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A Thirty-Something Girl

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  219 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
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 beg
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Black Kettle Publishing
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Nov 15, 2015 karmaforlifechick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First of all, let me say this. The absolute accuracywith which the author Lisa M. Gott portrayed depression in this book was spot on. Whether or notthe situation is of your own making, or not,the emotions for the most part remain the same. After 30 year old Hope finds her life in a shambles, after a pregnancy loss, financial struggles and a divorce, she finds herself caught up in a never-ending vortex o
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Whew. Allow me a moment or two to wallow while I gather my wits, my tears and my heart that fell down after reading this book. Gah, I never thought I’d cry so much by just reading a book! And an ugly cry at that.

A Thirty Something Girl is about Hope but contrary to her name, she seemed to have lost hope in her life after a series of unfortunate and tragic events. On-going divorce, extra-marital affairs, financial crisis, miscarriage, just to name a few. She got friends, alright – Clara, Grace an
Apr 12, 2015 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, arc, read-2015
Hope has been in denial of her own depression for years, then when her world collapses around her, she finally admits what has been going on and turns to her friends for support. This is Hope's journey of how she put her life back together and found a more positive outlook with a touch of romance and a real life happily ever after.

I'm a thirty-something girl and though I haven't been in Hope's situation, I still found her a very relatable and likeable character. I loved her close knit group of f
Nicole Williams
Dec 16, 2011 Nicole Williams rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It has real life moments inside. Its heart warming with a places you just laugh. The emotional ride varies. As a reader you'll be put in a place where you begin to instantly feel for the character and want to cry with Hope. You will want to laugh at her friend interactions with each other. You'll want to be the one cheering for a good outcome and be sad when life gets in the way. Its real! Its a easy- fasted paced-that had me staying up all night wanting more. I can honestly sa ...more
Feb 16, 2012 Carina rated it liked it
Being a mid-twenties woman, and going through a difficult time in my life, I immediately connected with the character during the first few chapters of the book. However, as the story developed, the events became highly unrealistic and unplausible. Maybe Im too cynical, maybe my lack of hope for my own future makes me partial to not believing in such fairtytale events. I dont know. Anyway, it was a good, easy, fun read.. Plus it was only $0.99 on my ereader lol
May 26, 2015 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope is a very depressed, confused and lost in life girl. Despite her name being Hope, it doesn't appear she has much. I did like that Hope ends up seemingly happy, but it's a rough road to even get to the start of that road.

I can tell that Hope could have the life she wants, if only she could just get out of her own head. I loved the line that 'adults complicate things'. We do. Hope definitely does. But I see her slowly learning to un-complicate life throughout the book.

Hope's friends are her l
Allie Burke
Apr 21, 2015 Allie Burke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, brt
I feel like I read this book in like five minutes.

I'm typically a very fast reader, but this is one of those books that you read while you're cooking with hazardous chemicals and when you have 3.7 minutes before your appointment and you consider how safe reading at a stoplight would be. It's unputdownable.

Stull captures you with her engaging, literary style from the first pages, and develops her characters via these multi-layered lyrics of all different colors: light to dark. I love the believa
Marni Mann
Apr 15, 2012 Marni Mann rated it it was amazing
Stull’s protagonist, Hope, hasn’t just experienced a hint of darkness. She was thrown straight into a hole. Even if she had the right equipment, dirt was caving in faster than she could shovel. She didn’t believe hope was waiting on the other side. She couldn’t get out of her own way. Her flaws trumped her worth.

We’ve all been there at one time or another, because darkness comes in so many different forms. Whether it’s a relationship or marriage dissolving, losing the ones we love, getting axed
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My Thoughts:

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 f
Apr 25, 2015 Teressa rated it it was amazing
"A Thirty-Something Girl" is an interesting story. It's about a young woman named Hope who finds herself in a failed relationship that her and her husband had both participated in. With the help of her friends, she slowly begins to think she can overcome the seemingly difficult situation.

