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Based on the number of times I had to pause because of the tears streaming from my eyes, I think it must be. Op sommige delen interessant maar het bleek gewoon echt meer een boek te zijn over haar vriendschappen in plaats van vriendschappen in het algemeen, ik mis toch gewoon de wetenschap een beetje (ook al probeert ze die erbij te halen maar vaak veel te kort). As a bit of a friendaholic in my past too, there was a lot here I could relate too - anxious attachment style, need to feel loved and valued and fear of rejection.

From ghosting and frenemies to social media and seismic life events, Elizabeth leaves no stone unturned.From exploring her own personal friendships and the distinct importance of each of them in her life, to the unique and powerful insights of others across the globe, Elizabeth asks why there isn't yet a language that can express its crucial influence on our world. Which gets at the other big limitation of the book for me, the outright dismissal of male-to-male friendships.

Nor does it reveal her astonishing, self-effacing honesty about her own shortcomings, past and present, in dealing with her relationships. We don't have to have "White Wine Wednesdays" to discuss how we feel about each other because playing and training alongside each other and pushing ourselves beyond physical barriers to grow as teammates and not let each other down says more than any fireside discussion possibly could. The title makes more sense after reading it, she’s very open about her need for friendships… and I understand it’s a confessional; but I think she missed the opportunity to put herself in other people’s shoes and help those that have no friends, or struggle to make/maintain deep friendships. It seems like a sad indictment of society that we even need to try and analyse friendships but the author sums it up herself….

g. "double tap to like" and "ghosting" interspersed with interviews with friends about friendship e. There are some neat observations- I particularly liked the references to the solar system - but these are buried beneath a marshmallow of slightly self-indulgent waffle.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. I was really excited to read this as I thought it would help me be a better friend and strengthen friendships.She is a bit hung up on current identity politics eg there’s some casual hatred dropped about ‘white men’ being to blame (all men, surely! You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Would it be a bit depressing telling me I was a rubbish friend, or would it be an fascinating insight about how friendships work for other people? Ultimately, like Elizabeth, friends are utterly integral to my life and to read such a positive book celebrating that platonic love was heart warming. A journalist, broadcaster and bestselling author, Elizabeth Day’s works include the novels Paper, Scissors, Home Fires, Paradise City and The Party.

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