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Why Not Me?
Why Not Me? | Mindy Kaling
From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.   In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.   In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)   Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.
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nelehelen
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4/5
I listened to this on audio and I‘m so glad I did! I am a huge fan of The Office and I knew Mindy Kailing was a writer for that show, so I knew this book had to be funny. And I was right. It‘s funny, engaging and most of all, real. Her narration made all the difference for me. And, I loved hearing the stories about The Office and B.J. Novak! This was the perfect palate cleanser for me while I‘m trying to finish Columbine...

JoScho I love her! 2w
Christine Love her and both of her books so much! Looking forward to the next one. 2w
nelehelen @JoScho @christine she‘s so funny! Need to read her other book asap 1w
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Merethebookgal
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A fun, quick audiobook. I listened to the whole thing in one evening! Nothing earth-shattering, but it was cool to hear a bit more about Kaling‘s life, and she‘s a great narrator. The only thing annoying about the audiobook is a section where she‘s imagining her life as a Latin teacher if she hadn‘t made it in Hollywood, and it‘s told thru work emails and texts, so her listing the subject line, time/date stamp, & signatures of each email got old.

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amyf0x
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Kaling‘s second set of lighthearted essays explores work, relationships, love and (minor) fame in her hilarious voice.

Read March 31 - April 3
Book 19/55

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gradcat
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#marchintothe70s

(Day 30 - #WeAreTheChampions)

*Probably no one will remember Mindy Kaling‘s short-lived comedy called “Champions,” but this is what I thought of when I saw today‘s tune. Kaling created the show, + she had a recurring role. Alas, it only lasted for one season on NBC in America.

Cinfhen Nope, totally missed it!! But I hardly watch any TV 3mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Well, it was easy to miss...it lasted about a minute! 😂 3mo
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Amandakay
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Love her!

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SW-T
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Mehso-so

Fast and entertaining read. While it felt authentic, it also kind of left me waiting for a bit more substance. It was like having a marathon phone call with a friend, but if anyone asked what you actually talked about, you couldn‘t tell them. The book is the same. Enjoyed it, but can‘t tell you a thing about it.

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJan19 Day 22: What a curious thing to be considered #Notorious about. For educators such as myself, we have a sacred duty to make people care.

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85eliana
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I genuinely laugh out loud when I read her work. So much fun.

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Bookjunkie57
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1. Virginia
2. Susan Hatler books are always fun.
3. 3000+ books and those are just the ones I own.
4. My recliner
5. Tagged.

#LittenIntro @tessavi

tessavi Love your profile blurb and 3 is impressive! 5mo
Bookjunkie57 @tessavi I call myself a bookjunkie for very good reasons. 😂😂😂 5mo
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JoyBlue
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"Let's go over my plan: I was going to write a show starring myself and it was going to be a smash hit. I would take everything good I learned at 'The Office' and lose everything I didn't like about 'The Office.' Mindy Kaling + Office good - Office bad = Best show ever made = Me someday receiving a Kennedy Center Honor from President Elizabeth Warren."

Maybe Mindy's dream will come true someday!

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JoyBlue
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I've never gotten hooked on Kaling's series (The Office and The Mindy Project). I still enjoyed this book. She's funny! This was a fun, quick read.

ChristySevern I loved the Mindy Project! I still haven't read her second book but this one was great! Definitely need to reread this one again! 6mo
JoyBlue @ChristySevern I‘ve had her other book on my TBR for ages, too. I wanted to read this one first so I could potentially open a slot in my personal library. I have acquired new books faster than I‘ve made shelf space available. Oops! 📚😉 5mo
ChristySevern @JoyBlue Lol! Totally understandable! I have like no where to put up shelves in my apartment so my kindle has been a lifesaver! But I also have waayyyy too many ebooks on my tbr because of it 😂 5mo
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JoyBlue @ChristySevern ROFL—that‘s a good problem to have, I guess! 😜😂🤣 5mo
tracey38 I haven't watched those shows either but did enjoy her book 5mo
JoyBlue @tracey38 👍🏼😀 5mo
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MelodySchreiber
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I may be in the minority here, but I actually liked this one better than Kaling's first book. It's basically a lesson on how one successful woman does it - the sacrifices and tradeoffs, and the rewards and satisfaction of doing what you love as your job. This was the perfect book to relax with over a glass of your favorite beverage!

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LoverofLit
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I love Mindy Kahling. I think she's so earnestly funny. She's unassuming and unapologetic in such a wholesome honest way. This light, easy read is just what I needed. ❤❤❤

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LoverofLit
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"No food is as delicious as food you eat standing a foot away from the trash can. Ask any possum." ???

