You Take It from Here (Paperback)

By Pamela Ribon

Gallery Books, 9781451646238, 336pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2012

List Price: 20.99*
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From the author of Why Girls Are Weird comes a poignant, funny tale about two very different best friends--one terminally ill with cancer, and the other determined to do absolutely everything she can to help...

Just because you'd give your best friend everything doesn't mean she has to take it.

On the heels of a divorce, all Danielle Meyers wants is her annual vacation with sassy, life-long best friend, Smidge--complete with umbrella cocktails by an infinity pool--but instead she's hit with the curveball of a lifetime. Smidge takes Danielle to the middle of nowhere to reveal a diagnosis of terminal cancer, followed by an unusual request: "After I'm gone, I want you to finish the job. Marry my husband. Raise my daughter. I'm gonna teach you to how to be Smidge 2.0."

As Danielle wrestles with this major life decision, she finds herself torn between being true to her best friend's wishes and being honest with herself. Parenting issues aside, Smidge's small-town Louisiana world is exactly the one Danielle made sure to escape. Danielle isn't one for playing the social butterfly, or being the center of attention. And when your best friend tries to set you up on a date night with her husband, it might be time to become the bossy one for a change.

In the spirit of Beaches and Steel Magnolias, You Take It from Here is an honest, hilarious, and heartbreaking novel that ultimately asks: How much should we sacrifice for the ones we love the most?

About the Author

Pamela Ribon has written for several television comedies, most notably the Emmy Award-winning Samantha Who?. A national bestselling author, Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television. She was an contributor, where her novel about divorce and roller derby, Going in Circles, was selected as an Book Club pick. She was also a flagship contributor to Using her loyal Internet fan base, Ribon sponsors book drives for libraries in need at Visit her at or follow her @pamelaribon.

Praise For You Take It from Here

"A book with all the elements I love: best friends, “found” families, Ribon’s trademark humor and vivid writing... I can’t wait to dive in."

-Jennifer Weiner

“You get to the end of the book, and you have that sense that you've heard a whole story that seemed to be about skin-and-bones people, to the point where part of you is still worrying about them, like they're phantom limbs.”

-Linda Holmes

"One of those rare books where the characters feel like your best friends from the first page. You'll laugh and cry as Pamela Ribon takes you on a colorful, rich and unforgettable journey of friendship."

-Kristin Harmel, author of The Sweetness of Forgetting

“Hilarity and heartbreak compete, but ultimately hope wins in this thoroughly delightful story about what it means to be a woman, a mother, a best friend. I can’t wait to pass this book along to every woman who ever mattered to me. Pamela Ribon has a huge, fresh voice, and this is her best book yet.”

-Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

“I giggled, I laughed, I got all angry and emo - and once I made sure no one was looking - I cried.”