The Second You're Single: A Novel

 The Second You’re Single: A Novel by Cara Tanamachi

Title:  The Second You're Single: A Novel
Author:  Cara Tanamachi
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin
Genre:  Romance
Format:  Kindle 
No. of Pages: 285
Date of US Publication:  31 January, 2023
My Rating:  2 Stars

My Thoughts 

I started reading this after a few heavy novels, wanting something fun. When I first began this, I was finding it to be laugh out loud funny, relatable, cringe-y, and it had so much heart. I’m still not sure what happened. 

I didn’t like Sora, I didn’t like Jack (do real adults actually say “AF” in any situation ever? Ugh). Larry is the best character in this novel; he’s certainly the most likeable.

This went from smart to really immature. The constant mentions of bacon was really annoying. I know that Sora was supposed to be a mid-sized woman but the constant mentions of her “unhealthy” eating gave off some serious vibes of guilt and shaming.

With the exception of the best friend, the majority of female secondary characters are portrayed as scheming and/or bitchy.

The romance aspect of this isn’t even on a chart, because there is nothing here between these two characters - he had a crush on her in elementary school because she wasn’t mean to him, and she falls in love with him because of his kindness to her, and the oft-mentioned good looks he possess. There was never an actual emotional connection. Sex is mentioned in passing, and engaged in off page. 

This one unfortunately didn’t work well for me. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin and NetGalley for the DRC.


Most Anticipated Romance by Buzzfeed

Cheerfully irreverent, bitingly funny, and filled with romantic charm, Cara Tanamachi's 
The Second You're Single is all about navigating the most romantic month of the year, and how love always seems to arrive when you least expect it.

Freelance writer Sora Reid believes in inertia. She’s the odd one out in a close-knit family of go-getters, including her Japanese-American mom, who hints about her need to lose weight, and her soon-to-be married, overachieving younger sister, who needs her to have a date for the wedding, since a wedding party couples' dance with their Scottish great uncle Bob simply won't do. For Sora, minimal input, minimal expectations is the way to go. She’d rather stay at home with her insufferable neighbor and her adorable pitbull.

The one thing that disrupts her inertia: an intense dislike for Valentine’s Day. What is it with the commercial love machine? Why do we pin our hopes on one romantic day, when staying home with a package of bacon and a bottle of tequila would be way better? Sora’s been betrayed and disappointed more than once and her heart is starting to feel like her Grandma Mitsuye’s antique Japanese ceramic bowl, with its many gold-filled cracks.

When her pledge to stay single in February inspires readers to #gosolo, Sora has a responsibility to empower her readers. But relationships aren’t built to last, so it shouldn’t be that hard. Right?

Enter Jack Mann. A muscle-bound baker who looks like he lifts logs on the weekends, Sora hasn’t thought of Jack since they were in elementary school together. When they see each other at the local grocery store and the attraction hits hard, Sora knows she has to shut it down, 
quick. She can’t #gosolo AND get the guy. She can’t let down her readers. And relationships always end, so why should Jack be any different–even though he’s confounding all her long-held expectations of love?

“Riotous, whip-smart, and original. Read this happy-making book if you love yourself.” —Jayci Lee, Author of Booked on a Feeling


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