Saturday, January 13, 2007

Book ~ "Turning Thirty" - Mike Gayle (2005)

From Amazon.com ~ Matt Beckford has a good job in New York and lives with his beautiful girlfriend, Elaine. But when Elaine breaks up with him, Matt finds himself on a new course, requesting a transfer and moving back home to Birmingham to live with his parents in the interim. Matt is none too thrilled by the prospect of turning 30 while living in his childhood home but he finds himself revisiting his youth by reconnecting with two old friends: his best friend, Gershwin, now married with a young daughter, and Ginny, the girl who was never quite Matt's girlfriend but with whom he shared a strong connection. Readers, especially those approaching 30 or just past it, will especially relate to the struggles of Matt and his friends to find direction and love in the face of a benchmark birthday.

Though I'm on the other side of 30, I really enjoyed this book and the writing style. Matt is a nice guy trying to find himself. With mere months before his 30th birthday, Matt laments that he is not where he thought he would be at this age as he reconnects with his past.

Mike Gayle's homepage

3 comments:

kimbofo said...

Do you know how many times I've picked this particular book up in a bookstore and then had second thoughts about it. Maybe I should just take the plunge, eh?

Rose said...

Is there one for turning 40?

Teena said...

Isn't 40 the new 30? :)