Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Lonely Hearts Club Blog Tour and Contest for One $150 VISA Gift Card!!


Today, I have a very special guest. Who is it, you may ask? Well, it's an author who goes by the name Elizabeth Eulberg! She's the author of an amazing book titled The Lonely Hearts Club (My Review!), and is here today to not only blog about friendship, but to also giveaway ONE $150 VISA GIFT CARD FOR YOUR OWN GIRLS NIGHT OUT which I personally think is one of the best giveaways featured on my blog so far.

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As The Beatles once said, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” As I have often been reminded in my life, having great and reliable friends is extremely important. While friends are important to have in your life for all those fun times, they are especially valuable when things aren’t going well in your life.

There are many times I’ve needed a shoulder to cry on during a break-up or particular stressful time. These are the friends you know will have your back no matter what. I’m very fortunate to have a lot of wonderful friends and a great support system. And I learned what a fabulous group of friends I had when I didn’t have use of one of my arms…


Not to gross anybody out, but my left shoulder would routinely dislocate. It wasn’t because I was playing sports or doing anything athletic. Nope. My shoulder would pop out when I’d reach for something or you know, put my purse on a counter. This was not normal. After screaming and speaking in foreign tongues for several minutes, I would put my shoulder back in its socket (yep, I’m one tough cookie) and go on with my day. Finally, after a particular bad dislocation, I was told that I had to have surgery to fix it. I would have my arm in a sling for six weeks and need physical therapy for six months. Oh and after my surgery, I wouldn’t be able to use my left arm for about 48 hours.

I’m a pretty independent person, so I thought, “No problem, I can handle this.” But after talking to a couple people who have gone through the surgery, it quickly became apparent that I couldn’t handle it. I needed help. And I knew exactly whom I could count on.

My friend Jen (who I named a character in The Lonely Hearts Club after) went with me to the hospital at five in the morning the day of my surgery. She was the first person I saw when I woke up. She also bullied the nurses into letting me take my painkillers earlier than they thought I needed them (I still remember hearing her say, “I don’t care if you think she shouldn’t be feeling pain, she is, so somebody better get me some water for her pills!”). She also hunted down our missing car driver while I was extremely drugged up waiting in the lobby.

Jen got me home and took care of me during the day. Then my friend Kathy came over for the night shift. Her husband also stopped by to set up my apartment with wireless internet so I’d be able to work on my laptop from bed. Jen and Kathy rotated for the first 48 hours, making sure I was eating, taking my pills and getting rest. There was also a lot of American Idol and Golden Girls watching…

The next few days were a parade of friends coming over with food. And the very important task of ponytail duty. I couldn’t lift my left arm at all and you need two arms to put your hair in a ponytail. And when you are drugged up, sore, and tired, the last thing you want to deal with is hair in your face. So it became a ritual, before anybody left, they’d have to re-do my hair. Wow, in writing that I sound like such a diva, “You there! Come over here and do my hair!”

My friend Tara, who I have known since I was three, picked me up and took me to stay at her house over the weekend. Her husband was out of town, so I hung out with her and her 8-month-old son Jack. Her son is adorable and I will freely admit that I was a way bigger baby and fussier than Jack was that weekend. I also took more naps…

Looking back on this time it should’ve been an all around miserable experience. However, I got something priceless. I didn’t just get by with a little help from my friends; I got love and support when I needed it the most.

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What a great story! Thanks Elizabeth!

Giveaway details:

Do you want to win a $150 VISA Gift Card, so that you can have your own girls night out? Well, look no further because here's the place to be. To enter, you first must have a US mailing address and comment on this post with a story about why YOUR best friend is awesome. The contest will remain open till next Tuesday (the 19th!) and the winner will then be announced the next day (the 20th!). So, what are you waiting for? Go comment.

Oh, and be sure to leave an email address if it's not featured on your blogger profile! Thanks and good luck!

