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Why I Love Singlehood

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,035 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Eva Perino is single and proud of it. So proud, in fact, that she regularly boasts about it in her blog, “Why I Love Singlehood.” But upon learning of her ex-boyfriend’s engagement, Eva discovers her foundation is weaker than her façade. So begins a clumsy (and occasionally uproarious) search for love as she secretly joins an online dating site, tries her hand at speed dat ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by AmazonEncore (first published November 29th 2010)
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Laura Gurrin
May 11, 2013 Laura Gurrin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
I think if this book had ended the first time I thought it was going to end, somewhere around chapter 25, I would have given it three stars as a relatively entertaining light story about a single woman running a stereotypically cute coffee shop in an arty college town, looking (sort-of) for love. However, starting at about that chapter, each one felt to me like the closing chapter, in that 'life is messy and there are no clear resolutions' kind of way. Closure with the ex? Check! Resolution of r ...more
Dec 19, 2013 Nancye rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The title caught my eye in one of the emails I get about books for my kindle. I went to get more info and could not resist buying it. Definitely did not disappoint. I admit, as a single girl it would have been hard not to try this book. The main character, Eva isn't against being in a relationship, but she also enjoys being single and doesn't like dating. There were so many ways that I identified with her. Her blog about why she loves being single might have been my favorite p ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Gemma rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-vine
Why I Love Singlehood is about Eva, a College professor turned coffee shop owner who seems to go to work in her coffee shop everyday, complete with a large group of friends, sitting in the name seats each day and having debate's and discussions on various topics not unlike the FRIENDS TV show. Eva is single ever since her live-in relationship of 3 years with ex Shaun, and likes to claim she loves being single, but inside she doesn't really. She starts up a blog called Why I Love Singlehood, refe ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Hilde-Gunn rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, romance, 2013
This is a self-help book for single women disguised as a chicklit romance. Probably good for those who need it, but seeing as I am neither single nor incapable of loving myself, this was no book for me. I found the main character quite annoying, but since I rather liked some of the supporting charcters this wasn't completely wasted.
Fyreball Reed
WILS is way better than I expected. It's smartly written chick lit with real-world characters (none of the men are possessive alpha-males and no one is over the top beautiful, for example). Eva (pronounced Ayvah, not Eevah, this is a part of her dating stories) is going through a very early mid-life crisis: Her live-in boyfriend has moved out, she's changed careers (successfully, but still) and she's sworn off of coupledom. The dialogue is snappy, the story line flows well and the editor has don ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Ziaria rated it really liked it
This book had me from the first sentence. How can you go wrong with baked goodies and coffee. I often thought it would be great to find a place just like The Grounds. Someplace where you go just for a warm drink and pastry and end up finding a family of friends in the process.

This isn't a book with a single plot line, it's more of just a story unfolding. Yes there is a main theme going on but in reality it was more like watching a movie. I found myself drawn to all of the characters and their li
Felicia Wood
Apr 28, 2016 Felicia Wood rated it liked it
The cover drew me in, and the title gripped me. Ya see, I actually do love my independence, and I Thought this book would be an uplifting homage to all the independent ladies out there... Not So Much! Misled, I was, because *Spoiler Alert* Eva was just fooling herself and everyone around her. She wanted to have her cake and eat it too, all the while making her ex jealous (how old are we again?!)...Good through chapter seven, and then seemed a bit bipolar (the same way I felt while reading).

