Thirty Days to Thirty
by Courtney Psak
What if you were on the cusp of marrying the guy of your dreams and reaching that career goal you set for yourself, only for all of it to be taken away in one fell swoop?
What if this all happened a month before you turned 30?
This is the story of Jill Stevens, who after moving back home, finds a list she made in high school of thirty things she wanted to accomplish before her thirtieth birthday.
With a month left and hardly anything crossed off her list, she teams up with old friends to accomplish as much as she can before the big 3-0. Along the way, she discovers her true self and realizes it’s not about the material successes in life but the journey.
First of all, I love the premise of this book. It’s so catchy, and it sounds cute. In the end, it was super cute. I sat back saying, “Oh, this was cute!” I’m a sucker for books that deal with lists. 😉
From the beginning, I fell in love with Jill. While I couldn’t relate to being overworked (entirely) or to being a lawyer, I did relate to watching her life fall apart in the mere time span of a few hours. I’ve been there. I’ve felt sorry for myself. I’ve had to make a drastic move. I’ve had to pick myself up and move on.
I admire how strong Jill is. Sure, she did wallow for a bit. But I mean, who wouldn’t?! After a few days, she embarked on a journey that would change her life.
She found an old list she wrote in high school. She realized she never did anything on her list. She set out to right that wrong. And what a journey it was.
Psak’s writing and style had me laughing at every turn! Thirty Days to Thirty is a definite feel-good book. It has swoon-worthy moments, it has moments where you want to cry, and it has best friend moments. No matter where Jill turned, she was not alone. I enjoyed the character development between Jill and all the secondary characters. Some of the advice (the characters gave each other) in the book was spot on!
I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves chick-lit, or simply a feel-good book.
*I received a copy from NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
Courtney Psak is a New Jersey native who grew up with a passion for reading and writing.
After traveling the world, she settled into New York City where she earned her Masters in Publishing.
She is a member of the National Writers Association and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
She currently resides in Hoboken with her husband.
She spends her weekends seeking adventure through hiking, skiing and traveling.
You can visit Courtney’s website here.
I’ve seen some good reviews, and some not so good reviews. But I’m glad to say mine was more good than not so good.
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