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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,881 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Liz Tuccillo Narrator: Judy Greer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780743569682
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It’s the most annoying question and they just can’t help asking you: 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 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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tuccillo, a former story editor of HBO’s Sex and the City, shows that she can tell a story on the page as well as she can on the small screen. Her novel cleverly moves back and forth between the heroine’s travels all over the world to her friend’s dealing with the everyday minutiae back home in New York City.” 

    Romantic Times

  • “In her energetic fiction debut, [Tuccillo] follows the dating lives of five single New York women, one of whom, narrator Julie, is writing a book about how bachelorettes across the world manage. The subsequent stories of courtship, marriage, and romantic expectations are revealing and compelling.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tuccillo, author of the enormously popular He’s Just Not That Into You, ventures into fictional territory that distinctly echoes Sex and the City…Both entertaining and thoughtful, Tuccillo’s debut is a must read for women navigating the sometimes treacherous dating world.” 

    Booklist

  • “Liz Tuccillo’s debut novel is part fascinating, hands-and-lips-on anthropological study and part whirlwind trip around the world. But most of all, How To Be Single is a tribute to female friendship with a double dose of hilarity and heart!” 

    Claire Cook, author of  Must Love Dogs

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen Donnelly | 2/2/2014

    " I rarely stop reading a book before finishing, but I just couldn't keep going with this one. I gave it 100 pages and had NO interest in the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cursedwyvern | 2/1/2014

    " From the chick who created Sex and the City! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 1/22/2014

    " Chick lit for chicks who like to travel. Interesting characters, very Sex and the City, but slightly more realistic and sad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kati | 12/29/2013

    " I rarely start a book and then not finish it, but I just can't get into this one. I'm a bit disappointed -- from the description I thought it was going to be a cute book about some single women and their struggles to find "Mr. Right" ... in a way that's what it's about, but in a way it's not, and it's not cute. I thought I would find myself chuckling out loud at some of their exploits, but I didn't. It almost reads more like a non-fiction book about 4 women, and one in particular who decides to travel the world to learn how women around the world deal with being single. Perhaps I can't get into it because I'm not single and I never really did the dating scene, and I've never lived in a large city ... I don't know, but I've got too many books on my TBR list to spend time reading one that isn't enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 12/22/2013

    " this book is cute, I read it thinking it would cheer me up... don't make that mistake. while it is a fun book, it really explores different versions of relationships and takes itself to a place that isn't quite 'beach reading' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/20/2013

    " I would give this book three and a half stars if I could. it was certainly depressing at times, but I felt I could see a bit of myself in every character in this book, and found the sheer honesty of it to be remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evangeline Than | 12/9/2013

    " A fun read. Tuccillo's television background can clearly be found in the episodic chapters and always active, expressive, and compact writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 10/30/2013

    " Surprisingly thoughtful for chick lit. The stories of what it is like to be a single woman in other parts of the world -- India, Italy, Australia -- were especially fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 10/28/2013

    " This wasn't amazing by any stretch, but enjoyable for this type of book. A mixture of being both hilarious at times and also depressing! It's fiction, but it reads like non-fiction... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/9/2013

    " Funny with many moments I could relate to as a recently single woman at 45. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HKd | 10/1/2013

    " Liked it much more than I expected - especially the ending. It's like "Eat,Pray, Love" meets "Bridget Jones" but with more intelligence and compassion than either of those . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda | 9/12/2013

    " I read it so you don't have to. A fiction book trying to be Eat, Pray, Love. The main character travels the world to interview single women and learns.... pretty much nothing. Oh, I mean, she learns that it is important for each of us to love ourselves. OK? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/27/2013

    " Mildly entertaining at best, pretty average for most. I found it depressing no mater what side of the fence your sitting in (married or unmarried, singled or coupled). Sadly comparable to Around the World in 80 dates, which was horrid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyssa Cusimano | 4/23/2013

    " Not a how-to manual but a mix of Sex & the City and Eat, Pray, Love. Stories about single women in New York, plus the author traveling the world researching what it's like to be single in various other countries. Actually surprisingly entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya1301 | 6/8/2012

    " loved all of it! so funny, so real! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rene | 12/16/2011

    " Capricious, vain, lost in a biological maze so mundane it's cliche. Prepare for crazy. A manual on how NYC women think. Easy and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen Liefer | 10/25/2011

    " got a little slow and annoying for a bit in the middle but I mostly loved it. I seriously laughed out loud repeatedly! There were also some touching moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 9/2/2011

    " A nice "chick lit" read. It was insightful, touching, fun and in a small dose empowering to read as a single lady. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabyoanh | 7/17/2011

    " Great beginning, great idea but bad ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelica | 6/6/2011

    " This was a really entertaining and fun read, a lot of good one-liners and funny truths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/8/2011

    " I probably would have given this book 5 stars as a fun read but not sure I like how they end it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 4/21/2011

    " If I had read this book when I was single, I would have converted to Catholicism and joined a convent.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pennie | 4/16/2011

    " Cute book. It was a collision of Sex and the City and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I enjoyed how there were 5 different women, all with different stories. It definitely reminded me of my single years, I could relate to each of the characters. Entertaining, fun, and funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/8/2011

    " Easy to read, funny and sardonic, gave me a few chuckles. Liz Tuccillo was a writer for sex in the city and co-author of "he's just not that into you". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 HKd | 3/31/2011

    " Liked it much more than I expected - especially the ending. It's like "Eat,Pray, Love" meets "Bridget Jones" but with more intelligence and compassion than either of those . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ters | 3/24/2011

    " another $1 HPB find and I heard J. Aniston is going to be a movie based on this book soon. But I won't think about that... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 3/22/2011

    " This book made me feel like I could breathe better. I just loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christen | 3/15/2011

    " Liked it! Kinda eat, pray love esque. Not as good as Gilbert's writing style, but enjoyable non the less! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/28/2011

    " I would give this book three and a half stars if I could. it was certainly depressing at times, but I felt I could see a bit of myself in every character in this book, and found the sheer honesty of it to be remarkable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/25/2011

    " I like seeing into people's lives; figuring out why the make the choices they do. I wasn't thrilled with the choices, but I liked the resolution. It left the the characters with hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 1/2/2011

    " Dramatic and Sincere. True heartfelt situations. "

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About the Author

Liz Tuccillo was an executive story editor of HBO’s Emmy-winning series Sex and the City and has also written for Off Broadway. She is currently living and dating in New York City.

About the Narrator

Judy Greer was born in Detroit and studied at The Theatre School, DePaul University’s prestigious theater conservatory program. She is one of the most prolific actresses of her time, appearing to date in over eighty roles across film and television. Greer starred in the Oscar-winning film The Descendants and the remake of Carrie. No stranger to the small screen, she voices a character on the cult hit Archer and can be seen in Arrested Development. On stage, Greer made her Broadway debut in Dead Accounts. She stars in her own Yahoo! series called Reluctantly Healthy. Greer currently resides in Los Angeles.