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Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  42 reviews
There are 161 million women in America today, and our friendships are still as primary and universal as back when Ruth and Naomi, Elizabeth and Susan B., Lucy and Ethel, and Thelma and Louise made history. And that s what makes being dumped by a woman friend so excruciating: you expect romantic relationships to break up eventually but you don t expect it from your friendsh ...more
Published March 3rd 2015 by She Writes PR
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Lisa Rose
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I first came upon this title on a Facebook feed, I stopped in my digital tracks. Did I really want to read about and wallow in the breakup of "besties?" Since childhood, I've had best friends who were closer to me than sisters or spouses. For women, best friends are another kind of "significant other," and when you lose your best friend, the grief is as debilitating as a death in the family. However, when such a relationship comes to its often mystifying end, no one brings you a casserole, ...more
Kathleen Kelly
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women I have never been dumped by a female friend as I really don't have any, I have been dumped by female family members for sure. Close female family, not because they moved away as children do but by a mother and sometimes it feels that my siblings have done that. Everyone has lives and these lives may create distances from them.
With that said, Dumped, is a book with stories from celebrated women authors who have experienced what it is like to be "dumped"
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
We often look back on relationships, especially those from grade school through high school, and wonder what happened or how you survived or what awesome memories. Dumped fills a void of topics we often discuss on the edge but not wholly and honestly. Looking forward to visiting with my book club about this treat. An interesting/insightful read if you are willing to look within yourself.

Thanks to JKSCommunications for sharing with me and my book club!
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology, chick-lit
3.5. One essay said of the experience of being shouted at and shoved by a former friend, "I felt like a rape victim" which I thought was a little beyond the pale. Readable and insightful, although the first set of essays about school and cliques and friendship groups was the strongest, just because the experiences are so formative and scarring. ...more
Gail M
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Lots of stories about women who were unfriended and, generally, not clear on what exactly had happened. Would have been nice to have complimentary stories from women who did the unfriending and what those circumstances were.

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Highly readable and relatable stories about the endings of friendships for women; an important read for women as I don't hear this talked about often, though I know it happens. Thanks to the editor, Nina Gaby, I won a copy of this book. My opinions are my own. ...more
Pamela Cespedes
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
So sad how relatable they all are
Allegra S
"The initial shock when you are betrayed quickly turns into a feeling of heat-wrenching and heavy sadness, followed by an infinite stream of questions that begin with why.” - Breaking Omertà, Alexandria Goddard

“Her silence is loud, it breaks my heart.” - Ann Hood

This is an incredible set of essays. Though some I have rated some individual essays as less than 5/5, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and this book deserves 5 stars. Many angles, perspectives, and demographics are invest
Barbara Stark-Nemon
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nina Gaby’s collection of essays Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women is as direct and unsparing about women’s capacity to cruelly leave each other’s friendships as the title suggests. What the fascinating voices represented in these stories deliver is a chorus of shock and attendant feelings of betrayal, isolation, self-doubt and intense pain that are common to nearly every one of the women’s experiences. Gaby makes a clear distinction between friendships that dissipate over time and dist ...more
Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek)
I found out about this book through another book blogger and immediately contacted the publisher to ask for a review copy. Thankfully, they obliged!

I enjoy non-fiction reads from time-to-time, and I particularly enjoy essay style books in a similar vein to Chicken Soup for the Soul. That's exactly what you'll get from Dumped. I loved the idea behind this book, I thought there were a lot of strong stories in this compilation and I think it would make a great read for any female who has been dumpe
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of essays/stories by women writers about being dumped by women friends. When I saw the book on the shelf, I thought, Well, that hasn't really happened to me, but I bet those stories are interesting. The very first story was taken almost exactly from my life in the second grade! Other stories brought back other memories, and made me reflect on what we need and expect from friends and what it takes to maintain relationships when needs and expectations can't be met. . . ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reviews
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
A series of essays on women being dumped by their female friends. Many of the stories had me going " I know how she feels!" All of them were good even though I felt a couple didn't really belong but I still enjoyed those as well. This is a must read for women.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

