A Thirty-Something Girl

A Thirty-Something Girl

by L. M. Stull
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A Thirty-Something Girl by L. M. Stull

Life has been anything but kind, and everything that can go wrong has. At an age when life should be coming together and questions should start to be answered, Hope finds herself feeling very alone and very confused. As her life spirals out of control, she realizes she needs help. And she needs it quickly.

With the love and support of some very dear friends, Hope slowly begins to find her true self, and along the way, she meets someone. Someone who makes her feel like living to see another day might just be worth it.

But with happiness, comes pain. Pain from a past that simply won't be forgotten. Walking a dangerously fine line between joy and utter despair, Hope wonders if happy endings really do exist. And if they do, is there one waiting for her?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467982269
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/21/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

A Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull spends her days chained to a desk at a law firm in southern Virginia.

When she's not feverishly taking orders from attorneys, she writes. Her stories tell of the human spirit - sometimes sad, sometimes not -most can relate to them on some level or another.

A Thirty-Something Girl is her debut.

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A Thirty-Something Girl 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
bookfanJJ More than 1 year ago
This is an emotional tale about a girl named Hope and her coming to terms with the tragedies of her past. It's an eloquently written story that reveals so many truths to real life and real people. One of the best romance stories I've read in a long time, it also focuses on how special and important frienships are. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who treasures stories of the heart.
Naib_Draconis-Jack More than 1 year ago
For a debut A Thirty Something Girl has some very heartfelt and true situations that are well writ. What desires many are afraid of are on display for one to experience vicariously. Well done to L.M.Stull. Buy the book, read it and don't sweat the small stuff. Oh. Everything is 'small stuff'.
MamaLee1983 More than 1 year ago
This book, to be honest, was quite hard for me to read. Not because of the writing, I feel like the author captured the emotions and situations very well. It was hard for me to read because, I have been right where Hope was. Maybe not totally, but I know what it feels like to be cheated on, to loose a husband, to have to start you life over. I know what it feels like to hide the hurt and plaster a smile on your face. I have TOTALLY been there. I could relate to hope when she slept for 3 days straight and wanted nothing more than to just disappear. I think more women have been there then care to admit to it. Its a dark and scary place and we see just how dark it is as we read about Hope's struggles with everyday things. Even as she starts trying to put her life together, we see her struggle with something as simple as making a call to a possible employer. Her fear consumes her. She only sees ugliness when she looks into the mirror. She doesn't eat. When she is invited to a party at a neighbors house, she can't bring herself to walk through the door. Her life is a seeming never ending sea of darkness, and her only want for the future is to know true happiness. She yearns to be needed by someone who needs her as well. She finally begins to find some of that happiness in Sam. He is struggling with his own heartaches, but they find that the pain is easier when they are together. Sam becomes her stability even with the pain they are both dealing with. Together, the future seems to have a light at the end of the tunnel, and together the fight to make it there. Things are looking up until Sam is offered a job out of town. At only the mention of the interview, Hope looses exactly what her name implies, every ounce of hope. Will she be able to continue to heal after Sam is gone or will she fall back into her depression? I guess you will just have to read and find out.
GettingWell More than 1 year ago
Top 5 Things to Like About A Thirty-Something Girl 5. It is NSFW, unless your boss puts up with you crying at your desk. 4. You know the book is real, then you know it isn’t, then you know... The blurring serves the characters’ development well. 3. You’d better be ready to get stripped down to your essence. 2. You’d better be ready to feel your heart being ripped out at the starting blocks. 1. Thirty-something girls totally rock those summer outfits!