To continue on to the next blog tour stop head over to Pop Culture Junkie on January 15th and view previous and future stops on Elizabeth's site!

54 comments:

  1. Hi, Elizabeth!

    I can't wait to read your book, it sounds so awesome! Your post is so lovely, it made me teared up a bit.

    My best friend is awesome for several reasons, one of which that she has always been there for me, no matter what, ready to lend me a hand or an ear to vent. It's funny because when we first met in high school, we absolutely hate each other! Completely. I could not stand that girl but then we both got into a fight with this other girl and you know that saying: the enemy of my enemy is my friend? Well, that's pretty much what happened! Ever since we have been the closest of friends even though our lives sometimes doesn't let me see each other for months (she lives 4 hours away) but I still consider her my best friend and love her to pieces.

    Eeek, sorry! Loong comment.

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  2. I love the Beatles connection to your book, Elizabeth, and your friend story is priceless!

    My best friend (Brandi) is awesome because when we were both in college, we were talking one day about how cool it would be to go to Mardi Gras. Well, I just meant it as idle discussion--as in, it would be cool, but we'd never really do it. She took it seriously. She booked us a B&B in New Orleans, figured out flights, and before I knew it, we were there! That impulsiveness is something I've always admired in her, and I love that she turned something that was just talk into reality.

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  3. Why my best friend is awesome.

    Since I was born, my vision has been bad and I have had eye problems. It got worse when I was twelve and had a trauma and lost vision in one eye. In the next two years I had three surgeries, got my vision back, only to lose it again and need 3 more, just to become permanently blind in one eye. All while in middle school. My best friend was there for me no matter what. She came over to hang out, helped me get to my classes, and acted like nothing was wrong.

    Flash forward to my senior year of high school. Due to my crazy eye problems, a membrane behind my cornea tore. When this happens, most people do drops and it gets better, but for me it didn't. I had to go through the last three months of high school blind. I had another surgery and needed even more help getting around because I couldn't see out of either eye.

    At times like that, you see who your true friends are...and most of my friends disappeared. Except for my best friend. She was over at least 2 or 3 days a week. She was my partner in really hard physics projects that I couldn't do because of my eye.

    I can see out of that eye now and pretty well, but I will never forget how she was always there for me.

    pubwrites (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. I can't wait to read The Lonely Hearts Club. Best friends are truly a life saver. My life has been very turbulant for the past 5 years. My best friend has always been there for me. I don't think I would have my sanity if not for her. cfisher1504 at gmail dot com

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  5. It's awesome that you have such loyal friends. My best friend is my mom. She's always there when I need her, even if I'm not in the brightest mood. She also has never and will never turn her back on me like some other friends I've had. We also have the same interests so if I ever want to do any thing she's always up for it.

    I love all of the Beatles references. Can't wait to read LHC to find some more. Thanks for the post.

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  6. It's awesome that you have such loyal friends. My best friend is my mom. She's always there when I need her, even if I'm not in the brightest mood. She also has never and will never turn her back on me like some other friends I've had. We also have the same interests so if I ever want to do any thing she's always up for it.

    I love all of the Beatles references. Can't wait to read LHC to find some more. Thanks for the post.

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  7. My best friend is awesome because she is always there for me. All I have to do is ask and she is right there ready to help with anything. We have been through a couple of rough times together, but that has made our friendship even stronger. We have many of the same interests. We can spend hours scrapbooking together and just talking, laughing and having a great time. I couldn't have asked for a better friend.

    squiggles87(at)Aol(dot)com

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  8. My best friend rocks because we share common interests: books, bands, and travel! We're sooo alike and we always try to console and listen to each other as we try and go through life!

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  9. That is a wonderful story! My best friend and I have been through thick and thin. She is the type of friend that if I need her at any time day or night, I know that she will be there for me. We have our ups and downs just like any other friends, but in all the years we have been friends (14) we have only went 2 days without talking on the phone or seeing each other. I am so blessed to have someone like her in my life.

    purehrt555(at)Yahoo(dot)Com

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  10. This was an absolutely adorable post! Friendship is such a priceless thing to have.

