Double Review of Turning Thirty & Turning Forty by Mike Gayle

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Turning Thirty
What's the big deal?
Unlike a lot of people, Matt Beckford is actually looking forward to turning thirty. His twenties really weren't so great...and now he has his love life, his career, his finances -- even his record collection -- pretty much in order, like any good grown-up should. But when, out of the blue, Elaine announces she "can't do this anymore," Matt is left with the prospect of facing the big three-oh alone. Compounding his misery is the fact that he has to move back in with his parents.
What's it all about, Alfie?
Mum and Dad immediately start driving Matt up the wall, and emails from Elaine and nights out with his old school chum Gershwin aren't enough to snap Matt out of his existential funk. So he decides to track down more old schoolmates and see how they're handling this thirty thing. One by one, he gets in touch with the rest of the magnificent seven -- Pete, Bev, Katrina, Elliot, and Ginny, his former on-off girlfriend -- and soon the old gang is back together. But they're a lot older and a lot has changed and, even if he and Ginny still seem attracted to each other, you can't have an on-off girlfriend when you're thirty. Can you?
 Format - Paperback
Source - Publisher
      Release Date - 27th March 2014
Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton
Amazon / Goodreads
 Turning Forty
 How to turn forty:
1. Set yourself a personal challenge.
2. Clear wardrobe of all age-inappropriate clothing.
3. Relax.
How not to turn forty:
1. Have a complete meltdown . . .

High flier Matt Beckford's sole ambition is to turn forty with his life sorted. And with a Porsche on the drive and a job that requires him to spend more time in BA's club lounge than his own lounge, it looks like things are going in the right direction. But when Matt's wife unexpectedly calls time on their marriage, a chain of events is set in motion that very quickly sees him facing forty broke, homeless and completely alone.

But all is not lost because Matt has a plan .
 Format - Paperback
Source - Publisher
      Release Date - 27th March 2014
Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton
Amazon / Goodreads
Turning Thirty is a big event in most people's lives, Matt is no different. Turning Thirty is a book about having everything you could ever want, and then losing it in a blink of an eye. After, Matt's life takes a turn for the worse leaving him no choice but to move back in with his parents. With no girlfriend or house, he doesn't know where his life went wrong.
So, Matt decides to look towards the past instead of the future, finding his old school friends seems like a great idea being able to reflect on the good old times and not think about his looming 30th birthday. Over the remaining day left before he turns thirty, Matt comes to realise what is really means to turn thirty and how sometime you need the help of your oldest friends to make you see.
With its entertaining theme it is a great book for any person to read but if you are close to or just turned Thirty then this book will make you see witty side of hitting the big 3-0. Turning Thirty shows that life doesn't end at thirty, it shows that life really starts at thirty, just like in Matt's case. He had lost everything, but he gain much more, his friends came back into his life and he realised that it is never to late to change your life.
Turning Forty is the sequel to Turning Thirty, it picks up as Matt is approaching Forty. Having had to put his life back together as he was turning thirty, Matt thought his life by forty would be great, settled down with a good job and loving his life. But when his wife, decides out of the blue that she would like a divorce everything changes and suddenly turning forty seems like the least of his problems.

Suddenly, everything seems to fall apart once again. Matt's life seems to be where he was ten years previously, living with his parents yet again and no love life as such. He seems to be back a square one, though he has made his fair share of mistakes, he begins to realise that life is what you make of it and that you just have to keep on going.
Turning Thirty and Turning Forty are amazing books, from the characters to the story lines they are the perfect read for people who want a realistic and witty response to turning thirty or forty. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Nick Spalding or Jon Rance.
If I had to sum these books up in three words, they would be Amusing, Brilliant and Captivating.
The rating I would give these books is:-

Mike Gayle lives in Birmingham (which he regards as the greatest city in the world) with his wife and two children. Previously an agony uncle for Just Seventeen magazine, Mike has contributed to a number of publications including The Sunday Times, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan, and has been a judge for the Costa Book Awards. Turning Forty is Mike's twelfth book and in total they have sold over a million copies in the UK.
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