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Mike Gayle
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Turning Thirty

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  1,664 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews

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Unlike a lot of people, Matt Beckford is actually looking forward to turning thirty. His twenties really weren't so great...and now he has his love life, his career, his finances -- even his record collection -- pretty much in order, like any good grown-up should. But when, out of the blue, Elaine announces she "can't do this anymore," Matt is left wi

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Nov 07, 2007 rebekah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dick lit lovers, people turning 30
I accidently stayed up all night reading this male alternative to chick lit, dick lit,(I think I made that genre up but it exsists we just call it fiction)anyway, I read it in one go not cuz it was so good but because in 6 months I too, will be turning thirty and my anxiety about this milestone in life kept me up and kept me reading.

Have you ever been out with your boyfriend/girlfriend and their old school friends? And all they talk about is remember so and so? And whatever happened to...? And
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
The characters were so flat and unrealistic. Every single one talked and acted exactly the same; there was nothing that made each character's dialogue unique from the others. There were too many random supporting characters that did absolutely nothing except fill up a lunch table.

The thing that annoyed me the most was how Gayle left out the important scenes by only 'explaining' them in once sentence, but managed to write 300+ pages of completely pointless character interactions. Matt finding ou
Thomas Strömquist
In the genre he writes, this is a perfect one from Mike Gayle. With regards to his previous outings, the major difference is that he presents a protagonist in this one who is not a lazy whiner, but a most regular guy that you actually can relate to.

Close to his 30th, Matt finds that he and his girlfriend really drifted apart and when she breaks the subject, it becomes one of these very admirable break-ups, where the parties really stay friends. Matt moves home (from the states) to mum and dad in
Sophie Kate (Blogger)
Turning Thirty is a big event in most people's lives, Matt is no different. Turning Thirty is a book about having everything you could ever want, and then losing it in a blink of an eye. After, Matt's life takes a turn for the worse leaving him no choice but to move back in with his parents. With no girlfriend or house, he doesn't know where his life went wrong.

So, Matt decides to look towards the past instead of the future, finding his old school friends seems like a great idea being able to r
Jun 22, 2011 Rise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dibeli karena mendadak galau karena keluyuran sendirian di toko buku (oke, kapan sih gw nggak galau?) dan juga terpengaruh obrolan soal rencana hidup bertemakan turning 25 dengan si BlaBla (yang akan berumur 25 tahun ini) sebelumnya. Jadi meskipun gw masih *cough* jauh dari usia 30, maka gw memutuskan untuk membeli buku ini.

Dari segi cerita mungkin mirip chick lit ya, bedanya penulis dan tokoh utamanya pria. Plot utama berkisar pada kegalauan Matthew Beckford dalam menghadapi pergantian usia men
Saw this book at the library. As I'm about to turn 30 in a couple of weeks, the title definitely spoke to me.

It was a very lovely reading. Matt, the main character, couldn't be more happy to turn 30. His life is exactly where it should be at this stage of his life. That until everything fall apart.
So he decides to go back home, to go back to his parents, to catch up with his old gang. And the journey back isn't always what you think it should be.

Having difficulties giving up on things from the p
May 10, 2015 Ramzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a refreshingly awesome book, I was easily drawn to it because it managed to connect to me on a personal level with my life. Reminded me that i'm 30!
Sharon Metcalf
Mar 25, 2016 Sharon Metcalf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Realistically it was a 3.5* read for me.

This book ticked multiple boxes when I chose to read it today. When I picked up the book originally perhaps a year ago now it was in a fill a bag for $5 deal. To be honest the brightly coloured cover attracted me as it reminded me of the covers Nick Earls books have. As I've always loved his books I decided to read the blurb and one of commendations was " the male Bridget Jones". I'd never heard of Mike Gayle but, without reading any further, I thought I'd
Jan 17, 2015 Soho_black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
30 is one of those funny ages, where you can still be told “oh, you’re still young” by people who have reached it, but where teenagers and people in their early 20s can make you feel dreadfully old. 30 is also one of those ages you use as a deadline. When you’re young, it seems so far away and so adult that you can safely say “I’ll do this by the time I’m 30”, knowing you have plenty of time. But as that deadline grows nearer, you wonder if your life is what it’s all made out to be.

