Thirty Days to Thirty

Thirty Days to Thirty

by Courtney Psak

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Thirty Days to Thirty by Courtney Psak

What if you were on the cusp of marrying the guy of your dreams and reaching that career goal you set for yourself, only for all of it to be taken away in one fell swoop?
What if you then had to start from the very beginning, right down to moving out of the city and back to the suburbs to live with your parents?
What if this all happened a month before you turned 30?
This is the story of Jill Stevens, who after being forced to move back home, finds a list she made in high school of thirty things she wanted to accomplish by the time she turned thirty.
With a month left and hardly anything crossed off, she decides to team up with her best friend and her old high school sweet heart to accomplish as much as she can before her birthday. Along the way she discovers that it’s not about the achievements in life but what you learn about yourself getting there.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152449723
Publisher: Courtney Psak
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,106,832
File size: 318 KB

About the Author

Courtney Psak is a New Jersey native who grew up with a passion for reading and writing. After traveling the world, she settled into New York City where she earned her Masters in Publishing. She also a member the the National Writers Association and the Women's Fiction Writers Association She currently resides in Hoboken with her husband spending her weekends seeking adventure through hiking, skiing and traveling.

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Thirty Days to Thirty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After realizing that I would be thirty soon I was drawn to this book over a year ago. It sat in my library drawing dust. A year later I am Jill thirty days till thirty coming up to no job. Fortunately I didn't have the cheating boyfriend but Jill's story really stood out to me and resonates so much. I will admit some of the story relies too much on coincidence but it was fun nonetheless. Loved this book and I hope I will find my happy ending as quickly as Jill did.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, well-written book. Jill loses her job and catches her boyfriend cheating, all on the same day. She returns home and finds a list she wrote in high school of 30 things she wanted to accomplish before she turns 30. She reaches out to old friends for help completing the items on the list and starts to rethink some of the decisions she has made. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading other books by this author.
KJKW More than 1 year ago
A funny light hearted read about re-evaluating priorities in your life when the rug gets pulled out. While there are certainly clichés, it's still an enjoyable read. *free copy provided by Goodreads giveaway. Opinions are my own.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Such a fun read- I think we can all relate to the feeling that we aren't always living the life we want which is what this book is all about. Jill was fired, cheated on, & pretty much kicked out of her home in one day so she packs up & heads to her parent's home. While cleaning her old childhood room she finds a list of 30 things she wanted to do before thirty. The ensuing adventures teach Jill so much & also brings her a new (old) love. Adorable read! Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastically written. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. It was a fast read for me because I just couldn't put it down. I hope to see more works from this author.
Danielle D More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! Less than a year from turning 30 myself, I can relate to Jill and the pressures of "having it all together". Finding the perfect job and the perfect companion all before turning the big 3-0 doesn't always go according to plan. Thirty Days to Thirty is motivational, down to earth, and relatable. It's a reminder that not all things work out as expected... and that's okay! After reading this novel, I'm inspired to be more open to new experiences (even things out of my comfort zone). If you're looking for an enlivening book that exposes the ups and downs of life this book is for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, but thoughtful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and relatable book. There were a few minor grammar errors/typos but would still recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Courtney’s debut novel! It was such a refreshing read, chock full of witty humor even as the main character hits rock bottom. I was drawn in immediately, and flew through this book (which says a lot for me, since I’m usually a slow, disengaged reader!) Celebrating Jill’s triumphs along her journey got me wondering what would have been on my list if I'd written one. I highly recommend this book as a fun read, especially if you have a book club—possibly even with your girl friends from high school?!
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Thirty Days To Thirty is a sassy fun chick lit tale that follows twenty-nine year old Jill Steven's journey of rebuilding her life, and discovering that it's the little things in life that are the most important. Jill Steven's life is going just as she had planned: working towards becoming a partner at a prestigious law firm and being engaged to the man of her dreams ... that is until she gets fired and finds her fiance cheating on her all in one day! Suddenly finding herself without a job and a fiance, Jill returns to her parents' home in Manhattan to rebuild her life. Jill finds an old high school list of thirty things to accomplish before she turns 30, so she decides to complete the items on the list within the next month before she turns the Big 3-0! With the help of her best friend Liz and old boyfriend Chris, Jill's month long journey of self-discovery will teach her life lessons: that it's okay to have dreams and goals in life, but it is more important to learn to stop and smell the roses, and that it's the little things in life that will bring enjoyment and happiness along the way. Author Courtney Psak weaves an entertaining and fast paced tale that easily draws the reader into Jill's thirty day journey of rediscovery. I really enjoyed following Jill as she worked on completing the items on the list, there was a great mixture of laugh-out-loud and lighthearted moments that left a smile on my face. Anyone can relate to Jill's making a list of goals and dreams she hoped to accomplish as she headed into adulthood. But then comes facing the end of your twenties and turning the Big 3-0 with a nostalgic reminiscing of what you have/haven't accomplished ... if you only knew then what you know now. Life sometimes has a funny way of reminding us that not everything will work out as you planned, but that it's the little things, the life lessons, and discovering one's true self that makes the journey worthwhile. Thirty Days To Thirty is a wonderful story about the reality of life, finding one's true self, and enjoying the little things that will bring you happiness. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
