I'm So Happy for You

I'm So Happy for You

A Novel

Book - 2009
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What if your best friend, whom you've always counted on to flounder in life and love (making your own modest accomplishments look not so bad), suddenly starts to surpass you in every way?

Wendy's best friend, Daphne, has always been dependably prone to catastrophe. And Wendy has always been there to help. If Daphne veers from suicidal to madly in love, Wendy offers encouragement. But when Daphne is suddenly engaged, pregnant, and decorating a fabulous town house in no time at all, Wendy is...not so happy for her. Caught between wanting to be the best friend she prides herself on being and crippling jealousy of flighty Daphne, Wendy takes things to the extreme, waging a full-scale attack on her best friend-all the while wearing her best, I'm-so-happy-for-you smile-and ends up in way over her head.

Rosenfeld has a knack for exposing the not-always-pretty side of being best friends--in writing that is glittering and diamond-sharp. I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU is a smart, darkly humorous, and uncannily dead-on novel about female friendship.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316044509
0316044504
Characteristics: 268, 10 p. ; 21 cm

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May 13, 2010

I read the first 60 pages or so of this book, waiting for any of the characters to be appealing or likable, and then I gave up. Some of the writing feels like the author is trying a bit too hard to be clever, and the characters come across as caricatures. I found the jealousy and petty competition upon which all of the relationships seem to be based a little depressing. Perhaps I gave up too quickly or perhaps I just haven’t been in the mood for a satirical look at dysfunctional women’s friendships. Most likely I just prefer books that celebrate women’s friendships as I know them – supportive, deep, and empowering.

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