I’d had a cop
Nov 06, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I nearly didn’t bother with anymore Mike Gayle after the To Do List but thought I’d give one of his novels a go – and I’m really glad I did. This was miles better – a really thoughtful, philosophical book about growing up, looking back and trying to move forward in an unpredictable world. The main character Matt thinks he’s got his life planned out living in New York, good job and nice girlfriend, until one day they mutually decide that although they care deeply about each other they just are no ...more

I admit it – I will be turning 30 soon myself (oh crikey) so Mike Gayle’s hilarious and poignant novel about a man who evaluates his life before the big day to find that maybe not everything is quite in order really hit home for me.
Where did you think you’d be when you turned 30? Top of the career ladder? In a swanky house, married with kids? Having split up with his girlfriend and forced to move back home, Matt Beckford is certain that being single and living with his parents in Birmingham wasn
Mar 19, 2014 Adisti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-lit
Category: Books

Author: Mike Gayle

Genre: Pop Literature

Rate: 3 out of 5

Buku yang gw dapatkan dari diskonan Gramedia di Lotte Mart Fatmawati. Alasan gw beli buku ini?

1. Karena lagi diskon (cuma jadi 20 ribu, hehehe),

2. Karena judulnya, Turning Thirty - Beranjak Tiga Puluh.

Itulah kondisi gw sekarang. Beranjak tiga puluh. Saat gw menuliskan blog review ini, umur gw sama persis kayak Matt Beckford sang tokoh utama buku ini, yaitu 29 tahun.

Matt Beckford adalah seorang programer komputer asal Birmingha
Tranquila y tópica pero adictiva y divertida novela sobre un tema tan trillado como la llegada a la treintena de un tipo que como muchos de nosotros sufrimos, sufriremos o hemos sufrido la llegada a esa edad en la cual debes decidir entre ser un adolescente irresponsable para toda tu vida o en cambio transformarte en ese adulto anodino y maduro que tanto siempre hemos temido ser...

Una suerte de mezcla de estilos son los que se asoman en la narrativa de Gayle, que pueden asimilarse al de sus comp
Jun 06, 2015 Sankrutyayan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel at ease whenever I read Mike Gayle’s books. It is quite satisfying to see people who are as messed up as yourself getting on with life with much humor and ease. It is assuring to have company of fictional characters in the time of need to entertain you with their small lives spanning over 300 pages but living forever in our minds guiding through tough times. Mike Gayle’s books are like Sunday. They are lazy, amusing, entertaining and fresh. We can see a part of ourselves being represented ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it a few years before turning thirty myself, and although that was many, many years ago, I still have very fond memories of this book.
While the are no major conflicts to overcome, no major drama, no major primary or secondary characters, I believe that this is one of the book's strong suits. It's about life. And sometimes life just happens.
Now that I reemember, I need to find more of Gayle's books
Alex Bleach
Mike Gayle has been praised for his chatty style and this is undoubtedly the easiest fictional novel I have read this year. It's quite big at 350 pages, but I read it in less than a week.

It reads a lot like chick-lit, despite being written by a man (I wouldn't class it as lad fiction). My main issue is it just didn't seem authentic. Most of the characters are successful, or maybe I can't relate because most people within my world are a failure (including me). The fact the lead character could dr
Jul 11, 2012 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated the author's unique writing style. Unfortunately, I thought that the characters were not very interesting (with the exceptions of Matt and Elaine), there were too many unimportant details included, and I didn't care for the ending.
Nick Davies
Jan 30, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an entertaining, well-written, funny and very readable (if light) novel about a man approaching his thirtieth birthday, and given cause to think about how he's meeting his expectations of that milestone. There's the usual realistic and not completely clichéd relationship stuff from a male point of view, and (as other reviewers have pointed out) the central characters appear to be more likeable in this one. I turned thirty recently (*ahem* almost seven years ago) so found quite a bit of c ...more
Jun 25, 2015 Deodand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of fun, witty, the literary equivalent of comfort food. You know where you are with a Mike Gayle book, though that it not to say that he goes over the same ground. His protagonist voice is the smart-mouthed, funny, creative simile evoking that his other books have, but that's not different to the kind of lead character you would find in a Linwood Barclay, or Harlan Coben novel. Just Mile Gayle's have fewer murders and more coming to terms with clothes shopping for people no longer in the t ...more
Lena Vanausdle
Have you ever read someone else's experiences and felt vaguely out of place because, although the subject is something that should speak to you, the actual experience is so far removed from your own that you feel like a researcher observing rats? That's how this book made me feel.

But before feelings on the story, I'll address the "technical" aspects. The writing is good. I appreciated the email correspondence because it gave an authentic feel to learning more about the lives of the characters t
Mar 16, 2014 Devon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First posted January 2006:

Being a little over two years away from the big three oh myself (oh...remember those days...) this book struck a chord with me. Many of Gayle's observations about how one feels as they approach thirty were not only hilarious but also right on the money.

