Book Review: Dumped: Women Unfriending Women edited by Nina Gaby

There are 161 million women in America today, and our friendships are still as primary and universal as back when Ruth and Naomi, Elizabeth and Susan B., Lucy and Ethel, and Thelma and Louise made history. And that's what makes being dumped by a woman friend so excruciating: you expect romantic relationships to break up eventually but you don't expect it from your friendships. And when it happens, you feel as though there should be an Adele song for you but there isn't.
Dumped: Women Unfriending Women fills that void, exploring the universal experience of being discarded by those from whom you expected more. The essays in Dumped aren't stories of friendship dying a mutually agreed upon death, or of falling out of touch and reconnecting years later to find you haven't missed a beat. These are stories by established and emerging authors who, like you, may have found themselves erased, without context. These, like your own, are stories that stay with you, maybe for a lifetime.
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Age Group: Adult
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Kelli
Have you ever been dumped by a friend?  Maybe you never found out why.  Maybe you knew why...but she wouldn't return your calls or let you apologize.  Maybe she just vanished.  All of these examples of real-life situations are explored in Dumped

I was excited to read this book because, quite frankly, I have been dumped by a friend and that hurts.  I think all women at some point in their life, have lost friendships without knowing exactly why.  We'll never be inside someone else's head, or know what makes them tick, which makes their behavior difficult to figure out, to say the least.  Especially when it comes to female relationships. 

I found Dumped to be such a relevant book for today's times.  Women of any age can relate to these stories: from being unfriended in grade school, high school, college and beyond.  It seems to me that the older I get, the more it hurts to lose a friend, and this theme was echoed in the stories I read. 

The stories are all written by different authors---which gives the book a very fresh feel.  Since the narrative changes with each chapter, and the circumstances change as well, it keeps the book feeling new with each new essay.

Dumped: Women Unfriending Women is a heartfelt, relevant read, and I would definitely recommend it. 


1 comment:

  1. +JMJ+

    Does it also have contributions from women who have dumped their friends? Theirs would be an essential perspective to add.


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