We Hope You Like This Song: An Overly Honest Story about Friendship, Death, and Mix Tapes (2020)

We Hope You Like This Song: An Overly Honest Story about Friendship, Death, and Mix Tapes Bree Housley We Hope You Like This Song An Overly Honest Story about Friendship Death and Mix Tapes From fourth grade onward shy nervous Bree Housley and fearless outgoing Shelly were an inseparable albeit unlikely pair Their friendship survived everything from the awkward years of junior high
  • Title: We Hope You Like This Song: An Overly Honest Story about Friendship, Death, and Mix Tapes
  • Author: Bree Housley
  • ISBN: 9781580054317
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
We Hope You Like This Song: An Overly Honest Story about Friendship, Death, and Mix Tapes Bree Housley From fourth grade onward, shy, nervous Bree Housley and fearless, outgoing Shelly were an inseparable, albeit unlikely, pair Their friendship survived everything from the awkward years of junior high to the transformative upheavals of early adulthood until, at the young age of 25, Shelly lost her life to complications caused by Preeclampsia.We Hope You Like This Song is aFrom fourth grade onward, shy, nervous Bree Housley and fearless, outgoing Shelly were an inseparable, albeit unlikely, pair Their friendship survived everything from the awkward years of junior high to the transformative upheavals of early adulthood until, at the young age of 25, Shelly lost her life to complications caused by Preeclampsia.We Hope You Like This Song is a tribute to the ineffable, incomparable bond that we call friendship, and a celebration of living life to the fullest Housley recounts how she and her sister found a way to keep Shelly s memory alive by spending a year doing crazy things that Shelly would have done, like giving Valentines to strangers, singing at a karaoke bar, and letting her boyfriend pick out her outfits for a week In the process, she paints a vivid, often hilarious, portrait of her fun loving, social butterfly best friend and the many adventures they had growing up together in 80s and 90s small town America Sweet, poignant, and yet somehow laugh out loud funny, We Hope You Like This Song is a touching story of love, loss, and the honoring of a friendship after it s gone.
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  1. Veronica

    The author is a friend of friends and hails from Iowa, so I am thrilled to support her It is a quick read that is packed with moving memories of the author s dear friend, as well as the results of the author s and her supportive sister s weekly experiments to try and embrace life in friend s spirit I always love books about people who try things outside of their comfort zone, and this fits the bill Housley makes the reader feel her her anxiety as she plans her tasks, and is equally successful in [...]

  2. Brenda Wegner

    I wasn t sure I would like this book I m the person who never got into the tv show Friends because the whole concept of being close, life long friends with someone just didn t ring true to me Plus I was jealous of them I was pretty sure I d feel the same way about an overly honest story about friendship, death, and mix tapes Eight hours later, I ve finished this book I m happy, sad, and maybe a little wiser about how life works I m also motivated to follow the author s lead and try to make it th [...]

  3. Amy Howard

    Wow just wow I feel like I have been friends with Bree and Shelly all my life Very funny and inspiring, along with huge lessons in coping with loss Amazing

  4. Alison

    When this book seemed to literally call out to me on the shelves at the bookstore in Davenport, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the writer is from nearby Walcott home of the World s Largest Truckstop I hadn t gone in expecting to buy anything, but the title and description were just calling my name, and this fact about the author s upbringing seemed the icing on the cake.As I started reading, however, I have to admit I was slightly disappointed I don t know if I was expecting somethi [...]

  5. Laney

    I was fortunate enough to be given an early copy of this book by a dear friend and volunteer for the Foundation I work for , whose daughter is the central figure of the story I thoroughly enjoyed this read as a nerdy introvert myself, Bree completely captures that strange mix of awe, love and bewilderment with which we view our beloved extroverted friends, in this case, Bree s best friend Shelly Warner Bridgewater view spoiler Sadly, Shelly died at the young age of 25 due to a severe variant of [...]

  6. Amber

    This book could have benefited from having a better editor I think there was some interesting observations a friendship not getting to grow up when a friend dies too young moving forward after you lose a loved one the idea of outgrowing friends and some funny bits but the story and writing were all over the place I also believe she used too many devices wedding planning, 52 resolutions, music, flashbacks to move the plot along but none of them were very well fleshed out or just seemed really ran [...]

  7. Neha

    This book wasn t quite what I was expecting, given the super high ratings I was expecting a touching but hilarious tribute to Shelly s spirit, in which Bree steps out of her comfort zone to have adventures and brighten the lives of others the way Shelly did However of the challenges were along the lines of Shelly liked board games, so I m going to have a board game night Some of the ones mentioned in the synopsis here e.g her boyfriend picking out her clothes for a week don t even make an appea [...]

  8. Roger Smitter

    This is the kind of book I would not have picked up much less read without the enthusiastic endorsement of my niece They produce commercials Housley does the writing And what an ability she has to capture the connections that females can make and then sustain Housley tells the story of Shelly, her BFF from fourth grade on Housley is the quiet one Shelly is the extereme extrovert They clearly are BFF s The future element of the BFF takes on special meeting very early in the book as Housley tells [...]

  9. Randy Richardson

    Bree Housley s We Hope You Like This Song is the true story of her friendship with Shelly and what she did to bring her friend s spirit back after she died from complications during pregnancy, at the age of 25 This is a book that could easily have been a real downer But don t fret, Housley never lets that happen She tells the story with humor, charm and brutal honesty, and at the end you feel as if you ve made a new friend Along the way, you ll laugh and you ll cry, and if you re anything like m [...]

