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The Unexpected Joy of Being Single

Locating Happily-Single Serenity
Lu par : Catherine Gray
Durée : 10 h et 30 min
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Single in your late 20s or, hold the phone, in your 30s or beyond? Oh hi! You're in the right place.  

Over a third of us are now single. With the single camp growing at 10 times the rate of the actual population, it is now the norm to be single well into our 30s - the average marriage age for women is 35 and 37 for men. But nobody seems to have told society, rom-com makers, songwriters, marriage-hungry mothers, 'tick-tock' uncles, our mates or us that.  

Cue: single anxiety. Love addiction. Spending hours scrolling through dating apps. Being inconsolable when he/she doesn't text. Humming 'Here Comes the Bride' when they do.  

Catherine Gray went through all of this. And then some. She took a whole year off dating to get her love-hooked head straight. How do we chill our boots about our single status? Detach from 'all the good ones are gone!' panic? And deprogramme from urgent, red, heart-shaped societal pressure to find your 'other half'*? 

We know intellectually that single is far preferable to panic-settling, yet we forget that almost constantly. Why? Psychologists and neuroscientists tell us? Let's start the reverse brainwash and locate our happily single sanity for good. Are you in?  

*Spoiler: you're already a whole person. 

©2018 Catherine Gray (P)2018 Octopus Publishing Group

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27/03/2019

A voice actor would be a good investment

I so want to listen to this book but the accent and the reading pace is very hard to listen to. I’ll try to persist because I really want the content, and I can see it has great reviews, but we can’t all be excellent at all things. A professional narrator would have been a good investment.

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  • Tracy
  • 17/01/2020

Empowering and disappointing

Overall I really enjoyed this and found it to be empowering as a single woman. However, I was disappointed at the fatphobic narratives that sprung up occasionally throughout the book. Like talking about losing weight to better yourself for example. I get so tired of this being seen as a thing people must do. If we are truly trying to embrace ourselves and our singledome, then embrace your body as well.

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  • JenYaz
  • 04/02/2019

So thankful for this book

I applaud Catherine for writing a book that challenges stereotypes, outdated ways of thinking, and some of our personal insecurities about being "un-coupled." I found her account of her own very personal experiences to be refreshingly honest and beautifully vulnerable. I can honestly say that this book has changed the way my brain and my heart think about my solo life and my future. I feel unburdened and set free from the ridiculous stigma, unnecessary worry, and negativity that is often attached to being single. After listening to it on audible, I bought the book so I can soak it in again and go crazy with my highlighter! On a personal note to the author - I thank you so much Catherine for the encouragement and inspiration this book gave me. I respect your work and love the way you write! Also, I am so glad you narrated this book yourself....added more connection for me. Peace & love to all! ☮️🌟💟

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  • 09/09/2019

I would recommend but room to improve

The book overall is good and I enjoyed. It defiantly promoted some new thoughts and feeling on my own and social standards as well as my personal feels on these topics.
However the author has written a book about being single yet she almost constantly dates!! Yes she takes a brief hiatus but the number of guys mentioned must easily be in double figures and I presume she’s only drawn on certain relationships. Maybe call it ‘The unexpected joy of searching and reviewing’

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  • vania M.
  • 09/03/2019

Like a validation bath

I needed this book. Thank you for finally saying and validating the things on my heart about my single existence and making it ok to just be how and who I am. Liberating!!

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  • Meranda R.
  • 08/01/2019

Narrated with British Accent

Did not realize the narrator was British with a thick accent. Hard for me to understand what she was saying at times and I didn’t understand a lot of the slang terms. I didn’t connect with it at all.

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  • 04/03/2019

Perfect

Great book written by a strong woman. I enjoyed every minute listening to it. Feeling much better about being single. I could write so much now, but I just don't give a f*** and will keep it short. Get this book, it might change your life!

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