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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809229374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809229376
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

In this irreverent Chick's Guide to Turning 30, Julie Tilsner guides readers through the five stages of fear, denial, bargaining, the countdown, and the great beyond. She also offers some tips on affordable ways to cope with the pressure--including "group bitch" sessions and subscriptions to the Good Vibrations catalog--and how to deal with related anxieties about your professional and romantic destiny.

About the Author

Julie Tilsner is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and a former editor at Business Week. She's written articles for the New York Times, Linguafranca, the Los Angeles Times, POV, and Women's Wire. She lives with her husband (whom she met on a kibbutz) and new baby girl.


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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
Having recently endured the traumatic 3-0, I was looking forward to this book, which I expected to cheer me up by reminding me of all the plusses to my advanced age. On the contrary: this book actually increased my depression, listing a multitude of drawbacks to being thirty that had not even occurred to me. Instead of offering real consolation, Tilsner makes empty promises about the benefits of being thirty, assuring us that we will magically wake up with new self-confidence and direction for our lives. I only wish it were so. Probably most off-putting is her assumption that her readers spent their twenties wallowing in recreational sex and recreational drugs; her description of the average 'chick' seems to come straight from the pages of Cosmo and has little relation to my life, or that of anyone I know. If you actually do buy products from the Good Vibrations catalog and count that Saturday night wasted when you don't get high and bag a stud muffin, this book may be for you. It wasn't for me.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
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The Reader from Athens said it very well, and I agree completely with every part of her review. I was barely worried about turning 30 until I read this book. Let that be a word of warning to potential readers - now it's as if all these other people's fears of turning 30 have been implanted in my brain. And the author's reassurances fell flat with me - too many were based on just some chatty conversations with the author's many "girlfriends". I think there's some helpful information in the book, and it's often interesting to hear about other people's experiences - but I didn't like the author's implication that we're all "chicks" hoping to get "preggers" before the dreadful age of 30.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
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Tilsner's book gave me a few good chuckles, but there's not much substance to it. It left me with the feeling of "Is that all?" Although I'm definitely a member of Tilsner's generation, and can identify with her humor, I was turned off by Tilsner's constant references to her friends and herself. She even plugs a friend's website in the book--a gesture I found somewhat unsavory. If you're looking for something thoughtful and informative, this book isn't it. But, if you're looking for humor and "lite" writing, you'll enjoy it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2003
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My suggestion to other readers is - do not waste your time or money on this book! When the big 30 began to approach I ordered the book from Amazon. I couldn't wait to tear into it. Unfortunately, I was very, very disappointed. The best part of this book is the cover, and that's no lie. I ordered this book thinking I would get good information and it would be funny. Instead all I learned was that you can string together pages and pages of drivel. With the constant hysteria about turning 30 in this book, it will make you have a mental breakdown. The book feeds into this false culture of fear. Also, the book reads like a college term paper - a bad college term paper.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
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Though I appreciate what she's trying to accomplish (make women feel better about turning 30), Tilsner's book is a turn-off. The author's "wacky" tone is SO present as to offend. This book is for a small sliver of women in the US -- the "popular crowd." Her advice? Better get a man, an SUV, and a facelift ASAP. Don't bother with this surface fluff.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on October 27, 2002
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On the verge of 30, I started to seek out books to help me survive the crisis of it all. Judging from the reviews, this book looked like it would fit the bill. It did somewhat...I say that because, well, it actually almost didn't.
I found the first half of this book to be depressing, reminding me that I wasn't a young doe anymore...ugh! But, the second half helped to redeem the book in my eyes, explaining why 30 was so great. You can't tell that this half and half action will happen by reading the chapter titles, etc., but it does.
Also - keep in mind that this book is categorized as humor/self help, and it is just that, emphasis on humor. If you are looking for a psychology perspective, professional advice or something like that - you won't find that here. The only credentials that the author has are that she once turned 30 herself.
This book is an attempt to make light of it all - but I found it to be quite depressing at times! I think I am now even more scared about turning 30 than I ever was! But Julie Tilsner does help you to realize that you are not the only one who is going through this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2003
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What this book isn't: 1) something you would take seriously. 2) something to consult if you are a selfhelp fan. 3) something you won't get if you never moved out of your parents' house.
Turning 30 for me was a breeze; it was 31 that freaked me out. As a chronic bargainer (Chapter 3), experiencing the joys of our current economy (Chapter 7), I personally enjoyed this book. I think it's wry, witty, has a touch of Ab-Fab to it, and made me want to have a drink and read it in the tub.
If you are closer in your level of seriousness to some of the reviewers here, don't buy this book. Otherwise, kick back and enjoy the read!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie on August 15, 2008
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I was extremely disappointed with this book and the fact that none of the reviews I read seemed to mention that the author is highly un-relatable unless you happened to be a binge drinking, drug taking, promiscuous girl in your 20's. She mentions many times the use of recreational drugs and talks about drinking and sleeping with random friends or acquaintances. She is shocked when she finds out that one of her girlfriends has only slept with two men in her life, "gasp"! This was hardly my experience in my 20's so I wasn't having her same fear of "growing up". I have been responsible most of my life and was more looking for a book with guidance about "where does it go from here"? There were a few funny or poignant moments here and there and it was a quick read so I gave it 2 stars rather than 1, but if you are a married woman on a decent career path at 29, you will not find this book is for you.
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