A transplant to New York via California, Alexa Ross has enthusiastically adopted the no-nonsense sensibilities of the quintessential New York City girl. Although heartbroken following a breakup, she isn’t one to take life sitting down—hence the cross-country move. Suddenly single, Alexa must try to set her life right—or else set it deliciously wrong.
She embarks on a series of drunken adventures and romantic missteps in the attempt to find happiness amid the vibrant and hustling New York scene. Along the way, however, she realizes that her sensitive heart isn’t quite as protected by her tough-girl skin as she previously believed. In the course of the melee, she hammers out what she believes are the keys to life for women: Smart Girl Rules. Alexa begins to write out these rules, giving herself a timeout every Tuesday at three to invest herself in answering life’s big questions—and the best answers that she finds may just be the scariest.
In this coming-of-age tale of modern womanhood, a nonstop city girl examines her experiences and transforms them into life lessons through a series of journal entries.