Whenever I see a book by Melanie Shankle I know I must read it. And that is how you should be, too. Because hilarity. Always. I loved her books about mothering, Sparkly Green Earrings, and marriage, The Antelope in the Living Room. Both were just laugh out loud enjoyable.
This one on friendships, Nobody’s Cuter than You, had all the same elements of fun, humor, honesty, with a bunch of wisdom filling in the spaces between the details of each story. I enjoyed it, but didn’t find it as hilariously engaging or entertaining as her other books, but I think that has more to do with my different growing up experiences and experiences of friendship, rather than a change in her writing style. It’s just a less relatable subject for me.
I was homeschooled so I was blessed to skip the junior high and high school drama and the type of friends she writes about have never really been an normal part of my life. I tend to fall in with the low key type of friends instead of the cry on each other’s shoulders for support type. I am also pretty introverted and tend to make introverted friends. So the level of closeness Melanie Shankle takes for granted feels different in my friendships. But then also maybe we just need a few more years and we’ll get there. These days my older sister is about my closest girlfriend. Something about having years and years of shared history makes it easier for introverts to open up.
In summary, this book made me long for a little more closeness and want to work a little more at building up some of my own friendships. I especially loved reading about all those roadtrips with their kids she and her bestie pulled off. It halfway makes me want to load up a minivan and do something crazy with whoever is willing enough to be drug into it. but then the screaming. but the fun. somedaysomeday. :)
I am sure most everyone would find this book highly relatable and hilarious.
(I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Book Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.)