"Text Me has the thrills and laughs of a romantic comedy, but with an inverted message: 'There just isn't only one love story in our lives,' Schaefer writes. If you're lucky, friends will be the protagonists in these multiple love stories. It's high time that we start seeing it that way."--NPR, 2018's Great Reads
A personal and sociological examination--and ultimately a celebration--of the evolution of female friendship in pop culture and modern society
For too long, women have been told that we are terrible at being friends, that we can’t help being cruel or competitive, or that we inevitably abandon each other for romantic partners. But we are rejecting those stereotypes and reclaiming the power of female friendship.
In Text Me When You Get Home, journalist Kayleen Schaefer interviews more than one hundred women about their BFFs, soulmates, girl gangs, and queens while tracing this cultural shift through the lens of pop culture. Our love for each other is reflected in Abbi and Ilana, Issa and Molly, #squadgoals, the acclaim of Girls Trip and Big Little Lies, and Galentine’s Day.
Schaefer also includes her own history of grappling with a world that told her to rely on men before she realized that her true source of support came from a strong tribe of women. Her personal narrative and celebration of her own relationships weaves throughout the evolution of female friendship on-screen, a serious look at how women have come to value one another and our relationships.
Text Me When You Get Home is a validation that has never existed before. A thoughtful, heart-soaring, deeply reported look at how women are taking a stand for their friendships and not letting go.
Nice subject, not much depth
I liked the title and the introduction, unfortunately the Remainder of the book did not have much depth. It is heavily weighted toward the author’s personal experience and therefore is not as authoritative as the title would suggest. Much of the author’s knowledge is gleaned from movies or celebrities. She does not portray female relationships outside of the USA. My experience has been much different from hers, so I guess I am lucky in that regard, but I never have considered female friendships to be superfluous. The book comes across as an incomplete memoir, the product of a college thesis, or possibly the proposal for a TED talk.
I did like the author’s writing style, I suspect she will produce greater works in time.
Audio is Horrible
The book itself is really good but the reading and audio is awful.