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How to Be Single: A Novel | [Liz Tuccillo]

How to Be Single: A Novel

On a brisk October morning in New York, Julie Jenson, a single 38-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 fun girls' night out with all of their single friends to remind her why it is so much fun not to be tied down.
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Publisher's Summary

On a brisk October morning in New York, Julie Jenson, a single 38-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 fun girls' night out with all of their single friends to remind her why it is so much fun not to be tied down.

But the night becomes a wake-up call for Julie because none of her friends seem to be having much fun: Alice, a former legal aid attorney has recently quit her job to start dating for a living; Serena, who is so busy becoming a fully realized person that she can't find time to look for a mate; and Ruby, a curvy and compassionate woman, has been mourning the death of her cat for months.

Fed up being single in Manhattan, Julie sets off to find out how women around the world deal with this dreaded phenomenon. From Paris to Rio to Sydney, Bali, Beijing, Mumbai, and Reykjavik, Julie falls in love, gets her heart broken, sees the world, and learns more than she ever dreamed possible. Written in Liz Tuccillo's pitch-perfect, hilarious, and relatable voice, How to Be Single is the ultimate novel for the adventurer in us all.

©2008 Liz Tuccillo; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A fun read that reminds single girls everywhere that it's fabulous to be single." (Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes)

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    Melissa Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 09-02-08
    Melissa Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 09-02-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Funny, quirky, enjoyable read"

    A funny, sexy, uplifting and yet sometimes bleak look at one woman's quest to learn more about the plight of being a single woman over the age of 35-ish from New York City to various cities around the world. Narrated with engaging quirkiness by actor Judy Greer, I couldn't wait to hear more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adina SWAMPSCOTT, MA, United States 07-10-13
    Adina SWAMPSCOTT, MA, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Trip Around the World in a Few Short Hours!"
    What did you love best about How to Be Single?

    I really liked all the places/settings. It kept the book interesting.


    What other book might you compare How to Be Single to and why?

    Eat Pray Love--I haven't read it, but it's similar in the sense that this girl is traveling around the world to really find herself. It's a nice concept and didn't feel too played out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of any particular ones off the top of my head, but there was some really quick and sharp humor (like off handed remarks) that were just really funny. This narrator did an awesome job capturing all of the accents from around the world and grasping the true personality of each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I probably could've. I just wish it wasn't abridged.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the unabridged version was on Audible. This version seemed rushed and not every sequence of events added up. I would probably want to read the book version of this to get the spots I feel are missing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Columbus, OH, United States 10-03-12
    Karen Columbus, OH, United States 10-03-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "The best part was the picture on the book cover"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I can't say this had any redeeming qualities. Predictable, cliched characters and an implausible plot seemed to doom it from the start. I am all for a dose of heady unreality in chick lot, but this was just a waste of time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Liz Tuccillo again?

    No, absolutely not.


    Did Judy Greer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    With all the accents the poor reader had to do, I feel whatever fee received for reading this tripe was well deserved.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Ugh....must I finish this?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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