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Twenty-Somewhere [Kindle Edition]

Kristan Hoffman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $1.99

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Book Description

Winner of the St. Martin's Press "New Adult" contest

Written as 40 weekly webisodes, Twenty-Somewhere is the fast-paced, heartfelt story of 3 young women learning how to be independent, yet also hold onto each other, in this big, crazy, modern world.

Beautiful and confident Sophie Lin, goody-goody aspiring writer Claudia Bradford, and boy-magnet scientist MJ Alexander are ready to take on the real world. Or so they think.

But MJ's hunky lab supervisor keeps distracting her from her research, and what's worse, she almost doesn't care. After years of single-minded focus, MJ may have lost her passion for science, and her sense of self along with it. Meanwhile Claudia's passion for writing is stronger than ever, but her confidence is drowning in a sea of rejection. Her boyfriend Eli is supposed to be a life preserver; instead he feels like just another wave pulling her under. Last but not least, Sophie decides to swim against the current: she quits her advertising job in pursuit of a more meaningful vocation. Six weeks later, all she has to show for her idealism is a growing stack of unpaid bills.

As their relationships go sour, their careers sputter, and a few too many ethical dilemmas arise, the girls reunite in Paris, desperate for a dose of the one thing they can always count on: each other. But after so much time apart, will that really cure what ails them? Or will their friendship fall apart like everything else in their lives?


Editorial Reviews

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"A smart, witty story of three friends who make mistakes, learn from them & seem to actually enjoy their journey. Sophie, MJ & Claudia ... learn that jumping into life with out a net is scary, but as long as you've got close friends to throw you a life line, you'll never drown." - Jeanette, Walking on Bookshelves
 
"This is more than a teenage girl finding herself, more than a the average 18-year-old finding himself. It's about a group of up-and-coming 20-somethings who help each other find themselves through love, laughter and fun. ... a breath of fresh air." - Candy, Candy's Raves

About the Author

Kristan Hoffman is a twenty-something writer. Her manuscript The Good Daughters (women's fiction/multicultural) was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. For more about Kristan and her writing, please visit kristanhoffman.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002HMDU9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average coming-of-age April 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read entirely too many coming-of-age novels lately because I went into this one interested, but feeling like I'd read it all... yeah, not so much. This is more than a teenage girl finding herself, more than a the average 18-year-old finding himself. It's about a group of up-and-coming 20-somethings who help each other find themselves through love, laughter and fun.

The start of the book is a little rough. It takes a while to get used to the "episodes" and it felt a little disjointed at first. I started out thinking it really could have used an overhaul to truly be successful as a novel. It also felt too short in places, but I usually feel that way about airy reads such as this.

Having said that, this was a breath of fresh air. It was an easy read, the characters were all strongly written and the plot was well thought-out. I found myself alternatively loving and hating the characters, but always coming back to how real they felt. I didn't always agree with all of their decisions and directions, but it always made me smile.

I recommend this chicklit book for those who want an easy read and a few smiles.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very fast read! August 20, 2010
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This book may appeal to young people with very short attention spans! It flits around between the three characters, sometimes so quickly that it's annoying. Very trite story lines and simple dialogue. But I think young (as in high school maybe) readers may enjoy it. I read the whole book in under four hours while on the beach. So while I was enjoying my time, the book wasn't all that great!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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While this book is rather short, I'd love to see it expanded! The characters are engaging and the issues they deal with (life in general) are something we can all relate to. I read this and thought, this is the perfect beach read. It just feels like a summer book! My niece is going to read it next, she is 17 and I think that Twenty-Somewhere would be perfect for her with all the changes she has coming. It also inspired me to look at my own life a bit and think it could use some focus.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Humour & heartache November 1, 2011
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Kristan Hoffman describes her book by saying "Think Sex and the City meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." I really love this description because it makes it clear that the book is about a group of close-knit friends. The thing I loved about `Twenty-Somewhere' is that it's set right after the girls (Sophie, Claudia and MJ) graduate from college. I haven't read that many books that take place during this time, so that made it interesting for me. Hoffman did a good job describing the girls' feelings as they deal with new homes, new jobs, new loves, and just a whole lot of new situations.

