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You Take It From Here

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  685 ratings  ·  133 reviews
How far would you go for your best friend?

Just because you’d give your best friend everything
doesn’t mean she has to take it.

On the heels of a divorce while juggling the demands of life-coaching L.A.’s craziest families, all Danielle Meyers wants is a vacation with her sassy, Southern, life-long best friend, Smidge—complete with umbrella cocktails by an infinity pool. But
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Gallery Books
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Pamela Ribon
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It'd be like not voting for yourself. People vote for themselves, right? ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't care if the book's summary tells me that someone is going to die at the end of the book, I'm still going to be a giant puddle of sobbing that's going to take me 10 minutes to get under control.

I've adored Pamela Ribon's writing since her first book "Why Girls Are Weird", which I've read many times over the years and I love it at 31 as much as I did when I was 23. I still read her blog and get excited when she comes out with new pieces, whether it be a novel or a new blog post that pops u
Jessica Buike
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get used to the strange narrative style, a mixture of personal letter, journal entry, and episodes. But the story resonates and is such a beautiful expression of friendship that it won me over once I got the knack of reading the different style. The characters had a ton of depth, so much that you can practically hold conversations with them. Just a beautiful piece of work overall and it is much recommended for any gal who has a best friend.
Allison Lowe
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prepare to laugh, cry and throw things. In all the best ways.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book needs to come with a warning because I was crying so hard at the end of it! I have a love/hate relationship with books like this. I loved it because it was so well-written that I felt like I actually was friends with Danny and Smidge. I hated it because it was so freaking sad, I hate being sad!

Okay, I didn’t really hate it, but it really did affect me. How would you live your life if you knew it would be over soon? Smidge had a clear plan, but that plan did not include telling her fami
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I loved this book. It even surpasses “Going in Circles” as my fave Ribon book, and I really loved that book, too.

In a nutshell, the plot revolves around Danny/Danielle and Smidge. They’re lifelong, “I’d do anything for you” best friends. That friendship is tested when Smidge, suffering from terminal cancer, asks Danny to take over her life when she dies. That is, take over everything – marry her husband, raise her daughter, and basically fill the Smidge-filled void when she goes.

Reading that
Monica Wells
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
When I woke up this morning I had a to do list, and I had determination to get it done. That was before I got my hands on this book. I started reading and immediately began to feel readers remorse, that feeling you get when you are reading a book so good, you know you are going to be sad when you finish it. I told myself to read slowly, I could drag this book out for weeks, keep it around like a visiting friend. Now it's midnight. I read every page, the laundry is still sitting in a pile and I a ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to win this book on Goodreads before it was available for sale. I'm not going to go into the plot because it has already been done on other reviews. So I'm basically going to write about how I liked it or not. It took me a little while to get over the narrative in the book. It was like reading a huge 300+ page letter. I had a hard time getting into it, and then at some point I had a hard time putting it down. The only thing that really bothered me was how the main character Sm ...more
Krista Holtz
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much like "Going In Circles" this was another un-put-down-able book from Pamie. I've been a fan of her blog for many years, and this is the 2nd book of hers that I have read that I have enjoyed immensely. She manages to write characters that, even though you don't know anyone quite like them because they are so unique, you can completely identify with them because as unique as they are, they are recognizable. We may dislike Smidge from the get-go, but we all wind up wishing we had one in the end ...more
Kaitlyn Wb
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, although having read pamie's blog for many years, it also made me want to run to the internet and make sure that AB does not have cancer. I liked all the meditations on friendship and what you would do for a friend. Obviously, due to the subject matter, it's pretty much a tearjerker. ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are certain moments you don’t want to relive. They’re filed away in your memory under “DO NOT OPEN” but ofcourse who can resist those letters time and again, needing in fact to go back there once again. You’d think in time the pain would have faded, it hasn’t, it’s just a different type of pain. For me that memory is hearing “we put a frozen section under a microscope and you have cancer.” But the pain was never about me. I had known. I wasn’t under any illusions about what I was sick with ...more
Katie Harris
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
For 14 years I have been reading Ribon's words wherever they were made available to me: blogs, reviews, books, tweets. I've looked at her flickr photos, watched her vlog, watched her episodes come to life. When I found out she had a new book coming out, I pre-ordered it without even reading the synopsis because I knew I'd love it

Well. I was wrong. I hated every second of it. And, yet, You Take It From Here is probably the best book I've ever read. Hands down.

The week I started reading, two of my
Jonna Rubin
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this so much. I loved it. I loved it. I loved everything about it. Everything. I LOVED this. It was moving and funny and brilliant and I just . . . I loved this. It was incredible and smart and packed with funny little details that made it a tremendously (hold me for saying this) RICH reading experience.

