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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.

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

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It's a must listen too.

I got this book, because I heard that Dakota Johnson was in the movie coming out in 2016. This book had me laughing even though I'm not single any more I felt like I coukd relate. it's a great story and it has a lot of truth to it. I suggest listening to it.

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Funny and entertaining

Really good and funny book, the way the reader reads it captures you and I could almost visualize it all.

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I enjoyed the story.

I enjoyed the story as well as the performance. Even as a man I found parts I could relate to.

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Hilarious

I love this book so much , it was a fun book to listen to on the bus and at work. The characters were exciting and funny and being single it certainly made sense the craziness of not being able to find the one. It was weird to see parts of myself in each character and realizing that I need to really let go.

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loved it!

The narrator was great. I loved listening to her. The plot was full of twists.

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awesome book

loved it, will either read or listen to it again. I need to learn to love myself for who I am.

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Not an second of humour

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is a desperate attempt at SATC, but less fun and relatable.

Would you ever listen to anything by Liz Tuccillo again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

All in all awful

What character would you cut from How to Be Single?

The main character, totally unrelatable

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entertaining

So I decided to read the book before I saw the movie... I wanna see how that goes. I liked it. not what I expected but I enjoyed it.

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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.