07 July, 2016

#BookReview :: 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.

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This book managed to really catch me by surprise and I enjoyed it more than I expected.

Jill thought she had it all; a high flying career with a law firm where she expected to be made partner soon and a loving boyfriend to come home to. Then it all came crashing down. The day she gets fired from her job is also the day she finds her boyfriend cheating on her. She has no choice but to move back in with her family where she finds a list that she had made during school days. It is a list of things to be accomplished before she turned thirty. With a mere month to her turning thirty, she decides to accomplish as many things from the list as possible. With the support of her family and friends, she takes on the challenge and in the process discovers new things about her life and those around her.

The plot is not very unique and we have all either read books or watched movies with the similar theme. And as such the first question that came to my mind while picking up the book was if this book had anything new to offer and whether it could hold on its own. So, let me answer those questions first and the answer is a resounding yes! The author has narrated the story with just the right amount of drama with a generous amount of wit and humour. I kept laughing and smiling throughout the book and once I was done reading, it left me feeling good. For that reason alone this book is worth reading. But if you need more, then worry not as this book has other things to offer as well. The language and narrative style are unpretentious and easy to get into. The supporting characters have been given enough importance and developed well along with the storyline.

The best part about the book is perhaps the fact that it sends across a very important message even through its light hearted narration. It is sure to make a reader to take a moment and reflect on their lives as well.

Review Copy received from NetGalley

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