I loved this so much, I'm not even sure how to articulate it. I just did. It was predictable -- I mean, you know what happens, right from the get-go -- but the experience of getting ther
Alicia Brooks
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is sweet and funny and sad all at once. What would you be willing to ask of your best friend and what she be willing to do for you? How much is too much involvement in someone else's life? What about those secrets that are too big to keep? I devoured this book in 5 hours and was left wanting more. I'd love a sequel from Jenny's perspective, telling us what happened in the years between. ...more
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I started this before bed, thinking I'd read a couple of chapters. Now it's 1:37am and I'm still awake because I couldn't stop reading until I finished. The characters here are the kind I love because they feel so authentic in their frustrating, lovely, familiar behavior. If possible, this is even better than Pamie's three previous novels. ...more
Diane Shipley
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was utterly absorbed in this novel and the lives of its characters, not wanting it to end, yet eager to read more. It's a tribute to female friendship, a reminder to make the most of what we have, and a witty, well-paced, ultimately heart-wrenching read that will stay with me for a long time. Recommended, y'all. ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was determined not to cry. That lasted until about 30 pages from the end and I was a blubbering mess.

Wonderful story- great characters that will stick with me for a very long time.
Another home run for Pamie (sorry, you'll always be Pamie to me)!!! Way to go, girl!!
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Pam Ribon is a rockstar.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Won a copy from goodreads giveaway! Can't wait to read!

Now half way through and can't put it down. Great read!
Just finished reading. Great book. Super funny and sad.
Corielle Hayley
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I laughed out loud while choking back tears. Exactly what you'd expect from a Pamie book. This is probably her best so far. ...more
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much that I have anxiously been awaiting the chance to even sit down and write a review of it. I've enjoyed Ribon's previous three books, but I definitely think this one is my favorite.

Before I get into the review indulge me in a metaphorical tangent about why I liked this book. This book can be classified as women's fiction, which is generally an indication to me that I should avoid it as far too often I find that it means I'm getting a romance novel or so-called "chick li
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what to expect with this book. I read other reviews and thought it would be a great chick lit. I found it had pros and cons and liked it enough but fell short of loving it.

Smidge, Dani's best friend has lung cancer again and she is going to die. Here is my first issue. It is contrived to elicit tears when Smidge will die. In the meantime, Smidge wants to teach Dani how to be Smidge so she can continue raising her daughter and be a companion to Henry, Smidge's husband.

The second iss
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit, 2012
When I first heard about this book, I was intrigued by the premise. Would Danielle want to or be able to step into Smidge's shoes? I had to find out. (Don't worry, I won't spoil it for you.)

Smidge turned out to be a pretty unlikeable woman. She was bossy, rude, and presumptuous. I had a hard time understanding why Danielle was friends with her at all. Their relationship was definitely codependent. I found it to be authentic though; I know women who have friendships very similar to Danielle and S
Stephanie Grober
I've followed Pamela Ribon (of fame) since waaay before Why Girls Are Weird was released. However, WGAW was the only book of hers I'd read in all that time. I won a copy of YTIFH from a 'best friends' contest on the author's blog, and I'm so happy I did. I wrote a story about my best friend to win the book, and then laughed and cried while I read this book about best friends. Emphasis on cried--I think the waterworks started by page 25. Overall, it was still a quick and enjoyable read. ...more
Kizz Robinson
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as I started reading this I read a comment by AB Chao that said this was Pamie's best work. At the time I thought, "It's good but I don't know yet."

I'm with AB, this is surely Pamie's best work so far. It has the same lightness and humor a reader expects but this one digs a little deeper, winds itself a little more complexly around your brain.

I won this signed copy in a giveaway on Pamie's blog and I'm really looking forward to sending it to my best friend.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best single piece of contemporary fiction I've read in ten years. Though there are a lot of things that resonate personally for me, Ms. Ribon's writing is technically brilliant. It's the kind of book that, when you're supposed to stop reading, you skip right over annoyance to outright frustration. Outrageously funny and terribly tragic, she tells the story in superlative prose. ...more
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story of incredibly powerful friendship between two women is heartbreaking and inspiring. It made me realize what's really important in life, and look at things a little differently. To see my full review, check out ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle, 2012
So good. Maybe it's the pregnancy hormones or the anniversary of my mom's death coming up, but be prepared to sob, ladies. Like, no joke you don't want to read this in public. People will worry for you. ...more
Erin Kippen
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed it. I can't stop thinking about the line (paraphrased) "It was like being friends with a lion. It's really fun and exciting until the lion is unhappy." Just such an outstandingly descriptive and funny moment. ...more
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Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter (Moana, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Bears), performer, TV writer, comic book writer, best-selling novelist, and a Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow. She was the writer of the immersive virtual-reality experience Ralph Breaks VR, in partnership with The VOID and ILMxLAB.

Her critically-acclaimed graphic novel, My Boyfriend is a Bear, (co-created with Cat Farris) was

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