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LoverofLit
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Is my lap big enough for an episode of Dora and a quick reading sesh before starting the bedtime shenanigans? Absolutely ❤

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Linsy
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I love Mindy Kaling! Her books never fail to bring a smile to my face. #bookthatmademelaugh #riotgrams

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Heatherfeather
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Mehso-so

Cute, I guess. Felt slapped together though, with little to no substance.

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kennedy
Why Not Me? | Mindy Kaling

"Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn‘t always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine."

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 9mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🤗🌺 9mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 9mo
Jess7 Welcome to Litsy! 📚 9mo
Lel2403 Welcome to Litsy 9mo
julesG Welcome to Litsy! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome 🙌🏻🎊 9mo
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 9mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Next up. #audiobook

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Coleen
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Mehso-so

This was really only “meh” for me. I didn‘t know much about Mindy Kaling prior to reading this, but picked it up based on decent reviews and the fact that it seemed as though it would be a light, funny read. But I was mostly underwhelmed. Fans of her show or of The Office would likely get more out of this than I did.

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LibLib
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Mehso-so

This was pretty funny and what I ultimately expect from Mindy Kaling. It‘s a quick listen and I‘m rating as a so-so only for the audio part. Her reading a string of emails for a whole chapter was brutal. She read every.single.detail. Including her email signature and the RE:RE:RE part of the subject title. #stillloveher #audiobook

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CaliforniaCay
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Great read! Not the deepest book ever, but if you're a fan of Mindy and her shows, and you appreciate her humor then you'll appreciate this book.

ferskner Oooooooo I dig your layering! 11mo
CaliforniaCay @ferskner cool right? I didn't even do it on purpose, this is just a screenshot from goodreads 😎 11mo
ferskner The goodreads app is sooooooooooooo much better now. 11mo
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Smartypants
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OMG! Mindy is my spirit animal. You will love this book if you love other female comedic actresses. I wish she could be my BFF, we would have so much fun! #funny #mindy

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sparrowssavvy
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Loved her first book, and this book was just as good! Such a heartfelt book addressing many issues that are prevalent to females today. Her writing sounded exactly like how she talks, which I loved as I felt it was her genuine voice. Some moments were just so funny and relatable. Certainly hope she comes out with more books in the futures

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sparrowssavvy
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A bit of breakfast reading

ephemeralwaltz Yummy breakfast! 11mo
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CogsOfEncouragement
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Funny and heartfelt. I listened to this in the car when driving alone. This made me not mind having to get up early to drive my daughter to summer school. #AudioMemoir

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BookendsAndDaydreams
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"... because we're real best friends, not lame fake friends trying to impress each other with how fascinated we are with culture and learning."

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CogsOfEncouragement
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My husband and I traded cars. I got the things out of my car that I would want, including an audio book which I listen to in the car alone. I made a mental note of the cd and track number I was on. I drove my daughter to school. After she got out of the car, I took out disc three so I could continue listening. My husband‘s car - though very nice with many bells and whistles - does not have a cd player. And I knew that.
#ForRealFriday #AudioMemoir

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readingatdawn
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The best part of summer reading? The cool breeze on my patio as I flip through pages and disregard all of my actual responsibilities.

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readingatdawn
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Summer vacation has arrived!!! 🌸🌼🌞☀️ This teacher has exactly 2 weeks before the start of my summer job (teachers having the summer off is a myth). I am dedicating most of this time to reading through books I have bought and neglected. First up, “Why Not Me” by Mindy Kaling. So far, an OK read. Hoping it picks up a little in the next few chapters #teachersoflitsy #summerread

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ScientistSam
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Light, bubbly, and entertaining, even if it's not split-your-sides with laughter. A quick and enjoyable read.

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AuntBeezy
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What‘s so wrong with effort, anyway? It means you care. #effortlessisoverrated

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HelloZombie
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I was on a long spurt, reading books by female comedians and Mindy didn‘t disappoint me. She‘s a great mix between intelligent/witty and Kardashian/gossipy.

