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Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend

(Spinster #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,129 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Julia Dorning thought she would die a lonely spinster. That was until nine months ago, when her world was turned upside down. Now she’s got a dream career as a bakery owner, and a relationship with handsome Jared Moody—a life she never thought possible.

Just as she’s starting to feel comfortable in her new life, Julia is invited to battle it out on national television maki
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published September 10th 2014 (first published September 8th 2014)
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Katie W
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 Stars) My advice is to read these books in order to get the full effect.

It felt like the book was divided into two parts: baking and weddings. Julia is finally fulfilling a dream of owning a bakery and isn't it funny that it took Jared (through unconventional ways) to help her achieve it? She secretly auditions for a cupcake TV show and let me just say, those cupcakes sounded incredibly delicious, so don't read this while you're hungry. Not only is Julia dealing with all of the stress of ba
Debra Belmudes
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Too cute ... can't wait to read the third and final book in the series! ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So, after what seemed like an age of (impatient) waiting, I finally got my hands on the next instalment of Julia Dorning’s life.

And it was worth every single finger drumming minute.

I’m going to be very careful with what I write in this review because a single slip could ruin the entire outcome of the book and the plot of, what I hope, will be the third. No doubt, Julia is as hilarious in ‘Girlfriend’ as she was in ‘Spinster’ as she continues to blow things out of all proportion in her wacky but
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, rom-com
Umm, this is a difficult review to write because I feel like two stars is a low rating, but I had so many issues with Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend. This is the second one in the Spinster series, and I think you should most definitely read Thirty-Two Going on Spinster first.

Julia, our spinster turned girlfriend, is successfully running her own bakery and still dating Jared. She gets chosen to compete on a televised baking competition, and said competition takes over a big part of the book. E
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy this book. It was as good as the first, Thirty-Two Going On… Spinster. (See my review here.) It has some great moments — LOL moments, sentimental moments, anxious moments, confusing moments, all the moments.

I loved catching up with Julia Dorning and finding out how her bakery was doing. And whether she was still with Jared. Julia is a character that I can really relate to. She is so funny. Her inner monologue cracks me up. I felt like I was chatting with
Glynis Astie
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
As soon as I heard there was another chapter in the Julia/Jared saga, I had to read it! At the start of this novel, we find Julia coming into her own as a bakery owner. She has a gorgeous boyfriend who appears to be devoted to her and she is going to appear on her favorite reality TV show, Cupcake Battles. Life is good! The pressure builds for poor Julia as she is sucked into helping plan both her sister's and her best friend's wedding, she panics about making a fool of herself on national telev ...more
Melissa Baldwin
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! You have to read this book! Funny, light hearted and intriguing! Cant wait to see what Becky Monson brings us next!
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading a light, fun girlie book every once in a while, especially after a round of intense psychological thrillers. Becky Monson never disappoints. I’ve been a fan ever since I read her Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace. I’m saving up the next book in the series for my vacation!
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Julia Dorning is at a happy point in her life. She owns her bakery and is very happy with her boyfriend, Jared Moody. However, she has a lot hanging over her head right now because she is facing being in the weddings of her best friend, Betsy Brown, and her sister, Anna. Julia is to be in both weddings and has agreed to make the wedding cakes for both brides. Betsy isn’t a problem but Anna is trying to handle all of the wedding plans herself thinking that her fiancé, stuffy Jonathan, is too busy ...more
Angie Ellington
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie K move over!!!!! Hilarious...witty...charming....
Kathryn Biel
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Get ready for another crazy ride with Julia Dorning. This sequel not only lives up to expectations of the first, but surpases it! Julia again finds herself in a comedy of errors, mostly due to her impulsive behavior and paranoid thoughts. Left to her own devices while Brown and Anna are off planning their weddings, Julia really does make a mess of things. I liked seeing her start to evolve as a person and start to grow a backbone and be able to make some decisions on her own. As with Thirty-Two, ...more
Hilary Grossman
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Thirty-Two Going on Spinster… and I loved Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend just as much if not more! Becky Monson has a wonderful writing style. It is impossible to not fall in love with Julia.. She is such a fun and relatable character! I found myself laughing out loud many times during this hard to put down book. I really hope there will be a Thirty-Four going on something book :)
A Goodreads First Reads win. Not read the first in the trilogy, maybe that's where I went wrong. It'a a romantic comedy, easy to read, lighthearted, but there wasn't enough characterisation for me to care about Julia, or anyone else, come to that. Not one I would read again. ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the series just came out and I realized that I never added the second one on here. I remember buying it, reading it and liking it but that's about it. So... I'm adding it to my "read" list for 2014... ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I believe Julia was selfish with her actions toward Jared. Most modern day men require physical space. Julia had the opportunity to be an adult during the story climax. Instead she chose the mentality of a 12 year old stuck inside a 33 year old body. Thus, the synopsis of all three books. I must suggest the Ted Talk video: Why 30 is Not the New 20. Julia’s decision making process correlate with the home renovation shows. The timelines on camera are unrealistic. Everything is instant with a happy ...more
Julia is 33 and single

