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Using hilarious stories and quirky insights from the trenches of motherhood, Melanie Dale encourages moms to take a risk and develop relationships with other moms. In Women Are Scary she guides readers in how to develop relationships from acquaintances to lifelong friends.
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Lets see…this is the part where I convince you that you need this book. This book will massage your feet. This book will bring you a fuzzy blanket at the end of a long day of parenting your tiny little insanazoids. I promise to make you snort laugh at least once. After reading this book, youll rock jazz hands, be able to sing on-key, and never, ever have to fold laundry again. Okay, they told me Im actually supposed to tell you a little about the book. Um, right. Look. Heres the thing. Too many of us women are frazzled and lonely, isolated in our minivans while schlepping bags, strollers, and munchkins to and fro across town. It doesnt have to be this way. In this guide to "momlationships," I use a dating analogy to take us "around the bases" to our home-run friendships, the ones that last a lifetime, not just a soccer season. This is our journey to each other, to finding our people and being other peoples people, learning how to bless each other and not destroy each other. Its sometimes scary. And always awkward. Lets have some fun.
Melanie Dale is a minivan mama and total weirdo who stinks at small talk. Her laugh is a combination honk-snort, and its so bad that people have moved away from her in the movie theater. She adores sci-fi and superheroes and is terrified of Pinterest. Author of Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends, she loves speaking, writing for Coffee+Crumbs, and advocating for Childrens HopeChest. Living in the Atlanta area with her husband and three kids, she blogs at Unexpected.org.
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Side splitting funny! Awesome must read!June 11, 2015ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The thing about having a dry sense of humor, as I do, is that rarely can something make me break out into a full blown, side splitting laugh. Women are Scary had me giggling right into a snort! What an amazing book about the ups and downs of friendships between women. I want a copy for every one of my friends! Melanie Dale shares her personal experiences with her marvelous sense of humor, while expounding on the importance of community.
The book touches on areas from being the new mom in town to dealing with painful mom breakups. She even tosses in a section about Bromances! All the while, she keeps a Christian perspective. Anyone who has ever thought Christian books are boring has never read Ms. Melanie Dale.
Women are Scary lays a truthful foundation while giving women the push needed to step out and make some new connections. It is a book that will make you smile, laugh and definitely want to pass a copy along because it is just too good to keep to yourself. Women are Scary gets a five out of five stars for sure!
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Light-hearted and FunJune 10, 2015JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I think I would enjoy being friends with Melanie Dale. Ive had a few friends like her. You just never know what they are going to saysomething that makes you laugh, something surprising or shocking or just a little bit inappropriate, something totally profound in its simplicity. They have hearts of gold, love people before they even meet them, and dont hesitate to let you know just where you standwhich is usually in a pretty good place with them.
Thats what makes Melanie the perfect author of her new book, Women are Scary: the Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding New Friends. Melanie twists the familiar analogy of rounding the bases while dating to help readers understand how to deepen friendshipsfrom being general acquaintances at the bus stop to becoming lifelong friends.
I chose this book to review after stumbling across a few of Melanies blog posts about motherhood. They were so funny, I wanted to read her bookespecially after seeing that title! Ill admit I wasnt entirely comfortable with some of the ways she chose to make her points, but I couldnt help but keep reading to see what she would come up with next. Her advice on building friendships is sound, and the book was full of light-hearted fun. Melanie admits that shes an introvert pretending to be an extrovert, so her advice will appeal especially to this crowd.
I received a complimentary copy from Zondervan in exchange for this honest review.
GreenGrassGrowsAllAroundTucson, AZAge: 35-445 Stars Out Of 5You'll Laugh, Relate, & UnderstandMay 20, 2015GreenGrassGrowsAllAroundTucson, AZAge: 35-44Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is awesome. As a mom of two I totally related to Melanie's struggles and foibles while reaching for a connection with other moms. She puts her pride aside and is putting it out there. The frank and funny style reminds me if how I talk with my "real" girlfriends. It certainly wasn't too crass or gross for me. It's not "churchspeak", but it is how I joke at a MOPS meeting, and I loved it.
Melanie's relatable asessments of female friendships helped me understand the nature of my friendships, how to be a better friend, and (gasp) some of my mistakes! Making close friends when you have kids is hard, and if we're honest, we all have stories where we feel like messes and failures, and like we fail to measure up. This book helped me laugh at the times I fall down, too.
After reading it I feel inspired to try more and try harder despite the times I ended up with egg on my face or just felt awkward. It really did give a lot of good tips, I thought, while being thoroughly entertaining.
How can women encourage women and be friends? By finding common intetests and letting go of our mom baggage that holds us back from being real, opening our hearts, and finding true friends. Life is too short not to. If you like this book, I think we might be good friend material :)
CallieAge: 18-24Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Mixed Feelings - A Little Crude, But Also FunnyMay 19, 2015CallieAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I just finished reading Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure Of Finding Mom Friends by Melanie Dale. I think its funny that I have read two different friendship books so close together (the other was Heart Sisters), because it gives me a chance to compare them. If Heart Sisters was a guide to deepening your friendships, I think this would be more of a guide to forming friendships. Dale takes you through that awkward first phase when you know nothing about each other with humorous tips on how to take your mom dating friendships to the next level. I think the subtitle does describe some of my feelings about this book pretty well - I felt like much of it was awkward. Dale uses a dating, first-base, second-base, etc. metaphor to describe the different stages of forming friendships with other moms. That was just an awkward comparison to me to start with, and Dales sense of humor thrives on awkward, so the awkwardness was just emphasized. If you like that kind of humor, you probably would love this book. For me, I thought the dating comparisons bordered on inappropriate at times, especially in todays world where references to homosexuality abound. She wasnt suggesting anything of the sort in the actual meat of this book, but thats why I found it hard to relax and enjoy reading it. Plus, Im just not a potty-humor kind of person, and those jokes are prevalent. Dale self-identifies as gross, so you can get an idea of some of the humor. That said, I did think a lot of the situations and movie references in the book were funny! I thought there were many useful tips and inspirations for making friends scattered throughout, as well as just commonsense advice about how to handle certain difficult situations with friends. Her stories were hilarious, and if you have ever had an awkward friendship moment, you can read this book and know you are not alone. It made me think about and appreciate the friends I have who have stuck with me through all these stages, and it was good inspiration to put the effort in with some ladies I havent known as long. Im not sure I would necessarily recommend this book just because of some of the humor, but it kept me interested and I did enjoy it. Note: I received a copy of this book for free from BookLook in exchange for this review - this is my honest opinion.