There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we've substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for "community" on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other's beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It's showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It's forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It's making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off.
Written in the same comedic style as the "New York Times" bestsellers "Sparkly Green Earrings" and "The Antelope in the Living Room," "Nobody's Cuter than You" is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, "Nobody's cuter than you!"
I am a reader of Melanie's blog, and have read all her previous books, so I was pretty excited when this book showed up in my mailbox a week earlier than I expected.
In Nobody's Cuter Than You, we get to go on a journey with Melanie through the friendships of her childhood. She brings to life the stories of her very young days all the way through adulthood. She chronicles how each friendship molded her life and essentially contributed to the person she is today.
Of course, no book about friendship from Melanie would not be complete without stories of Gully, and it was great to get to see how that friendship started and where it has gone through the years. They truly have that kind of friendship that every woman wishes she had in her life.
I love Melanie's writing style - I feel more like I'm having a conversation with her rather than reading a book. I can just hear her voice coming through as I read these stories. And as you can expect when people start telling stories about friendship, I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions.
This book is definitely a must-read, and will be something that you keep on your bookshelf for years to come. Go get your copy now!
Melanie Shankle lives in San Antonio with her husband, Perry, and daughter, Caroline. She graduated from Texas A&M in 1994 while possibly on scholastic probation. Melanie began writing her blog, Big Mama, in July 2006. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room. She is a regular contributor on The Pioneer Woman blog, and in her spare time likes to shop good sales, watch too much television, and laugh at thing that are sometimes inappropriate.