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Thirty nothing : a novel
Jewell, Lisa.
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New York : Plume 2001.

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327 pages ; 21 cm
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Sometimes what you're looking for isn't in the past or the future, but right under your nose.That's the premise of the sparkling new romantic comedy from the author of the acclaimed international bestseller Ralph's Party--an irresistible novel about best friends, turning thirty...and falling in love.The critics raved about Lisa Jewell's bestselling debut novel, calling Ralph's Party "addictively readable" (The London Times); "like going to a great dinner party" (The New York Post). thirtynothing brings together a charming quartet of modern men and women in pursuit of sex, love, friendship, and the perfect relationship.On his thirtieth birthday, Dig Ryan bumps into his first love Delilah, whom he hasn't seen in twelve years. Delilah was the most beautiful girl in school and a constant thorn-in-the-side of Nadine, who has been Dig's best friend for the last fifteen years. Nadine isn't about to let Delilah outshine and outmaneuver her again...which is when she calls her first love, Phil... .A buoyant novel about friendship, lust, growing up, and growing older, thirtynothing is sure to delight fans of Ralph's Party and to win this hip, thirty-something author a wealth of new readers.

Author Notes

Lisa Jewell lives in London with her husband and their cat.

Lisa Jewell (born July 19, 1968) is a popular British author of women's fiction. Her books include Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing, After The Party, a sequel to Ralph's Party, and most recently The House We Grew Up In.

Jewell is one of the most popular authors writing in the UK today. In 2008, she was awarded the Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Romance for her novel 31 Dream Street. Her titles often reach the bestseller list like, I Found You, in 2017 and Then She Was Gone, in 2018.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

"How can I ignore the boy next door?" asks the old song, and the answer in this new romantic comedy from the author of the international bestseller Ralph's Party (2000) is that clearly you can't. In such books (and films, which this begs to become) the pleasure's found in watching the two school chums grown into adult best friends come to realize their life's passion is each other. This coming-of-age novel about British 30-year-olds features Nadine, a successful photographer, and Dig, an A and R man in the recording industry, whose teenage friendship was temporarily shattered by Delilah, who slithered sexily into Dig's heart, only to break it after two years. And don't bad pennies keep turning up? Delilah reappears 12 years later, disrupting the friendship of the reunited friends and turning Dig into a love-besotted idiot and Nadine into a desperately jealous woman who unearths her old college love in retaliation. You know the rest, and Jewell's latest saucy and slangy love story should entertain audiences beyond the U.K. Whitney Scott

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like a fizzy cocktail, Jewell's follow-up to her bestselling Ralph's Party is quickly consumed and sometimes dizzying. Set in posh London, the plot adheres to the When Harry Met Sally formula of romantic comedyÄtwo characters are unaware of their love for each other. Naturally, readers witness a string of calamities eventually resulting in a happy-ever-after ending. Dig Ryan and Nadine Kite, best friends for 15 years, have exhausted the dating market. Dig, who works for a small record label, wakes up on his 30th birthday with a 17-year-old girl in his bed, and suddenly feels old. He and Nadine, a 30-year-old freelance photographer, resolve to stop living as serial monogamists and find love with mature adults (to become, as Bridget Jones might say, Smug Marrieds). When Dig bumps into Delilah, the most beautiful girl in Holy Trinity high school and his first love, he thinks he may be lucky at last. Nadine is anything but happy at the reappearance, since Delilah, who has come to London without her husband, stole Dig from her once before. Meanwhile, Nadine has contacted her first love, Phil, who's even more of a jerk now than he was a decade ago, except now he's an ex-con, too. Of course, the appealing couple known as Dig 'n' Deen finds its way out of this tangle before the novel's candied close. Jewell's keen observation of British pop culture is perhaps the best attribute of a book that is fun but never quite intoxicating, and which is burdened by an unimaginative cover. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved