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The Year We Turned Forty

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  6,190 ratings  ·  792 reviews
If you could repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently? This heartwarming and hilarious novel from the authors of The Status of All Things and Your Perfect Life features three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also get the opportunity to change their ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Washington Square Press
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I think most of us can probably look back on our past and pinpoint that one moment where we can say "That right there. That's the moment." that altered the course of our lives. But what if you were given the chance to go back in time to that moment and possibly change the outcome of your life? Would you take it?

At the age of fifty, three best friends; Jessie, Claire, and Gabriela are not entirely happy with the way their lives have turned out. Each woman is living with regret from mistakes and
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3 1/2 stars. I recently read a few heavy themed books, and I definitely needed something light and fluffy, and The Year We Turned Forty did the trick. The book starts off when best friends Jessie, Claire and Gabriela turn 50. They each have regrets about the course their lives have taken that they trace back to key events that happened around when they were 40. Magically -- literally -- they are given a chance to go back to age 40 for a year, after which they will have to choose whether to stay ...more
Mary Kubica
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like its predecessors, THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY is an absolutely gem of a novel by the very talented Liz & Lisa duo. This book will have you laughing and crying all at the same time, as it dives into three women's lives as they go back in time to try and amend their wrongs for a second chance to make things right. It's beautifully written and thought provoking, too, discussing issues which as women we can all relate to: marriage, motherhood, infertility, careers, and more. A flawless book. Must ...more
Liz Fenton
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Dear Reader,

We really enjoyed writing THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY, about three best friends who get the opportunity to re-live a year of their lives, one that they each made choices that altered things forever. I hope you enjoy and can't wait to hear what you think! xoxo, Liz
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this story. I found that this book grabbed my interest right from the start and was a rather solid read until the very end. I found that I wanted the best for these three women and hoped that the choices that they were making would work out for them. I wondered what I would do if I were thrust into the same situation that they were presented with and still haven't decided on an answer.

Jesse, Claire, and Gabriela hav
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Atria and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Contemporary authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, BFF’s in real life, return following their hit, The Status of All Things, with THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY —an exploration (wild ride), turning back the clock, for some "time travel" and a little magical fantasy of, “what if.”

Mixed with humor, pop-culture, friendship, relationships and chick-lit domestic contemporary drama—a story of three California best fri
♡ Kim ♡
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, giveaway-wins
Thank you Goodreads First Reads for my copy of The Year We Turned Forty! :) I am looking forward to reading it!
Do you ever wish you could go back and relive a moment even if just for the sole purpose of making a different choice about something? In The Year We Turned Forty, three fifty-year-old women get the opportunity to do just that. Co-authors: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke incorporate magical realism in the storyline to assist their characters in going back in time and doing a year over, their 40th to be exact. Issues addressed in this book include parenting, fertility, faithfulness, priorities, regre
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This one really fell flat for me. I get the point they were trying to make but with the ending, I think they missed it (or maybe I did, I don't know lol).
I felt like too much of this book was just stress and whining and negativity and towards the end, the last 20 or so pages, I just felt myself skimming to get through it.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
Personally, I have spent most of my adulthood stating "no regrets" and I really don't spend much time reflecting on going back in time. However, this book has me thinking that maybe I might want to go back to a specific year and maybe have a do-over. Because for friends Jessie, Gabriela, and Claire that is exactly what happens when they go to Vegas to celebrate their 50th birthdays. A chance to go back ten years in time and perhaps fix the events that turned their personal lives upside down. Of ...more
Another winner from Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke. Three best friends who are turning 50 are given a chance to relive the year they turned 40. Liz & Lisa's skill is not only in creating likable, relatable characters (even if you don't agree with heart was right there with each woman) but emotional, wonderful endings. In all three of their books it's a case of will a) happen or will b) happen (in this, will the women stay in their "new" life or go back to age 50) and I can never decide what ...more
Catherine McKenzie
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Liz and Lisa did it again - took a magical premise and brought it to life. Bravo.
Suzanne Ross
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
I think this genre isn't for me. I found this to be a painful read. The lack of insight these characters seemed to display, despite having a second go at things was beyond frustrating. I found myself wanting it to be over well before I was halfway through. I'm sure this holds appeal for the right reader. That reader just isn't me. ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Please note that I gave this book 2.5 stars and rounded it up to 3 stars on Goodreads.

I honestly don't want to spend a lot of time on this review. The book synopsis spoils a ton of things so I can't claim I didn't know what I was getting myself into.

I was honestly not that engaged with the character of Jessie or Gabriela. I liked Clarie's story-line the most. Maybe because that one felt the most honest and she actually seemed to be learning from the trios gift to go back and relieve their 40th
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
[4.5 stars]

THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY is a story you feel—relatable, heart rending, poignant with its steady, measured pace. It’s a story of friendship and marriages, lovers and exes, parents and children. Three best friends get a second chance to get things right, to fix regrets, to meddle with their fate and the fate of those they love. Theirs is a story rife with both introspection and action as they trudge through their emotional mire to seize their best chance at happiness.

"I’ve thought ab
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always know that I'll get a winner when I pick up a book by Liz and Lisa. The Year We Turned Forty cements this belief. I really can't believe that two writers collaborated on this novel. The writing is so fluid that it sounds like it came from one brain. Each of the three women had a compelling situation and reliving the year they turned forty made for many new changes and complexities.

