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Turning thirty was never supposed to be like this. Ten years ago, Ben, Lindsey, Chuck, Alison, and Jack graduated from New York University and went out into the world, fresh-faced and full of dreams for the future. But now Ben's getting a divorce; Lindsey's unemployed; Alison and Chuck seem stuck in ruts of their own making; and Jack is getting more publicity for his cocaine addiction than his multimillion-dollar Hollywood successes.
Suddenly, turning thirty-- past the age their parents were when they were born, older than every current star athlete or pop music sensation-- seems to be both more meaningful and less than they'd imagined ten years ago.
Jonathan Tropper's wonderful debut novel is about more than friendship, love, celebrity, addiction, kidnapping, or even turning thirty-- it's a heartfelt comic riff on what it means to be an adult against your will, to be single when you thought you'd have a family, to discover you are not, in fact, immortal, and to learn that Star Wars is as good a life lesson today as it was when you were six years old.
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The friendships we make through puberty and our college years so often dictate our behavior as young adults leading towards our first major decisions as newly weds and parents. This is a highly entertaining look back at just such a group that reunite to set all their lives straight and once again directing themselves back to a path they had once before set forward on together.
Thank God I read a few of Tropper's other books before this one or I never would have. Granted it's his first one I think and you can tell. Also, to hear these characters whining about turning 30 like its 70 is cringeworthy. Just a terrible outlook on aging and where people think they're supposed to be. Also, one does not "take cocaine". Very uninformed in the party culture as well. I own bars and have never heard of a drink called an apricot sour. Just... Terrible.
- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: May 11, 2010
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 250 Pages
- Language: English