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I am a recovering friendaholic too, and I found this book, which to some might seem niche or contrived, essential reading. I saw myself in so much of this book and in some ways it helped me to both cherish what I have in my immediate three best friends (three! From ghosting to frenemies, to social media and communication styles, to the impact of seismic life events, Elizabeth leaves no stone untouched. ELIZABETH DAY is the author of five novels and three works of non-fiction, including her Sunday Times bestselling novel Magpie , and memoir How to Fail.

The book is an easy read about friendship and I think it's very much a book that will be appreciated more by women, I'm excited for some female friends to read it so I can hear their opinions about it. Este livro aborda vários tipos de amizade sempre baseados na experiência pessoal da autora, o que lhe dá um cunho muito próprio, mas também com muita informação estatística e científica. In Confessions of a Friendship Addict, Elizabeth Day embarks on a journey to answer these questions.

I learnt so much about myself reading this and was particularly moved reading Elizabeth’s heartbreaking account of her fertility journey - I felt seen and heard. Academic and scientific lines of reasoning are used in this book to provide a bit of starch to an otherwise completely subjective book. I enjoyed Elizabeth Day’s insight into friendships, and I loved the short chapters from different people she’s met along the way, sharing their take on what being a friend means to them.

Jo Elvin‘Essential reading… admirably candid and well-crafted’ The Guardian As a society, there is a tendency to elevate romantic love. Friendaholic: Confessions of a Friendship Addict tells the story of one woman's journey to understand why she's addicted to friendship.I love delving into the discussion of any sort of relationships, so this definitely ticked that box! On this document (you could have it laminated) you would list what you can and can’t offer a new person in your life. Based on the number of times I had to pause because of the tears streaming from my eyes, I think it must be. From exploring her own personal friendships and the distinct importance of each of them in her life, to the unique and powerful insights of others across the globe, Elizabeth asks why there isn't yet a language that can express its crucial influence on our world. Elizabeth approaches everything she does with such thoughtfulness - I love her podcast and other books - and this is no exception.

Yet we rarely stop to examine those hurts and joys; family and romance take up all the air in the proverbial room. In general I'm ok with saying you have more than one best friend but Day has made it quite clear she only has one and that she's super special. Her third, Paradise City was named one of the best novels of 2015 in the Observer and the Evening Standard, and was People magazine's Book of the Week. There are explorations of modern day issues like social media friendships and ghosting, as well as deeper elements like friendships ending due to a bereavement.Day rightly points out that friendship as a subject has, for far too long, been treated as a Cinderella subject compared to romantic and even family relationships.

AND THEN she referenced Anne of Green Gables which was the icing on the cake for me as that character means such a lot to me. As such, everything is couched in the author's own experience and most topics are presented as the author trying to sort out a problem in her life. It seems like a sad indictment of society that we even need to try and analyse friendships but the author sums it up herself…. She dismisses "activity buddies" and the concept of hobbies in general, while I love hobbies and am always looking for activity buddies (WILL ANYONE GO ICE SKATING WITH ME, I'M NOT KIDDING). It was my best friend who, curiously unrelated to this gift, first introduced me to her thought-provoking podcast "How to Fail.It surveyed over 10,000 people across the world and found that the average age for meeting a best friend was twenty-one. I was really excited to read this as I thought it would help me be a better friend and strengthen friendships. Amidst birthday joy, thesis submission anxiety, and bittersweet farewells, this book was placed in my hands by my beloved friends. Then, when a global pandemic hit in 2020, she was one of many who were forced to reassess what friendship really meant to them – with the crisis came a dawning her truest friends were not always the ones she had been spending most time with. I felt it as a symbolic gesture that marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, that is now forever imprinted in my memory, heart and soul.

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