“Short stories that frequently touch on endings—of love, relationship bonds, even life itself—link back to one another in surprising ways in this collection…The confrontations and losses can be gutting, but the ways they tie to one another create a strengthened bond among the survivors; there’s hope amid the ruins created here.”
-- Kirkus Reviews
"An affecting collection...about...the things we do for love."
-- People Magazine
"Caschetta's prose is simple and evocative--and as she skillfully weaves these individual lives together, she reveals a complex tapestry of human experience."
-- Entertainment Weekly
"MB Caschetta's brilliant Pretend I'm Your Friend is one of the year's finest short story collections."
-- Largehearted Boy Book Notes
"10. Pretend I’m Your Friend by M.B. Caschetta: Make room on your bookshelves, folks! Told through 11 entwined stories, this hilarious, touching and important collection reveals the raw, sometimes bitter truth that comes with endings"
-- 11 Must-Read Adult Books
"Humorous and touching stories...Caschetta covers great distances in few pages."
-- Provincetown Banner
"No pretense is necessary. MB Caschetta, author of Pretend I’m Your Friend and two previous books of fiction, is your friend, which she proves by gifting you these eleven deftly written short stories. Their characters are familiar as pals you’ve watched as they disengage from parents, find love, sex, both; also, jobs, families, freedom, insight. Reader, prepare to be delighted. For as knowable as these characters are, they continually surprise. By the way, there are more women here than men; all are equally vested with humanity. Caschetta’s pen is light and profound."
-- Lambda Literary