Why is She Acting So Weird?

A Guide to Cultivating Closeness When a Friend is in Crisis

Non-Fiction - Relationships
200 Pages
Reviewed on 11/03/2015
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Author Biography

Jenn McRobbie is a life coach, speaker and author. Jenn has extremely varied work experiences; from working as an Internet Communication Specialist for a recruiting company to representing oil and gas marketers in public service commission hearings. Jenn received her law degree from George Mason University Law School in 2002, but left the practice of law in 2007 to care for her growing family. Jenn returned to the workforce as a life coach and entrepreneur in 2012, only to face a breast cancer diagnosis in 2013. Cancer served as a catalyst, however, and led to the writing and publication of her first book, Why is She Acting So Weird? A Guide to Cultivating Closeness When a Friend is in Crisis in March 2015.

Jenn now helps people to see their value. How important they are to themselves and to others — and how much they are loved. Her goal is to help others to LIVE, LOVE and BE FREE.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emilija Ryks for Readers' Favorite

Why is She Acting So Weird?: A Guide to Cultivating Closeness When a Friend is in Crisis by Jenn McRobbie is a very fitting title. For anyone that has ever had a friend or relative or even been the one going through a crisis, be it medical, familial or occupational, there is no denying the fear and abruptness of change that can put even the best of us off our usual game. Jenn McRobbie shares personal examples from her battle with cancer as they relate to her friends and how they helped her get through her crisis. Her unique perspective from analyzing both her own and her friends’ behavior, as well as giving a glimpse of what it is like to be the ‘weird one’, gives a complete picture that can be very helpful to those dealing with or helping others deal with upheaval in their lives.

I particularly enjoyed Why is She Acting So Weird? from the standpoint of having been on both sides of the equation, having battled with depression and also having numerous relatives get sick and hospitalized. Jenn McRobbie offers practical advice in a guide format that also gives a framework for how to come up with like ideas and check motivations before they do damage in a relationship. I would recommend everyone read this book, regardless of if they have come into a crisis or not, since we can never anticipate when something might happen. As someone who has been there, I wish I had had a resource like this at the time so that I could have understood it better myself. This book is also well worth subsequent reads.

Jill Kargman, New York Ti

With wit, wisdom and a modern new voice, McRobbie deftly weaves a brave and heartfelt cancer memoir with a practical guide on the healing power of female friendship.

Hernan I. Vargas, M.D.

As a physician, I strive to offer my patients more than just the technical aspects of surgery and disease management. I have tried to offer care to my patients that goes beyond the disease itself. Since reading Why is She Acting So Weird?, I have changed how I view patients and value so much more the family and friend support system that is essential to healing. I have modified my approach and now encourage my patients to seek that community support.
- Hernan I. Vargas, MD, Director of the Inova Breast Care Institute at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Sandra Westfall

Here, with unflinching honesty, McRobbie relives the pains, triumphs and, yes, awkwardness, of navigating her friendships while facing down cancer. Why is She Acting So Weird? was exactly what I was in the market for--packed with thoughtful, concrete guidance based on real experience. During a crisis, it takes a village. And sometimes that village could use instructions. Why is She Acting So Weird? is that instruction manual.
-Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, PEOPLE Magazine correspondent.

Ulman Cancer Fund For You

It is our life's work to create a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. Why is She Acting So Weird? is going to play an important role in that work. McRobbie has created an important tool for friends who are at a loss for how to help their friend cope with cancer diagnosis or other crisis. The practical guidance in this book will benefit friends and survivors alike.
- Brock Yetso, President and CEO, and Brian Satola, COO and Senior Director of Awareness and Activation, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults