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HBO’s GIRLS leaves us craving for more–here are three Girl-like books you need to read

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Full-frontal nudity, jokes about rehab, role-playing gone horribly wrong – OK, OK, we admit it: we’re already missing HBO’s GIRLS. Season three ended in March, but it seems like only yesterday we were watching Hannah prance around in her tattoos (and not much else), or cringing at Marnie’s cheesy music video to “What I Am.” Now we have to wait almost a year until season four airs. Not to get all Hannah-dramatic, but why God, why? When we last left our favorite 20-something foursome, Hannah was clutching an acceptance letter from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Jessa was flirting with sobriety, Shoshanna had spun into a Ray-filled rage, and Marnie was still lost in love. Will Hannah end up in a…

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Tales of girlhood friendships inspire website and Bittersweet novel

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Bittersweet, the newest novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, is about a difficult friendship between two college-aged girls. The experience of writing the book inspired Beverly-Whittemore to launch the website Friendstories.com, where women share their stories about their own girlhood friendships. This universal theme, combined with its suspense and dark secrets make Bittersweet a must-read for summer. When Mabel Dagmar befriends her blue-blooded college roommate, Genevra Winslow, and is invited to spend the summer at Ev’s family’s compound on Lake Champlain, she believes she’s found the secret to escaping her dark past. But the Winslows have their own family secrets to keep, and ultimately Mabel must decide whether to keep their secrets and her place within their paradise, or reveal them and…

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