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 wi...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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
I’d had a cop ...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 ...more
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 ...more
Una suerte de mezcla de estilos son los que se asoman en la narrativa de Gayle, que pueden asimilarse al de sus comp ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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