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Thirty Something (Nothing's How We Dreamed It Would Be) [Kindle Edition]

Filipa Fonseca Silva , Sofia Silva , Mark Ayton
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Joana is a conservative, controlling woman who expected much more from marriage; Maria is trying to get back on her feet after being dumped just before her wedding; Filipe hides his broken heart in failed relationships. Is this as good as it gets when you're thirty something? That's what these three friends from college times will find out during a dysfunctional dinner party. Because life is not always how we dreamed it would be.

Considered by some 'The Big Chill' of the 21st century, this debut novel originally published in Portugal by a major publisher (2011), is all about the end of innocence. Funny, clever and real.


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"A very courageous novel that asks us to explore the hard questions in our lives no matter if we are thirty something or much older"
5 stars - Karen Doering, Top 1.000 Amazon Reviewer

"Thirty Something is basically a story of reflection. We see how a group of friends, that are so different and have taken diverse paths in life, come together over dinner and how each one reflects on how different their lives are now"
5 stars - Crystal Burns - Blogger: Get lost in fiction

About the Author

Filipa Fonseca Silva was born in 1979 in Barreiro, Portugal. She has a degree in Communication by Universidade Católica Portuguesa and works as an advertising copywriter since 2004. Besides writing she loves painting, collecting shoes and eating watermelon. She lives in Lisbon with her husband, baby and Gucci, the cat.

Thirty Something (Nothing's How We Dreamed It Would Be) is her first novel and the original version published in Portugal, has been widely praised.

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  • File Size: 1557 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484115155
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WNPXZE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great summer read August 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
You turn 30 and your life looks nothing like you dreamed it would. But guess what? That's what makes the journey so interesting. In this book, Filipa Fonseca Silva introduces a range of characters, from all walks of life, facing situations that make them challenge strong - yet sometimes irrational beliefs. Seemingly light, Thirty Something (Nothing's How We Dreamed It Would Be) has a philosophical aftertaste that will making you wonder about your own life and experiences. A delightful book, brilliantly written, that you'll devour like ice-cream on the beach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The theme is univeral October 24, 2013
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I would never want to be thirty again! This is a wonderfully written book, refreshingly honest and disarming about a dinner party where a group of friends come to wonder about what they did and what they could have done with their lives. Each character is suffering in some way about decisions that were made by them and others about the decisions made without them and how they affected their dreams. Hope dies for each character and they search to find fault with everyone else, rather that address their own failures. Each person is dissatisfied and unfulfilled, searching for happiness that eludes them. Silva has a terrific gossipy voice, the book reads as though you are at lunch with a friend who is relating all manner of juicy tidbits about your crowd. Their angst is so real and universal, this book could be about thirty somethings anywhere, in any country. So whether they are single, married or in a relationship, it seems that the 30 somethings in this book are profoundly unhappy and searching for something they thought they wanted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relative Read for the 30 club March 21, 2013
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Good story about friends, adulthood, and soulmates. I especially related to the last monologue by Maria. Last few pages in general gave me chills in a good way. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprise by my love for this book December 16, 2012
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First Thoughts
The author approached me to read their book and it just happened to be around the time I wasn't accepting review request due to school (ugh) but I really wanted to read this one so I accepted. The blurb intrigued me because I feel turning 30 is a big thing and being thirty something you figure you will have your life together, but apparently that's not the case. It's around the time people start to reflect on their life and I wanted to see how the author approached this subject.

My Thoughts

Thirty Something (Nothing's How We Dreamed It Would Be) is about exactly what the title suggest. It is about a group of 30 something friends who discover that their life is not at all how they imagined it would be so many years ago. Joana & Andre (married couple) are having a dinner party and it is there were everyone reflects on their life.

The story is written in different points of view, which I love! I feel like that's the only way to get all of the information and the most out of the story. First we have Joana, who is married to Andre' and is really not happy with how her life as turned out. She wants to be more than a housewife and she wants to experience passion. Then there is Maria, who is still struggling with life after her recent breakup and is trying to figure out both how to move on and where life is going to take her! Lastly is Filipe, he is the "playboy" that is just misunderstood, and it going through an identity crisis.

