My Real-Life Rom-Com: How to Build Confidence and Write Your Own Relationship Rules (Paperback)
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A guide through the ups and downs of teen love, intimacy, and coming of age in a social media–infused world.
Navigating dating as a teen is tough. My Real-Life Rom-Com tells it like it is. Written by twenty-year-old TikTok star and journalist Carrie Berk, this book is a resource you can turn to for any and all questions and concerns about coming-of-age love and heartbreak. Carrie shares her dating adventures (and misadventures) to help you discover more about yourself and the relationship you deserve.
How do you meet someone in a post-pandemic world? Are dating apps a good idea? When do you know if you’re really ready for sex? My Real-Life Rom-Com is filled with helpful information on everything from first kisses to devastating breakups. What if you develop a crush on your best friend’s ex? Or you’re catching feelings for an older guy? Carrie has been there, done that.
This book is packed with humor and advice that takes the edge off uncomfortable conversations. Prepare to laugh at dozens of dating disasters experienced during middle and high school. Like the date who had a fly stuck in his tooth. Or the guy who had his mommy send a breakup text.
Through Carrie’s unflinchingly honest stories, you’ll learn how to get over your first breakup; understand the art of the “situationship;” make smart, not impulsive decisions; and ultimately love yourself before loving someone else.
Ready to build your own real-life rom-com? Start here!
Be sure to follow Carrie on Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, YouTube, and Snapchat: @carrieberkk
About the Author
Twenty-year-old Carrie Berk already has a life’s worth of accomplishments under her belt. It’s no wonder Bella Magazine declared her “an ambitious and dedicated boss babe,” and The Wall Street Journal dubbed her “a community-minded young creator.”
She is a verified content creator across several social media channels including TikTok (3.9M+ followers; 117M+ likes), Instagram (950K+ followers), Snapchat (105K+followers), YouTube (100K+ followers) and Pinterest (227K+ followers; 10M monthly views), with a monthly engagement of more than 100M.
A journalism major in college, Carrie is currently a reporter/contributing writer for HuffPost, Newsweek.com, The Daily Dot and others, on topics ranging from beauty and style to celebrity and sports. She has served as an on-camera correspondent for TigerBeat and Girls’ Life, covering red carpet arrivals and interviewing celebs at the Radio Disney Music Awards, New York Fashion Week, and the Teen Choice Awards. She has contributed to Seventeen Magazine and Girls’ Life’s print and digital channels.
She has acted on two Brat TV series, Stage Fright (as Karina) and Crown Lake (as the voice of Heather).
She is a bestselling children’s book author with twenty-one books to her credit. She penned her first book, Peace, Love and Cupcakes, in 2012. The Cupcake Club series went on to publish twelve books (selling 300,000+ copies worldwide), and became an award-winning Off-Broadway show and featured selection in 2017’s New York Musical Festival. Her second book, Fashion Academy, stems from her passion for fashion. The six-book series also became an Off-Broadway production at Vital Theatre and is currently licensed worldwide by Concord Music Publishing.
Finally Ask Emma (a three-book series for Bonnier) was based on Carrie’s firsthand experience as a teen blogger and her dedication to being a role model for positive posting. She is a dedicated anti-bullying activist and an advocate for mental health awareness, especially for teens and women.
An avid runner, she ran the New York City Marathon in November, 2022.
“She beautifully captures the bravado and uncertainty involved in online bantering and the often jarring IRL meetups that follow. Some of Berk’s “hookup” anecdotes are quite amusing (such as her dealing with a chin-biter in “The Vampire”), but she also offers a wealth of serious insights and guidance worth heeding. An entertaining and enlightening account of coming of age as a Gen Z digital native.”
— Kirkus Review
“Carrie poured her heart and soul into her solo debut book, with a fresh, vulnerable take on the trials and tribulations of finding love that everyone can relate to.”
— Ariel “Baby Ariel” Martin, TikTok Star (36.2M followers)
“I’ve known Carrie since our early days in social media. She has a gift for connecting with teens and making them feel seen. This book is a must-read for teenagers.”
— Zoe Laverne, TikTok Star (22M followers)
“Dating as a teen was so hard. Reading Carrie’s dating guide really opened up my eyes and gave me such good advice! I think we could all use some love advice in our life, and this book is amazing for that.”
— Danielle Cohn, TikTok Star (19.3M followers)
“The struggles, success stories, and advice surrounding dating are often told from an adult’s perspective. However, as a teen, it’s comfortable and relatable to read advice and hear stories from a teen’s perspective. I’m even more thrilled to have it come from Carrie’s perspective. She is such a talented writer whom I have read for years.”
— Jenna Davis, Raven’s Home on Disney Channel
“Carrie is an unbelievable writer. Her skills are unmatched. A teen book is much-needed, especially right now. Every teen experience is different, and people can learn from Carrie’s mistakes and successes.”
— McKenzi Brooke, TikTok Star (16.5M followers)
“Carrie is a wonderful person that has a lot of insight on people and relationships. She has given me and my girlfriend amazing advice and wise words.”
— Ayden Mekus, TikTok and YouTube Star (13.2M followers)
“Carrie is like a big sister! She is always there when I need advice about boys.”
— GiaNina Paolantonio, Dance Moms, TikTok Star (2.9M followers)
“Anyone who knows Carrie can tell how sweet and sensitive she is. It’s easy to see why she would have the best advice. Carrie is one of the kindest, caring, and loyal people you’ll meet! She’s a people person, and I trust any advice she gives me on relationships.”
— Sophia Gennusa, Tony Award Winner for Matilda
“Carrie’s writing is always so relatable. She’s seen it all, and what she writes about holds true to so many people. She is a very talented young woman, and I can’t wait to read the book!”
— Sway Bhatia, Succession, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers