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by Michelle Cunnah

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Meet author Michelle Cunnah and the loveable characters she creates in this young, funny tale of husband-hunting, job-hunting, and—toughest of all—apartment-hunting in New York.

A party, a promotion, and at the very least, a proposal. On her thirtieth birthday, Emma Taylor isn't asking for much. Instead, she gets passed over in every way: by her


Meet author Michelle Cunnah and the loveable characters she creates in this young, funny tale of husband-hunting, job-hunting, and—toughest of all—apartment-hunting in New York.

A party, a promotion, and at the very least, a proposal. On her thirtieth birthday, Emma Taylor isn't asking for much. Instead, she gets passed over in every way: by her company, by her boyfriend, and even by her party-loving friends, whose idea of the perfect gift is a bottle of breast-enhancing pills.

Now, kicked out of her boyfriend's apartment and stuck working for the weenie who beat her out for the job, Emma is miserable, homeless, and sleeping in the back of her car. But who knew what a great place the streets can be for meeting gorgeous men? Emma may not have much filling up her bikini top, but she does have the determination to get back on her feet, so she moves in with sexy Jack (strictly in a landlord/tenant capacity), sticks out her chin (and her chest) and gets tough at work. Maybe flat girls can have some fun . . .

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Emma Taylor is anticipating three exciting, life-altering events on her 30th birthday: a promotion, a party, and a marriage proposal. Instead, Emma's boyfriend/boss denies her the promotion and leaves her for another woman, upending her plans for an idyllic third decade. Despondent, dateless Emma is soon asking herself, Are breast implants the answer to a life gone flat? With an easy mix of comedy and romance, Michelle Cunnah's debut novel follows in the tradition of Bridget Jones, complete with earnest yet wry to-do lists at the beginning of each chapter. Emma and her friends are an appealing bunch of 30-somethings, determined to find love their own way, and readers will enjoy watching this heroine get back on her feet, enjoy some minor office revenge, and finally meet a man worthy of her love. Ginger Curwen

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Chapter OneBirthday Girl?

To Do
(before birthday next year)

  1. Stick notes on refrigerator, coffee machine and all mirrors (because that way he's bound to get message) to remind Adam about my forthcoming birthday.

  2. Send Adam many e-mails to remind him about my forthcoming birthday.

  3. Talk incessantly and at length about my forthcoming birthday.

  4. Forgive darling Adam. (Tiffany's ring is, after all, Tiffany's ring! Y-e-s!)

6 A.M.

I open my eyes and blearily check the radio alarm as Robert Plant (a god among men) sings to me that he's got a whole lotta love. Yes! It's Friday. It's June 28. It's my birthday.

My thirtieth birthday!

Wonder what gifts I'll get from darling Adam, lovely friends, and odd-but-caring family ... Of course, gifts are not important, not at all when compared with greater issues such as World Peace and Human Rights. But still would be nice to get gifts ... Tiffany's ring, maybe ...

Anyway. Am I depressed at the onslaught of middle age? No! Am I obsessing that the best years of my carefree youth are over? Not me! Am I unhappy to see the end of my twentysomething years? Not a chance! Am I carefully scanning the mirror each day for signs of lines? You bet.

It's crazy, you know? But I yearn for a few mature lines around my eyes. Now that I'm thirty, people will have to take me more seriously.

I can't wait to start the day! Because today is a day filled with exciting possibilities. Three,actually.

  1. The Promotion. Should find out today. The interview, last week, went very well. I think that William Cougan (CEO) and Jacintha Bridges (Director of Human Resources) were impressed that the Kitty Krunch and Perfect Pantyhose campaigns were my ideas. Although they did seem to think that Adam was responsible. Strange ...

  2. The Party. With Adam and wonderful friends. I'm sure they like him more, now that they know him a bit better ...

  3. The Proposal. At least, I think Adam's going to propose. I'm sure he's going to propose. Yes, definitely ...

As Bob (as I familiarly refer to Mr. Plant) croons that he's going to give me all of his love, I want to give Adam all of mine, so I snuggle back toward him. If I wiggle just a little, he'll know I'm ready for some early-morning, birthday romance. Can't be too obvious about it, because Adam thinks there's nothing more of a turn-off than a woman who initiates sex. That's men for you.

Oh, I know that's a bit old-fashioned, but he's an old-fashioned sort of guy about some things. Although his firm belief that women should always wear modest skirts is a bit unfortunate for me. Being four feet, eleven inches tall means that my legs are not very long and modest skirts turn them into six-inch matchsticks. This is not a good look for me. Although Adam does have a penchant for stockings and garter belts ...

As I wriggle further to his side of the bed, all I meet are empty spaces and no Adam. The crumpled pillow holds the dent of his head, but not his, you know, actual head. And the covers are cold. Where is he?