“We’re going to have to ask you to seek new employment.” Well, if that ain’t just a snobby kick in the face? That’s exactly how it all starts off for Jill Stevens, who is just one month away from her 30th birthday. On top of that, she finds her boyfriend has been cheating on her and gets kicked out into the street. As Jill would say, “I guess this is what rock bottom feels like.” Now back to square one: back to mother’s house. Of course, you’d feel like a failure at this point. But maybe a list is just the thing to get her out of this funk. “Thirty things to do before I’m thirty.” Some of the things on her list sounded fun, like skydiving or riding a rollercoaster. Write a book, travel the world, learn another language—all things on my bucket list. Of course, how the heck was she going to complete all this in 30 days? At first, things don’t go as well as she hoped. Well, do they ever? But with the help of her best friend and an old high school boyfriend, who looks better now than back then, Jill surpasses her fumbling, harebrain attempts and learns to take them in stride, enjoying them and even laughing a little. For the most part, I enjoyed this book. Readers will root for Jill to complete her list, even though that, realistically, it may not be possible. But, like she said, “[the list has] been the only thing keeping [her] going lately.” (103) I especially liked that, for once, Jill is trying out all the things she’s wanted to try but never had the time. Perhaps advice for us all? Certain areas lagged a bit but did not detour from the story. Ultimately, this is a story of nostalgia and regret and putting a slamming twist to it all. Perhaps we should all make a goal to do something new every day. Full of humor and wit, 30 Days to 30 is a great read for anyone battling a midlife crisis, those seeking confidence, reassurance, and a lost self. It just makes you want to get up, get out there, and do something. Live it up!
Marian Angeli Castillo More than 1 year ago
*First of all, I’d like to thank Courtney Psak for giving me an opportunity to review this book. My review is unbiased in any way, and all that’s written is fully based on what I feel about the book.* Just when I started reading this book, I know immensely that I wouldn’t put down this book immediately. And I am absolutely right. So right. The story revolves about Jill who was fired and cheated by her boyfriend on the same day. Afterwards, she returned to her hometown, was stuck living with her parents, and as she was cleaning her former room, she found a note with thirty things she should accomplish before thirty things. And as she is on her journey on doing everything on her list, she seemed to find the meaning of life, and later realized that the things that matter most are the things we can’t buy and quantify. This book is as funny as you could imagine. I had this time when I just keep laughing and laughing because I totally pictured Jill and her funny ways! Though, it’s a little overrated, it’s still a good read. Also, there are parts where I can predict what’s going to happen, but there are some twists and turns that left me “oohing.” I like it! It’s just the right book for me at this time. :) I like how the book showed the rapid progress on Jill and on her life. She used to be lost, but because of the Thirty things, she somehow found her way back to life. I also like how this book showed that above anything else, family is the one you can always count on. Family isn’t just about being blood related or such, but family is about friends too who have been there for you no matter what. (I like that this book gave importance even to that smallest fact.) But mostly, what I like in this book is it partake the lesson to always face your fear, no matter how big or small they are. :) The writing-style was easy to get used to, and I know you’ll be hook too once you start reading it. It’s a fast-paced, light-read, and seriously-funny-book all in one! This book just totally touched every aspect about life and Psak just did a great great job in this one. Kudos!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has it all - humor, adventure, friendship, heartache, rediscovery and a picture-perfect love story. From the very first page, the main character draws you right in with her spunky personality and honest outlook at the world around her. It was fun to go along with her on her journey to learn what's really most important in life. The supporting characters are the perfect compliment to the leading lady. If you're looking for a real page-turner, look no further! Can't wait to see more from this bright, young author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading Thirty Days to Thirty, I didn't want to stop. I ended up finishing it on one long travel-laden day. I found myself laughing out loud while relating to so many of Jill's experiences. I just may need to make a list of my own...I have always wanted to skydive!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Courtney Psak has struck a resounding social cord with this book ...So many people are driven to succeed in life that they forget to enjoy the ride. When things fall apart for the main character, Jill, it is the journey back that teaches her about life, love, survival and priorities. It is a fast paced read and you truly care about Jill from the first pages. I couldn't put it down and was happy to go for the ride with Jill. The author has a unique writing style that is easy to fall in love with. I'm looking forward to Courtney Psak's next book.,