Anna David--smart, successful, and single--spends one year following the advice of Cosmopolitan’s Helen Gurley Brown, and her 1960s bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, to change her life and either find “the one” or determine once and for all that it’s not in the cards.
Most women, whether they’ve chosen the Fortune 500 career or have five kids by 35, wonder if they’ve made the right choice. Anna David is no different. When she stumbles on a copy of Sex & the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown (Cosmo’s fearless leader of the 1960s), she connects with Helen’s unique message combining self-empowerment and undeniable femininity, and she embarks on a gutsy journey to reexamine her life, opening herself up to the people and places, the fears and vulnerabilities that have haunted her for years, in hopes that she will find peace and maybe even someone to share it with.
Using Gurley Brown’s book as a lesson plan, Anna ventures out of her comfort zone to meet men in new ways and date those she would have never considered. At the same time, she takes advantage of--and for the first time appreciates--all the things she wouldn’t be able to do if she had a crying baby and husband at home, whether that means trying the French class she has been too fearful to take, or upgrading her apartment from the college-style plastic shelves to a simple, elegant style befitting a grown woman, or even taking off on a spontaneous jaunt through Seville or dancing the night away with a much-younger stranger.
Anna David’s journey is both intensely personal and undeniably universal. With a fierce sense of ambition and determination, Anna shifts her focus to love and marriage, finally give herself permission to overcome her fears and embrace the idea of falling in love--or, more importantly, to see if it's something she even wants.