This book reads like a poor end-of-term school project, full of blindingly obvious statements and tips that are so trite as to be completely unhelpful. For example, "Show liking. When you meet up with a friend you should look pleased to see him and smile broadly". Yes, thanks for that - but it's hardly a surprise, nor an in-depth analysis...and it doesn't help the reader to understand HOW to find that friend in the first place, or to understand what loneliness is or where it stems from. If you're after some practical tips on making friends with people you meet, a better option is "How to click with everyone everytime" by David Rich, and for the depression part of loneliness, "The Depression Cure" by Dr Steve Ilardi is a complete set of practical tips. As for how to make friends when you don't fit into the the standard "young and attractive" box, or how to feel less lonely when in a crowded room of strangers....well, maybe the book is out there somewhere. But this isn't it.