't hit as hard as they could have.