- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1467982261
- ISBN-13: 978-1467982269
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,441,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Thirty-Something Girl Paperback – December 21, 2011
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"L.M. Stull, in her debut novel, A Thirty-Something Girl, has penned a literary classic." ~ Maxwell Cynn, Author of CybrGrrl
"I think the draw to A Thirty-Something Girl-beyond Ms. Stull's fantastic writing-is the 'realness' of the characters and story." ~ Robert James Russell, Author of Sea of Trees
About the Author
A Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull spends her days chained to a desk at a law firm in southern Virginia. When she’s not feverishly taking orders from attorneys, she writes. Her stories tell of the human spirit – sometimes sad, sometimes not –most can relate to them on some level or another. A Thirty-Something Girl is her debut.
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With Hope, our main character starting out all doom and gloom, I can understand why people might start this but never finish it. It's a bit like a sad-bomb was let off in the opening chapters, and sadness and unbelievable hurt was strewn from the chandelier.
If you make it past this and continue on, you get some explanation, albeit a rather completely far fetched and too unbelievably complex reason. I felt that too much had 'gone wrong' for hope that it all became too unrealistic.
What I did like was how much her friends loved her, were there for her and offered support in various ways. The book was interspersed with a lot of very positive and inspirational words. It would be a good book to read if you were feeling a bit down (but you'd have to skip the first part).
I felt that the romance/ love interest in the story was too melodramatic, too rushed and while containing realistic reactions given their pasts, ultimately too 'fairytale'
There were some typos, but only a couple (mostly misuse of there/their/they're and similar).
The ending... Oh, the ending. I just don't know what to say about that. I simultaneously like it and hate it. It felt surreal, fragmented and yet sort of completely right too. I can't offer you much more than that I am afraid.
Hope is surrounded by three of her best friends when the emotional floodgates burst wide open. Impending divorce, unemployment, foreclosure -- all these things and more have happened to Hope in the past few months, and she hasn't told a soul. Her friends jump in to support her.
But they've all got troubles of their own -- as Hope knows all too well..
Emma wants to get married and start a family. But her boyfriend just "isn't ready." Clara and her husband have tried for five years to have a baby -- and are anxiously awaiting the due date. Grace's brother was driven by mental illness to kill himself several years ago, his wife died of cancer, and Grace and her husband have adopted the two boys from the marriage. Emma, a practicing psychiatrist whose job it is to help people feel better, feels lonely all the time.
Nevertheless, they all rally around Hope in her time of need. Then, the unexpected happens. She meets Sam.
He's not like anyone she's ever met before. He's handsome, funny, sensitive -- and, to some degree, broken, like her. Sam's wife committed suicide and he blames himself -- or, at least did for a long while. For Hope's part she's, well, hopelessly attracted to him. But, after a couple of demure dates that seem to turn torrid in spite of their best intentions, they agree to take it slowly for awhile.
Then, Hope finds a job; Sam finds one as well. Only problem is, his is two states away.
Can their fragile new love survive separation? Will her friends still be there to support Hope through this newest crisis? And what precious secret do Hope and Clara share? You'll be well-rewarded by reading all the way to the end.
This excellent piece of fiction is so much more than your average chick-lit. Male readers will find plenty to which they can resonate as well. And the writing is so good. At a critical juncture, for example, Hope examines herself in a mirror:
"My eyes don't scan my body, picking out each and every problem. Instead, I take a step back and admire the beautiful woman I see; a woman who, against her own odds, made it. A woman who, although frightened, still has the undeniable urge to keep going. A woman with an insatiable desire to live."
And my favorite line, when she and Sam have tried unsuccessfully to make love for the first time:
"I wasn't mentally ready for it. . .I really wish they sold memory bleach."
There's a lot to like in this romantic, articulate book. Five stars to A Thirty-Something Girl, and thanks to the author for presenting us with such a lovely literary gift.
This book was made available free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
Would anyone notice if I jumped off this bridge? A question that runs rampant on the mind.
“I wonder, am I alone or are there others just as sad as I am?” (3) No, you’re not. It’s totally relatable.
Before her 30th birthday, Hope has had her world crash and burn all around her with her divorce, lost job, no money, and a secret pregnancy. Yeah, you really don’t know people as well as you think.
“I am an unemployed, unattached thirty-something girl, who for the first time in her life isn’t in a rush to go anywhere.” (17)
“Is [life] actually fake happiness filled with doubt, sadness, and fear, or is there a happy ending waiting for some of us?” (25)
“Basically your youth deceives you into thinking you’re special. That you can change the world and have anything you desire. All you have to do is work for it. Then, one day, you wake up, and you’re not only old, but you realize nothing about you is special.” (52) I liked that “right between the eyes” retort. Happiness is fleeting; Depression stays with you.
Then Hope begins to write—write about the life she wishes she had and the life she actually had. Writing is therapy.
Story has a candid and somber voice that is so refreshing. A raw, touching and very real story of life and unanswered questions. Story is about falling—falling into a depression so deep that you feel dead. It’s about being ashamed of your failures in life.
“Regret is normal. Pain is normal. Sadness is normal…We just have to remember not to let it consume us indefinitely. Grief will happen, but we have to pick ourselves up and move on.” (171)
This is a story about “forgiving, but not forgetting.”
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Thirty-Something Girl is a moving story of how one woman overcomes depression and a series of bad choices.Read more