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This Is Why You're Single



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About The Book

Whether you're falling for that man child for the fifty-seventh time or text messaging your way to stalker status, dating can make you want to find a nice roomy hermitage on Airbnb and live a solitary, monk-like life.

Luckily, that frustration ends now.

This Is Why You're Single breaks away from your typical dating guide by taking a page from Aesop's playbook with hilarious modern-day dating fables paired with advice, entertaining quizzes, graphs, and illustrations. Dating will feel a whole lot more doable, a little less weird, and, well, actually pretty fun.

About The Authors

Laura Lane is is the coauthor of This Is Why You’re Single, which began as a sold-out sketch show, an iTunes Top 10 Comedy podcast, a YouTube channel, and a Twitter feed with Angela Spera. The duo have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Daily News (New York), New York magazine, Time Out New York, and The New York Times. Visit her website

Angela Spera is the coauthor of This Is Why You’re Single, which began as a sold-out sketch show, an iTunes Top 10 Comedy podcast, a YouTube channel, and a Twitter feed with Laura Lane. The duo have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Daily News (New York), New York magazine, Time Out New York, and The New York Times. Visit her website

Product Details

  • Publisher: Adams Media (December 8, 2015)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781440588846

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Raves and Reviews

Praise for THIS IS WHY YOU'RE SINGLE (the book):

"Cutting-edge dating advice for millennial women. With candor and razor-sharp wit, comedy writers Lane and Spera debunk the mysteries of 21st-century dating...and get advice-seeking single women to envision--and modify--their own behavior. At once hilarious and seriously practical." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Lane and Spera charm in this laugh-out-loud self-help book, based on their comedy show of the same name, about the perils of the modern dating scene. Humor-filled and irreverent, this book...has quite a bit of useful advice, reinforced by the humorous quizzes and exercises sprinkled throughout.... This is a must-read for both singletons and those who have found their happy-ever-afters." --Publishers Weekly

"Laura and Angela wrote the fuck out of this book. I loved it. It's really funny and makes me very happy that I haven't been single in 21 years. If you want to laugh and find out what's wrong with you, buy this book." --Joel McHale, star of Community and host of E!'s The Soup

"I wish I had this book to run home to after every bad date I've ever been on and laugh. It's like hanging out with your most-trusted best friend--and it would have stopped me from sending a lot of embarrassing texts." --Meghan McCain, author of America, You Sexy Bitch and FOX News contributor

"A new take on old dating issues and sound advice on all of the crazy new ones--like the honest, sarcastic big sister you never had. Keep it on hand until you're happily on your honeymoon--then do your single girlfriends a favor and pass it along." --Kate Hogan, Deputy Features Editor at

"As a Bachelor reject, I say spare yourself a national breakdown and buy this book! Modern-day dating makes it very easy to F up any relationship before it's even started, but they've figured it out. God bless. Don't go on The Bachelor--read this damn book." --Jenna Burke, ABC's The Bachelor contestant, season 16

"Serious laughs and lessons throughout. Aside from B.O., this book articulates why you keep finding yourself alone on national holidays!" --Jordan Carlos, panelist on MTV's Girl Code and reporter on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

"A hilarious and original take on dating with sketch-inspired stories and advice.... And no, I have never dated either of them." --Ali Farahnakian, founder of the Peoples Improv Theater and former Saturday Night Live writer

"Laura and Angela are not only funny writers, but wonderful human beings. We like them so much that we are personally endorsing their work even though they refused to give us any money." --Jake and Amir's Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld

"Read this book if you want to get over yourself and under someone better." --Dr. Alex Schiller, author of Never Sleep Alone

"Their completely non-traditional dating guide will have you simultaneously falling over laughing and nodding along in agreement, because their advice is just too darn on point."

"In the book, Lane and fellow comedy writer Angela Spera imagine hiring a private investigator to do a background check on a date and bribing a 13-year-old girl to give them texting advice. They offer a 'disaster date drinking game' and a quiz that will help you determine if you're dating a 'man-child.' Everyone from comedian Joel McHale to The Bachelor contestant Jenna Burke is offering early praise for the book, with Kirkus Reviews deeming it 'cutting-edge dating advice for millennial women.' --OC Register

"A witty dating guide that just might help land your IRL mate." --People Magazine

"Comedians Laura Lane and Angela Spera...have lots of advice for singles from their time in the dating trenches. These tips are applicable to anyone." --The Washington Post

"After all their frustrating Tinder swiping and one-night stands, the two realized it was kind of hilarious... The duo turned their recurring stage act into a hit podcast this year, and a book under the same title hit shelves this week." --New York Post

"This witty and wise dating guide combines the social analysis of Sex and the City with the sassy irreverence of Broad City." --In Touch Weekly

"Engagement season is upon us, and...Lane and Spera [are] determined to give readers something...special in this book: great advice and laughter. Whatever your dating mistakes have been, Lane and Spera are here to help, and they promise it'll be a good time." --Bookish

"Dating advice show junkies should find a place among the best for Lane and Spera's growing, modern millennial voice." -- A.V. Club

Praise for THIS IS WHY YOU'RE SINGLE (the show):

"An entertaining ride through some of the curiosities and headaches of modern dating, with scenes inspired by real-life dating in New York." --The Wall Street Journal

"Find joy in laughing at these two girls and their ridiculous reasons for being single. They have all the same reasons you have probably thought of, but to scary extremes your sane mind would never let you get to." --StageBuddy

"Comedy writers...Lane and Spera based this entertaining book on their sketch show with the same title. They provide a series of likely dating scenarios that features actual physical meetings in the subway, texting protocol, traveling in packs, and go-to excuses for leaving a date early.... Terrific guidance for those who know FOMO, Tumblr, and Anthropologie." --Library Journal

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