  10. Christy

    I LOVED this book, although I may be a little biased because I also loved Shelly I hail from the same small town as the author, so many of the stories struck a chord with me Bree came up with a beautiful way to honor her friendship with Shelly, and did so in a way that speaks to anyone who has ever had a close friend, or wished they did She put herself out there in such a brave way, and through her it sounds like many others also found a way to heal I laughed, I cried, and I enjoyed every word B [...]

  11. Kristen

    To all of my girlfriends, my sister, and all the people close to me, PLEASE PLEASE read this book It is wonderful It is heartbreaking and it is hysterical all in one I laughed hard and cried a lot but it made me realize how truly lucky we are to have such amazing people in our lives to share the ups and downs, the ins and outs and everything in between and how too often we forget to tell those people just how wonderful they are And it makes you think about what is important and the importance of [...]

  12. Krista, Ambassador of Shimmy

    We read this book for book club and it was an excellent read It was like sitting down with a dear friend and reliving memories It was endearing and hopeful while also sharing a strong message about being brave enough to step aside your comfort zone and not leaving things unsaid I laughed and cried and immediately wanted to spend as much time as possible with my very best friends Read it, love it, and follow Bree on Facebook.

  13. Kaelyn

    I didn t love it, I didn t hate it What I did like is the friendship everyone should have a friendship like the one shared by Bree and Shelly I also liked the idea of doing something for a week at a time to honor her friend But the story itself didn t grab me for some reason I guess I got a little tired of her stories Not sure why, but that is my opinion.

  14. Jeanne

    This book will find you laughing, crying, and connecting yourself to your experiences with your BFF Housley entertains you with antics friends experience and laugh about later She makes you realize friendship is precious and make sure you tell your friends what they mean to you, often and treasure each moment Great book and worth the read Thank you, Bree

  15. Mary Avaux

    I loved this book it kept my attention and I will be paying it forward to my BFF to read I m sorry your BFF is no longer around for you to spend time with however she will always be there to listen Shelly is with you everyday.

  16. Rebecca

    I have never written a review on before This book is for anyone who has had a best friend, period At points, I was snorting with laughter, and others, twisted face, sputtering tears A must read Like now go buy the book.

  17. Julie Stone

    I expected this book to be sad and it was at times But it was mostly a wonderful funny tribute to best friends and the crazy way we are when we are with them I loved everything about it

  18. Michelle

    We just read this for our book club and we re delighted to get to FaceTime with the author at our meeting Really enjoyed the book.

  19. Susanna

    A friend came across this book and picked it up for me because of the title, which is frankly misleading I think there s only one mix tape CD in the whole book, and though the author and her late best friend Shelly loved music and its referenced throughout the book, I didn t think music was that big of a thematic element, really But I was hoping for sort of a female take on Love is a Mix Tape This book is cute, and at times I laughed out loud Housley does a good job of keeping the momentum going [...]

  20. Linda

    Still grieving the death four years ago of her best friend since childhood, Bree decides to make a New Year resolution a week in honor of Shelly What would Shelly do Shelly was very outgoing and a little crazy, so Bree braves up and does things like wear weird outdated clothes she hasn t thrown out yet, eat adventurously, and sing karaoke The book is sweet and hilarious as Bree takes us through a year of her life remembering Shelly, trying to act a little like her, and in doing so finds healing [...]

  21. Gilbride1013

    I absolutely loved this book The topic is so sad but important and I learned a lot about positive ways to cope Parts of the book made me laugh so hard Then I would ball my eyes out a few pages later I love and appreciate the Housley s honesty.The book came to me at a time when I d just moved to a new city Reading it each day made me feel like I had a fun group of girls to hang out with I looked forward to my commute in the train so I could hang with them and get the latest scoop Highly recommend [...]

  22. Barbara Frank

    I picked this book randomly for our new book club s first selection I was touched by all of the close friendships in the book and it made me think about how much harder it is to find and maintain friendships as we get older Housley was so honest about herself, good and bad We get to know her warts and all For some readers, the profanity may be an issue but it seemed to me like it was appropriate for the story and someone the author s age.

  23. Marissa

    I was not prepared to like this book as much as I did I started it, thinking to myself it would probably be cheesy and poorly written so I likely wouldn t finish it Not the case It was an easy read, but packed with emotion and lots of reminders to cherish friends and moments I could appreciate what the author was trying to do with the 52 resolutions, but mostly I thought she was freaking hilarious Well done, Bree, well done.

  24. Erin Nicole

    I am was fortunate enough to know both of these people and to call them friends This book was everything I thought it would be and It also brought home the fact that nothing in life is certain, and you should slow down and take the time to put meaning into every day The book is honest, open and a true testament to friendship If you have not read already, please dod pick up a copy for a friend or two

  25. Lynne

    I had high hopes for this book, started reading it and began to hate it, and then slowly but surely got sucked in I had to get used to the author s style tons of profanity that doesn t seem necessary but seems true to the author s voice , and once I did, I appreciated the book s honesty The author doesn t try to paint herself in a favorable light she just is who she is I loved the reasons behind the book and enjoyed hearing about the author s journey.

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