A no-nonsense guide to finding worthwhile love in today’s complicated romantic landscape, from Joanna Coles, a driving force in the world of women’s magazines—including Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire—for the past two decades
Getting the Relationship You Want
by Joanna Coles
Harper, April 2018
Just as there is junk food, there is junk love. And like junk food, junk love is fast, convenient, often attractively packaged, widely available and superficially tasty. But the calories are largely devoid of real nutrients, and leave you hungering for more. And yet both junk food and junk love require enormous amounts of willpower to resist. Social media and online dating sites have become the supermarkets of our relationship lives. You have to wade through rows of Little Debbie Snack cakes and bags of Cheetos in order to find the produce aisle, where those relationships grounded in intimacy and trust live-the ones worth your investment. LOVE RULES is a diet book for love, helping women navigate their love lives in this very modern, fast-paced and often incredibly lonely digital age.
In LOVE RULES Joanna Coles gives readers a series of guidelines for finding worthwhile love: fifteen rules—essentially love hacks—informed by her many years of experience working at women’s magazines, including as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. These rules have also been shaped by extensive consultation with psychologists, therapists, anthropologists, doctors, college professors, counselors and religious leaders, as well as conversations with the many women she has worked with in the media world.
With these powerful resources at your disposal, LOVE RULES will enable you to identify what you want in a relationship, when you should pursue it, and how to find it.
The former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and editorial director of Seventeen, Joanna Coles is now the Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines and serves on the board of Snapchat. She is executive producer and star of the docu-series So Cosmo on E! which airs in more than 120 countries. She is also executive producing The Bold Type on ABC’s Freeform, a scripted show inspired by her life as a magazine editor and starring the Emmy-nominated Melora Hardin as Coles, which will premiere July 2017. Coles moved to the US from London in 1997 to be the New York correspondent of the Guardian and then the Times of London before joining New York magazine in 2001. In 2006 as editor-in-chief of US Marie Claire, she executive produced and starred in the Style Network’s docu-series Running in Heels, syndicated in 24 countries. She was also the mentor for two seasons on Project Runway All Stars.
Joanna Coles has been the driving force in women magazines, including Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, for the past two decades and is the perfect person to write this book. Coles is currently the executive producer and star of the docu-series So Cosmo on E!, which premiered in February 2017 and airs in more than 120 countries. She is the Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines and also serves on the board of Snapchat—in other words, she knows everyone. Joanna Coles has 125k followers on Twitter and 40k followers on Instagram.