When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realizes that her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington, D.C. Still, in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl talk over brunch or a reality-TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan: She’ll go on fifty-two friend-dates, one per week for a year, in hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever.I found a copy of this book on the giveaway shelf at work. It caught my attention because of being a recently married woman as well and I was curious to see how Rachel's "experiment" turned out.
In her thought-provoking, uproarious memoir, Bertsche blends the story of her girl-dates (whom she meets everywhere from improv class to friend rental websites) with the latest social research to examine how difficult—and hilariously awkward—it is to make new friends as an adult. In a time when women will happily announce they need a man but are embarrassed to admit they need a BFF, Bertsche uncovers the reality that no matter how great your love life is, you’ve gotta have friends. - Amazon.com
It was interesting to read how she was able to make connections with new people and how they related or didn't relate to each other. I was a little tired of hearing about the "dates" by the end of the book, but Rachel's stories were funny and entertaining.
I would compare this book to Julie & Julia and The Washingtonienne which also went from a healthy read blog into a book. Very entertaining read that we call can relate to.