Things Could Be Worse

To all those who’ve written me saying they thought they were the only ones looking for a new BFF, I present to you this hilarious-if-a-bit-morbid kids’ book for grown-ups (the best kind of book, if you ask me). See! You are not alone.

Take note: If you’re reading this in an email or feed you may need to click through to see the fun animation. Also, this mini-excerpt has become the most shared post on Tumblr of all time. Everybody loves friends—dead or alive!

Let me share with you the official Amazon product description: “If you’re a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you’re a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you’re a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable.”

See, looking for new friends is universal. And not always so serious. Sometimes we just need to laugh at ourselves. When you’re awkwardly and platonically hitting on other girls day after day, what other choice do you have? And, really, a friend with no sense of humor is no friend at all.


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14 responses to “Things Could Be Worse

  1. I love that book! My mom would love it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Natalie

    Thanks for sharing.
    I wonder if that funny and popular little old lady cartoon (that gets forwarded on email) got her ideas for explaining old age and other thoughts from this book.
    I enjoyed today’s humor.

  3. Karen A.

    This is too funny! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lynda

    I looooove this! Haha. Thanks for the laugh, Rachel. 🙂

    Looking at it this way, I realize how lucky I am to have friends, if just one, that’s alive and well. And, in addition, how much easier it probably is for me to make new friends, than it would be for that poor dinosaur.

  5. This is hilarious. And oh, please come visit Boston so we can be friends.

  6. Definitely including this book in my next e-newsletter, wonderful gift idea!

    It’s funny, I’ve had a lot of conversations recently with other entrepreneurial types, and one of the constant themes is nostalgia for childhood-occurrences, such as summer camp, overalls, bikes that brake when you push back on the pedals, and back to school shopping. Nothing like opening up your brand new Trapper Keeper!!!

    But what’s most inspiring and exciting is the next part of discussion, when we talk about how it’s a shame that such awesomeness ceased when we became adults and that it doesn’t have to be that way. And now the wheels are turning — adult summer camp! Looking to make it happen.

  7. You know I would be in for that, Saya. 🙂

  8. OMG that is hilarious!!! Especially the Most, err, all my friends are dead of the old man. I feel bad laughing, but that is just hilar.

  9. Ana

    Awesome, thanks for sharing that! This would make a great present to a real live friend!

    And Saya—great idea & even greater food for thought—why DOES it have to end? Now my wheels are turning, too, trying to think of ways to recapture that “awesomeness”

  10. This is the best thing I’ve seen all day — maybe all WEEK! Thanks for the laugh. I now need to buy a thousand copies.

  11. Funny that this was your post today, and that so many of the responders put something about it being a perfect gift – I just blogged about gifts today, the warm ‘n fuzzy vs.the cold ‘n practical, trying to figure out which I’d rather give and receive –

    I have now started a “good gift idea” list and this book definitely makes the cut! Thanks for bringing it to our attention Rachel.

    • tommy

      Where did you find this?? What a great book! I will be buying several copies!
      Oh, and thanks, Rachel, for getting me and the kids involved with “The Office” (on Netflix, blatant cheerleading). We’re already on season two today. Works well with chores, though!

  12. So funny Rachel! Thanks for sharing.

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