Today I want to talk about a book I am reading, Nobody's Cuter Than You: A Memoir About the Beauty of Friendship by Melanie Shankle.
I feel like I should begin with a disclaimer or two. First, I haven't finished reading this book yet. I am, however, really enjoying it. Second, I have not read either of Melanie Shankle's previous books in their entirety, although I did begin her Sparkly Green Earrings book on parenting once upon a time. I never finished it, though--sometimes it's hard to relive those early parenting years now that my girls are older. I survived it, you will too, and I guess I didn't feel the need to revisit those years with someone else at the time.
Anyway, I picked up this friendship book at Lifeway, because I had decided to write about friendship during the month of October and it looked like a fun book to read. The introduction grabbed me immediately: "Real friendship requires effort." Yes, ma'am, it does. She goes on to say, "there is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself."
The book goes on to talk about several of Melanie Shankle's friends, but focusing mainly on her best friend, Gulley, whom she met in college.
I imagine there will be laughter and tears while reading this book, because it would seem that Melanie Shankle is only a few years younger than I am. I feel the camaraderie based on the hairstyle references, for the love of hairspray!
I am sure will write more about this book when I'm finished, but so far I can confidently recommend it to anyone who likes memoir-y books about friends.