    My best friend is awesome because he's been there for me through everything, no matter what it has been. We like the same movies, books (I got him reading again!), and music. He went as far as to put off moving to California (we live in Tennessee), for as long as possible just to stay with me. He was able to put it off for about 6 months, but now he is leaving at the end of the month (and when I started to cry about the news, he was the one to say HE was sorry!). He's been the best friend I've ever had.

    Now I'm going to stop before I start to cry, lol.

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  11. My best friend is awesome because she has been with me through every trial and tribulation in my life. She has held my hand when I needed comfort, provided a laugh when I needed a boost, and she is always just a phone call away. And no matter what I throw at her, no matter how upset I am when I call her, she always manages to make things right and I am in a much better frame of mind by the time I hang up the phone. And she also makes a killer turkey soup. My best friend is my mother.
    Margay

    Margay1122(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. Great story! Aren't best friends wonderful?

    My best friend and I aren't a lot alike, other than loving horses and having a knack at not getting into trouble. In fact, my friend is probably one of the least likely teenagers to ever get in trouble! We show our horses at the county fair and were walking to go to a free t-shirt, my other friend, Jade, and I decided to cut through the middle so we wouldn't have to go all the way to the other side of the fairgrounds and back again just go get it! However, V decided that we might get in trouble, even though there were picnic benches were we where going to go, and walked the long way :) V is a great best friend!

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  14. Most people don't believe me when I tell them by best friend is my younger sister. We have been best friends since we were really little, and honestly I don't remember any fights we have ever had. I know we disagreed about things, but we would be fine 5 minutes later. Now that we are older and married with 2 kids each, we still do everything together. Our kids are best friends, and I don't know what I would do if she moved away. We talk at least 5 times a day on the phone, and we know everything about each other. I feel very blessed to have such an amazing best friend in my life.
    alwayssomething2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Awesome contest and I loved The Lonely Hearts Club.

    My best friend is awesome because she has always been there for me. We have been friends for ten years now and while we don't live in the same state anymore we are still close. No matter where I have lived or how long it has been she keeps in touch and whenever I can, I visit. Our lives are completely different but that has never affected our friendship and that is what makes her so awesome. =]

    katieb206@gmail.com

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  16. I have 2 best friends, and both are my daughters. I love spending time with them, and can always count on them. My oldest daughter got engaged recently, and the three of us girls went to a big wedding show last weekend. We had a great time. Grown up daughters are so wonderful!

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  17. Wow. Wonderful post. I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

    My best friend is absolutely amazing because #1 she is my sister. We can talk about anything under the sun - things I'd never share with anyone else and she doesn't even blink an eye. Also, she's older than me so she's a wellspring of good advice on marriage, kids, shopping, etc. And lastly, because she is so selfless: no matter how rotten things in her life are going, she is always the first to ask about someone else. Talk about amazing huh?

    Thanks!
    mmillet at gmail dot com

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  18. I moved away from home to another state for about a year. I missed my friend so much because my car is a piece of junk so it was iffy driving it so far. He was having a party one weekend and he told me that it wouldn't be any fun without me there so he drove hours to pick me up, then hours back to his house just so I could chill with him and not miss the party. The next day he repeated that long boring drive to take me back. That is why by best friend is AWESOME. He braved a mind numbing, boring, gas guzzling drive just for my company. He rocks!