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CoffeeBooksRepeat
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Happy Mother‘s Day 🎀 to all you awesome Litsy moms!

asiriusreader Thank you so much! Happy Mother‘s Day! 13mo
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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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BookishBlonde12 Love her! 13mo
MicrobeMom Mindy is the best! Smart, funny, and light! 13mo
Alfoster Have you seen her (producer) new show, Champions? It‘s hilarious!😍 13mo
DarcysMom @MicrobeMom I agree! 13mo
DarcysMom @Alfoster I haven't - I'll have to check it out. 13mo
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GypsyKat
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This was between a pick and a so-so for me. I almost bailed early on because she was so self deprecating. I assume it was meant to be funny, but it just made me feel bad for her. It was okay overall. Moderately funny, not laugh out loud but there were some amusing parts. There was nothing substantial in this book, but it was light and mostly fun. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reagan-reads I felt the same. I enjoyed it while I read it but not super memorable. 14mo
GypsyKat @Reagan-reads I‘m glad it‘s not just me. I only clearly remember one thing she said, and that‘s only because I disagreed with her. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
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GypsyKat
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I‘m starting this one, because I need a fun, easy listen right now. Hopefully this will do it. 👍

cswaingiggles I loved listening to this one! 1y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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This was a fun, engaging book to listen to on my work commute. So many funny moments, it put me in a good mood for work! Also, I happen to like Mindy Kaling‘s voice and she narrates her own book which made it even better!

4thhouseontheleft I love her voice too! This one is on my #audiobook #TBR 1y
ElishaLovesBooks @4thhouseontheleft It was really a fun listen! 1y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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I‘ve been listening to this on the way to work. It‘s so funny! Just the lighthearted book I need for this stressful week. 😊

benchley1 I love her books and wish she would write a contemporary romance 1y
ElishaLovesBooks @benchley1 That would be awesome!!! 1y
TricksyTails Sorry your week has been stressful. *Hugs* Hope your weekend is relaxing and fun! 💖 1y
ElishaLovesBooks @TricksyTails Thanks! 😘😘Nothing serious- just work stuff! I‘m ready for the weekend!!🍺📚😂 1y
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Ke633
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#Aprella
#Singladies
🎶 “Now put your hands up‘” 🎶
Love Mindy Kaling!!

@Mdargusch
@ReviewsbyLola
@emilyhaldi
@Cinfhen

Reviewsbylola I‘ve never read her but she‘s pretty funny! 1y
emilyhaldi Yes!! Good choice. Love her ❤️❤️ 1y
Mdargusch Love her! 💕 1y
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AllenTStClair
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Surprisingly, I ended up really enjoying this book. I‘m not a Mindy Kaling fan—simply because I didn‘t really know much about her going into this. However, the messages that we‘re all imperfect, but we don‘t have to be traumatized by that fact, that hard works creates confidence, and loving yourself enough to feel deserving of the things you work hard for really resonated with me. And it was a fun, quirky read!

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AllenTStClair
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Onto the next. Maybe something a little light-hearted this time. @Menjivar1978 didn‘t love this one, but she passed it to me, so we‘ll see....

KathyWheeler I like her books better on audio. 1y
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Phlamboyant
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Hell is Whole Foods on a Sunday. It‘s hordes of moms in lightweight fleeces pushing one another out of the way to get to bins of dry lentils.

TheLibrarian 😂 1y
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Phlamboyant
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No food is as delicious as food you eat standing a foot away from a trash can. Ask any possum.

*Why do so many of my favorite quotes involve food and trash cans? 🤣*

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Phlamboyant
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When I arrived at Dartmouth College in 1997, my attitude toward alcohol was that it was a delicious and dangerous treat that, when obtained, needed to be ingested quickly in case someone tried to take it away. You know, the way a raccoon eats from a garbage can.

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Phlamboyant
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“Cinch together the whole look with a wide belt” was a very popular style in the early 2000s, which we believed accentuated our curves but in reality made a generation of women look like we were wearing lumbar support braces.

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Augustdana
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My favourite book store is having their annual box sale, and I obviously had to get a box full, and I totally have room for all these new beauties.

kricheal 😍😍😍 Do you get to pick your books or are they preboxed? 1y
Augustdana @kricheal we get to go through a big warehouse and fill a box ourselves. We are provided with the empty box 1y
kricheal @Augustdana Oh my I could do so much damage there!!!! 1y
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Jess7 Wow!!! This sounds soooo awesome!!! 1y
Jess7 What Bookstore is this? 1y
Lcsmcat And where is it? 1y
Augustdana @Jess7 @Lcsmcat it‘s called the Book Outlet! The store is in St. Catharines Ontario. It happens once a year for three days on March break. 1y
Lcsmcat Field trip! 1y
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Bookworm-Bobbie
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This isn‘t my ‘normal‘ read, but I‘ve just bought it. I‘m feeling kind of separate from a lot of friends recently which I‘m finding tough. This has great reviews and talks about changes that friendship groups go through when people start to settle down. I think it could be useful for me. 👍

TrishB Hope it‘s helpful 👍🏻 1y
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