A few takeaways:
1. Just like I needed to chillax rather than trying to diagram the book, friendships should be enjoyed as they are and not analyzed to the point that they lose their meaning.
2. Friendships are only as strong as the people who formed them. And sometimes, they can be really, really strong. Strong enough to survive distance, difference of opinion, heartbreak, and the loss of a loved one. Friendship is proof that if it doesn’t die, it really can become stronger.
3. Cherish your girlfriends. Make time for them. Celebrate them. Don’t let life get the best of your friendships. It’s not always easy – but it’s always worth it.
4. The book was very relatable. I could see a little bit of myself in each of the girls from Ames AND I could see a little bit of Tiff, Lyndse, and Sara in each of the girls from Ames. I loved that – we’re all so different, yet these girls in the books somehow epitomized each of us.
The Girls From Ames reminded me how lucky I am to have the girlfriends that I have. I live two states away from Sara and Lyndse, and don’t even see Tiff on a regular basis – even though we live in the same town. Days will pass with no communication between me and them. But we always manage to pick up right where we left off. We all know that the others will be there in a flashity-flash-flash if needed. And that, my friends, is a friendship worth hanging on to forever.