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How Do You Know?

How Do You Know?

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by Meredith Schorr

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"Maggie Piper navigates a version of Manhattan that's as fun and original as Woody Allen's or Sex and the City's. You won't forget this delightful cast of characters or Schorr's sharp, candid insights about the plight of the modern woman." – Diana Spechler, Author of Who by Fire and Skinny

Life doesn't happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and


"Maggie Piper navigates a version of Manhattan that's as fun and original as Woody Allen's or Sex and the City's. You won't forget this delightful cast of characters or Schorr's sharp, candid insights about the plight of the modern woman." – Diana Spechler, Author of Who by Fire and Skinny

Life doesn't happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age is just a number.

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn't look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-eight, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary break from her live-in boyfriend results in a breakup, Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0.

As Maggie reenters the New York City dating jungle, suitors present themselves quickly, but who is "The One?" Is he a sexy coworker, one of many bachelors at a speed-dating event, or is he the man she already set free? How do you know? Her fun-loving friends and supportive family, including meddlesome "no-filter" Aunt Helen, eagerly share their (often unsolicited) opinions, but Maggie is determined to find her own way, even if she falls on her face--repeatedly.

"Meredith Schorr is an author to watch." – Tracy Kaler, Founder and Editor of Tracy's New York Life

"Chick lit with depth. Fun story with a lovable main character. I was really rooting for Maggie to get her head together and enjoyed taking the journey along with her. I love all of Meredith Schorr's books, and this one didn't disappoint. I liked that it tackled deeper issues of aging and how it affects society's outlook on women (read: differently than it affects society's outlook on men), as well as men's and women's outlooks on love. I recommend!" – Stacey Wiedower, USA Today Bestselling Author of 30 First Dates

"I loved this book! Simply loved it." – Readers' Favorite

"I think every woman will relate to Maggie and her friends, no matter her age or relationship status." – Chick Lit Club

"I loved every minute of this well-written, funny, insightful novel." – The Book Bag

"Real characters, real emotions, real dilemmas. Schorr continues to deliver authenticity while at the same time telling an entertaining story." – The Book Fetish Blog

Related subjects include: chick lit, women's fiction, humor, humorous fiction, rom com, romantic comedy, friendship.

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Part of the Henery Press Chick Lit Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

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Meet the Author

A born-and-bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and humorous women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hardworking trademark paralegal and her still-single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.