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  19. I can't WAIT to read your book and I actually have a copy that is dying to be read!!
    I happen to have a best friend who has become part of my family. Her name is Lauren and though we happen to be several years apart in age, are step-sisters, and she also lives about 1100 miles away, I met her about 8 years ago because her mom and my dad were dating. I only get to see her three times a year and, though she sometimes drives me nuts, we get along better then I do with almost anyone else. I can count on her for anything, usually books, and she can count on me. We talk or text almost every day and through the years we learned just how much we are alike. The great thing is I know that she'll always be there for me and I for her, through eveything since that's what true friends are for, and luckily enough, she became more then that, she became my family.
    msmittens424@gmail.com

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  20. Hi Elizabeth, I know how horrible it feels to depend on anyone even if you are ill.
    My best friend is a guy, LOL, yes and bless his heart. I suffered from gall stones 14 yrs before sonagram found a stone..Yeph, true. I had surgery to remove gall bladder Jan 05. I month later I thought I was dying when the pain, Compared to the gall stone pain before on a scale of 1-10 (before was 9) the pain was 15. I had rushed home from grocery store, put up refridg. items and hit the bed. Nausa, disorintation, pain, OMG it was terrible. It lasted over 12 hrs.. I did not have another for 3 mos and it was not as severe. Then next was 1 mo then 6 wks, etc. It was Sep when Richard actually saw what I was going through. He called him mom in Atlanta and told her I was dying. She told him no, it was pain from stuck stone. I finally made appointennt with gastroenoligist and he found a stone lodged in one of the ducts. He scheduled surgery to open the duct for stone to pass, and as it sometimes happens, this compromised my pancras and they admitted me to hosp. For 13 hrs I threw up. My best friend Richard was with me all day and night. He went after nurse to give me shot for nausea, held pan for me to throw up in etc. This was well beyond the call for friends but he was there for me and has been on other occasions when I have been ill. Without him I would be lost now and appreciate him so much.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  21. I really liked the post that Elizabeth wrote. It was funny the way her friend bullied her for the medication.

    My best friend naomi and I were complete strangerrs when i first started a new school, she was the only girl who never thought boys had cooties and played with them all the time!! Including the boy I happened to have a huge "crush" on. Naomi and my crush always played tag, but I was always to shy to join, I sat away and watched while talking and playing with kids who didn't have friends yet since they were new too.

    The next year when I was in second grade, naomi happened to be in my class and I decided to finally ask her to play with her and the boys. But my crush had left. So instead of playing tag we talked instead. It also turned out she lived around the corner. So we hung out every day and talked, she and I became closer and closer until, forth grade. We didn't want to drift apart it just happened, my school was into track a sport I was very good at. But not everyone was allowed to join the coach picked the members we were both allowed but I was in a special group called relay and one of the big runners, she was a normal runner. so she was friends with her group and I was friends with the more popular people. Plus, I moved. We graduated elementary school.

    Middle school was in a private school on New York City's upper west side. I won't say the name of the school but we both ended up there. I was surpised when she walked in. Because it was aqkward being there with a boy who had also been at my old school. I didn't like him like that it's just we had nothing to talk about. So Naomi and I talked and decided to walk in together. We and Naomi are very confident. We always say how pretty we are. When we walked in I could tell everyone stared. But Naomi and I just acted normal and sat down next to each other and tried to see if there were finally ANY cute guys.

    That was 2 years ago. Naomi and I are still extremely close and we always stick with each other play dates, double dates, sleepovers, we know when we have boyfriends, crushes, and when we have fights even big ones we clear it up with a few days. Naomi is the only person who knows almost everything about me. Since I am a person who keeps some things to herself. I trust her and she trusts me. And that's why we are best friends.

    I hope it's good... My e-mail is on my profile and you can e-mail me for my address because I don't want to tell it in the comment :D

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  22. Your book sounds great!!
    My best friend is my husband. We have been married for 24 yrs and have lived together for going on 26. Twenty years ago I got hurt at work. At the time we had a four yr old and a 14 yr old. Plus his 2 daughters that we had part time.
    After the surgery that I had to have on my back they told me I would never work again. Like most people we had been a two income family to be able to pay the bills.

