Courtney Psak’s Thirty Days to Thirty is a light, fun read. Jill gets fired and dumped on the same day, one month before her thirtieth birthday. With the big 3-0 looming, Jill finds herself living back at home with her parents, reconnecting with her college bestie and flirting with her ex-boyfriend in a bar. Depressed by the fact that she’s back where she was ten years ago, when she finds her ’30 things to do before turning 30′ list from school, Jill decides that there’s no time like the present to finish it.
I too have issues with turning 30 and not having achieved enough by then, and I also spent a good chunk of my twenties locked away in law school, so I understood where Jill’s head was. Trying to leave her city-life and cheating boyfriend behind, and readjust to the suburbs, Jill spends her time trying to find a way to live with her parents again, starts spending time with her best friend and her family again, and when she runs into an old flame, Chris, they can’t deny they’re still drawn to one another. Worried about falling into another relationship – especially given what a disaster the last one was – Jill tries to focus on her list, and Chris becomes a fixture in her life as he helps her tick items off the list.
I liked the premise of this story, and thought Jill and Chris were well developed. Liz, the best friend, a little less so, but I did like the inclusion of her character and own family issues. Jill’s parents were also hilarious, and recognisable – I could definitely see my parents in them! That said, I was very put off by the timeline. The story was very literal – Jill had one month to save a life, travel the world, ride roller coasters, learn yoga and french, kiss a stranger, be on TV… and fall in love. As much as I enjoyed the story, I just couldn’t believe in it. If it had been a year, or even if it had just been a few months, I would have been a lot less distracted. However, the pace of this love-story just kept me a little offside. That said, I still enjoyed it, and it was a nice light read – not bad for a day on the beach!
I received a copy of Thirty Days to Thirty by Courtney Psak in exchange for a review and my honest opinion.