She eventually lands a new job as a free-lance editor and meets a man named Sam. The only thing is, when she first met him, she didn't catch his name and while writing in her journal later she coincidentally gav
Alex Laybourne
Dec 31, 2011 Alex Laybourne rated it it was amazing
Never before has a novel moved me to tears. Yet there were at least three instances where I needed to wipe my eyes whilst reading.

LM Stull has created with her debut novel something that will last for the ages. A work of literature that men and women around the world can relate to on numerous personal levels. A novel about triumph and the hardships that line the path.

The road to Hell may be paved with good intentions, but LM stull reminds us that the road to happiness is paved with hardship. It
Tarah McCue
I really enjoyed this book. I could relate to the main character a lot. I did feel like this should have been a little longer of a book to include more details. I feel like that would have made it seem a little more true to life. It felt a little rushed to me.
Susie Q
Feb 01, 2016 Susie Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thirty-Something Girl was a nice, east story to listen to. Lori Faiella did a a very good job narrating the story, giving voice and emotion to each character. I will be looking for more audio books narrated by her.
Aug 16, 2016 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title and synopsis spoke to me. Be a 30-something girl who is struggling in her marriage and constantly battling depression. Hope spoke to me. Her life was falling apart but in walks Sam. It wasn't a fairy tale ending at first but love truly does triumph.
J.C. Wing
Oct 22, 2016 J.C. Wing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a bittersweet story of two people who have endured much heartache and turmoil in their lives, and what happens when their paths eventually cross. It’s a tale that beautifully illustrates the idea that no matter how difficult one’s life has been, the past is the past, and the future can still hold a great abundance of both love and goodness. It’s about making the conscious decision to live a happy life.

There was so much in this book that struck at personal chords for me. While learning a
Don Sloan
Jan 10, 2016 Don Sloan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this complex, empathetic novel, author Lisa Gott weaves a compelling story about a young woman washed up on the shores of despair on her thirtieth birthday. She then goes on to portray the power of friendship and the intrinsic, yet hard-won, value of self-empowerment in rising from the depths.

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
I read this book as an ARC for an honest review. Honestly, it was not one of my favorites. I had a hard time feeling this story. Hope is our main character and a woman who is just broken. At the young age of thirty she has lost everything the first 30 years brought her. A marriage, career, house, love, and even the loss of an unborn child. I would be broken too, and far too depressed to wake up everyday. Hope feels the same. When her parents shut her out, she only has her 3 best friends to turn ...more
Dean Mayes
Jul 01, 2012 Dean Mayes rated it really liked it
I have continued my recent foray into women's literature and have just turned the final page on Lisa Stull's "A Thirty Something Girl".

And, once again, I came away from the reading experience very satisfied and convinced that my attraction to women's literature is growing ever more solid with each entry that I delve into.

Stull's novel is, at once an attractive reading experience and one that is visceral. Having staged the tome through the first person perspective of her protagonist, Hope Jacks
Jan 10, 2012 Junying rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Following the novel’s protagonist Hope, I went through her emotional ups and downs. She was like someone I know in real life, or rather, a combination of a few people I have met over the years. I was taken into her confidence and went on a journey with her, a journey of soul-searching, self-awareness and rediscovery of what truly matters in life.

Lisa’s fictional character Hope, had we meet in real life, would have been quite different from me, in terms of our backgrounds, the way we were brough
Eden Baylee
Jan 17, 2012 Eden Baylee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not the world’s fastest reader, but I cannot remember the last time I breezed through a book as quickly as I did A Thirty-Something Girl. From the first sentence to the last, I inhaled L.M.’s words as if they were air.

