One of the aspects about moving to an entirely new city is that you have to make entirely new friends. God knows that I’m all too familiar with this process but it’s something that we often take for granted.
When I was recently invited to join a local book club, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only because of the new friend prospects or the fact that I’m a huge bookworm, but also because the book for this month was MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche.
Rachel moved from New York City to Chicago for her husband and found herself a little lost without her best friends. Having just experienced a similar situation this year, I felt like this book club was meant to be (Relax, I do have friends here. Finally. I promise). Rachel even skyped in for our book club meeting and she is just as sweet and funny as you’d imagine (thanks, Rachel!).
The book is cute, funny, and at times awkward but 100% relatable. Let’s face it, we’ve all been forced out of our comfort zones and pushed ourselves to make new friends at one point or another. Rachel’s book is a great reminder that we’re not alone; nor should we ever take any of our friends – near or far – for granted.
About the book (from http://mwfseekingbff.com/):
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 her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington DC. Yet 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.
In her thought-provoking, uproarious memoir, Bertsche blends the story of her girl-dates (who she meets everywhere from improv class to friend-rental websites) with the latest in social research to examine how difficult—and hilariously awkward—it is to make new friends as an adult. She asks why women will happily announce they need a man but are embarrassed to admit they need a BFF. And she uncovers the reality that no matter how great your love life, you’ve gotta have friends.