Welcome to the tour for Thirty-Two Going On Spinster by Beck Monson!
Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.
With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.
But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?
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By day, Becky Monson is a mother of three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful time will last... But it probably won't. Becky runs a large book club on Facebook called "This Chick Reads".
Julia has a pretty boring life. She's been working at a company doing something that she doesn't really like for a decade while living in her parents basement. As for her love life? Well, she doesn't even want to talk about that. Her true passion is baking, but her aversion to change keeps her nose to the grindstone. When a handsome new hire comes, things begin to change though. However, Julia is forced to change things even faster than she wanted. Julia's going to have to learn to embrace the change or get swept away by it.
This was an interesting book for me. At the beginning I didn't find Julia all that interesting. I mean, she was 32 not 82. She acted like her life was over because she didn't have a male around. I did feel for her being stuck in a rut though. I just thought she was a little sad-sack. As Julia was slowly forced to change though, these things began to also change so that I found that I liked her more. By the end of the book I thought she was a great character. So I was glad I stuck with Julia through thick and thin. Julia's friend Brown was hilarious, and you can see why those two would be good friends. I wanted to gossip with them.
I knew there was something up with some other members of the cast, but I wasn't completely sure what was going on, so that part of the plot was very interesting to me. This was a book the grew on me in the end, much like Julia. Once she found things that made her happy, the whole tone of the book began to change and became much more entertaining to me. Julia is forced to learn some hard truths, and it is super fun to get to read about it. The ending made me feel happy, and I love when books can do that.
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