Tell Us About Your Friends

We invite you to share your thoughts here on the Ames girls’ story, or to tell us about your own group of friends. (If there’s a follow-up project, we may be back in touch for more details. Thanks!)

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(289) Lisa K
Mon, 19 October 2009 01:58:11 +0000

My mom called to tell me that she had gotten me a 'treat' and she had sent it in the mail. It was this book. I had most of it read that night. The very next day I e-mailed my "girls" and told them all that they either needed to get the book, or we could send around my copy, with everyone signing it. We grew up in Decorah, Iowa, Northeast of Ames by about 170 miles. We graduated in 1982. This book could have been about us, I was floored. I cried, I laughed . . . I reminisced. THANK YOU for a beautiful trip down memory lane. We will certainly talk of this book at our next reunion!!

(288) Clair Russell
Fri, 16 October 2009 13:48:32 +0000

I am a member of The Marietta Girls. There are 16 of us. 12 of us graduated from Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA. in 1971. The same 12 were born in 1953. Our ages range from 49-60. Some of us have known each other since pre-school and some joined our group post high-school. Most of the girls still live in the Marietta, GA area while I now live in California, Mandy lives in Texas. We have an annual Marietta Girls Trip the 3rd week of July. This past July was our 31st trip. Reading The Girls of Ames reminds me so much of us. The author did a fantastic job of summing up the power of women and their friendships. I feel priviliged to be a part of such a fantastic, caring group of girlfriends. Our names are...Cathy, Kathy, Kathy, Clair, Laura, Laurie, Lori,Debbie, Debbie, Melanie, Cynthia, Melissa, Maggie, Mandy,Linda, and Susie!

(287) Ryan Quinn
Wed, 14 October 2009 03:29:02 +0000

I am 16 years old now and I have 10 best friends (so there are 11 total). We have been in school together since kindergarten and now in high school we are the "Frenchies" because we all came from a french immersion school. We often talk about when we graduate and being seperated but after reading The Girls From Ames I feel very inspired and I have more hope that we will remain close. I gave my copy of the book to my grandmother because she grew up with her group of friends called "The Nine." Which I find interesting, like it runs in the family. I was also very touched by the part about Christy in the book because one girl in my group of friends barely survived cancer before we knew her and it makes me so thankful that she is here today. So thank you for putting this story out into the world because it is so wonderful and I will always cherish it.

(286) Tracy
Tue, 13 October 2009 03:22:21 +0000

I finished the book yesterday & really enjoyed it. While my circle of friends isn't as large as the Ames girls (we are only 3), & we're a little younger (35 & 36), we still have the beautiful bond of friendship that sees us through lifes ups & downs. For the last 10 years we have lived in 3 countries (Australia, UK & UAE)& kepy in contact via email, snail mail & the occasional phone call. We are always able to pick up where we left off. Im so excited as my friend that lived in Dubai has now moved back to Australia, so hopefully we can all get together for the UK friends next visit to Oz! Cross your fingers for us!!


(285) Susan
Mon, 12 October 2009 22:48:24 +0000

I just finished reading "The Girls from Ames" after it was recommended to me by my sister. We are part of a group of 7 girls who grew up in the little town of Hapeville, just outside the Atlanta city limits. Being a small town, we had only 2 elementary schools and one high school. The 7 of us met in elementary school in 1974 and the rest is, shall we say, history. We have shared good times, bad times, saddness, joy, etc. 6 of us are still in touch via email and facebook and 5 of us see each other on a regular basis. We lost touch with one during the early 90's. I do not know what I would do without "the girls". The are my friends, my sisters and my confidants. We are all in our early 40's (41 and 42) and when we are together, it's often like we are 12 years old again. I often tell people of my unique set of friends that have been with me for 35 years and many are amazed. We take for granted how special it is to have one another. I've found it difficult as an adult to having meaningful relationships with female friends, I think, because in the deep dark places of my mind, I know there is small little group of girls who love me just as I am, warts and all. Thank you for a wonderful book reminding us all of the value of friendship

(284) Joy
Sun, 11 October 2009 16:58:42 +0000

I laughed alot and cried more than I ever had reading a book. I was intrigued with the idea of this book before I read it because I too come from a group of childhood friends that have remained close throughout the years. We have had many comments from people of how they are amazed that a group of friends can remain close through all these years. We are the same age of the girls in the book so it was easy to relate them. It was also easy to relate to the dynamics of the friendships within the group. Thank you to the girls for opening up their lives, which couldn't have been easy, and to Jeffrey Zaslow for taking the time to touch upon a unique subject that hits close to home in so many ways. If you do a follow up book, I'm sure "The Girls From Harrison" would be happy to assist!

