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Friendship Crisis

3.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  112 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
As seen in "Self, Fitness, Real Simple, Health, Ladies' Home Journal," and "Redbook, " this much-praised celebration of women's friendships-now in paperback-explores the keys to forming emotionally supportive and sustaining connections at every stage in life.
Embraced by some of the most popular women's magazines, this book has struck a chord with women everywhere who know
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Rodale Press (first published March 1st 2004)
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Jun 14, 2012 Shea rated it liked it
I'm torn about this book; on one hand, I thought I would get more out of it than I did, but on the other hand, it was still helpful and interesting.
I found that most of the chapters didn't necessarily pertain to me personally (I don't have widowed friends, or even a lot that have kids, and I haven't moved in a few years) I did find myself taking a lot of notes and getting a lot out of the book. It was nice to read little passages from real people and think, that's happened to me! Or, I should ha
Dale Offret
Jul 21, 2014 Dale Offret rated it liked it
I picked up this book looking for a "Friendship for Dummies" or "Friendship 101" type book. This book is geared toward women who are looking to find friendship or re-kindle old friendship. I has sage advice for people, not just women, of all age on the topic of establishing and maintaining friendships.

The book gave me a great foundation of understanding and background information on friendships I have had.

I recommend this book to those who struggle making friends, or don't truly see the need to
Apr 24, 2011 David rated it liked it
pretty good book about adult women's friendships. Anecdote-packed, drawing on her own experiences, those of her friends, and people who wrote her in response to newspaper columns about the difficulty of finding good friends once you're out of school. She addresses some specialty topics such as the difficulty of staying friends with other women once one of you has kids and the other doesn't, and the promise and pitfalls of email/internet friends and of intentionally forming larger groups such as ...more
Sep 20, 2015 Chris rated it did not like it
I went into this with the wrong expectations. For instance, it never occurred to me it would be solely written for women. It was also a lot more 'self-helpy' than I thought it'd be. And it failed at that. It's full of anecdotes about woman who are really lonely/have trouble making friends, but then the author will just go on to give advice, but it's never woven in what became of any of the people. Also, the advice is really banal stuff-"Give people space" "Join a knitting club!", etc. There have ...more
Tom Quinn
I am a divorced, remarried grown-up who moved across the country, changed jobs, and turned 30. Is it any wonder my social circle has gotten smaller and smaller with time? "The Friendship Crisis" is not a cure-all, step-by-step guide for meeting new people despite what its subtitle suggests ("Finding, Making, and Keeping Friends when You're not a Kid Anymore"). But it was comforting to know that I'm not alone in feeling lonely.

Marla Paul writes with a very warm and compassionate tone throughout,
Sep 03, 2007 Cindywho rated it it was ok
I saw this title reviewed in Library Journal and it piqued my interest. I'm often wondering if I don't have enough local friends and about the conflict between my needs for contact and solitude. It's an easy and comforting read, chock full of anecdotes and validation. It's a relatively short book so the scope is a little narrow, focusing on friendships between women only and it barely touched upon the difficulties of financial disparities between friends - even though a lot of her anecdotal wome ...more
Apr 27, 2010 Melinda rated it liked it
Shelves: partially-read
I didn't read all of this book. I really focused on chapters that I felt were pertinent to my life. So I read about 3 chapters: how to deal when your friends get married or have kids and friendships between younger and older women. I appreciated the structure of the book a lot. The author uses women's personal experiences to explain boths sides of the end of a friendship. It's nice to see a conflict from multiple perspectives and have the opportunity to reflect on other person's view of the issu ...more
Meghan Hasselberg-Reitz
This book was recommended to me by a fellow therapist. It was during my transition from college to real-life. It was difficult as I found who my real friends were and who completely dropped out of my life. I was grieving the loss of friendships. It really didn't help me in that process. So if you are going through something like that I might check out other books over this one.
Apr 10, 2013 FotoLisaW rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I did get from one cover to the other but I found myself skipping huge chunks that I didn't apply to me. I have read other similar books that have done a better job of being inclusive without making you want to skip any of it. Poorly written and the special section inserts are poorly placed amongst the text forcing me to flip back & forth pages just to finish a sentence!
Shonna Froebel
Jan 07, 2014 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Very insightful.
Not too many really helpful suggestions though, maybe because there aren't any easy answers.
Jul 02, 2012 Alyssa rated it liked it
Great suggestions for women who are new moms, divorcees, widows. Not so great for men or single women who want to widen their circle. A quick read. "Bowling Alone" by Robert Putnam is a better choice if you're interested in why dynamics of friendship are shifting...
Beth A.
Feb 12, 2009 Beth A. rated it it was ok
This book had interesting stories about women and their friendship or lack of. It was short and easy to read. Unfortunately, I didn't actually learn anything. This book was too vague in its advice.
Oct 06, 2011 Julia rated it it was ok
It's self help, which I never find interesting to read, really. I just use it for reminders/nudges in the right direction.
Jul 11, 2009 Amy marked it as tried-it-and-gave-up
I liked this book, but a lot of it didn't seem relevant to me personally so I didn't finish it.
Apr 22, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
Unfair of me to review, as it's by a friend of my sister's, and I'm in it (incognito!)
Jul 09, 2009 Andrea rated it it was ok
I am not sure what I think of this book yet.....I have to think on it a while.
Teena in Toronto
Jul 05, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it liked it
Nice book about friendships throughout the different times in our lives.
Apr 30, 2009 Alberta rated it it was ok
I didn't find this book very helpful for me.
Feb 22, 2010 Lu added it
Shelves: friendship
Friends when you are not a kid anymore
Jean Brazil
Jul 01, 2012 Jean Brazil rated it it was ok
Just okay. Not much help.
Jun 05, 2008 Rebecca added it
Shelves: non-fiction
Need to read this again.
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