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Friends by Lisa Gee
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Jul 15, 10

bookshelves: terri, staff-picks-blog, nonfiction

When I have been confused I often turn to books to help me out of my confusion. Working in a library I do get access to a lot of those crazy self-help books on relationships. Since I don’t usually buy into those and my current problem seems to go beyond those I went looking for a book to help me try to solve my issues. My problem is that I am having a bit of a rough patch with one of my best friends. Seems our lives are going in different directions and he (yep he is a male) is making some choices that are different and not like the person I have come to know. I picked up this book and wondered if because I am female I am missing out on something going on with him. It seems that what we are going through is normal. That in the long run if we both want to keep our relationship going we will adjust and resolve the conflict. The cool thing about this book is that it states a friendship is just that and it doesn’t matter if you are male or female. Gee uses examples and research to look into that age old question can men and women really be friends simply friends. The answer is interesting because it goes through all those factors we are told that can prey upon men and women friendships, communication, sex, history of our lives. Gee looks at each and factors them out in a witty and serious way. I was helped and humored by this book. --Terri

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