Of course. He must be making me breakfast in bed! I'm a bit disappointed about the fading possibility of some early-morning sex, because he's been very distracted and tired over the last few weeks. I wonder if he needs to go see his doctor? I hear that Viagra does wonders for the male sex drive. Anyway, after a leisurely breakfast in bed, maybe he won't be so tired. Maybe he'll reach over and kiss me, then ...

I sigh and dive back under the comforter for an extra few luxurious minutes before Adam returns with my birthday feast. Hmmm ... I'll eat strawberries straight from his hand, and take bites of croissant in between kisses ... One thing will lead to another and we'll have lovely, romantic sex. Adam, bathed in the afterglow of love, will magically produce a small jeweler's box from Tiffany's and beg me to marry him ...

Oh. Perfect! The radio station's playing doubles. More Led Zeppelin. Bob is now telling me that I will be his!

Hope Adam doesn't mind that I switched the radio to classic rock, instead of the classic classical he prefers ...

7 A.M.

Radio has clicked off and I've just realized that I don't hear any noise coming from the kitchen of our small (but tastefully lovely) apartment, so I'm getting up.My hand lingers briefly on my ratty old bathrobe, then I spurn it in favor of the new cream silk robe Adam gave to me. Although the old robe is comfortable and familiar, it is not a particularly good look for me. No, the cream silk is definitely the right choice. I slip quickly into the bathroom to rinse my mouth with mouthwash — morning breath is so unromantic.

Oh, God, my hair. Albert Einstein on a bad hair day! Must do something about it before Adam sees me ...

I pad over the beautifully refinished wood floor and into the living room. God, you can say what you like about Adam (all good, of course, because he's completely wonderful), the man has great taste! Tish says his taste is flawless, and she's an interior designer so she knows what she's talking about.

As I glance around at all the creams and whites in the sun-filled apartment, I shiver slightly at the coldness of the décor. But still, I'm happy to leave it to him. I really am. I mean, my idea of interior design is to buy things that catch my eye ...

. Copyright © by Michelle Cunnah. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Michelle Cunnah lives just outside New York City with her family, her cat, and her vast collection of vinyl records and CDs. A frequent visitor to the Outlets, she is the proud owner of approximately forty pairs of shoes. This is her first novel.

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32AA 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! I first picked up Call Waiting and when I realized it was a sequel to 32AA, I got both. And OMG, I absolutely loved both!!! Before this book I had just read Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot and while waiting for Queen of Babble 2 to come out, I wanted to find some other great writers...and this author rocks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last words r always "ur dead to me" - jogs home and opens my door and wallks to my room and lays down in my hammock and listens to almost easy-
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Is it appropriate
Slim20 More than 1 year ago
It's a pretty typical chick lit plot. It was pretty good, but the main character was kind of a wuss, but it wasn't a bad book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great down to earth book about a young girl with typical issues
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book cute and hard to put it down, read it almost in one sitting as it is a light, entertaining read. I'd recommend this to any chick-lit fans who wants a short escape from reality.
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Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Michelle Cunnah's 32AA is the PERFECT chick lit read. This is the first novel I have read by this author and now I want to buy the other books she has wrote. From the crazy telemarketers to the hunky Jack you wont be able to get enough and you wont want to put this book down. This books shows the "ladies we don't need to be perfect, and when true love comes along, who you are is all they need." Emma not only a riot but also very down to earth makes this book what it is. She has crazy friends/family, but shes well put together and smart. I loved it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I bought it for $3 at a bargain book sale looking for something to occupy me while I was at work. This book was a bargain! Emma is so endearing and easy to relate to. I loved the story line, and the ending was perfect. This is a book I would read again and again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How wonderful and funny! I'm not one to buy books with bra's on the cover...but, this book is a must! Laugh out loud, freggin', funny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this book. I relate to it so much and am always near happy tears by the end. I read it everytime I need cheering up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After receiving this book as a present, I put off reading it because I wasn't sure I'd be able to sympathize with a very petite heroine who constantly has to try stuffing herself with super-rich foods in order to gain weight. When I finally did give 32AA a try, I found Emma to be a completely engaging and sympathetic character (not to mention LOL funny!) She is ditzy and naive at times but never an idiot (as, unfortunately, too many chick lit heroines are). I adored both Emma and Jack, enjoyed Emma's eccentric circle of friends, and am so happy that their adventures are to be continued in the sequel, Call Waiting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story was engaging and entertaining
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book so, so, so much. Not only the idea of anti-breast sugery, also the way the writer telling the story. Made me laugh all the way from the beginning to the end. Yeah~! That's what we need.
Guest More than 1 year ago
... I could relate to her feelings on the topic. In fact I think everyone feels the way that she feels about her breats in one respect or another, except they would replace her issues with her breasts with ___. Anyway as far as the overall book is concerned, I really enjoyed it. I finished the book in one day, and for me that is unheard of! The dialogue, is really good, and I even took aways some of the phrases they use, and have been using them myself! I think you'll figure out what they are when you read the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was thoroughly entertained by this book! The dialogue between various characters you meet in this book is fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A one day read. Kept me going. It was entertaining and about some self confindence issues.