    My check had been cut down by 1/3.
    Plus I was not able to do anything around the house. My hubby was great he stepped in a started doing the housework and cooking. This is on top of working 12 hr days 6 days a week.
    Even after 20 yrs he still takes care of me because I cannot do much of anything around the house.
    I love him very much and he will always be my best freind.

    Julie S.

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  23. I loved the story, very touching and cute.

    My best friend is awesome, because she is loyal and will do anything for me, but she can also be very hard-ass when she needs to be.

    bratdownstairs@yahoo.com

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  24. I can't wait to read Elizabeth's book!

    My best friend is my little sister Kacie. She is three years younger than me, but I have always looked up to her in some many ways. We are the fifth and sixth kids in our family and have always had a special bond. She is studying special education in University and is amazing with children. She currently is a peer education at an Elementary school and loves what she does. I know she will be a great teacher someday, and eventually an even better mother. I feel so lucky to know her and spend time with her.

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  25. Wow, this was great!

    My best friend Taylor is awesome for so many reasons. She and I are very different in many ways so we are able to really complement each other well. She is also awesome because she has been there for me through so many problems and seen me through the hard times. She has also been there for some of the best times of my life too. When we are together, we are always laughing, especially when we are filming our terribly corny movies and music videos haha!

    One story of our fun times was at a Jason Mraz concert. She is obsessed with him, and we have been to three of them. So the first time we went, we stood outside his tour bus for quite some time. We saw the tv on in there and knew he was inside. So he finally comes out, and she gets to meet him very briefly. Afterwards, she would not stop saying that she watched tv with Jason Mraz. This was many years ago, and we were very immature but it was fun! This is one of the most fun memories I have and reminds me why I love my best friend!

    stephaniet117(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. This is so awesome!! Just like my best friend...

    We actually found out in sixth grade, we were kind of related. Her uncle married my aunt-in-law's sister so we were somehow related. We also found out around that time that we were baptized on the same day, same church, right next to each other. Can you imagine that? We then met in first grade and clicked like that. We're still best friends until this day. The reason she is awesome is because in sixth grade, I was facing some hard times and she helped me through them all. I honestly would say that if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be here. Those times were very hard for me and I was about to make some terrifying decisions. She saved my life.

    Another reason would be that I have hurt her, neglected her, and broken her heart a few times because of my actions. No matter what, she would always be there for me. No matter what. And I love that about her. I hope everyone could find someone as a best friend that is like her.

    behapppppppy(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. Great contest and interview!

    My best friend is awesome because I've known her since I was a baby, and even though I've moved states away, we're still best friends. We can talk to each other about ANYTHING, and we visit each other as often as we can. Even though sometimes it's years between visits, when we get together again it's not awkward at all; we're still just totally silly and we have a lot of fun together. It's a blessing to have somebody who's known me practically my whole life, because she truly understands me and cares for me. I love my BFF!

    Chloe
    lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Great contest and interview! Elizabeht's friend Jen sounds willing to kick anyone's butt for Elizabeth. :)

    Hm, as for my best friend, I don't really know a specific story. His name is Perry and we've basically known each other since we've been having our diapers changed together. We learned to tie shoeslaces together, we placed dress-up dolls togethers (does it say anything that the dolls were his?), we accidently set off the fire alarm together and hid, and so much more. We've gotten in trouble for talking together in class, and we've always trusted each other with our secrets. Unfortunately, I moved away in 3rd grade and he moved away in 4th, though we still talk all the time. There was a huge break from then to just last year, but it's amazing how much we developed similarily, with the same tastes in music and etc., though seperately. We clicked back together instantly, and I just know that we're meant to be friends for life, as corny as it sounds. Seriously, we rode Lego Land ponies together. Does that not say something?!

