What's the big deal?
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 wit...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
The story itself was pretty su...more
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...more
O livro mostrou-me que em...more
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...more
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...more
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?...more
Ceritanya tentang Matt Beckford yang bakal berulang tahun ke 30 tanggal 31 Maret. Udah mapan, kerja di New York dan punya pacar Elaine, umur 22. Ehhh, entah kenapa, pas bulan Januari, si Elaine mutusin Matt. Gara gara ini, si Matt jadi minta pindah kerja dan balik ke Birmingham sono buat ngisi cuti 3 bulannya...
Di Birmingham, Matt terpaksa tinggal di rumah ortunya. Udah gitu, Matt men...more
I'd actually read this as a paperback at a friend of a friend's apartment back in the summer of 2001 - I flew back the day before my 34th birthday, so almost apt.
Listening to it (again) brought back fond memories of my time as a teenager with friends and then meeting up with them again last year (coincidentally one of our 'gang' had passed away).
I think anyone who has left home thinks about what...more
For me, it's kind of a enlightment for me to go through my twenty-something with purposes. If we have dreams, fight for them. Even in the end, the destiny will show the truth upon us.
I was surprisingly impressed. Mike Gayle writes in a simplistic, but endearing way. I found myself drawn into his characters and their lives. There is a sense of knowing within the book and identification of real lives. I thoroughly recommend it, but don't wait until you are 30.
Ternyata tidak sebagus yang kupikir bakal kudapatkan. Beberapa bagian memang lucu but that's it. Untuk sekedar masa senggang dan tak ada hal lain yang bisa dilakukan, bolehlah.
Matthew, tokoh utama di buku ini, tidak terlalu "keren". Heh.
Blog review: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2007/01...
perubahan fisik, itu jelas, perubahan prioritas hidup...yeaaah...kalau sadar sih...
buat saya yang sdh lewat 30 sih biasa aja baca buku ini tapi membantu berpikir beberapa hal yang perlu dibereskan karena justru sudah berusia 30 tahun!
I was also born in Birmingham — in my humble opinion the greatest city in the world with the nicest people too.
I used to live in London — a great city too. But a bit on the pricey side.
I also used to live in Manchester — another great city (although technically I lived in Salford which is next door but that’s sort of spli...more