And she thinks that gives her the right to try on her sister's wedding dress? (Before the wedding and without asking her sister?)

WTF?? What sort of selfish, immature plonker (that's being polite) would do that?? I mean... REALLY?? Is that supposed to make me sympathise with her? No way.

I'm out of here.

Sharis A Gibson
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was ok.

It was hard for me to stay focused with this book. There was a few chapters that was dragging and boring
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I had the chance to meet Becky Monson at a book signing in May. She was kind enough to give me a copy of this book to read and review. I love meeting authors and having books signed by them. It's awesome.

This is the second book in this series and is somewhat dependent on reading the first book. I guess you could just jump in here with the second book but you would probably feel a bit lost. If you haven't read the first book, now is an EXCELLENT time to pick it up because it's FREE on Amazon. :)
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Thirty-Two Going on Spinster for the fun, refreshing read it was. So I was excited for Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend! I loved this even more than Thirty-Two Going on Spinster! The characters were developed a little better, the situations not as forced, the funny parts were even funnier! It is so refreshing to have a chick-lit book that is clean and fun enough for me to recommend without hesitation to everyone!!

I read a bit of criticism about one of the sub-plots being an obvious rip o
Heather McCoubrey
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I bought this book for my trip to London, thinking I had approximately 16 hours on a plane to fill...but once I had this on my kindle, I couldn't NOT read the story. I loved Thirty-Two Going on Spinster and I had to know what happened next. This was a wonderful follow-up to Thirty-Two Going on Spinster. I loved how the story picked right up and you didn't feel as if you'd missed out on much of the story.

Becky Monson's writing style is fast-paced and fun, with many silly and funny moments sprink
Kate Berry
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed, kindle, romcom
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Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really liked it. Even though I was not familiar with the first book of the series I was able to follow the storyline just fine. It had a lot of fun characters that I could identify with, and it made me laugh out loud a couple of times. There was plenty of drama, a competition and some tears, but I won't give away the ending. Overall a real fun read. I am sure to check out more books by this Author. ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, chick-lit, comedic
I love these books. This is the 2nd in the Spinster series. Julia is hilarious. I love her cupcake battle in this one and her relationship with Jared (the ups and downs). Her thought process is so funny that I just laugh constantly. These books make you feel good and lift the spirit. If you feel sad, read these books. Julia’s one of my favorite heroines ever. She’s so real and down-to-earth, and vulnerable. You can’t help but adore her.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first! I usually avoid sequels & trilogies but I really enjoyed this story and went from being entertained by Julia's neurosis to being enchanted. Really looking forward to #3 "34 going on ....." And how she is totally going to freak out.
Melanie Morris
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Very funny! Wonderful book in a wonderful series. It's always tricky to read a second book and see if the author was able to bring the character back with the same vitality as book one, and this one did not disappoint. I really loved it! I cried, I was amazballs! ...more
Trista Criswell
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Amaze balls! I loved every moment of it!
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great follow up to Thirty-two Going on Spinster! Love this author ;)
Sep 11, 2015 added it

Super sweet story! Not one ounce of sex and yet just as good if not better than one filled with it!
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Best thing I can say is that it worked for putting me to sleep.
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By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will l ...more

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