I'm So Happy for You

I'm So Happy for You

A Novel [about Best Friends]

Book - 2009
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Grand Central Pub
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.

Baker & Taylor
Having depended on her best friend to continuously fail in life in order to make her look good, Wendy succumbs to jealousy when her friend enters a happy relationship, becomes pregnant, and begins decorating a fabulous home, a situation that prompts Wendy's extremely competitive response.

Blackwell North Amer
Wendy Murman's best friend, Daphne, has always been dependably prone to catastrophe, making Wendy's own modest accomplishments shine. And Wendy has always been there to lend Daphne a sympathetic ear and sound advice. But when Daphne stumbles into a run of good fortune that suddenly has her engaged, pregnant, and decorating a fabulous town house, Wendy is ... not so happy for her. Caught between wanting to be the good friend she prides herself on being and crippling jealousy of flighty Daphne, Wendy finds herself taking things way too far.

Hachette Book Group
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 : Little, Brown, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316044509
0316044504
Branch Call Number: FICTION ROSENFELD
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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