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stull’s protagonist, Hope, hasn’t just experienced a hint of darkness. She was thrown straight into a hole. Even if she had the right equipment, dirt was caving in faster than she could shovel. She didn’t believe hope was waiting on the other side. She couldn’t get out of her own way. Her flaws trumped her worth. We’ve all been there at one time or another, because darkness comes in so many different forms. Whether it’s a relationship or marriage dissolving, losing the ones we love, getting axed from the job of our dreams, or finding a way out without a light. Each of these situations causes emotional turmoil. Some choose to let these moments become their end. The strong ones allow them to only be their beginning. For those who fight, it’s how you survive and the tools you use that define your character. For Hope, she can allow her past to only be a memory or she can allow it to be the foundation of her future. “Stop apologizing for being yourself.” This is one of the lines that stood out the most and something, I believe, we can all learn from. We can’t change who we are. Our traits must be embraced and loved. We can stop history from repeating itself by learning from our mistakes. But it’s that layer of protection that prevents us from making the same mistakes twice. Stull’s characters experience tragedy, love, loss, and redemption. While more information began to unfold, all I could do was hold on with both hands. This story hit me. It brought out dark emotions and those are the ones that affect me the most. It was fiction based on fact, and it was well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt get through it
eden_baylee More than 1 year ago
I’m not the world’s fastest reader, but I cannot remember the last time I breezed through a book as quickly as I did A Thirty-Something Girl. From the first sentence to the last, I inhaled L.M.’s words as if they were air. Does this mean there wasn’t a lot of substance? Absolutely not. Written in first person point of view, Hope Ellena Jackson, a thirty-something girl lives through more twists and turns in a year than many of us encounter in a lifetime. At almost any point in the book, I was riding a wave of frayed emotions – either my stomach was in knots or my inner cheerleader was doing high-kicks. You see, I really liked Hope. I liked her relationship with her girlfriends, her romantic interest, and her broken past. In her, any woman can find something to relate to. Hope is that part of us who must come to terms with life’s misfortunes. Some of them are of our own making; others are by circumstance. Either way, Hope has to deal with the consequences. In the process, she cements her friendships, opens her heart, and finds love. L.M.’s book is a testament to the type of stories she wants to write. In A Thirty-Something Girl, she spins a generous tale about the resilience of the human spirit. Hope is her vehicle to illustrate that we all have the ability to rise above life’s hardships. As with her main character’s journey, it’s never a straight line to a happy ending, but while moving toward it, we learn what we are truly capable of. My strong suspicion is that L.M. wrote A Thirty-Something Girl from a very personal place—perhaps her own life experiences from this past year. Hope is a thinly veiled metaphor, and there is clever wordplay strewn throughout the book using her name. L.M. has written a book for all ages. It’s not just for thirty-something girls; it’s for twenty-somethings who can learn valuable life lessons, and those older who can take comfort in the wisdom of their decisions. It’s for all of us who implicitly know that life is what we make of it, but sometimes a thirty-something girl like Hope comes along and reminds us.
JeffPfaller More than 1 year ago
I usually don't dip into the literary romance genre, but L.M. Stull's book was a pleasant surprise and has inspired me to check out a few more titles like hers. It has lots of heart and just the right amount of sugar - the perfect book for burrowing into a warm corner of your house and reading it cover to cover. Even though the main character, Hope, has seen more than her fair share of hard times, the book focuses on the upswing and her struggles to get back to happy. I don't recommend many books to my wife, but I'll definitely give her A Thirty-Something Girl.
timiosanoths More than 1 year ago
This beautifully written novel focuses on Hope, a girl who has almost lost all hope in life. Having hit rock bottom and gone through tragedy after tragedy, Hope discovers the importance of friendship and how to love again and open herself up to new directions in life. L.M. Stull proves herself to be an amazing writer and story-teller in this gem of a novel. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, Hope's journey becomes all of our journey and takes the reader through all the highs and lows of life. The best part of this book for me was the relationships between Hope and her friends, and the tenderness with which her new love blossoms. Stull has found her voice in this debut novel and I can't wait to read more from her.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