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  29. My best friend is awesome not just because of how good of a friend she is to me, but of how awesome of a teacher she is. Many days she puts my teaching to shame. She connects to kids in a way that I envy. And she NEVER lets them take the easy way out. She makes sure they work to what they are capable of doing. The coolest thing - every day as the kids are leaving the building she stands at the door and gives them "good bye high fives." Kids go out of their way to make sure to go out the door she's at. They love that she cares that much about them. So not only is she a good friend because she's always there for me, but also because she inspires me to be a better person!

    foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

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  30. I guess I have more than one best friend but my BEST friend most of my life is actually my sister. She's three years older but we do a lot together. If i'm sick or hurt, she's like another mom...helping me out and taking care of me. On good days, we see the same movies (for the most part), talk about books, go to other states to see authors and friends and concerts. She's great.

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  31. My best friend is awesome because she is always there for me. She sticks up for me (I'm not very assertive for myself...like if we're in a restaurant and something is wrong with the meal, she'll send it back because she knows I never would). And when I'm sick, she's the one that's always there for me. And while we're extremely different personality-wise, we just work so well together :)

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  32. My best friend is awesome because when I had knee surgery after my freshman year of high school, she didn't come over and pamper and baby me. No, she supported our church youth group fund raiser to "flock" my yard- i.e., they put about 20 bright pink lawn flamingos in my front yard while I was in surgery. Yep, it freaks you out a bit when you know you're drugged up and all of a sudden you see a sea of flamingos. That's a true friend right there. =) It's also a true friend who you can play Cranium with and when you have make an umbilical cord out of play-do, she gets it while everyone else thinks you're crazy.

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  33. I have so many reasons why my best friend is awesome, but the most recent one is because when my grandma passed away in November (less than 24 hours before my birthday) she dropped everything to come and be by my side. She is a new mom and I am a crazy workaholic writer, so it's difficult for us to find time to spend together lately, but she brought the baby and came right over. We hung out for a while then she had her fiance pick up the baby and spent the rest of the afternoon with me.

    The next day she and her family sent the most beautiful flowers (turns out it was a plant with several different varieties). I still have that plant and think of her kindness every time I look at it.

    We've been friends since the eighth grade, and as we grew I was afraid we would eventually grow apart as some friendships tend to do, but our bond has only grown stronger. I love my best friend and she is and always will be the best friend in the world.

    My best friend shows how much she cares, and that's why my best friend is awesome!

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  34. Oh, and my email address is

    angel28140 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

    :-)

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  35. Great giveaway! I met my best friend in college and we are so alike. We roomed together our senior year. We had so much fun watching movies and our tv shows together and all our inside jokes. Then after college she moved to Atlanta and I'm very tempted to move down there after visiting her for Thanksgiving.

    Megan
    Megala872@aol.com

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  36. This is a great post, a great contest and I'm sure the book is going to be a great read when I get my hands on it!

    To start with, I'm a hermit. A REAL hermit. I don't have any anxiety about being social. But if I didn't have anyone to force me to be sociable, then I'd just fade into my own little world and secede from everything else. It's just the way I am. Which is what makes my two best friends two of the most important things in my life. One of them happens to also be my identical twin sister, Rachel. The other's name is Anne, and the three of us have been getting each other into, and out of, trouble almost since we could walk. It's difficult to describe being a twin to someone who doesn't have a twin. How would a fish describe breathing water to one of us when it's never breathed air? I CAN'T know what it's like to not have someone that close to me. I cannot conceive of existing without Rachel, and I hope I never have to. We are different though. She's married, and I think boys smell funny. She's pregnant with her first child (!!!) and I'm a virgin and happy to stay that way. And yet, we're two halves of the same. Anne, in contrast, is a giddy-up wild child on one adventure after another. Nothing stops her (we recently enjoyed hauling a man and his stuck car out of the snow with her huge pick-up truck) but she always has time for me. Anne has never questioned me. She takes me as I am, and loves me without fail. I didn't truly realize how much she loved me until another friend commented off-hand to her that they didn't know what I'd do if my parents suddenly died (I told you I was a hermit) because I'd never make it on my own since I still live with them. This girl said it as a joke. But Anne shrugged and looked at them deadpan saying, "Stephanie will come live with me if her parents die. She can keep writing or whatever she wants. I won't ever let anything happen to her." The other girl said, "What about whoever you're dating? Won't they think that's whacked?" And Anne shrugged again and said "They can eat it or leave but Stephanie stays." This was all related to me after the fact, in a joking manner, but I don't take it as a joke. That's what best friends do. They stick together and they love each other. They're your soul family.

