February 3, 2023

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BFF by Christie Tate Review

Hello dear readers, how do you rate memoirs? What makes a memory a 1 star or 5 star?

I was recently reading BFF by Christie Tate and as I read I wondered if we should rate or review memoirs like all other books?

The writing may be bad (which is unbearable in novels), but that’s not really the point of a memoir, is it? The purpose of a treatise is that the author tells his story in the form of a book.

We choose no memoirs because we think the author’s writing style is excellent. We choose memoirs because we want to know the author, his life story.

I want to read Matthew Perry’s memoirs because I want to know what he has experienced or will experience in his life. I don’t want to read it because I think he’s a great author.

So, anyway, about BFF by Christie Tate

Christie Tate’s memoir is about friendship, specifically how Christie Tate struggled from childhood through adulthood with making friends, keeping friends, and losing friends.

BFF focuses more on Christie Tate’s friendship with her BFF Meredith. Meredith is twenty years older than Christie Tate, not that age matters in friendships. Meredith was something of a CT life/friendship guru. They shared their struggles with female friendship with each other.

Christie Tate also shares her friendship with other girls/women and keeps coming back to Meredith, which makes sense since Meredith is the main character in CT’s memoir.

I read this for over a week. It’s not the kind of book I want to finish in one go. It’s the kind of book I want to read after a long day or when I’m doing nothing.

This book reminds me a bit of All I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton because both show how important female friendship is in a woman’s life.

Topics covered in this memoir: relationship with an alcoholic, jealousy of a friend, jealousy in friendship, making new friends, losing friends, keeping friendship, postpartum depression, grief, losing a friend because of losing contact and because of the death.

Should you read BFF by Christie Tate?

It’s up to you.

I know that’s not helpful if you want a concrete yes or no answer. But really, it’s up to you. If you like memoirs about friendship, read this one. If not, don’t read it.

Many thanks to Avid Reader Press for accepting my request to read BFF on NetGalley 🙂