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Pushing 30 Paperback – September 30, 2003
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"Pushing 30" is an engaging and humorous look at the May-December romance between a lawyer (who'd rather be an artist) and a famous newscaster. It's a great story of one woman's quest for empowerment while bridging the gap into an adult relationship. I really loved this book - I checked it out of the library based on the cover art alone, read it in a day, and decided I wanted my own copy! I like first person narrative - I like seeing a story unfold as the protagonist does, as well as the insight that the narrative provides. This was a great first book - looking forward to starting her next one!
Sooner than later, she runs into a new man. 20 something years her senior, his dog nuzzles up to her dog, and she's in love. She goes on a first date with him, and still has a thing for him, even after he guesses that she is 10 years older than she really is. Unfortunately, it doesn't go so well when he finds out what her age really is.
Fortunately for Ellie, his attraction to her doesn't cease, and he comes back for more, even though his morals keep trying to keep him away. He thinks that dating younger women is wrong, and as a newscaster, he wants to keep a professional reputation. There is also the matter of the ex wife, who doesn't like to see any woman take her place.
Quick, fun, and laugh out loud funny at times, this is a good summer book and only took me a couple of days to finish!
Whitney Gaskell's debut novel, PUSHING 30, is a delightful story of a young woman about to turn 30. Ellie Winters is a lawyer working in what she considers a very boring job for Snow & Druthers in the heart of Washington DC. She lives with her spoiled and manipulative pug Sally, and is dating yet another boring but sweet guy; this time the name is Eric. She doesn't see any hope in sight, but she is not one to make waves. She therefore plods along, doing what she thinks everyone else expects of her, especially her parents. The idea of becoming a lawyer was a way for her to make her father happy, since both brothers Mark and Brian refused to go into the family business (their father is a judge). There was no other reason for her going to law school. She had absolutely no desire to become an attorney.
Then, on a really bad hair day, (her hair was pink), Ellie is out with Sally when Sally is accosted by another dog by the name of Oscar, who is owned by none other than handsome Ted Langston, television anchor and eligible bachelor. Ellie and Ted start a rather awkward relationship, not really dating but not really friends either. And, there is something about Ellie that attracts Ted to her and he keeps coming back. Ellie can't stop thinking about Ted, but she is afraid of falling in love with him when she may just be some passing fancy for him. The other big problem is that Ted is only a few years younger than her parents are. And Ellie isn't sure she wants to start a relationship with someone this old.
In the meantime, she is dealing with a somewhat dysfunctional family, a best friend who has gotten involved with a guy Ellie does not like, and the frightening prospect of getting older.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well done. Interesting background of TV broadcasting, Washington, and more, but still a believable love story. Can't ask for more!Published 2 months ago by Anthony G. Battista
Approaching 30 is an interesting time in life, maybe you are settled and married and just enjoying a happy time or maybe like Ellie you are trying to get things settled and it... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Kristin Jones
This book was not very good. There were no dimensions to the characters, no real growth either and the relationship wasn't at all believable. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by R. Rebert
As another reviewer wrote, 'Been there, read that.'
And with more originality, style, you name it.
Pass on this one. Read more
I was drawn to this book by the title.
I had hoped it would focus more on the uncertainty felt by those who are 30 or about to be 30. Read more
I dont care if this book seems predictable or "high school" - I absolutely loved every second of it. I couldn't put it down!! I will read it again and again.Published on December 27, 2009 by November Second
Ellie Winters is a litigation attorney. You have to be tough to have a job like that, right? So why does she have a hard time breaking up with men? Read morePublished on May 30, 2008 by CoffeeGurl
the purpose of chick lit is to read for fun and entertainment. Most plots are predictable and characters are seterotypical. this book is no different. Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by Mansi Poddar, psychotherapist
I purchased the book because I am an unmarried litigator "pushing 30," so the theme of the story is so appealing. Read morePublished on February 7, 2007 by Amazon Customer