There were high school friends that turn out to be not friends. Long-time friends that lost communication but eventually reconnected only to lose that connection again and a few other ones that were a really nice short collection of stories and some of the stories were a little sad, but some were quite humorous too and you could easily relate to them. So if you get a chance check them out.
Laurie Prim
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A collection of first-hand accounts of being unfriended, and not the Facebook kind. More like being full-on, unceremoniously discarded by someone from whom you never in a million years expected it. It happened to me last year, but I never knew it happened frequently enough to be a “thing.” Sad, but it’s always nice to know you’re not alone.
May 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Having been recently “dumped” by a girlfriend, this book to me at the right time. I felt I was going through a grieving process and to hear the stories of women that have been in my situation and to know I wasn’t alone and that a girlfriend breakup can be as hard as a romantic breakup was comforting and has help me process.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Last essay in the collection was the best--the one by Nina Gaby (the editor). Tempted to give this one more star only because Gaby's essay tied everything together so well. Would like to read more by her specifically. ...more
Chelsea Downey
May 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I wish I remembered where I found this collection listed, because I need more writing like this in my life. Not only do I want to read more short stories, but I love the honest and unique (yet relatable) words of other women.

We've all been dumped. Or been the dumper. In love, maybe, in friendship most definitely. Female friendship has always been set apart as a special relationship, but not always given then credit it deserves.

I've recently (and not so recently) lost friends in my life. Some th
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Finally finished this recommendation from awhile back. I love reading compilations of other people's stories. This one was great because it's on a topic of pain & grief related to friendships, which is largely ignored by our culture; if for nothing else it's so reassuring to read other people's similar experiences and know you're not crazy.

"I'd never been dumped with such finality. Actually, I'd never been dumped before. Okay, by boyfriends, but that was to be expected. Yes, friends had drifted
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished - worth the read

I started this a year ago and finally wandered back to it. I’m glad I did. It’s been years since my worst dumping by a friend but it still stings and these stories resonated. No advice, just a collection of stories about the complex nature of friendships and equally complex nature of grieving them.
Story Circle Book Reviews
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Until I read this book, I would have told you I'd been dumped. But in these pages the distinction between friendships that just fade away and those that involve dumping is very clear. What I have known in my life is friendships that slowly disappeared, mostly because other people moved away. There have been some where our interests slowly diverged and we lost touch, though we remain cordial on the occasional accidental meeting. The best advice in those cases is to treasure the memories. But dump ...more
Jillian F.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helps with perspective

Good read. Really helped me see different perspectives on the end of a friendship. Some of the stories gave me different ways of thinking about things. Can help you realize that it has happened to others.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I expected something different from this book somehow. Oh well.
~ 3.5 ~
Favorite Quotes:
"Friendship for me is made from a tapestry of personalities, each of whom shares a part of all I care about." (pg. 160)

[In reference to her father saying "Catch-22 was truth revealed."]
"I had no idea what he was talking about, which is what happens when you read Great Books before you've had Life Experience." (pg. 174)
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
4.5 stars
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All women should read this book. So insightful.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. The stories were thoughtful and well written.
Roxanne Kade
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The bond between two friends is very powerful, so when one just ups and leaves without a valid reason why, it can be heartbreaking and emotional, even more so than when a romantic relationship. I'm lucky enough to not have suffered anything to drastic like completely losing a friend but I remember a time in high school when my girls decided I'd done something wrong and shunned me for an entire week. It felt dreadful and lonely.

This book shares stories of different types of "break-ups". Some sho
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Have you ever been dumped by a friend? Maybe you never found out why. Maybe you knew why...but she wouldn't return your calls or let you apologize. Maybe she just vanished. All of these examples of real-life situations are explored in Dumped.

I was excited to read this book because, quite frankly, I have been dumped by a friend and that hurts. I think all women at some point in their life, have lost friendships without knowing exactly why. We'll never be inside someone else's head, or know what
Jenny T
I enjoyed the stories and the variety of women represented in the book. There were sweet, scandalous, bold, youthful, and adult stories for nearly every type of woman and her friendship(s).

I liked the sweeter ones, but really appreciated the honest and bold details. I need the truth when I'm reading - not watered down explanations, but true, embarrassingly real and vulnerable feelings and insights. That's what I got here. It was satisfying. I felt not alone.

I thought some of the ex-besties wer



But for real though, I ain't got no problem with any of these women, except for the Crone. She was a twerp and I'm glad they threw her special snowflake over. Oh, you're sad because you dear friend who is suffering from horrific mental deterioration said some angry time words at you and all your other, lesser friends didn't toss her over instead? OUT OF THE BOOK.

The rest of you guys? I'm so sorry. I know how it is, and it's the wors
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