May 17, 2013 allisong rated it really liked it
I have now read all of Elisa Lorello's books and I can honestly say that I love her style and stories. I haven't been single for over 25 years, but I decided to read "Why I Love Singlehood"due to the fact I enjoyed all of her other books. This one did not disappoint. For all my married friends this is a great self discovery book that you will enjoy. For my single friends; I believe you will discover the same, but maybe have a greater appreciation for the choices that are offered to you.
Apr 24, 2014 Kylielibrary rated it did not like it
This was an easy read, it was extremely enjoyable for me though because I could relate to the main character so much that it was like reading something that I had written about my life, there were so many things we had in common. I also enjoyed the ending in that it was not stereotypical and gushy like the end of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Even though to some people this novel might not seem like anything special, it's "true to life" in that it's realistic but still nice to read.
Apr 23, 2013 Amber rated it it was ok
I found the writing forced, trivial, and downright cheesy. I actually groaned out loud a couple times. However, after reading some heavier books in recent weeks, this light read was a welcome reprieve. This is the second book of Elisa's I've read. I enjoyed Adulation- it was quite as forced, though the story was still predictable and cheesy. After reading this one, I don't think I will read another of this author's work.
Jan 21, 2016 Breezy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I started reading this book a few weeks ago. When the main character threw herself yet again at her former flame, in front of his fiancé, I couldn't do it. This morning I woke up, 1st of the year, wanting a new book to read after suffering yet another book hangover. I went to my Kindle Unlimited, decided to give it another try, and I restarted the book. There were painful pieces, where I wanted to hit the characters upside the head, but I kept going, new year and all. I just finished it, and hap ...more
Alexis Alexis

It was a cute, quick read. It was easy to relate to and envision, and the author did a great job with explaining each scene. I pictured a more updated "Friends" but from the cafe owner's perspective. Overall, a fun little read.
Jul 16, 2011 Anu rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
It was pretty much awful. The writing was all right but not enough to make me want to read another book by this author
Love being single

Singlehood is about finding and committing to the love of your life. I’m talking about the literal love of your life. Being in a place of self-sufficiency, strength, independence, comfort, confidence, and happiness is what matters. No relationship, no matter how seemingly perfect and compatible you are, can give you these things. You have to find them within. You have to bring them to your relationship. Because in the end, you don’t have to be alone to be single. And being singl
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it liked it
I loved the first AmazonEncore novel I read. I'll admit to being nervous when I started Andrew Xia Fukuda's CROSSING. I've wanted to rewrite the review of CROSSING, as I don't think I captured the novel well. I felt it exemplified the AmazonEncore statement of "exceptional yet overlooked books." I could see why it would be overlooked - the protagonist is often unlikeable and there is no happy ending. WHY I LOVE SINGLEHOOD had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, I felt like the novel fit "overloo ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A wonderful bright and easy chick lit read. I completely consumed this book in two sittings each by the pool! The book centers around a women in her early thirties who owns a coffee shop in a small college town. Within her coffee shop are regular customers who had some spice to the story, each of them have their own plotline that adds to the overall story. Eva is stuck in a relationship rut when she finds out that her ex is now engaged.

With three men vying for her attention, it was pure joy to
Oct 04, 2013 Gretchen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Following my reading of Les Mis, I have decided to read books that are a little bit lighter for my next few reads. Why I Love Singlehood is a book that I think I downloaded onto my Kindle for a very low cost. It is also the first complete book I have ever read on my Kindle.

Eva Perino (pronounced AY-vah not EE-vah) is a thirty-something single woman living in Wilmington, North Carolina. (As an aside, I LOVE Wilmington.) She wrote a novel and was a creative writing professor, but gave it up becaus
Sep 16, 2011 Meghan rated it it was amazing
Elisa Lorello has easily become one of my favorite authors. She writes novels exceptionally well. She even makes me want to take an English refresher course (evidently needed, I say). Anyway, "Why I Love Singlehood" is a likeable story that reminds me a classic Meg Ryan movie. I kept thinking of "You've Got Mail" [and "Waitress", albeit not a Meg Ryan movie] throughout the entire book (which made me giggle out loud when Lorello made the movie reference in the novel). The storyline is far from "Y ...more
Angela Risner
Jun 04, 2012 Angela Risner rated it really liked it

Eva Perino was a professor at a local university when her world was turned upside down by her boyfriend dumping her. She thought he was The One, he thought he didn't love her that way.

She decides to leave academia for the life of a coffee shop owner, even though she doesn't like coffee herself. She opens up a store called The Grounds and enjoys baking for her regular customers.

