By Melanie Shankle
Published by Tyndale
215 Pages

Book Cover: There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for “community” on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other’s beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off.

Written in the same comedic style as the New York Times bestsellers Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room, Nobody’s Cuter than You is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, “Nobody’s cuter than you!”

REVIEW: I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that introduced me to the writings of Melanie Shankle and made me laugh. This book is a memoir and talks about the beauty of friendship; it’s up and downs and everything in between. William Shakespeare says, “A friend is one who knows you, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”

The author remises about the different friends God has brought into her life through the years; starting in grade school and going until she meets Gulley in high school. We have friends we do different things with but few of us find a friendship like God mentions between Jonathon and King David. Melanie Shankle discovers the true meaning of friendship when she meets a girl named Gulley. Melanie says, “…this is about my friend Gulley and how we've managed to sustain a friendship over the last 25 years; more than that. It’s about all friendships we as women develop over a lifetime and the influence they have over who we were, who we are and who we will become. It’s about the friends who wounded us and the ones who taught us to love better.”

I could relate to many of the situations Melanie Shankle describes on the way to discovering who she was and where God wanted her to be. This journey was funny, real, and Melanie shares some gutsy stuff! I like what she says about friends. “Real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up and laughing loud and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making sure she knows those cute jeans are now 50% off.”

The author goes on to say, “…ultimately what God has given us in the people He placed in our lives as He knits our souls with others: a miracle. A grace-filled, life changing, soul-refreshing miracle….May we never lose the wonder of it all.”

I was hooked from the first page, laughed out-loud through most of the book and grieved in other parts with Melanie. This book is a celebration of friendship and the extra ordinary people God has put in our lives. I’m off to check out this authors other books Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn and The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life. I highly recommend this book. It would make a great book club pick. There is so much to share! 


Nora St. Laurent
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