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