- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Overlook Books (1 September 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590200403
- ISBN-13: 978-1590200407
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,69,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend Paperback – 1 Sep 2009
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"This book explores ways women can deal with painful break-up with someone they had hoped would be their "Best Friend Forever." Written by psychologist Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., it is the first self-help guide to consider the complexity and challenges of female friendships, including Why friendships fall apart; How to get over getting dumped; Spotting a Toxic Friendship; How to end a friendship that can't be fixed; Moving forward with new friends."--Funtravels.com
From the Back Cover
For the first time, a self-help guide for women recovering from a break-up with their best friendan indispensable addition to every womans library
Men, jobs, children, personal crises, irreconcilable social gapsthese are just a few of the strange and confusing reasons that may cause a female friendship to end. No matter what the circumstances, the breakup of a female friendship leaves a woman devastated and asking herself difficult questions. Was someone to blame? Is the friendship worth fighting for? How can I prevent this from ever happening again?
Psychologist Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., offers this groundbreaking and heroically honest book for abandoned friends seeking solace. Perfect for women of all ages and from all walks of life, Best Friends Forever covers:
* Why friendships fall apart
* Coping with getting dumped
* How to end a friendship that cant be fixed
* Moving forward after a traumatizing breakup
Dr. Levine draws from years of research and the personal testimonials of thousands of women to provide anecdotes and solutions to these complicated situations. Full of tools for personal assessment, case stories, and actionable advice for saving, ending, or re-evaluating a relationship, Best Friends Forever is an indispensable addition to every womans library.
"For anyone who has ever had a friend, but especially for those whove ended close relationships, Irene Levine has written a beautiful guide to recovery and healing. Its a book filled with honest reflections and heartfelt advice." --Jeffrey Zaslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Girls from Ames and co-author of The Last Lecture
"Finally, a book that helps you get through the other type of breakup." --Andrea Lavinthal and Jessica Rozler, authors of Friend or Frenemy?
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This book helped me cope, and opened my heart up so I could see that I deserve so much more than she could ever give me. But that doesn't mean that I dont miss her like crazy. Her friendship was enough, but mine wasn't. And sometimes you just gotta deal with that, eat a shit ton of chocolate to get over the initial break up, and then start from scratch to rebuild your heart.
Mereht, I love you forever. You changed my life, you changed me. I owe so much to you...but you also broke me down, you broke my heart, you hurt me with your actions and words. I know that we weren't right for each other afterall, but the memories we shared meant the world to me. Thank you.
I began to feel better after reading the first few pages. Finally, someone understood what had been on my heart for such a long time. It was helpful to know that my situation was not totally unique; that I was not obsessed by a friendship of the past; and that others had been through the same experience and had some helpful advice. I still miss the close friendship I once had, but I am trying to let the past go and to let my former friend go in peace and to find my own peace.
I loaned this book to another friend, and she said, "This book touched me like no other book ever has." We have both been helped by Dr. Levine's efforts. Thanks to her and to all the women who shared stories of their own loss, pain, and recovery.
This book just didn't deliver, however. It goes on and on about ways you can lose a friend, types of friendships, etc. The section on how to tell if you are the toxic friend can certainly be useful, but that's about it. There is nothing in here about how to actually get over it. Of course there is no magic cure-all, but a self help type book usually has helpful suggestions, activities, etc. This book did not. It literally gives next to no advice on how to "survive a breakup". It's all about really obvious misc. friendship subjects, and rather drags on.