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About The Book

“Hilarious.” —Cosmopolitan

A laugh-out-loud, tongue-in-cheek guidebook filled with hilarious and helpful advice—from how to dodge family members’ unwanted questions about babies to successfully creating a fake partner during wedding season—for anyone trying to survive and thrive in the midst of singledom. Perfect for fans of Hey Ladies! and Single State of Mind.

So, you’re single. Whether existing sans partner is a new state of being or you’ve been on this solo journey for a while, the fact of the matter is this: being single is actually awesome.

You can do whatever you want, travel wherever you want, and be your truest, most free self. But there are a lot of people out there—your mom, your married best friend, the wedding industry, society—who see things differently. To them, singledom is something to avoid at all cost, no matter how many times you tell them you love your life the way it is. The limit does not exist when it comes to telling Aunt Carol you still don’t want to be set up with her neighbor’s ex-stepson.

Now, Melissa Croce gives you the tips, tricks, and sage advice you need to graciously endure all of the cringe-worthy scenarios your single self may dread, from awkward small talk with an ex to navigating well-meaning but insensitive relatives. And it helps you truly flourish in your singledom, offering activities like quizzes aimed at helping you find a new hobby and tarot spreads for that cozy Saturday night in. Part real-world guide, part commiseration, and part celebration, Single and Forced to Mingle will steer you through the ups and downs of being single, reminding you just how good it feels to be free.

About The Author

Melissa Croce is a Pacific Northwest native who left her beloved rainy region behind to work in publishing in New York, where she markets books to librarians. When she’s not working, she can be found sleeping, reading tarot cards, watching hockey games, and spending way too much time on the internet, which is how Single and Forced to Mingle initially came to be. You can find her on Twitter @MelissaCroce.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (January 5, 2021)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982144357

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Raves and Reviews

"Full of hilarious, but also very helpful, advice for all singles out there."

– Cosmopolitan

“Croce debuts with a bright and witty guidebook for living the single life...The smart and irreverent advice will be welcomed by readers who love living solo.”

– Publishers Weekly

“Croce is here to offer fun and helpful advice to both those who are single by choice and by chance in this guidebook that is perfect for the unpaired Millennial… A perfect companion piece for Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies.”

– Booklist

"Nine Books We Can't Wait to Read in January"

– PureWow

“Not only is the book a funny, lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek guidebook on dating (or rather, the lack thereof), it’s a wonderful book on building comfort in being by yourself, which is starkly relevant and handy for these current times . . . Single or otherwise, SINGLE AND FORCED TO MINGLE is worth a read.”

– The Mary Sue

“A fun, breezy read, and Croce is an entertaining writer … Who it’s for: People who like Buzzfeed quizzes; anyone who misses the Internet culture of 2015; anyone who has gone to more than three baby showers and/or engagement parties in a three month period.”

– The Boston Globe

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