Thursday, March 4, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway: "Toxic Friends" - Closed

I was recently sent the book: "Toxic Friends: The Antidote for Women Stuck in Complicated Friendships," by Susan Shapiro Barash to review and to offer one lucky reader a copy in a giveaway.

Information on the book:

From childhood through high school, careers and motherhood, and on through the golden years, friendship is one of the most important components in a woman's life. So why are female friendships so complicated and so often fraught with pain?

Author Susan Shapiro Barash, a nationally recognized gender expert, explores the 10 types of female friends in "Toxic Friends." The 10 types are The Leader, The Doormat, The Sacrificer, The Misery Lover, The User, The Frenemy, The Trophy Friend, The Mirroring Friend, The Sharer, The Authentic Friend.

My take on the book:

Reading this book, I learned women feel that losing a friend is more upsetting sometimes then losing a boyfriend or husband. Women can always count on their friends, right? Well what if those friendships are harmful or even toxic?

Susan Shapairo Barash explains the various types of female friends and what to do to get "unstuck" from the worst kind of friend. Also how to recognize a true friend.

I've had a few very close female friends over the years. One in particular I'm thinking of - she was my best friend for about 15 years. But some things happened and we are no longer friends. "Toxic Friends" really called to me because I saw myself in some of these catagories. For example "The Doormat," (I was the Doormat) and "The User" (she was the User).

I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to discover how to recognize "toxic friends." And how to make and keep the friends that are worth it!

"Toxic Friends: The Antidote For Women Stuck in Complicated Friendships" by Susan Shapiro Barash is available at
St. Martin's Press
ISBN13: 9780312386399
ISBN: 0312386397

Win It: One lucky reader will win a copy of "Toxic Friends" by Susan Shapiro Barash (a $24.99 value)

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Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of, "Toxic Friends" for the sole purpose of reviewing the book and offering one for a giveaway. Receiving a complementary copy of the book in no way affected my review. The review and or products were provided free of charge and I received no monetary compensation for this post.