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“Because every girl can use a best-friend-in-a-book, and this one is a winner: funny, smart, and brutally honest.” (Flavorwire.com)

“A thoughtful chronicle with inspiring lessons in personal growth and building a life one loves from the inside out.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Anna David’s journey is ripe with wry observation of situations ranging from poignant to hilarious, ending with the ultimate message that we create our own happy endings. In short? I fell for Anna David, and you will, too.” (Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of Bitter Is the New Black)

“In this new form of reality lit, Anna David shows it’s never too late to come of age and sometimes it takes an unexpected fairy godmother- say Helen Gurley Brown-to get us there. Anna had me falling for her, myself, and this book with every brave and vulnerable page.” (Jennifer Belle, New York Times bestselling author of High Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch)

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Like most women, whether they’ve chosen the Fortune 500 career path or have had five kids by 35, Anna David wondered if she’d made the right choices. Then she came upon the book Sex and the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan’s fearless leader from the mid-sixties to the late nineties. Immediately connecting with Gurley Brown’s unique message of self-empowerment combined with femininity, Anna vowed to use Sex as a lesson plan, venturing out of her comfort zone in the hope of overcoming the fears and insecurities that had haunted her for years. Embarking on a journey both intensely personal and undeniably universal, she becomes adventurous and spontaneous—reviving her wardrobe and apartment, taking French lessons, dashing off to Seville, and whiling nights away with men she never would have considered before. In the process, she ends up meeting the person really worth changing for: herself.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061996041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061996047
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
After meeting a married man who she connects with but can't have, Anna David decides to shake up her life via advice from famed pioneering Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, following as much of her retro advice as she can. Much of Brown's advice seems truly dated, but David manages apply it to very modern phenomenon like online dating. Any woman who's participated in online dating and experienced the hell that is the wishy-washy dater (or really any kind) will appreciate her adventures meeting men there.

But this is more than a book about a single woman's relationship travails. David explores what has made her happy, and unhappy, in the past, and seeks to recreate the former and change the latter. She travels to Seville, a city she remembers fondly from her college days, and while at first she despairs that it isn't the same as she recalled, but proceeds to stick it out and marvel in simple things, like finding an out of the way gym.

I liked the times when David disagreed with Brown, managing to still create an homage to the author while putting her foot down about just how far she'll go. It's not just about how she redecorated or who she dated, as why. As her motivation shifts from self-improvement in the name of dating to simply enjoying her new experiences without a big goal or lesson in mind, David becomes more relatable. She isn't trying to claim that her way (or Gurley's) is the only way, but simply one way she fell for, and learned about, herself. An entertaining memoir that will be especially of interest to people in their thirties (or older) who feel like they're "too old" to change their lives.
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Great writers are exhibitionists, and in "Falling for Me" Anna David has become both. The premise of the book has Ms. David following the advice of "Sex and the Single Girl" by Helen Gurley Brown in an attempt to change her life. In each chapter we follow Ms. David she goes on Brown-inspired adventures: Wind-Surfing, cooking, decorating her apartment, learning to apply makeup, assembling a wardrobe, learning French, taking a pottery class, traveling alone, and meeting eligible men.
Anna David's self-deprecating writing style makes for a largely fun book to read. This book also marks a noticeable growth in her already solid writing skills as she shares some painful moments with her readers at key points in the book. For example the first chapter features ugly revelations about herself, her character, and how she feared growing old alone. This is a hell of an admission from someone who makes a living as a "relationships expert", yet can't get her own love life off the ground. The book weaves this theme throughout, and we get to see her get a grip on who she really is. Then we watch as she evolves as she actively works to allow herself to grow.
"Falling for Me" is a great book for men and women. It's about getting past the worst enemy in your life - yourself, and discovering the rest of your life. It's not preachy, it's not high-brow psycho-babble, it's straight, humorous, bittersweet memoir from Anna David. The book avoids cliché and is honestly written and that's the highest compliment I can make about any book. Great gift idea too .
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Ok, so the author is crazy but hit the nail on the head with this story. She taps into something that so many people are going through - You can easily feel like something is wrong with yourself if you get to your 30s and are unmarried because you're not right in the head. I just spent all night reading the book and I'm sure it will be a huge success. Read the first chapter online and it only gets better. For me, it was like reading a female version of my own story. The author is smart...the personal nature of her stories and thoughts cut through the B.S. bravado in her life and the reader's. It was worth reading all night...although I doubt my skin is going to be glowing when the sun comes up. Highlights include: plenty of hot single sex, inner thoughts on everything, lots of dates and watching the Author grow into herself. The book had a, 'man in the grey flannel suit' quality about it. If you understand what she's talking about...this book could be a life changer. I'm going to buy some extra copies for friends.
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I'm not sure I know anyone that can say they haven't struggled, or at least questioned if their life is where they thought it would or should be at some given point in time. There always seems to be the ever petulant feeling that the roadmap you planned for your life (or society programmed you to plan) doesn't match where you think it should be.

Anna David's pivotal moment came when she was on the verge of a major meltdown and became captivated by the pages of Sex & the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown in a NYC bookstore. Being single wasn't the end all...timeless advice from this 1960's book. This motivated Anna to apply age old advice, with a modern day girl spin to find love.

Throughout the book, the author depicts her most intimate thoughts, questionable choices, actions and vulnerabilities. It was uncannily comforting to feel as if this stranger was describing so many of my own life experiences. It was like reading chapters out of my own story.

The wit, inner-banter and vulnerability eloquently detailed by Anna provides an outlet for self awareness and entertainment, whether you're a single girl of all ages or married woman with or without children. And the perfect and insightful resource for the curious male.

My 'Falling for Me' experience provided me with what a book hasn't in a very long time... inspiration and camaraderie. The universal message lets you know that whether it's something small or something that scares you to the core, those are the things that guide on the ultimate quest to finding love...in yourself.

Nicely done Anna David.
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