While I really loved the concept (and even the plot) of the book, I had a hard time with the style of writing. For some reason the present tense really threw me off, and I had a hard time differentiating between characters at first. I never really felt like I got to know the characters all that well, perhaps because of the third person narration, but also because of the abundance of dialogue. The lack of lengthy descriptions and the short section breaks make `Twenty-Somewhere' easy to read and kept me turning the pages, but it also kept me from feeling totally involved with the characters.

As this book won the St. Martin's Press "New Adult" contest it's clear that it has a lot of potential. If you're looking for something quick and easy to read that also contains humour and heartache, then `Twenty-Somewhere' might be for you. This book covers a topic which could be pretty heavy, but Kristan makes it light and funny, having her characters find strength in their new situations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!! January 9, 2012
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I am a 21 yr old college senior and I loved the story! I definitely wish that this story was longer. Not only could I barely put it down even with my very busy schedule, but it was so interesting! I really wished I could have seen more of the characters' lives, but it did a great job covering a wide time frame so wonderfully. I did not feel like I was missing anything in the story, it was just so great I wanted to read more. I did get a little confused about who was talking sometimes in the beginning, but once you got to know the characters, they each had a very unique voice. I loved it and would definitely recommend this to my friends!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Somewhere November 20, 2011
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This light read packed a big punch! The author took on so many themes and emotions central to 20-somethings growing up and growing into the people they were meant to be. And while several of the plot lines and twists were trite, It was an enjoyable read. Though, I think younger readers--I'm 28--would likely enjoy the book more than I did.

One topic I saw several other reviewers mention was the author's use of "episodes;" most seem to find the book choppy as a result of the brief scenes. I felt very much the same as I began reading but I quickly realized that the vingettes were effective in conveying a mood. Today's world is fast-paced and hectic...especially for young adults who are still searching for themselves and their places in life. The brief "episodes" reminded me of that throughout the book. I'm not sure if that was intentional on the author's part, but well done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Very similar to Traveling Pants stories
I found that the plot was a little too similar to the traveling pants series. It did not vary enough for me.
Published 1 month ago by Kristina Freese
2.0 out of 5 stars Letdown
Being 20-something, I thought I would be more interested in the characters' fictional lives, but I was disappointed in the lack of overall depth. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cynthia
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly believable characters facing believable challenges of adulthood
Three college friends tackle the adult world. MJ pursues a graduate degree at an unnamed British university and finds herself pursued by several men; Claudia follows her boyfriend... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MamaSylvia
2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a screenplay
This was a very short book that reads more like a screenplay than a novel or novella.

A lot of inconsistencies (they went to college in Texas but one character refers to... Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by sea
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but a fun, easy read
Twenty-Somewhere depicts the lives of three lifelong friends on the adventure of life after graduation from college. The writing is disjointed but acceptable. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by S. Grady
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Debut
I was fortunate to pick up a copy of this book when it was free for the Kindle and I am really glad I did. Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by NotoriousGOT
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and easy read
Very enjoyable book. Being a 20-something myself, it was easy to relate to the situations of the characters. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by MoeandZiggy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
this was a nice "coming of age" book without all the "pitiful me" scenerios. Really enjoyed the ease and flow of the characters interactions throught the book. Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by Jessica P. Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
I have to admit, I was reluctant to read this book because I knew it was written for young adults, and I'm not much of a YA reader. What a pleasant surprise! Read more
Published on November 18, 2011 by Meghan C. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fast read with components that are easy to relate to
This book had a variety of character experiences that I think everyone can relate to. Sometimes the characters get a bit caught up in their labeled type, but are still very... Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by Allison Lin
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More About the Author

Kristan Hoffman likes to write about young people going on big adventures in cool places. Mostly fiction -- but sometimes not.

Her manuscript THE GOOD DAUGHTERS (women's fiction/multicultural) was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Her web serial TWENTY-SOMEWHERE was a winner of the St. Martin's Press "New Adult" contest and is now available as an ebook. Her work has appeared in the Oakland Review, Sugar Mule, and the Citron Review.

For more about Kristan and her writing, please visit kristanhoffman.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook (facebook.com/kristanhoffman) and Twitter (@kristanhoffman).

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