MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend

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When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realizes that her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington, D.C. Still, in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl talk over brunch or a reality-TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan: She’ll go on fifty-two friend-dates, one per week for a year, in hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever.

In her thought-provoking, uproarious memoir, Bertsche blends the story of her girl-dates (whom she meets everywhere from improv class to friend rental websites) with the latest social research to examine how difficult—and hilariously awkward—it is to make new friends as an adult. In a time when women will happily announce they need a man but are embarrassed to admit they need a BFF, Bertsche uncovers the reality that no matter how great your love life is, you’ve gotta have friends.

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About Rachel Bertsche

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Rachel Bertsche is a journalist in Chicago, where she lives with her husband. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire, More, Teen Vogue, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Fitness, Women's Health,, and more. Before leaving New York (and all her friends) for the Midwest, Bertsche was an editor at O: The Oprah Magazine.
Published December 20, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 386 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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In fact, as it turns out, I’ve completely forgotten how to do it.” Stringing together her encounters with potential friends, Bertsche drops in snippets of scientific research concerning the nature of friendship along with anything else she thinks is relevant, including breast cancer, depression a...

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In socially shy Bertsche’s case, this means taking a huge step outside the familiar and calling on buddies to set her up, finagling invites to book clubs, renting friends (literally), and chatting up random people.

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Huntington News

At first glance, Facebook would seem to be a way to find friends, but it's actually a social network of people who are already friends, or at least acquaintances, as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has stated in no uncertain terms, Bertsche notes.

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Chicago Sun Times

But for all the book’s weaknesses — the gimmicky premise, the repetitive comparisons between her old friends and new friends, the sometimes tiring accounts of dates — a reader cannot help but root for Bertsche, cheer her successes and consider trying out some of her ideas.

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Newcity Lit

So long as you can get past the self-help statistics on why making friends is good for your health, “MWF Seeking BFF” may give you that little push you need to actually ask another woman if she wants to get coffee with you sometime, or finally get around to texting that one woman you met through ...

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Women's Post

by Danielle Christopher MWF seeks BFF: My year long search for a new best friend by Rachel Bertsche When Rachel finally lives in the same city as her boyfriend, she realizes she misses having best friends locally.

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