    Greyvaledesigns@gmail.com

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  37. My best friend is made of "awesome-ness" and I can talk about her for days and hours but this is going to be short and sweet (which are some of her amazing attributes too:)) What I love about my best friend is her "jolly-ness" (I seem to be adding '-ness' in almost every adjective, sorry:D) but anyway, she's a really happy person and that attribute of hers just makes other people around her happy too! There's never a sad moment with her, when I'm sad, she always manages to make me smile, but at the same time, helping me get over my problem without really ignoring it at the same time. Not to mention, she's really supportive and is always there for me, and that's what friends are for.:)

    sylvia_uy4@yahoo.com

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  38. My best friend has been in my life for 22 years. She has been like a sister to me and has been the person I could share anything with. She was there when my parents died in the car accident, and I was there for her when her brother committed suicide.

    We have cried together - and boy have we had laughs together. We were roommates out of high school... maid of honors in each others weddings and our kids grew up together.

    Sheila

    journey through books @ gmail dot com

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  39. My best friend is awesome because she understands me more than anything and knows how to have a good laugh. The other day at school, I slipped and fell down a flight of stairs and while the rest of the students around us asked me if I was okay, I looked up to see my best friend laughing, and suddenly everything seemed better and I laughed as well. She makes my life so much better.

    Thanks for the contest!
    barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  40. My best friend is the absolute greatest! We just have a ton of fun together -- we can laugh and be silly in almost any situation. More importantly, though, she has been there for me through every single rough time I have experienced. Following a brain surgery I underwent when I was just 25 years old, she spent every night in the hospital with me. When I was released 5 days later, I really couldn't take care of myself. So she moved into my apartment with me while I recovered. Not only did she handle the everyday things such as cooking and cleaning...she was also there for the tougher things such as helping bathe and get dressed. I never would have made it without her!
    Thanks!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

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  41. My best friend is awesome in so many ways. She cheers me up when I'm super stressed out, she's always available to listen to me and to talk, she gives me the best advice ever, and she's someone I know I can trust to always have my back. Plus she's awesome in that she always woke me up during the dozens or so times I fell asleep in our classes in high school, thus keeping me from getting in trouble. XD

    Anna ♥
    goodgonegirl@gmail.com

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  42. I don't have one best friend, I have 3 and together we are L3D (Lexie, Lisa, Liz and Des). They're awesome because without reservations or hesitations they accepted me for me. I can be a pretty out there sort of girl in my thought process and such, but they don't care. They actively encourage me to be different and outgoing, to try new things and be someone I can be proud of. I don't know what I would do without them these last 3 (almost 4) years honestly.

    Lexie
    Lexie.Cenni@gmail.com

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  43. My best friend lives right next door. She'd awesome because she's always there if I need her (and vice versa). We both have little girls that play together. And she & I can just yap for hours about absolutely nothing & totally have fun doing that. Plus, she understands how I am & I can just be myself around her.

    gevin13(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Hi Elizabeth, I love that Beetles tune! Congrats on your book.

    My Best Friend is someone I have known since grade school. We have stuck by each other through so many events in our lives, good and bad. One of the times that sticks in my mind most is when my parents split. She never faltered in holding my hand, wiping my eyes or kicking me when I tried making some poor choices. Of course, we have our days, but doesn't everyone. I hope when we are grey and wrinkly, we are able to remember all the great times we shared.

