Book Review: Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson

Have you ever worried that you were never going to find the perfect relationship?  Never going to marry?  Worse yet--that you are destined to be old and alone--living out your life as a crazy cat lady? Women face a lot of pressure to find Mr. Right and create a fairy tale family--before a certain age. The title of the book, Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson, was just amusing enough to catch my interest.   How did Thirty-Two Going on Spinster stand up to my review?

Quick Summary of Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson.  Julia Dorning fits the dictionary definition of the word spinster-in -the-making--at least in her interpretation.  She is 32 years old, has no social life, is in a job-hating rut, lives with her cat in her parent's basement apartment, and has given up on finding love.  Her life consists of work, home, tv, and baking.  Suddenly, a new Human Resources employee at Julia's company named Jared sets off a series of changes in Julia.  The changes begin simply enough with Julia's interest in new clothes and make-up--but, become much more life changing and Julia is left battling her internal spinster as she navigates her new life.

Thirty-Two Going on Spinster takes a realistic look at a life.  Thirty-Two Going on Spinster is a great combination of the serious and the humorous.  While readers will certainly laugh at Julia's thoughts and embarrassing predicaments, they will also sympathize with her plights.  Have you ever felt like your life is on hold?  Living in a rut--feeling helpless to climb free of it?  Even as a married woman with a family, I could relate to Julia.  I remember turning 25--and knowing that I wasn't "where I wanted to be in my life"--and worrying that I would never get there.

Monson keeps readers engaged throughout the book.  Daily life is made up of many little supporting storylines.  While Julia was caught up in her Jared-crush--there were other changes brewing in her world.  The author did a nice job of dropping clues leading readers to each change in Julia's life.

Would I recommend Thirty-Two Going on Spinster?  I loved this book.  I don't think you need to be an unmarried, spinster-in-training to enjoy Julia's thoughts and perils.  Monson makes great use of irony, sarcasm, and humor throughout the book to shed a different light on what many women see as dreary existences.  Thirty-Two Going on Spinster is a well written, real-world, fairy tale.  You want a happy ending for Julia because you either know a Julia--or you are a Julia--or you worry that you are becoming a Julia.

Buy Thirty-Two Going on Spinster on Amazon 


About the Author:

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to 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 this time will last... but it probably won't. Becky runs a large on-line book club called "This Chick Reads". Check it out on Facebook!

Follow Becky: FaceBook | Goodreads | Blog | Facebook - This Chick Reads Follow the Book Tour! The author is offering a $50 Amazon Gift card as a tour prize. Fill out the form below to enter and be sure to pick up her book! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Post a Comment


  1. Holy wow! Thanks for the review!!! And thanks for being a part of my blog tour! xoxo



The ZOO banner 3