The Night Before Thirty

The Night Before Thirty

by Tajuana Butler
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The Night Before Thirty by Tajuana Butler

New, from the number one bestselling author of Hand-me-down Heartache and Sorority Sisters, a novel about five women on the verge of turning thirty, whose lives are changed forever when they meet through a national radio contest

At first glance, you couldn’t find five women more different.

Catara is a personal shopper in New York who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Embarrassed by her weight, she lets a lack of self-confidence derail her goals. In Atlanta, Lashawnda has gone from a string of bad relationships with men into one with a woman that doesn’t seem much better. Elise is realizing her dream of opening up a gymnastics school in Louisville, Kentucky, but between working and taking care of her grandmother, she can’t find much time to nurture herself. Tanya’s relationship with her boyfriend is at the breaking point. She’s ready to leave Chicago and fast city living to settle down and have a family, but her man isn’t on the same page. Alecia lives in Los Angeles and has been getting by on her looks for a long time, but when her (married) boyfriend makes it clear that his wife comes first, she has to realize that beauty fades and she must prepare for her future.

But these women do have something in common—they all share the same birthday and are about to turn thirty. When the number one syndicated black radio show in the country sponsors a Night Before Thirty Getaway Weekend, these women meet, and while their time together is brief, the impact they have upon one another’s lives is everlasting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812967982
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/29/2005
Series: Strivers Row
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Tajuana “TJ” Butler is the author of the novel Sorority Sisters and the number one Essence magazine bestseller Hand-me-down Heartache. She has published a collection of poetry, Desires of a Woman, and is a gifted public speaker. She lives in Los Angeles. For more information about Butler and her books, publicity tour, and other news, visit her website at

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Night Before Thirty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really do believe that many authors should either keep tape recorders on them or eavesdrop on everyday conversation, because Ms. Butler is not the first author I've read who has unrealistic conversation. No one says things like '...I was thinking that maybe we could grab a bite to eat afterward and continue the engaging conversation we began on the plane.' This was the type of wordplay throughout the whole book and I spent more time rolling my eyes than I did reading. I am usually driven to dialogue first, but in this case, I wish the author would've just told the story in biography format. The back stories of the 'Questions' were so interesting (minus Lashawnda's Braces Story...that was wack! Her snide comment to her ex-girlfriend was very gross...ugh!), and William's pay-off was ABSOLUTELY UNREALISTIC. I think the author kinda played her readers for suckers because this book ended too happily-ever-after for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a typical kind of book. I really enjoyed it. I loved all the charcters in the book. I want to know how did all their final choices work out. Geat read
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book. It was good. I would recommend it. Ms. Butler is making a name for herself among African-American readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for ALL women. I enjoyed it because the lessons learned could be understood regardless of your age. As women we are constantly learning and the learning does not begin at 30 and that is what Ms. Butler is trying to let all of us know. I am almost 30 and although there were 5 women in this book who seemed totally different in the beginning, by the end of the book you realize that they are all more similar than you thought and oddly enough, you can relate to each of them on some level. So although 30 is very symbolic for a woman, you don't have to be a 29 year old woman to relate to this book. So buy this book and share it with your female friends and family. Better yet, help a great author out and buy a couple of copies and give it to a couple of friends as a good read for the summer. I guarantee you that no matter their age, they will enjoy this book. Good Job, Ms. Butler! You did it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Night Before Thirty' is a wonderful book that shows the need to embrace and understand the lessons in life in order to grow and become strengthened by them. Tajuana Butler shows the lessons of five strong, intelligent, beautiful and spirited women that come from different backgrounds whose personal experiences lead them on a spiritual rewarding journey. a journey where women learn to embrace and love who they are individually so they can be loved in return and fulfill their goals. the characters of this lovely novel will remain with you long after you're done. you'll see a little of you and your friends in one if not all of the characters in this book. i highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to read something fun and uplifting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great (as good as Sor. Sisters). It gave 5 different matters that women face daily from being overweight to unstable relationships. Very well written and detailed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book addressed so many different topics from being overweight to being in unhealthy relationships. I read her book Sor. Sisters and it was good but this was great. A more grown up approach of what's going on for todays African American sister.