    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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  45. My best friend is awesome because back in junior year, when the school's Freshman All Nighter (which we were working) got attacked by upperclassman (ie: egged), instead of just leaving me to get the worst of it, she stuck with me and dragged me out of the range of fire. Then, she helped me clean up afterwards (I only got hit once, luckily, and one narrowly avoided her face).

    It takes a real friend to stick around when eggs are involved. ;)

    yabookqueen@yahoo.com

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  46. My best friend... (well, he's a boy for starters)
    I don't want it to sound too cliche or anything, but I can really tell him anything. It's odd, we're not really anything alike. He's very immature at times, but brightens up my day when he does stupid things. He can also tell if something's wrong and always makes me feel better when I'm down. And the fact that he doesn't expect me to be anything I'm not. I love him!!!

    cassanova6878(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. My best friend is awesome for various reasons.
    1. she's shorter than me. I'm like pretty short, around 5'2, so just standing next to her makes me feel tall.
    2. We never see each other. We don't have any classes together and we don't hang out after school or talk on the phone. That said, whenever we do see each other, it's like we haven't missed a beat. We always have something to talk/laugh about. It's pretty awesome.
    3. She the only person, other than my sister, that i have insiders with. I know that's weird but having insiders with someone is like pretty much special to me.
    4. She's the only one of my friends that I've actually told her that she makes me mad sometimes. I usually just ignore the things my friends say/do that upset me, but when it comes to Monica, I don't. So yea, She's my best friend and I def HEART that girl.

    thanks for the opportunity
    stellargurl93[AT]aim[DOT]com

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  48. My best friend is awesome because:

    1. We could literally talk for hours.
    2. We're both book nerds so we can seriously talk books for hours.
    3. We never really argue and are always there when things are going bad for each other.

    Thanks!

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

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  49. I've known my best friend since we were little, but we live about an hour away, so we don't get to see each other as much as we'd like. However, whenever we do see each, we have a blast, and it's like we haven't spent any time apart. :)

    towerofbooks@gmail.com

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  50. I met my best friend after college, which was probably a good thing because if I knew WHILE I was in college, I am not sure I would have graduated lol We always have such a great time together, I don't get to see her as much these days but we still keep in touch. She lives in Seattle and I live in Texas...but that distance doesn't keep us apart!

    booknerdd(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Omg Great contest :)

    My bestfriend is awesome because even though we go to different schools she always chats with me. Even when I'm having a hard time she helps cheer me up and invites me to go shopping

    Can't wait to read the book

    tuningintoyabooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I had a lot of friends throughout the years, but not really anyone I would call a “best friend”. It seemed like it would rotate each year depending on what classes I had, and my friends were always more “fair weather friends”. Not really around for a good cry fest, or to celebrate those triumphant moments in your life.
    So when I got a new roommate, I figured it would be the same. But we grew pretty close over the course of the semester, and she introduced me to a lot more people who I loved to hang out with. I finally had friends, and I loved the feeling.
    And then (coincidentally) that changed with a dislocation. But mine was my knee instead of a shoulder. I have had bad knees since I was about 8 years old, when I first dislocated my knee while playing a game of tag. The dislocations continued for about 5 years, but thankfully my doctor said I had eventually grown out of it. Then one cold day in February, I happened to slip on a pretty bad patch of ice and dislocated my knee again for the first time in many years. But this time I didn’t have family, my doctor, or any support I could think of to help me through.
    And then my roommate stepped in to help. She was wonderful. She made sure I got back to our apartment okay, drove me to the urgent care doctor, and then even missed all of her classes the next day so she could drive me to my appointment with a specialist the next day. She waited on me hand and foot and even went out and got me the medical supplies I needed. If it hadn’t been for her, I don’t know how I would have made it through those first few days. I couldn’t even walk (let alone drive) and her help was literally a lifesaver.

    shadyglade (AT) mail (DOT) com

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  53. My best friend has been there for the past 12 years for everything I needed. He loves my kids like they were his own.
    msboatgal at aol.com

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