It takes a gifted author to tackle sexism and self - esteem while crafting characters that are remarkably independent but still struggle with many vulnerabilities. How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days takes place during a time when being a woman was considered a disability. Women were seen as window dressing more than anything else. Francine seeks to change that. She's quite book smart but lacks the ability to interact and read people. Her challenges and fears are put on full display when an ultimatum is issued. With marriage on the agenda but no matches of the heart on the horizon, will this ultimate outsider find her forever love? Or will she discover her savior has had her back all along?