By Kristen McGuiness

51 dates. 50 weeks. That used to be the social scan Kristen McGuiness—single, residing in los angeles, and getting into her thirties newly sober—embarked upon. McGuiness concept dealing with her fight with alcoholism often is the toughest half, with love coming simply afterwards. It didn’t. Rethinking her earlier courting process, she embarks at the final social scan: fifty one dates over the process 50 weeks, and an opportunity to assert the existence she proposal was once presupposed to be hers.

Dodging CHAs (Cheesy Hollywood Actors) and males with self-diagnosed RAD (Relationship anxiousness Disorder), McGuiness is set to discover the "perfect man" via being the "perfect girl." yet McGuiness, like every people, has her personal concerns to cope with: a eager for the incorrect type of males, a penchant for swearing, and a tough dating together with her father in maximum-security felony. yet because the 12 months progresses, McGuiness starts to advance a brand new wish for her future—the dates remodel into truth-seeking missions, and element her towards a existence with gratifying paintings, a supportive kin and, with the aid of an area shaman, a comforting spirituality. instructed with wry humor, pathos, and a fascinating loss of self-pity, 51/50 is a relocating adventure.

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