Thirty Days To Thirty
by Courtney Psak
What if you were on the cusp of marrying the guy of your dreams and reaching that career goal you set for yourself, only for all of it to be taken away in one fell swoop?
What if this all happened a month before you turned 30?
This is the story of Jill Stevens, who after moving back home, finds a list she made in high school of thirty things she wanted to accomplish before her thirtieth birthday.
With a month left and hardly anything crossed off her list, she teams up with old friends to accomplish as much as she can before the big 3-0. Along the way, she discovers her true self and realizes it’s not about the material successes in life but the journey.
I can tell she is not listening to me. It usually happens after ten minutes. She has the attention span of a cocker spaniel.
Sarah looks the best I’ve ever seen her. I thought the rule was pretty, mean girls peaked in high school. Apparently this one is immortal.
She’s wearing a white dress with a gold belt and has a nice even suntan. She looks stunning. I hate her.
Thirty Days To Thirty was found treasure. I adored each and every page and found it to be crisp, fun, and totally delightful, despite the initially horrendous bad luck of the main character at the beginning of the story, which was just awful, but hilariously awful. At the end of one long heinous day just one month shy of her thirtieth birthday; workaholic and overachiever Jill loses her job, walks in on her fiancé in a tryst, and becomes homeless due to said fiancé breaking up with her. Burn! Major bad karma! While dramatically tossing her belongings around during the move back into her old room in her parents’ home, she discovers a list she made at the age of eighteen as a class assignment in which she was required to detail thirty things she hoped to have accomplished by the age of thirty. Cue in the epiphany light bulb for Jill that due to her work-driven nature, she could only mark off two of the thirty.
This is a debut novel yet it was expertly done, well-paced, insightful, relevant, and highly amusing. I did not want to put my kindle down once I started reading. The characters were people I would like to know – they were smart, funny, lovable, endearing, yet imperfect and quirky. It turns out her atrociously bad juju at the beginning of the book was actually serendipitous fortune and lead to a vast improvement in every area of her life. Courtney Psak is a new talent to watch. I hope to see her name again and again in my TBR.
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