The Blonde Theory

By: Kristin Harmel

To Karen and David. I couldn’t ask for a better sister and brother. I’m so proud of both of you—for all the wonderful things you are doing with your lives, but more so for the amazing people you have become. I’m so lucky to have you both in my life. I love you!


Thanks to Mom, the biggest inspiration in my life and the best person I know, to my wonderful brother and sister, David and Karen, and to Dad, who I love very much. I’m also fortunate to have the best set of grandparents in the world—even if Grandpa insists on always telling the embarrassing story of the first time he saw me! And thanks to the rest of my great family, too—-especially Aunt Donna, who helped instill in me a love of reading (and always beats me at Trivial Pursuit!). I love you all!

Thanks to all the great folks at Warner Books, especially my wonderful editor Emily Griffin (I’m so thrilled to be working with you!), Elly Weisenberg (You’re not just a great publicist, but a great friend, too), Jim Schiff (I’m so glad we’ve stayed friends!), Rebecca Oliver, Penina Sacks, Caryn Karmatz Rudy, Laura Jorstad, Brigid Pearson, Candace Waller, Tom Haushalter, and, of course, the incomparable Amy Einhorn.

Thanks to Elizabeth Pomada, for helping give me my start in the publishing industry. I will always be grateful to you. Thanks also to superstar agent Jenny Bent, with whom I am looking forward to many adventures, and to her assistant, Victoria Horn. Thanks to my film agent extraordinaire, Andy Cohen, who has become a great, valued friend. And thanks to Linda Kuczma, the patent attorney who let me pick her brain to make Harper more authentic. I’m so glad to have met you!

One of the best things about being a writer, I’ve discovered, is the wonderful friendships I’ve developed with other writers. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of the most generous, kind women in the business. Thanks to Alison Pace, Lynda Curnyn, Melissa Senate, Laura Caldwell, Julie Dam, Mari Mancusi, Lani Diane Rich, Jane Porter, and Liza Palmer. And a special thank-you to Sarah Mlynowski, who has not only become an amazing friend, but who has also gone above and beyond to help and advise me.

Thanks to the ladies of Olive & Bettes, Shou’ture, Blue Genes, and Shopgirl for the fabulous launch parties; to Laura Baddish and Bacardi for the partnership and the super-cool “Movie Star-tini” and “Tangerine-tini”; and to Amy Tan(gerine), for your business partnership, but especially for your friendship. You’re the best!

Thanks to my many friends, who have supported me, listened to me, read my drafts, and made my life happier. I am the luckiest girl in the world to know you all. Thanks especially to Gillian Zucker (it’s your book!), Lauren Elkin, Kristen Milan, Kara Brown, Megan Combs, Wendy Jo Moyer, Amber Draus, Ashley Tedder, Lorelyn Koch, Kendra Williams, Don Clemence, Lisa Wilkes, Anne Rach, Andrea Jackson, Megan McDermott, Kelly McDermott, Trish Stefonek, Michael Ghegan, Michelle Tauber, Courtney Jaye, Samantha Phillips, Josh Henchey, Ryan Dean, Brendan Bergen, Eric Colley, Troy McGuire, Ben Bledsoe, Jeeves, Clayton Morris, Kia Malone, Mitch English, Lana Cabrera, Melissa Rawley Payne, Pat Cash, Courtney Harmel, Janine Harmel, Jay Cash, Tom Rottcher, Lindsay Soll, Mindy Marques, Steve Helling, Michael Kovac, the Vito crowd, Candace Craig, Jean-Marc Denis, Dave Ahern, Steve Orlando, John Kaplan, and Cap’n —and to my very favorite dogs and cats: Duke, Dr. Spots, Kitty, Tiger, Bailey, Buster, Bamboo, Jeffi, and Chloe.

And to anyone who has ever thought she has to change who she is: Believe me, if people don’t like you for who you are, they’re not worth your time in the first place. Be proud to be you—and strive only to be a better version of yourself. It’s the best thing you could ever be.

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”

—Marilyn Monroe, world’s most famous blonde

Chapter One

I didn’t know when it happened that it would be my last chance at finding love. I mean, who thinks like that? Sure, we agonize over breakups, cry with our girlfriends, drown our sorrows in too many pints of mint chocolate chip or too many martinis. But in the back of our minds, even as our hearts are breaking, we know there will be someone else. Maybe not right away, but eventually. There’s always someone else just around the corner.

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