The other characters were Andre, who is married to Maria, and is content in life until life throws him a curve ball. Also there is Pedro, who has a new friend and Nuno who recently went through a lifestyle change.

Thirty Something is basically a story of reflection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book... August 22, 2012
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There's a point in your Life when you look back and think that this isn't at all what you were expecting your life to be. Filipa captured that feeling magnificently with her book. A simple must read for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Filipa is a real writer August 21, 2012
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This book gives us a story that we can't localize it inthe time, because the story must be in our days or in our grand parentes's days. I read the book only in twwo days. Congratulations Filipa.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blah... March 3, 2013
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I was really looking forward to this book and started reading it as soon as I downloaded it. It got several good reviews, so I thought it would be pretty good. I was sorely disappointed. It was like a bad soap opera. I managed to finish it, but just barely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quick read that pulls you in from page 1 May 28, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. I am a 30 something so some of the themes resonated with me. I could also relate to all the characters points of view in one way or another. I also enjoy stories that are told from the pov of several different characters and I think this author did a relatively good job of it. Its npt a light read but if you can see past the general cliche cynicism there is a lightness to be found.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Experiences and Lessons!
This is a story about a bunch of 30 year olds that reunite for dinner at their couple friend's house. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Kindle Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars Good surprise
I beggin reading the book with some skeptical position.

But I was going the interest was incoming.

The final becames too fast. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cliente do Kindle
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong but fresh novel.
I loved this novel, even if it can be a little frightening when you are a husband and a father.
It is very honest, very courageous, but, above all very well written and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Antonio Moreira
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
This is a book that reflects a certain age, generation and way of living, at least near Lisbon, Portugal. It's easy to read in one night or two. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ana Carvalho
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a first book!
Light and actual. Enough for a first book and interesting for a summer vacations! I would recommend it for everyone.
Published 10 months ago by Inácio Rozeira
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I loved Filipa's writing, very smoth and describing our everyday life and difficults.
I bought the book to offer my friends as a present, meaning that the book as a significat... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Djamila Andrade
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me feel like I'm thirty-something!?
This was a great surprise from an author that was, until recently, completely unknown to me. A well-written, great, easy-going entertaiment with lots of humour, and moments of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by HeleneAH
1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed
I'm not sure what I expected in this book. It wasn't all that interesting and didn't seem to me to depict real life.
Published 14 months ago by MJDL
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I thought
I was thinking that this was going to be a light book about people in their 30's but I couldn't get past the beginning because it was too dark and cynical for me.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Awfull
I read the first thirty pages and deleted it from my reader. Writer trying too hard and it showed. Sorry
Published 21 months ago by James P. Fuller
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More About the Author

THE FIRST PORTUGUESE AUTHOR TO REACH AMAZON TOP100

Filipa Fonseca Silva was born in Portugal in 1979. She has a degree in Communication by Universidade Católica, and works as an advertising copywriter since 2004. She dreams about making the world a greener place and writing memorable stories. "The Strange Year of Vanessa M." is her second novel. The first one, "Thirty Something - Nothing's How We Dreamed it Would Be", was published in 2011 and was widely praised.

Besides writing, Filipa loves painting, collecting shoes and eating watermelon. She lives in Lisbon with her husband, children and Gucci, the cat.

Visit her blog at pipaswonderland.blogspot.com where you can sign up for e-mail updates and be the first to hear about new releases.

Find Filipa on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Filipa-Fonseca-Silva/ She loves to chat with readers.

Follow her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/poshpipa

WHAT READERS AND REVIEWERS ARE SAYING about Filipa's novels:
"If you are not familiar with Filipa Fonseca Silva, you need to get to know her. She is very talented and writes one heck of a story."

"Not having much time to read, if I'm not grabbed fairly soon, I abandon the book. The first page had me hooked. The characters are rich, their lives completely realistic and human with warts and all. So sorry the story was over!"


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