It all began in fourth grade. Shy, nervous Bree and fearless, outgoing Shelly were an inseparable, albeit unlikely, pair. Together they survived the awkward years of junior high school and the transformative upheavals of adulthood—only to be cut short when, at the all-too-young age of 25, Shelly lost her life to complications caused by preeclampsia.
We Hope You Like This Song embarks on the story of how Bree keeps her friend’s memory alive by spending a year living the way Shelly would have—spontaneous, wild, and always to the fullest—from singing karaoke in public to giving Valentines to strangers. In the process of finding her inner-Shelly, she paints a vivid, and often hilarious, portrait of her fun-loving, social butterfly best friend and the adventures they experienced growing up together in ’80s and ’90s small-town America. Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and tearfully heartbreaking, Bree reminds us to cherish every moment and that friendship has the power to transform our lives—even after death.