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Dear Read: How to Be Single

Recently I picked up Liz Tuccillo’s, co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You, fiction debut How to Be Single. I loved the former, and the title of Tuccillo’s new book intrigued me. It was a complete impulse buy, but I’m glad I went for it because even though I didn’t love the book like I did He’s Just Not That Into You, it did bring up some very interesting points.

The story follows the narrator, Julie, on her travels around the world while she researches single women in every culture. Interwoven with Julie’s quest is her four single friends back home, succeeding and failing with their own journeys. It’s rife with stereotypes, but in many ways, I think the struggles are relatable to many single women.

In fact, the novel opens by confronting the burning question often asked of single people: Why are you single? I have many single friends who dread such a question; it seems to imply that there’s something wrong with them. You’ll have to read the book to find out what Tuccillo’s answer is, but for now, I’ll ask you. What’s your advice for how to be single? And how do you respond when someone has the nerve to ask you why you are?


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