You Take It From Here by Pamela Ribon

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

On the heels of a divorce, all Danielle Meyers wants is her annual vacation with sassy, life-long best friend, Smidge—complete with umbrella cocktails by an infinity pool—but instead she’s hit with the curveball of a lifetime. Smidge takes Danielle to the middle of nowhere to reveal a diagnosis of terminal cancer, followed by an unusual request: “After I’m gone, I want you to finish the job. Marry my husband. Raise my daughter. I’m gonna teach you to how to be Smidge 2.0.”

As Danielle wrestles with this major life decision, she finds herself torn between being true to her best friend’s wishes and being honest with herself. Parenting issues aside, Smidge’s small-town Louisiana world is exactly the one Danielle made sure to escape. Danielle isn’t one for playing the social butterfly, or being the center of attention. And when your best friend tries to set you up on a date night with her husband, it might be time to become the bossy one for a change.

In the spirit of Beaches and Steel Magnolias, You Take It from Here is an honest, hilarious, and heartbreaking novel that ultimately asks: How much should we sacrifice for the ones we love the most?


About Pamela Ribon

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Pamela Ribon has written for several television comedies, most notably the Emmy Award-winning Samantha Who?. A national bestselling author, Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television. She was an contributor, where her novel about divorce and roller derby, Going in Circles, was selected as an Book Club pick. She was also a flagship contributor to  Using her loyal Internet fan base, Ribon sponsors book drives for libraries in need at Visit her at or follow her @pamelaribon.
Published July 3, 2012 by Gallery Books. 338 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Annenberg Digital News

The hope that Danielle maintains for the futile recovery of her best friend inspires readers to appreciate the people in their lives at the moment in the same way that Danielle treasures her last moments with Smidge.

Jul 12 2012 | Read Full Review of You Take It From Here

As You Like It

The novel, written as a letter from Danielle to Smidge’s daughter, Jenny, follows the last months of Smidge’s life as cancer takes hold of her and those around her.

Aug 06 2012 | Read Full Review of You Take It From Here

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