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How Do You Know? 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AHK212 More than 1 year ago
Meredith Schorr hits the nail on the head in this book that shows what many of us have gone through finding ourselves single on the cusp of a big milestone birthday. Maggie is fun, witty, and best of all true to life in this story of what do you do when you realize your life isn't going the way you planned.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Meredith Schorr is a terrific storyteller, and How Do You Know? is the first book from her brand new series, Seeking Happily Ever After. This realistic story captured my attention from the very beginning with its entertaining plot, lively characters and New York City landscape. Since I grew up near NYC, I was able to identify with some of the restaurants, streets and venues, which resulted in many feelings of comfortableness. This is the story of Maggie Piper, a thirty-nine year old marketing manager completely obsessed with turning the big 4 0. Maggie is single, smart, and beautiful, yet due to societal norms and her own insecurities, has difficulty navigating her future. Luckily, she is surrounded by some very good friends who help and support her through this tenuous year. Maggie's decision to take a break from her loving, longstanding, and comfortable relationship with her boyfriend Doug, is the straw that broke the camel's back. Ms. Schorr does an amazing job of evolving Maggie's character from a caterpillar into a butterfly. Overall, this is a well-written, emotionally charged book with a great cast of characters. It has a vibe reminiscent of the popular Sex and the City series, with Maggie being a more cultivated version of Carrie's character. I loved how Ms. Schorr used matzoh ball soup as Maggie's anchor to good times with her family. This story has a wonderful and engaging ending, which continues to make me smile whenever I think about Maggie and Doug. I can't wait for book two! Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Another good read from Ms. Schorr! Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy Ms. Schorr’s new release. It was a good read that went fast and kept me reading from beginning to end. I laughed. I was sad. I was hopeful. I experienced it all. I enjoyed watching Maggie grow and come to terms with herself. You can’t help but love Maggie. She’s real, klutzy, comical. She’s down-to-earth, relatable. I’d go out for a drink with her and her friends during Happy Hour. And I loved the ending. It was fabulous. And not at all how I thought it was going to end. I think How Do You Know? will relate to quite a few women, their status notwithstanding. I don’t think it matters if you are in your early twenties, turning forty, single, or married, we all asked ourselves, “How do I know?” What was funny to me was that I remember thinking that I would be in Maggie’s position when I hit 40. I would bet most women have thought that, or at least considered it. Some may be experiencing it. Whatever the circumstance, you will get what Maggie is going through. All-in-all, a good read! Would I recommend it: Yes, I would recommend it. I would recommend all of her books. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In How Do You Know?, author Meredith Schorr weaves a wonderful women's fiction story that is a must read for every woman. Maggie Piper is on the cusp of turning thirty-nine, and as she takes stock of her life, she realizes that her biological clock is ticking loudly, and wonders if the various life milestones are out of reach. Realizing that she is at a crossroads in her life, and only has a year until she hits the Big 4-0, she embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery that will teach her a valuable lesson that life milestones don't happen on schedule, and that age is just a number. I absolutely loved following Maggie's story, she is a sassy lady that anyone can relate to. I saw so much of myself in Maggie, I found myself smiling as she pondered the various life milestones, I too once found myself in her shoes, so I couldn't help but cheer for her as she embarked on her year long personal journey of self discovery. Author Meredith Schorr weaves a lovely story that is like a breath of fresh air, it flows so smoothly that you can't help but find yourself immersed in Maggie's story. There is enough drama, humor, laugh-out-loud moments, and even a bit of food for thought that makes you stop and ponder your own life's journey. How Do You Know? is simply a refreshing food for your soul kind of story that will stay with you long after the last word has been read. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I love the fabulous book cover featuring the famous landscape of the city that never sleeps, I wouldn't expect anything less from a true New York girl.
bookloverfl12 More than 1 year ago
Hello midlife crisis for women! What wasn't there to like about this book? I related to Maggie so much. This book was written in such a fashion that you would believe it to be true or based on actual life events. Maggie doesn't want to settle for just any relationship so what better way than to take a break from your current (and great) relationship to find out but will your 'love' wait for you to find out if it is a happily ever after? Break ups, work flings, and speed dating are all involved! You will need to read to find out 'How Do You Know' if Maggie finds her Happily Ever After!
Christine_C More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel I’ve read by Meredith Schorr and I loved it! Maggie, the main character, is very likeable and funny. Her big question of “is he the right one” and all the doubts and self questioning about love, marriage and children were easy to relate to and you felt her anguish and heartache along her way to find true happiness. “How do you know?” is a well written and funny book with a great storyline which makes you want to keep turning the pages. I loved her interactions with her group of girlfriends and also the involvement of her family in her life. Definitely looking forward to reading more from this author! 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The final countdown for Maggie Piper as she approaches 40 years old and with a book divided into months, it was a great way to read it.  Maggie starts the book in a relationship with a guy, but she is not sure he is the one and she doesn't want to enter 40 years old in a dud relationship.  She wants a break, but he does the break up. Setting the book up by month and ending a month after her 40th birthday was great!  I loved reading month by month how she was doing approaching the milestone birthday.  Let's talk about her friends!  I loved that they were a main presence in her life and each had something going on, but it wasn't overly dramatic and they didn't steal the spotlight.  It was so fun to read about a group of women who would definitely admit to obsessing over men, but their careers and families were still on the main stage.  
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
I saw this one on Net Galley and grabbed it up because the premise sounded interesting because it's a bit different. Unfortunately, this wasn't a good fit for me. The story was a bit blah and depressing. It felt like a "coming of age" story but the main character was almost 40. And there are a few "scenes" that were just crass (not even romantic). I didn't see the point in adding those bits in except to be racy. The ending wrapped things up nicely and gave an inkling of a happily-ever-after, but it was almost too little, too late for me. I received a free copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for my fair and honest review.