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Nobody's Cuter than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship Paperback – April 7, 2015
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The book has 19 short chapters. Melanie goes all the way back to her first best friend and shares stories from all of her most important friendships up until present day. My favorite part was Melanie’s chapter about her annual tradition to get all of her Christmas shopping done over a weekend with her friend, Gulley. I appreciated how Melanie’s introspection interspersed among anecdotes forced me to think about how my friendships shaped and continue to shape me. I struggled with the pace and flow of her narrative, though. While I appreciated Melanie’s lightness and sense of humor, I wanted her to lean into the pain a little more when it happened. As a reader, it made me feel like she didn’t feel comfortable sharing her whole story. I felt like I was being kept at an arm’s length with humor and couldn’t get the full story. At times her humor felt out of place or she’d go on and on about seemingly unnecessary details that didn’t help advance the narrative of friendship. While Melanie’s devotion and affection for her dearest friends shines through, I struggled with how she handled the toughest moments. As a reader, I kept wanting to get back to the details of what was happening in her relationship instead of her interest in the superficial (hairstyles, fashion, etc.). Melanie has a knack for remembering all of those colorful details that take you back to times and places, but I think she took it to a level that distracted from the story. Perhaps it would have made more sense to plug in a few little vignettes. A small “ode to the 80’s” or a “love song to my Honda CR-X” would have been great! Just my $.02. I wish Melanie’s editor had forced her to trim out the fat and keep us along for the ride of the most important details. The chapters felt isolated and read like individual blog posts instead of a narrative weaved together to help us learn more about why Melanie is the woman she is today.
In brief: Nobody’s Cuter Than You was a fun, light, vacation read that made me reflect more on the power of friendship, but I don’t think I’d recommend it unless I was giving someone my copy.
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This book was very good. Such a wonderful book about friendships throughout our lives and it did have funny moments, but not the kind in the other two books. But I enjoyed reading it very much and if you have had the blessing of having a lifetime of BFF's enter and exit your life, you will love reading this book about Melanie and her friends throughout her life. It was a blessing! It would be a great gift to give your BFF!
The book started with childhood friendships and just moved on through her life. I was actually surprised to find not one mention of her friendship with Sophie Hudson (Boomama). On the bright side, we now know all about her BFF Gulley.
Not sure why I didn't find anything funny - maybe you have to be Texan to appreciate the humour?
I actually found the book really, really boring and forced myself to finish reading the book because I received it as a gift from a special friend of mine.
I now need to stop putting these blog authors on my list because while the blogs are entertaining, I just feel the writing doesn't translate well to the longer form. I've read two of hers and I won't be reading another :)
Since I had my twin boys coming up 4 years ago friendship and keeping friendships has been one of the areas I am very conscious of ,especially as I have friends from both before children and after children and who don't have children.
Thanks for the laughs during this book and I am looking forward to reading your other 2 books.