Normally, time travel books tend to be predictable. However, this novel kept me guessing the entire time. W
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some people can look back at their life and recognize the instant that it all started to go downhill. What if you were given the chance to go back and make decisions with the advantage of hindsight? It is most definitely a tempting dream. In The Year We Turned Forty, three friends are given such a chance on their fiftieth birthday. They all believe that forty was the year their lives took a turn for the worse. Jessie lost her husband after revealing that the child she was carrying was not his, C ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Everyone looks back at their lives and finds a point that they wish they could go back to and make changes that would affect their current life. In this fantastic book, Jessie, Gabriela and Claire get to do just that. As the three friends are celebrating their 50th birthdays together in Vegas, they get a chance to go back to their 40th birthday. They can spend one year there and make changes to their lives. At the end of the year, they can decide whether they want to remain in the past or come b ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'll be a little more generous and give this a 2.5. SO out of my comfort zone. It was like a poor man's Post Birthday World/Sliding Doors. A chance to try out the "what if." Would life have been better had you made one different decision? My life may have been better had I not spent prime pool time reading this book. The characters were flat. The premise was ridiculous and I'm not sure that reliving their fortieth year accomplished anything or even had a good resolution (or a resolution at all). ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars.
It was an OK read. Nice, but not exciting.
I enjoyed the first part the most, and after the three main characters return to the past it went downhill. The rest of the book was just mundane for the most part.
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Witty, warm, and wonderful! Grabbed me from page one and didn't let go until the final page was turned! Fenton and Steinke at the height of their literary powers! ...more
Natasha at Book Baristas
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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There is something to be said about a book that feels more like life than fiction, that makes you forget how long you’ve been sitting in that reading chair until your legs are cramping and you’ve got to get up and move around. Those kinds of stories grab you, take you in, invite you for a cup of coffee and never let you leave. Those of the stories that Liz & Lisa write because even after closing THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY, I could swear I wa
Hands up- Who is guilty of reading the book description, adding a book to their to-reads list and then eventually picking the book up and essentially going in blind? Just me? I confess to having no idea what this book was going to be about when I started reading it, despite having added to my to-read list sometime last year, indicating I must have liked the description.

I am a sucker for anything in time travel/alternate dimension/sliding doors genre. This story, about three best friends (Jessie
“Sometimes you have to fight like hell for something, even when you doubt you deserve it.”
― Liz Fenton, The Year We Turned Forty

Imagine if you had a chance to go back in time and change things a bit..or alot. You had the chance to alter certain choices that you made at the time, certain decisions. But that would also mean anything that happens after that, would change as well. Your whole life would change. Do you do it?

That was the premise in this delightful book about a group of women who get
Sheyla ✎
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-fangs, 2016

Would you go back in time to fix past mistakes if you had a chance?

This is exactly what happened to these three women who are about to turn fifty. Gabriela, Claire, and Jessie have the option to return to the year they turned forty.

Jessie is desperate to do it. She wants to go back in time to fix her marriage. She gave birth to Lucas but her husband Grant is not the father. She lost Grant when the truth came out. Now, he's about to get married to someone else.

For the last decade, Gabriela
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
If you could go back in time for one year to make changes to your life would you? That is the opportunity offered to Jessie, Claire and Gabriela. On their 50th birthday trip they are offered the chance to go back to the year they were 40. They would stay one year and live life knowing the things that had happened and what they wished to change and would have the chance to either stay in that life or return back.

All of these women in the 10 years from age 40 to 50 have dealt with many iss
Cindy Burnett
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Redoing and/or reliving a certain time period in one's life- who wouldn't want to do that? I think most people can look back on their lives and wish that they had handled a situation or event differently and given the opportunity would love to alter that particular situation. The authors start with this fascinating premise and craft a thought provoking and entertaining tale that kept me reading to see how the story would play out.

Three friends, Claire, Jessie and Gabriela, have birthdays within
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Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wished for an opportunity to do something over? Go back in time to a specific event to make a different choice? Do something different, hoping for a different outcome?

Three best friends–Jessie, Gabriela and Claire–are given an opportunity to turn back the clock and “relive” their fortieth year. A year that was life-altering for each one of them. Jessie would keep the paternity of her son, Lucas, a secret. Gabriela would listen to her biological clock and have a baby. And Claire wo
Kristy Harvey
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am big fan of Liz and Lisa's writing, so it was no surprise that I could not put this book down! I flew through it in two nights. The premise is fascinating and one that we have certainly all thought of from time to time: What would happen if you could choose a different path? The characters in this book get a chance to see what would happen if they got a redo and the results were very surprising. This book hooked me from page one and kept me guessing all the way through. The characters were r ...more
L.D. Cedergreen
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So the question is: If you could go back and repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently? This question alone had me turning pages faster than I could process the words on the page! But make no mistake, I breathed in every beautifully written word! I found bits of myself in each of the main characters (Jessie, Gabriela and Claire) and shared their laughs and tears. I absolutely love Liz and Lisa’s magical spin on such real, touching topics and this novel was just as brilliant as ...more
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Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over 30 years and survived high school and college together. They've co-authored six novels, including The Year We Turned Forty, which is in development for a TV series. They also host the popular podcast We Fight So You Don't Have to. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in San Diego, California.

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