Good evening my lovelies, ♡
Today’s blog post is going to be a review and response to The F Word by Lily Pebbles, it is a book written about female friendship by one of my favorite youtubers Lily Pebbles. She is a lifestyle blogger and vlogger from the UK and I have loved watching her videos and reading her blog posts for years so when I found out she was bringing out a book, I pre-ordered it straight away! I didn’t know 100% what I was expecting but I knew that Lily was an amazing person who I enjoyed watching and from her vlogs and videos, she has such great friendships and all her friends seem to be lovely and she seemed to be someone I would definitely trust about friendships so I was very very excited!
Lily Pebbles: https://www.youtube.com/user/WhatIHeartToday
So the tagline for the book was: ‘a personal exploration of modern female friendship’ and ‘a personal celebration of female friendship- the good, the bad and the complicated’. The first things I got from this was the emphasis of female, so I loved the fact that this book was empowering women and all about women, it is 2018 after all and this is the best! I was hoping for lovely childhood friendship stories and personal experiences and just a great book full of female friendship and empowerment. I also thought that this book wouldn’t sugar coat anything, it would all be raw and very realistic and relatable, whst lots of people would go through throughout their lives.
When Lily announced and showed us the cover, I was so so impressed, not that I was expecting anything less, but I thought it it was so creative and I could tell how much effort she had put into it, which made me so excited for the book because if she put so much effort into just the cover, I bet the book would be her absolute best! The cover really represents friendships, 3 women holding cups of tea, having a knatter and catching up I would imagine like lt of people do with their friends!
If you want more information from Lily herself about the book, here is the online description that tells you exactly what the book is about and what you can expect: If there’s one piece of invaluable advice for women and girls of all ages, it is that there is nothing more important than creating and maintaining strong, positive and happy friendships with other women. In a culture that largely pits women against each other, I want to celebrate female friendships… all strings attached! If my 1998 diary is anything to go by, female friendships are incredibly complex and emotional but they’re the mini love stories that make us who we are. For many women, friends are our partners in crime through life; they are the ones who move us into new homes, out of bad relationships, through births and illnesses. In The F Word I’ve set out to explore and celebrate the essence of female friendship at different life stages and in its many wild and wonderful forms.
So my overall review on the book: I was so impressed with this book, it was everything I was expecting and hoping for. It talks about every angle of friendships between women, from the big sister friend to can you really have one best friend, or do you just have that special bond with one of your friends? And toxic friendships and how to deal with draining friendships. It was a very inspiring read, I felt very proud and privileged to be a woman and for some of the lovely friendships I have. I don’t think I fully understood how important having great friendships are until reading this and how much I actually relied on my friends and how much I actually need them in my everyday life. Your role as a friend is so important and you make such an impact on the people around you, be grateful for your friends and just the amazing women you have in your life who continue to inspire you and push you on everyday!
So moving on to my response to the book: I LOVED this book, it is a book that will make you laugh and will nearly set the water works off at the same time. It is so relatable and personal to Lily but also will inspire all women and if anyone who reads this was struggling with some kind of friendship, she shares some great tips and the way she answers all her followers questions throughout the book shows how much we mean to her and how much she wanted us to get involved.
I feel like this book was something that was definitely missing from the book world, I have never read or seen anything like this and Lily well done you, you have filled such a big gap in the market that I didn’t even know existed, But it fits there perfectly, us girls and our friendships are associated with being ‘bitchy’ and ‘petty’ but do they even know that we can lift eachother up, some friendships we have are incredible and truly special ans that could only happen between women. Sometimes we do have to work at friendships and they are a struggle, but it happens to all of us and we can all get through it with a smile on our face.
We spend so much time on social media and in this virtual world, we forget the people that are sitting right in front of us and that we should appreciate them, and with our amazing technology, we should make the effort to text a friend who we haven’t seen in a while or give them a facetime call and catch up. I love friends and female friendships, thanks Lily for writing this book, I will never forget it!
Thanks so much for reading this everyone, it means the world! What are your opinions on frienships and female friendships? Have any of you read this book, if so what did you think?
Have a great rest of your week!
Lots of love,