We Hope You Like This Song is the story of two best friends, but it’s also so much more than that. Bree Housley and Shelly Bridgwater were best friends since 4th grade. The kind of best friends you see on TV or, well, read about in books. They did everything together from 4th grade to college, and stayed close even as physical distances separated them. But then the unthinkable happened, within a week of giving birth to a healthy baby girl, Shelly died of complications from a condition called preeclampsia. On the fourth anniversary of her best friend’s tragic death, Bree decides to embark on a project to help her remember and honor her best friend. She and her sister decide to make a new resolution every week for a year to do something outside their comfort zones and live their lives as openly and lovingly as Shelly did.
Just from reading that summary, you might think this is a depressing book but it’s so not. Through stories of her friendship with Shelly, the fift2resolutions project, and a year full of major milestones, Bree Housley lets you feel everything without being a huge downer about it. Her tone is friendly and honest, like having a conversation with your best friend. That honesty lets you feel the sadness and anger Bree felt over the loss of her best friend, but also the hope and inspiration she got from trying to live more like Shelly.
Overall, reading this book made me feel inspired as well. Friendships are definitely something to treasure, and life really is short and unpredictable—hey, cliches and cliches for a reason, people! We have to do everything in our power to show our loved ones how much we care, and even be nice to a stranger or two while we’re at it. I learned so much from Bree and Shelly, and I really just want to thank Bree for her bravery in sharing this story with all of us.
Aside from all the love and life lessons she wanted to share, Bree also wanted to use this book to bring awareness to preeclampsia, the condition that claimed her friend and continues to kill thousands more mothers and babies yearly. I linked to the website where you can learn more above, but here it is again: www.preeclampsia.org. Get educated, apparently it’s a super common condition that doesn’t have a cure (yet) so it’s all about detection.
I loved this book. It is simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious—a difficult thing to pull off, but Bree totally pulls it off (unlike the bang-perm/mullet situation, extra points for adding pictures)! No where else are you going to find a touching story about friendship and death that includes phrases like “If patience is a virtue, I’m a dirty hooker” and it totally works. Seriously, that happened.
What are you waiting for? Go out and get this book NOW. And then do what I did and find the first opportunity you have to declare your love for all the ladies in your life.
What are you waiting for?