Matt Beckford is turning thirty in about 89 days and his life is falling apart! He thought by the age of thirty he would have it all together, the fancy high paying job, the woman who was "the one" to spend his life with
Sherri Hunter
Mar 10, 2010 Sherri Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This was the first Mike Gayle book I have read and it will not be my last. I found the story to be full to the brim of nostalgia and reunion. It reminded me of relationships in my own life that have passed me by. I was reminded how we all change, sometimes for the better, as we get older and that my own "turning thirty" brought out a lot of anxiety in myself.

I have to say that my favorite part of this book is the advice that Matt so sagely dispenses:

"1. Don't take anything for granted because wh
Oct 27, 2011 Utami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kayaknya GPU menerbitkan buku-buku Mike Gayle dalam waktu yang bersamaan ya? Dan rata-rata konsep desain sampulnya mirip. Simple, tanpa banyak warna-warni permen tipikal sampul novel chicklit.
Matt baru saja putus dengan pacarnya. Dia ditawari posisi baru di tempat kerjanya yang mengharuskan dia pindah ke Australia. Akan tetapi, bukannya langsung berangkat, Matt minta cuti selama tiga bulan untuk pulang ke kota kelahirannya. Dia tinggal kembali bersama orang tuanya, dan bertemu dengan teman-teman
Dora Okeyo
Aug 31, 2012 Dora Okeyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how Mike Gayle writes. Turning Thirty is the second book he's written that I loved reading. He writes as though he were simply having a conversation and the fact that his characters are just ordinary people trying to live their lives and make meaning of all of it is simply delightful.
I noted three things about Mike's writing: his characters talk about music, they hang out with friends and connect with their families and they email each other. These were common in both Turning Thirty and D
Sep 16, 2009 Jaclyn added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people approaching or who have recently entered their 30's
This book was alright. I originally planned to read this book a few months ago in "preparation" for my own 30th birthday, but didn't end up getting to it until the day after. This was a fast read and sometimes an entire page (and chapter) consisted of a one paragraph email. I liked the writing style of this book for a nice change of pace though. I found the short chapters to be very accommodating when I was trying to squeeze a chapter or two in around other things.

The story itself was pretty su
A.E. Shaw
Jul 21, 2012 A.E. Shaw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

Aspects of this book were fun for their true-isms, aspects of it were confusing because they didn't follow "the formula" where all other pointers suggested they would.

The most complex thing about it (now, anyway) is the way it reads like a period piece, accidentally emphasising how different the concerns of the pre-university fees, jobs-everywhere generation were from the turning thirty generation of now. The entitlement is so inherent in that generation, it isn't even addressed, it's just part
Joana Marques
Jul 25, 2008 Joana Marques rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joana by: aneca
Shelves: 2007
Gostei bastante do livro. Apesar de não ter trinta anos e de ainda me faltarem 4 para lá chegar achei-o...reconfortante. Eu própria passei por uma mini-crise de idade o mês passado quando fiz os 26. Não queria sair dos 25 altura em que ainda somos jovens (pelo menos é o que o Estado diz já que só temos cartão jovem até aos 25 e só pagamos bilhete jovem nos teatros e exposições até aos 25). Aos 26 somos considerados adultos... e ainda não estava preparada para ser adulta.
O livro mostrou-me que em
Justin Newman
Apr 16, 2013 Justin Newman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Mike Gayle is like viewing the new Twilight films: you know what you're getting into. His writing is fun, light, and quick. I read these types of books when Spring comes around to lighten up my mood, since I tend toward the heavier volumes when it is cold out.

But, just like the Twilight saga (or the Hunger Games or whatever has replaced Twilight), there are a lot of flat characters in here. The dialogue is snappy and sometimes witty, but tends to fall a bit flat also. The conflicts all
Jul 13, 2007 Irwan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Light reading and funny. Might as well fall into "chick-lit" category.
Read it a bit too early when I was 25 which is five years ago. I am trying to remember why I was interested in this book:
- the main character was a computer programmer who was contemplating his life when the turned thirty. I was, kind of, doing it when I turned 25 :-)
- although not set as a "serious, philosophical" novel, it might as well evoke philosophicalish thoughts in me regarding time and age. I was then reading popular
Sep 27, 2007 Leftbanker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I am reading the Spanish translation of this book, Al Borde del los Treinta, which is the only reason I'm giving it all of those damn stars. It is a good learning tool for me in Spanish so it deserves the stars. As far as the book goes, I have some problems.

I think that it is total bullshit that people make these age milestones out to be anything at all. All age means is how many times you have been around the sun. If the earth's orbit somehow changed or slowed down, would you be any different?
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