(283) Christina Davison
Tue, 6 October 2009 12:20:05 +0000

I've also just finished the book. This wasn't really my style of book that I normally read. But when I had seen it and read the jacket, I was intrigued. I really loved the book. I can recall these same but different experiences that these women have had. My dearest and best friend and I have known each other since the first grade. We are now in our 40's. We have our own way of communicating with each other, laughing at what only would be funny to us, and supporting each other through the most difficult hurdles in life. I don't know how my life would be without her. It is a true treasure to have this friendship that has survived all these years. Thank you Ames Girls for sharing your stories and to Jeffrey Zaslow for bringing to us.

(282) Kimberlee
Tue, 6 October 2009 01:27:28 +0000

I just finished the book and love love loved it. My friends mean the world to me, they are my people and without them I would be terribly lost. At 25, we're all over the place. Careers and families are starting; some of us are fighting change, and growing up, while others are embracing it with no fear. Our differences have always complemented each other, and continue to do so. Thank you for sharing this story, it was so uplifting to read such a success story as I continue in my own!
Best, K.

(281) Michelle
Mon, 5 October 2009 19:16:26 +0000

All I can say is WOW! I have just finished the book (literally 30 minutes ago - I watched the videos before writing this!), and I can't tell you how much I related to the story!
I am 36 years old, and this year, my 10 girlfriends and I are celebrating our 30th friendship anniversary! We first met in kindergarden and our friendships always grew from there. And now, every year since we were 16, we have a Christmas party and exchange gifts chosen from a theme. And since this is a special year, I suggested that the theme would be 'friendship'. A couple of weeks later, I came upon an article in People magazine about this book... what a GREAT idea! ''The Girls from Ames'' stories have deeply touched me because I can actually pinpoint which Girl from Ames is My Girl from Hearst, ON, Canada! lol
Thank you for writing this amazing book! I will suggest it to all my girlfriends who don't end up getting it at this year's Christmas party!

Hearst, ON, Canada

(280) Lisa
Sun, 4 October 2009 14:37:07 +0000

I just finished reading the book and related to so much of it. I grew up and attended college in Nebraska, experiencing the same Midwestern culture. I am also about the same age as these women. My group of friends found each other in our freshman year in college. We had a gang of about 12 and we all went to the cafeteria together and had many fun times gathering in dorm rooms, relating events of the previous night's party. There were some people that found us annoying and maybe our group mentality made us obnoxious, at times. Over time, our numbers dwindled as we matured and maybe didn't have as much in common. I still think back fondly on those times we all spent together and some of those girls are still my best friends. We have talked about reunions but it is too difficult for everyone to coordinate busy lives and that is sad. I do know that these are the friends that would hop on a plane to help me in a crisis and that is a bond I cannot replicate in friends I have met later in life.

(279) Barbara Rusin
Tue, 29 September 2009 23:16:15 +0000

My cousin called today to tell me to read the book The Girls from Ames because it reminded her of my group of 10. We came together as what we call "Club" in 1959. Some of us met in elementary school and 8 have been together since our freshman year of high school. We are each other's support and seek and give advice at our yearly get-away. During the year, we get together as often as we can and never grow tired of each other. I can't wait to read the book and look for the similarities in our lives.

(278) Marge Park
Tue, 29 September 2009 16:14:55 +0000

Briefly---I am from a dozen girls that went to school together. Class's 45-46-47. 11 are left and only 4 husband. 2 in Ca.---1 in Fla. 1 in Wisc. 8 in central Ill. They have had a round robin letter going around for many years. They were nick named the Dirty Dozen. Name certainly was only a joke as all were well respected. Just bought the book this morning. I was amazed at Borders---the young lady new all about the book and content and said it was selling well. Hope you enjoy this ---looking forward to reading the book and will start soon. M.P.

(277) Kara Gibbs
Tue, 29 September 2009 15:10:15 +0000

I just finished reading the book and loved it. I too am part of a group of girls that started a friendship, some since we were in diapers and others since high school, and have continued the bond for almost 20 years. Although we live all over the country and all have very busy lives, we try to get together each year. When we do, the connection of friends that know who you are and where you came from is so comforting. I could almost feel their presence while reading the book!

(276) Jaylah from Ames
Sun, 27 September 2009 22:45:19 +0000

I remember the group quite well. But I don't remember Marshalltown having anything at all to do with how they got their nickname.

(275) Susan
Sun, 27 September 2009 20:51:11 +0000

I am part of a group of 10 women who met because we all were daughters of Navy officers. We all joined a sorority for military officers daughters between 1968 and 1972. As we got older or married we left the sorority. Then 1 of us called several others and invited us to dinner. We had such a good time we decided to take turns hosting once a month. There are still 7 of us in San Diego. We see the others whenever they are in town and email keeps us in touch. We have gone through marriages, divorces, babies, miscarriages, deaths of loved ones, illnesses, all the things that can happen over almost 40 years. Some of us have traveled together and are still friends! We offer support during hard times, laugh at lot and wouldn't miss getting together for anything. I can't imagine my life without these girlfriends.

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