How to Be Single
Why are you single?
On a brisk October morning in New York, Julie Jenson, a single thirty-eight-year-old book publicist, gets a hysterical phone call from her friend Georgia. Reeling from her husband's announcement that he is leaving her for a samba teacher, Georgia convinces a reluctant Julie to organize a...more
This was an essay disguised as a novel,and reads like a non-fiction, which works for the book. I didn't hate the book - it flows well en...more
Alice is a Legal Aid Attorney who quits her job for a new career in dating. She meets a wonderful guy and is tired of dating - will sh...more
Anyhow the cover was very eye catching since it's a great marketing logo for single women, stories regarding the 5 women were neither realistic nor interesting to read about.
The interesting part of it all was when Liz the writer decided to acknowledge her friends through the whole helping journey with the book and the one name that I can recognize linked to the Middle East was Dim...more
Okay, not gonna lie. Even though I am not a huge fan of the chick-lit genre, I totally enjoyed reading this book. I picked it up on a whim, as more of a joke. The title stood out as something that me and my also newly-divorced roommate could get on board with, and it conveniently turned out to be by the coauthor of "He's Just Not That Into You" - a book we both want to read and a movie we want to see even more.
It was one of those books that kept me intrigue...more
The story goes back and forth between Julie on her travels in various cities and countries and her single friends back in New York. Her story begins with a discussion of why each of those friends is single. Her friends a...more
It’s a great premise, except that Julie gets air sick every time she flies and is too shy to talk to strangers on her own. Fortunately, one of her friends is able to fly across the world to each country she visits to hold her hand. And in every country s...more
What I loved here, and made me laugh over and over, is how nutty we get at a certain age when we haven't married. Yes, I know that married folk have their own ide...more
Well, first off, the title of the book is so contradictory to what it is actually about. The title should be: “How NOT to be single”.
I am disappointed in this book because personally becoming recently single after being in a serious long term relationship I was hoping to read a book that gives you advice and insight into how to be okay being single. Not that I need it, but that’s what I assumed the book would be about, given the title.
The overall feeling I got from the bo...more
But along the way toward showing her what a fun-filled life she can now have, Julie realizes something. None of her friends is really having much fun, and in their lives are great spaces full of lost hopes and dreams.
So Julie's next...more
Unfortunately, it's not - but in a decent way.
Tuccillo succeeds in having her protagonist discover and experience various different ways that single...more
However, I simply could not get past the author's opinion that the main is...more
In Australia she writes: “Like an aborigine with a bottle of Wild Turkey, Georgia spiraled out of control.” and “Her name was Fiona Crenshaw from Tasmania (a small island off the coast of southern Australia).”
Then in China she writes: “In Beijing, as I soon found out, they enjoy “squatter” toilets. Even in some upscale establishm...more
Julie decides to travel the world to see what it means to be single in other countries, since she and her friends all find themselves in their 30s and single (gasp!). She proposes this idea to her boss at the publishing house, and her trip is born. She travels to several different countries and experiences love and freedom while doing her "research." While she is away, her friends grow close in the states, and a few even visit her at some point i...more
The abreviated audio CD was read by Judy Greer in a rather twee voice that grated at times, but my expectation of chick-lit was somewhat tempered by the travel aspect.
Thirty-something Julie decides to travel around the world with a view to writing a book about how single women deal with their situation in various countries.
She leaves her four single friends, with all their various problems, and travels from Paris to Rome, India to China, Brazil to Iceland, interviewing singl...more
My friend Suj and I have dubbed t...more
It's as if Carrie found four new girlfriends and decided to undertake an Eat, Pray, Love writer's jaunt--not with Mr. Big, but with a French Mr. Bigger, named Thomas, as her guide. Their mission? To find out how women across the globe are coping with being single.
The story isn't original, but I enjoyed it. It's a perfect airplane or beach read...more