What if you were on the cusp of marring the guy of your dreams and reaching that career goal you set for yourself, only for all of it to be taken away in on fell swoop? What if this all happened a month before you turned 30? This is the story of Jill Stevens, who after moving back home, find a list she made in high school of thirty things she wanted to accomplish before her thirtieth birthday. With a month left and hardly anything crossed off her list, she teams up with old friends to accomplish as much as she can before the big 3-0. Along the way, she discovers her true self and realizes it’s not about the material successes in life, but the journey.This review is going to be pretty short compared to most of my others. I really wanted to like this book, I mean really really wanted to like this book. The cover is beautiful and as some of you may know, I am a sucker for pretty books. Then, when I started reading it, things just got that much better for me. I LOVE romantic comedies and this read just like one. From the story, the characters and the setup I was so excited for what was to come. The voice was funny and clever and I felt like I was watching a movie, I could even picture Katherine Heigl as Jill at one point. I felt like it was going to be the perfect summer read! I thought that this was exactly what I had been craving… Turns out I was dead wrong!
It was like the first few chapters was written by one person and then they got bored and handed it over to someone else. This book seriously lacked imagination! I felt like a psychic reading it because I could tell exactly what was going to happen next. Yeah, I know not all romantic comedies are 100% original, but at least, for the most part, there are always juicy twists and turns… Not here! Everything in this girl’s life just seemed all too convenient. For example, on her list she needed to kiss a stranger and what do you know, a random 22 year old pops up and shoves his tongue down her throat. She wanted to learn to drive a stick shift and SURPRISE! Her father has a hidden car that she never knew about (even though he had it pretty much her whole life). The list goes on and on (no pun intended.)
The end of this story made me want to puke. It was gradually getting cheesier and cheesier as the book went on so I should have expected this, but I guess I didn’t want to believe it could get any worse. It was painfully cliche and had no originality whatsoever. I was so embarrassed, I had to stop reading every few seconds to get through it. I’m going to stop now because I don’t want to be too mean.
I was originally going to give this book 2 stars, but because I am just that disappointed, I am going to have to go with 1 Star. I do not recommend this book to anyone, but you do you.