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From Girls to Parks and Recreation to Bridesmaids, the female friendship has taken an undeniable front seat in pop culture. Text Me When You Get Home is a personal and sociological perspective - and ultimately a celebration - of the evolution of the modern female friendship.

Kayleen Schaefer has experienced (and occasionally, narrowly survived) most every iteration of the modern female friendship. First there was the mean girl cliques of the '90s; then the teenage friendships that revolved around constant discussion of romantic interests and which slowly morphed into Sex and the City spin-offs; the disheartening loneliness of "I'm not like other girls" friendships with only men; the discovery of a platonic soul mate; and finally, the overwhelming love of a supportive female squad (#squad).

And over the course of these friendships, Schaefer made a startling discovery: girls make the best friends. And she isn't the only one to realize this. Through interviews with friends, mothers, authors, celebrities, businesswomen, doctors, screenwriters, and historians (a list that includes Judy Blume, Megan Abbott, The Fug Girls, and Kay Cannon), Schaefer shows a remarkable portrait of what female friendships can help modern women accomplish in their social, personal, and work lives.

A validation of female friendship unlike any that's ever existed before, this book is a mix of historical research, the author's own personal experience, and conversations about friendships across the country. Everything Schaefer uncovers leads to - and makes the case for - the eventual conclusion that these ties among women are making us (both as individuals and as society as a whole) stronger than ever before.

©2018 Kayleen Schaefer (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Not what I was hoping for

only so many times you can compare modern women to the characters from 80's sitcoms. I was hoping this would have more substance. we read this for a bookclub because we all tend to say this to each other when we leave a gathering. it was disappointing. lacing statistics and solid research, it felt based on characters from tv shows the author enjoyed. a letdown.

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Good message

Wanted to really gush and enjoy this book, it seemed very repetitive and was more like a report of women in the media through the past century more than an intimate tale of female friendship, my book club enjoyed it none the less.

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Relatable

From page one I found myself relating to this book. It speaks of relationships of every sort and I was able to connect with each example. After finishing the book, I purchased hard copies to give to my family and friends to let them know how special they were to me.

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Girlfriends

Well done!! Great read for women of all ages.

Insights to the definition of best girlfriends.

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You'll Call your Besties ASAP!

What did you love best about Text Me When You Get Home?

While the history and evolution of female friendships as they are presented in the media is definitely intriguing, what I loved most about this book was the constant reminder of how valuable our friendships are. I enjoyed the way the author intertwined her own friendships with pop culture references and famous friendships.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book will make you want to call up your best friends and tell them how much you love them!

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One thing that did sort of irk me about this book was the idea the author seemed to perpetuate that wanting to be married or have a romantic relationship is somehow forsaking your friendships. As a proud feminist, I understand the idea that women are taught romance is above all else, but the author allows the pendulum to swing too far in the opposite direction.

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An important book for women of all age

Loved this fresh look at friendships between women. Great mix of modern examples and past examples of the evolution of friendships and why it is so important in our lives.

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She could have done much more with this

Though I appreciate book and movie references, the entire book was references. Female friendships are amazing, and I was hoping for more of a story than what was presented. I feel that the excessive references we're not necessary, and acted as a distraction rather than a relevant or necessary part.

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Loved it!

After listening to this book I feel the need to write, text, call, and meet with all my friends one on one to express how much I love them.

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A Fantastic Read

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This was a great read. I originally picked it because of the title and an interview I heard with the author, but this really was worth the time. The book gives such personal and meaningful insights to female friendships today, and it was somehow comforting to know that some of the friendships I've had in my life are a pretty common experience. I never had a ton of female friends, but I still found this book worthwhile. It's funny and poignant, and sometimes it feels like the author is reading straight from your mind. While it's especially relevant for females, I think this might be a good read for males who are interested in learning and understanding more about female friendships. Highly recommend!