She learns that her ex has become engaged to his new love and decides to start a blog about why she loves being single.
Jun 27, 2011 Karielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog
Why I Love Singlehood by Elisa Lorello and Sarah Girrell
Release Date: May 31st, 2011
Publisher: AmazonEncore
Page Count: 356
Source: Received ARC from Little Bird Publicity for review

Eva Perino is single and proud of it. So proud, in fact, that she regularly boasts about it in her blog, "Why I Love Singlehood". But upon learning of her ex-boyfriend's engagement, Eva discovers her foundation is weaker than her façade. So begins a clumsy (and occasionally uproarious) search for love as she secretly
Jan 14, 2014 Marc rated it liked it
I hate it when authors collaborate. Not that I'm jealous because I will never work with anyone, but only because I can't tell who did what and it's hard to compare to the previous work I've read by one of those authors. I really want to compare this work to other books by Elisa Lorello I've read, but out of respect and self-confusion for Sarah Girrell, I won't.

Anyhow, I'm not afraid to say I love chick-lit even though I'm a dude. I can relate to a lot of it's themes. However, my life doesn't end
Jan 03, 2012 Belkis rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Elisa Lorello's writing talents in her novel Faking It and ever since I wait with bated breath for anything new she writes. This book, her newest writing efforts certainly did not dissapoint. It was funny as all heck, believeable and graspable wonderously developed characters, poingant storyline, WOW! Please Ms. Lorello, please continue to gift us with your amazing talent. I literally can not wait for your next book. I will read anything you write, and I mean anything and eve ...more
Kathleen Whalen
May 07, 2013 Kathleen Whalen rated it really liked it
This is a really fun book to read. As a single woman who has been traveling the gauntlet that is online dating and speed dating I found it really amusing. Although I think I had more fun with it and have more memorable experiences from it than Eva did and far more pictures of strange men's penises than she ended up with. I also like the characters. Especially the couple Spencer & Tracy. Was that combo on purpose? I love the name Minerva. Once she started blogging I expected to see more entri ...more
Claire Dawn
Nov 02, 2011 Claire Dawn rated it really liked it
I love it when a book deals with the concept that a woman should not be happy single. Eva is a succesful woman. She's given up her university teaching to run a cafe she love. She's got her dream house. But everyone seems to think, it won't be perfect until her dream man is at her side. To combat this, Eva starts a blog: Why I Love Singlehood. But as soon as she does, she finds out her ex is engaged and has to deal with the fact that she may not be as happy in her singlehood as she thought.

I rea
Carrie M. Burwinkel
Story of My Life

I am absolutely in love with this author and this book in particular!!! I felt like it was written for me or about my "Singlehood"!!! It's so refreshing to know I'm not alone and that singlehood isn't a bad thing!
Jun 15, 2014 Ashleylachell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Budget Jones Diary meets Julie and Julia.... sprinkled with a little Eat, Pray, Love.
If you are looking for a lighthearted beach read -this is your perfect match. I loved every minute of it!!!
Nancy Hirsch
Sep 06, 2014 Nancy Hirsch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friendly reading

This book was very enjoyable, I could identify with a lot of the plots and feelings. I would recommend it to relax and see that being single and having friends is a great adventure!
Mar 28, 2015 Stacy-Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get the audio book!

This book is so incredibly good. If you're going thru an uncertain phase in your life and not sure about being single, afraid of it. Read this book. Or rather listen to it. It's so beautifully narrated. Great story line. Great mix of characters. I saw myself in Eva. Really good read.
Jan 12, 2012 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was a great little read... it hit somewhere around "chick-flick with a little more gristle." The whole book from start to finish was entertaining and they authors did a really good job keeping the story interesting and moving along at a reasonable pace. I laughed out loud at several parts :) It didn't have huge shocking moments or too much drama - it was a great mid-winter book to curl up by the fire with :) Also, the self-discovery in the story seemed very real.... Eva (ma ...more
May 28, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2012
I fell in love with Elisa Lorello after reading Faking It and Ordinary World. I was not nearly as impressed with this book as I was with the first two. I honestly couldn't believe that Lorello had written this book, as it didn't seem at all like her other two novels.

The story and the characters were there for me in this novel, but the writing and flow of events seemed unpolished. She had great character development and a great premise, but something always felt off when I was reading the book. I
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Elisa Lorello was born and raised on Long Island, the youngest of seven children. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and launched a career teaching rhetoric and composition. She has been teaching first-year writing to university students since 2000, but went on sabbatical in fall 2012. Elisa spent six years in North Carolina, where she spl ...more
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