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From Girls to Parks and Recreation to Bridesmaids, the female friendship has taken an undeniable front seat in pop culture. Text Me When You Get Home is a personal and sociological perspective - and ultimately a celebration - of the evolution of the modern female friendship.
Kayleen Schaefer has experienced (and occasionally, narrowly survived) most every iteration of the modern female friendship. First there was the mean girl cliques of the '90s; then the teenage friendships that revolved around constant discussion of romantic interests and which slowly morphed into Sex and the City spin-offs; the disheartening loneliness of "I'm not like other girls" friendships with only men; the discovery of a platonic soul mate; and finally, the overwhelming love of a supportive female squad (#squad).
And over the course of these friendships, Schaefer made a startling discovery: girls make the best friends. And she isn't the only one to realize this. Through interviews with friends, mothers, authors, celebrities, businesswomen, doctors, screenwriters, and historians (a list that includes Judy Blume, Megan Abbott, The Fug Girls, and Kay Cannon), Schaefer shows a remarkable portrait of what female friendships can help modern women accomplish in their social, personal, and work lives.
A validation of female friendship unlike any that's ever existed before, this book is a mix of historical research, the author's own personal experience, and conversations about friendships across the country. Everything Schaefer uncovers leads to - and makes the case for - the eventual conclusion that these ties among women are making us (both as individuals and as society as a whole) stronger than ever before.
©2018 Kayleen Schaefer (P)2018 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Boeder on 03-02-18

Loved it!

After listening to this book I feel the need to write, text, call, and meet with all my friends one on one to express how much I love them.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michele on 02-22-18

A Fantastic Read

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This was a great read. I originally picked it because of the title and an interview I heard with the author, but this really was worth the time. The book gives such personal and meaningful insights to female friendships today, and it was somehow comforting to know that some of the friendships I've had in my life are a pretty common experience. I never had a ton of female friends, but I still found this book worthwhile. It's funny and poignant, and sometimes it feels like the author is reading straight from your mind. While it's especially relevant for females, I think this might be a good read for males who are interested in learning and understanding more about female friendships. Highly recommend!

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