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A Thirty-Something Girl

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  163 ratings  ·  57 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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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
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
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
Marni Mann
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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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
Alex Laybourne
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
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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
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This book was a tear-jerker in so many places. A thirtieth birthday celebration for Hope turns out to be a breakdown for Hope when she finally comes clean to her three closest friends on what is really going on in her life. I am only going to say this because I do not want to ruin any surprises is you plan on reading this book; Hope's life is a complete mess from every aspect. Thank goodness for strong female friendships, this was one of the things that I loved about this book, the fr
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
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
"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
Allie Burke
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
Dec 22, 2011 Maxwell rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jan 10, 2012 Junying rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
Dean Mayes
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
Andy Mascola
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
"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
Sharon Anderson
Lisa M. Gott has a very powerful command of language. This is the what I noticed at first - and no wonder - the author is a poet. Throughout her prose in this work, she weaves heartbreak and love, mistakes and reconciliations. What Gott is actually doing here is painting a very well-rendered portrait of a young woman finding out how to live. It is a coming-of-age story at heart.
I worried about her character, Hope. I worried and laughed, and after all, what more could you want from a book?
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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
Julie Duck
When I began reading this book, I felt like I was looking at me. Lost. Alone. Confused. Broken. The main character, Hope, is numb from several life-changing experiences that would challenge someone if they only had one of them. Through her friends who give amazing support (God, I wish I had friends like that!), Hope is able to find just that - hope for a new beginning. The process is long and difficult, and she tends to wrestle with negative thinking sometimes (i.e., she assumes all is lost and ...more
Dannie Hill
L. M. Stull has written a novel to rival any I’ve ever read. Some might call Thirty-Something Girl a story for women, but I have to disagree with that assessment. This is a novel anyone, man or woman, can soak their soul in and feel the real pain of Hope Jackson. Stull’s description of depression is so real and heartfelt it brought back the sorrows of my life. A master’s touch.

Thirty-Something Girl is also a story of friendship, support and love as Hope’s friends gather around her to hold her he
Christina Daley
I thought this was nicely written. Stull has a poetic way with words, and I thought some of the ways she renders things were quite lovely. I wasn't crazy about any of the characters. The MC, Hope, didn't seem extremely different in the end, and while she had a lot of external problems, she created a bunch more in her head. Her three BFFs were rather indistinguishable (I kept forgetting their names and who was who), and Sam was a little too "perfect" to be real. He also cried way too easily. And ...more
Kimberly Kinrade
This beautifully written novel focuses on Hope, a girl who has almost lost all hope in life. Having hit rock bottom and gone through tragedy after tragedy, Hope discovers the importance of friendship and how to love again and open herself up to new directions in life.

L.M. Stull proves herself to be an amazing writer and story-teller in this gem of a novel. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, Hope's journey becomes all of our journey and takes the reader through all the highs and lows of life. The b
A Thirty-Something Girl is the story of Hope Jackson, who enters her 30s on a symphony of uncertainty. You'll love Hope because she's genuine, imperfect, but hopeful. I knew I would love this book from the very first line, but you can download a sample yourself to see if you feel the same way. I identified whole-heartedly with Hope's feelings of struggle, and the one step forward, two steps back dance she does throughout the book.

The only issue I found is that to me, triumph seems to come a litt
Andy Wood
A splendid first book by a splendid woman!

It is not too complex or too simple. Stull brilliantly fuses raw emotions through the power of her words to bring forth a cavalcade of deeper meanings and thoughts.

A Thirty-Something Girl is an easy read and, at the same time, a real treat to have on the bookshelf. You will find that this book is an effective page turner and is on par with those 'unputdownable' novels that so many accomplished authors have produced.

To say that this was a great book is an
I think the draw to A Thirty-Something Girl--beyond Ms. Stull's fantastic writing--is the 'realness' of the characters and story. This is not to say it's everyday or forgettable, nothing like that; rather, it offers an unflinching look at the trials, tribulations and, most importantly, triumphs of adulthood through a character, Hope, that is relatable. That we instantly connect with. That we root for. And this is a testament more than anything to Ms. Stull's storytelling ability, keeping us hook ...more
Jeffrey Pfaller
I usually don't dip into the literary romance genre, but L.M. Stull's book was a pleasant surprise and has inspired me to check out a few more titles like hers. It has lots of heart and just the right amount of sugar - the perfect book for burrowing into a warm corner of your house and reading it cover to cover. Even though the main character, Hope, has seen more than her fair share of hard times, the book focuses on the upswing and her struggles to get back to happy. I don't recommend many book ...more
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Lisa M. Gott was born in Washington, DC, but 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.

Her stories tell of the human spirit – sometimes sad, sometimes not – most can relate to them on some level or another.

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