Author: L.M. Stull
Published: December 13th 2011
Genre: Adult Contemporary
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Life has been anything but kind, and everything that can go wrong has. At an age when life should be coming together, and questions should start to be answered, Hope finds herself feeling very alone and terribly confused. As her life spirals out of control, she realizes she needs help. And she needs it quickly.
With the love and support of some dear friends, Hope slowly begins to find her true self, and along the way, she meets someone. Someone who makes her feel like living to see another day might just be worth it.
But with happiness, comes pain. Pain from a past that simply won't be forgotten. Walking a dangerously fine line between joy and utter despair, Hope wonders if happy endings really do exist. And if they do, is there one waiting for her?
After reading the synopsis, it seemed like just the book I could relate to in real life. When I started reading Hope's story, I discovered she and I, although facing different issues, still had a lot in common. She had uncertainty and confusion on where to go next when certain things were falling apart. I could feel her pain, and wanted to see her find a better place.
As the story went on though, I found myself getting frustrated with where it was leading. Not that the places it went were bad. My issue was with seeing everything perfectly falling into place in most aspects. Sure, we want the protagonist to get everything they want in life. On the other hand, life isn't THAT easy. It takes effort and rarely gets handed to us on a silver platter. So, it felt a little unrealistic to me, that aspect of the story. Also, the part that happens in the end was a little bit of a surprise and came out of nowhere, so it kind of threw me.
A Thirty-Something Girl has a lot of heart. I felt myself standing right there with Hope, wishing for change. Seeing her find love again and get to a better place was inspiring. L.M. Stull did a great job with making you feel for the character. Despite my above issues, I still think it was a good story and a nice message of hope.