Does this mean there wasn’t a lot of substance? Absolutely not. Written in first person point of view, Hope Ellena Jackson, a thirty-something girl lives through more twists and turns in a year than many of us encounter in a lifetime. At almost any point in the book, I was ridi
"Maybe hidden under the dark & heavy layers of despair and doubt lies a shred of Hope." L.M. Stull's debut novel "A Thirty-Something Girl" is a story of self-discovery, life & death and true friendship. The protagonist Hope, a newly turned 30 year old, has had a string of bad luck that would cripple the best of people. With the aid and support of her close friends, Hope begins on a journey and stumbles across someone who will end up helping her along the way. Old wounds will be healed, n ...more
Feb 25, 2012 Carla rated it really liked it
This book, to be honest, was quite hard for me to read. Not because of the writing, I feel like the author captured the emotions and situations very well. It was hard for me to read because, I have been right where Hope was. Maybe not totally, but I know what it feels like to be cheated on, to loose a husband, to have to start you life over. I know what it feels like to hide the hurt and plaster a smile on your face. I have TOTALLY been there. I could relate to hope when she slept for 3 days str ...more
Jul 20, 2016 Jennalyn rated it it was ok
I felt conflicted about this book from the moment I started reading it. Somehow, it is beautifully honest and strangely unbelievable, all at the same time. I found the plot and the love story to be hopelessly unrealistic, while the main character's feelings felt achingly real. It's sort of like a walking contradiction. Except that it doesn't walk.

The writing was honest in its simplicity. Gut-wrenchingly honest, in fact. The author clearly captures the cyclical experience of depression - the way
Bob Clarkson
Aug 19, 2015 Bob Clarkson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not exactly sure how this book got on my TBR list.

When I was younger, I was an amatuer athlete. I played competitivly into my forties. I was the poster boy, and man, for stoicism. Cry? Not me, not even when my Dad and Mom died. At Mom's funeral, I almost cried but sucked it up to be a good, manly example for my two sons.

I'm a combat vet. I commanded an artillery battery and we got our share of mortar and incoming rockets and I had to write too many, "Dear Mrs." letter If something bothered m
A Thirty-something Girl is an emotionally packed/draining book.

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 wr
Andy Mascola
Apr 07, 2012 Andy Mascola rated it really liked it
A Thirty-Something Girl is a story about a woman in crisis working her way back to the world of the living. Hope is not looking forward to turning thirty. Making matters worse, her husband of ten years has left her for another woman, she's lost her job, miscarried a baby, lost all her money in the stock market and her condo is about to be foreclosed upon. Fortunately, Hope has great friends.

With the love and support of her friends, Clara and Emma, Hope slowly begins to pull her life back togethe
Jun 22, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads, reviews
Hope is a young woman who turns 30 just as her life is falling to shambles. This story is her road to recovery; the trials she faces as she tries time and time again to not only start living her life, but coming to terms with the fact that she deserves a great life. One that she has always wanted despite the mistakes she has made in the past. The novel chronicles her struggles as she overcomes a stifling depression. Her journey is heart breaking and honest. The novel reads more as a journal rath ...more
J Reynolds
Jan 22, 2012 J Reynolds rated it it was ok
Two stars means "It was okay," per Goodreads. I want to separate the book from the author and say that I give the author herself five stars as a human being. That said, the first several chapters were a tough slog and perpetuated the same depressing thing over and over in a slow-motioned, flat, simplistic way. I wondered if it was a YA book with its lack of vocabulary, use of first-person, and the way every detail was documented. I craved plot. But the protagonist kept saying and doing the same ...more
Dec 22, 2011 Maxwell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
L.M. Stull, in her debut novel Thirty-Something Girl, has penned a literary classic. Strong words for what could be called a Chick-Lit Romance, but true none-the-less. The realistic emotion portrayed throughout creates more of a personal essay / memoir feel than fiction. The characters are as Hemingway demanded "more real than real." I was immediately drawn into the life of Hope, a woman trying to survive turning thirty as her life implodes. This novel could well be used as a textbook of well wr ...more
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The characters in this story are very well developed. It feels very realistic that there are no quick fixes and although Hope is moving in the right direction, it is two steps forward and one step back. I really liked how Hope met Sam and how their relationship evolved. How these two broken people find comfort and strength in each other is delightfully written. I was very caught up in Hope and Sam’s individual stories and their story together
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Lisa M. Gott found home in the heart of her husband. When she's not weaving words, you'll find her listening to the whispers of the wind, dancing in the rain, or curled up with a stack of books and a rich, intoxicating cup of coffee.

She’s currently working on her very first piece of non-fiction, Happy Balance. Coming Winter 2016.

Lisa is the Co-Founder of Gott Publishing, as well as the founder o
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