Saturday, August 1, 2009

Book Review and Giveaway: I'm So Happy For You: A Novel About Best Friends by Lucinda Rosenfeld

I'm So Happy For You: A Novel About Best Friends by Lucinda Rosenfeld

rating: 4.5/5.0

From the back of the arc:
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.

Finally - a true to life book about groups of friends. I don't know about you, but I have never been in a group of friends where some back-stabbing and jealousy went on. Women are just this way. I'm So Happy For You explores that fact and Ms. Rosenfeld does a wonderful job with it.

Both Wendy and Daphne are likeable characters. I see some of myself in both of them. I couldn't completely hate either one at anytime no matter what was going on. Disagreements and jealousy are a fact of life.

Despite all of this, this is not a depressing novel, in fact it's just the opposite - it's fascinating, a true study in human behavior, with laugh out loud moments and very cringe-worthy moments.

It's a great look into how a group of friends truly acts and it makes you think about how you act too. I loved the look into Wendy's mind and her thought process, the paranoia from time-to-time (who hasn't had that) and the self-realization that she finally comes to. There are some surprises along the way and the book was very difficult for me to put down.

Try it out - it's an outstanding book!

Binding: Paperback
On-sale Date: July 29, 2009
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages: 288

Thanks to Miriam Parker at Hachette Books I have one copy to giveaway. The contest will be open through August 15th. US and Canada residents only please. Please enter by:

  1. Commenting on my blog, make sure I have a way to contact you. (+1)
  2. Become a blog follower or let me know if you are already a follower (+1)
  3. Tell me any other Lucinda Rosenfeld books you have read and enjoyed (+1)
  4. Tweet about this review and giveaway, use @cfulcher in the tweet so I can find it (+1)
  5. Follow me on Twitter (or let me know if you are a current follower) (+1)
  6. Blog about this contest and let me know the link (sidebar or post is fine) (+1)
So there you go - 6 ways to get an entry into this contest. You can leave them in separate posts or one post, it doesn't matter, I will make sure you get your entries, just make sure to let me know what you do.


Linna said...

I love to read everything about friends and this one looks really interesting. Please enter me.

+1 comment
+1 blog follower

pixiegirly said...

I love reading all kinds of different books. This one looks so awesome!! :)

Marjorie said...

A great review, count me in.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I read about this the other day. Sounds great, love the review. Please count me in.

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Jessica said...

Haven't heard about this book but I can relate to having friend issues. As can we all I'm sure.

cpullum said...

Count me in I would love to read this book!

Ninja Fanpire said...

+1 Commenting
+1 Following Blog
+1 Tweeted:
+1 Following on Twitter
+1 Link to contest posted in Blog:

Esme said...

I would love to read this


I follow

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Sue said...

This book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway~

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Debbie F said...

Count me in! Thanks
I follow!
I follow you on Twitter - dcf_beth

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Holly said...

This one looks good. I follow through google reader.


Anonymous said...

Mary D
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+1 Hi :) Please enter me, this one sounds super!

+1 And I am a new follower :)

Shon said...

Count me in. I subscribe through Google reader.


Belinda M said...

Please include me in your giveaway

+1 I follow

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Shon said...


I posted about this on my right sidebar.

Thanks, Shonda

cqueen2 said...

thanks sounds great

i'm following

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kalea_kane said...

+1 Maybe it is the cover or how true to life it is, but I would LOVE this!


+1 I am a blog follower.

+1 I blogged about your giveaway

+1 I tweeted your giveaway

+1 I follow you on Twitter

Five Entries. Very cool. Thanks



MoziEsmé said...

I'm interested in reading this!

I'm following

Following on twitter, too

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Lauren said...

I reviewed this book on my blog as well. I liked it; I thought it was really well done and a strong look at female relationships. I 100% agree with your review!

(PS no need to enter me in your contest, since I have the book. Just wanted to comment!)

Lee P said...

I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway and please count me in.


Lee P said...

I follow your blog.


alexandrea said...

This sounds like a really good read! Always hard balancing being happy for my friends with not comparing their lives to mine, either for the better or the worse.
It's good when friendship is deep enough to triumph over all that.

Thanks for the giveaway
My email is in my profile too

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