“The world seems far too happy for me to be in it.” (LOC 43) Would anyone notice if I jumped off this bridge? A question that runs rampant on the mind. “I wonder, am I alone or are there others just as sad as I am?” (3) No, you’re not. It’s totally relatable. Before her 30th birthday, Hope has had her world crash and burn all around her with her divorce, lost job, no money, and a secret pregnancy. Yeah, you really don’t know people as well as you think. “I am an unemployed, unattached thirty-something girl, who for the first time in her life isn’t in a rush to go anywhere.” (17) “Is [life] actually fake happiness filled with doubt, sadness, and fear, or is there a happy ending waiting for some of us?” (25) “Basically your youth deceives you into thinking you’re special. That you can change the world and have anything you desire. All you have to do is work for it. Then, one day, you wake up, and you’re not only old, but you realize nothing about you is special.” (52) I liked that “right between the eyes” retort. Happiness is fleeting; Depression stays with you. Then Hope begins to write—write about the life she wishes she had and the life she actually had. Writing is therapy. Story has a candid and somber voice that is so refreshing. A raw, touching and very real story of life and unanswered questions. Story is about falling—falling into a depression so deep that you feel dead. It’s about being ashamed of your failures in life. “Regret is normal. Pain is normal. Sadness is normal…We just have to remember not to let it consume us indefinitely. Grief will happen, but we have to pick ourselves up and move on.” (171) This is a story about “forgiving, but not forgetting.”
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: After reading the synopsis, it seemed like just the book I could relate to in real life. When I started reading Hope's story, I discovered she and I, although facing different issues, still had a lot in common. She had uncertainty and confusion on where to go next when certain things were falling apart. I could feel her pain, and wanted to see her find a better place. As the story went on though, I found myself getting frustrated with where it was leading. Not that the places it went were bad. My issue was with seeing everything perfectly falling into place in most aspects. Sure, we want the protagonist to get everything they want in life. On the other hand, life isn't THAT easy. It takes effort and rarely gets handed to us on a silver platter. So, it felt a little unrealistic to me, that aspect of the story. Also, the part that happens in the end was a little bit of a surprise and came out of nowhere, so it kind of threw me. A Thirty-Something Girl has a lot of heart. I felt myself standing right there with Hope, wishing for change. Seeing her find love again and get to a better place was inspiring. L.M. Stull did a great job with making you feel for the character. Despite my above issues, I still think it was a good story and a nice message of hope. My Rating: Pretty Good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring and not realistic. The authors use "fainting" or falling to get her character out of uncomfortable situations is repetative and seen in teen novels Rich friends that have thousands of dollars to give you and homes to lend just do not exist in the lives of most thirty something girls.
Closet_Romantic More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It takes you through a wide range of emotions, and doesn't shy away from the pain some of us experience in life. My biggest complaint is the introduction of "the guy" came out of nowhere at first and was somewhat ackward to me. Aside from that, it was a wonderfully amazing book. I don't want to say anymore and ruin it for you... just read it!
DannieHill More than 1 year ago
L. M. Stull has written a novel to rival any I’ve ever read. Some might call Thirty-Something Girl a story for women, but I have to disagree with that assessment. This is a novel anyone, man or woman, can soak their soul in and feel the real pain of Hope Jackson. Stull’s description of depression is so real and heartfelt it brought back the sorrows of my life. A master’s touch. Thirty-Something Girl is also a story of friendship, support and love as Hope’s friends gather around her to hold her head above water until she learns to swim again. Hope meets Sam, who is deep in his own woes, and they learn to love and be the one thing each is looking for. I truly enjoyed LM Stull’s writing style, her story and the poetry of her words. Thirty-Something Girl! is a book for anyone who believes in the power of friendship and love. Read and believe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the draw to A Thirty-Something Girl--beyond Ms. Stull's fantastic writing--is the 'realness' of the characters and story. This is not to say it's everyday or forgettable, nothing like that; rather, it offers an unflinching look at the trials, tribulations and, most importantly, triumphs of adulthood through a character, Hope, that is relatable. That we instantly connect with. That we root for. And this is a testament more than anything to Ms. Stull's storytelling ability, keeping us hooked from page one. Bottom line: I cannot recommend this novel enough. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Stull writes next.
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annonmousCT More than 1 year ago
good read but depressing in most parts
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