‘The Second You’re Single’ by Cara Tanamachi Book Review

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Buzzfeed calls The Second You’re Single by Cara Tanamachi a Most Anticipated Romance

There isn’t a better way to celebrate AAPI month this May, than with The Second You’re Single.

Sora Reid is a freelance writer who has a different mindset from her family; they are all driven and motivated while she is content with the status quo. As a Japanese-American, her mother is old-school strict. With love, but also overly harsh, she often implies that Sora should shed a few pounds. And countless times mentioned how she should find a husband.

But Sora is content with being single. In fact, she’s sworn off love. She dislikes Valentine’s Day…like really dislikes it, so she decides to remain single for the entire month of February. In her writing, she begins to encourage others to #gosolo and empower all her single women readers out there. Anyway, she’d much rather stay at home, live life off her schedule, and enjoy life with her pitbull rescue, bacon, and tequila.

As it always happens, Sora bumps into an old elementary schoolmate, Jack Mann, who has grown up very nicely. She starts finding herself thinking maybe she doesn’t want to “#gosolo” after all. But she can’t let down her readers, can she?

Cara Tanamachi’s romcom novel is hilarious and charming and is for anyone who has sworn off love and is looking for a novel filled with characters you can root for.


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More Rave Reviews for The Second You’re Single by Cara Tanamachi

“Hilarious and heartwarming…highly recommended.” – Library Journal (starred review)

 “It has everything I adore in a book: heart, humor, and a sizzling love story” -Kerry Rea, author of The Wedding Ringer

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

 “Will charm even the most reluctant heart with this treat. Readers will fall in love!” -Megan Crane, bestselling author of Getting Reckless

“The struggle can be real and the book captures the ups and downs of life in the singles lane. I found myself rooting for these characters until the very last page. Plus, I’m a sucker for a lovable pup. Sora, the main character, has an adorable dog, Larry. Great beach read!” – Verified Reader, Gretchen H.

The Second You’re Single is such a fun, fast-paced romcom with great character development on both sides. I enjoyed the romance even though there were times I wanted to scream at the characters to communicate more. The side stories involving Sora and her mom/sister were especially touching and the epilogue had me swooning.” – Meredith Schorr author of As Seen On TV


Cara Tanamachi
Photo sourced via Cara’s Website

About the Author(s)

Cara Tanamachi lives near Chicago with her husband and five children (two by biology and three by marriage), and their 85-pound Goldendoodle, Theodore. Raised near Dallas, Texas by her Japanese-American dad and her English-Scottish American mom, she was the oldest of two children (the debate still rages whether she or her brother are currently the family favorite). The University of Pennsylvania (Go Quakers!) grad worked as a newspaper reporter, and then published many novels under the name, Cara Lockwood. A former single mom, she spent eight years dating (hilariously and awkwardly) before finding the love of her life on Bumble (yes, Bumble!). She believes we all could use a little more happily ever after

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