Book Blast: Thirty-Three Going On...Girlfriend by Becky Monson

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Thirty-Two Going on Spinster! (You can read my review here.) So, I'm looking forward to reading the sequel...

Thirty-Three Going on GirlfriendThirty-Three Going on Girlfriend
by Becky Monson
Adult Contemporary Romance, Chick-Lit
Paperback316 Pages
September 8th 2014


***The highly anticipated sequel to Becky Monson’s bestseller – Thirty-Two Going on Spinster!***

Julia Dorning thought she would die a lonely spinster. That was until nine months ago, when her world was turned upside down. Now she’s got a dream career as a bakery owner, and a relationship with handsome Jared Moody—a life she never thought possible.

Just as she’s starting to feel comfortable in her new life, Julia is invited to battle it out on national television making cupcakes. An amazing opportunity, if she can muster up the confidence to do it, that is. Then, out of the blue, Jared goes and throws a rather large wrench in their relationship causing Julia to have to make some big decisions. With her two trusted confidants off in wedding la la land, Julia is on her own to figure everything out.

Left to her own devices, will Julia be able to work things out for herself? Or will she make a disaster of it all? Find out in Becky Monson’s sequel to Thirty-Two Going on Spinster!

Praise for the Book

“After reading the first book, I have been waiting impatiently for this one. I was not disappointed. I laughed so hard, it was a fun read that left me with a good feeling.” -Amazon Reader
“Get ready for another crazy ride with Julia Dorning. This sequel not only lives up to expectations of the first, but surpasses it!” – Author Kathryn Biel
“After what seemed like an age of (impatient) waiting, I finally got my hands on the next instalment of Julia Dorning’s life. And it was worth every single finger drumming minute.”


I can’t believe I am here.

I can’t believe I’m standing here, gazing lovingly at Jared, surrounded by our friends and family, on this amazing beach with this marvelous sunset, as we make these vows—these incredible, sure-to-make-you-cry vows—to each other.

The colors are all muted, antique tones of pink, yellow, gold. My bouquet is practically bursting with soft pink roses.

My makeup is not whorish, as my sister, Anna, would have preferred, and my hair is done in perfect, long curls, half pulled up with a small, antique jeweled clip. Simple. Understated. Exactly what I wanted.

And then there’s my dress. My dress is spectacular. It’s timeless, really, just slightly off-white, an off-the-shoulder bodice with details of stunning Chantilly lace and a sweeping train. I heart it. I heart it all. Especially Jared. In his classic suit—none of that penguin stuff for him—he looks like something out of a style magazine. His pants and jacket are perfectly tailored, and he wears the antique pink tie just because I want him to.

I glance over at my bridesmaids—my baby sister Anna and my dearest friend, Betsy Brown—gazing at us with bright smiles. Anna’s has an ever-so-slight look of jealousy, but I beam at them. This is the perfect day. My perfect day with Jared.

“Do you, Jared Nathan Moody, take Julia Warner Dorning to be your lawfully wedded wife? To have and to hold from this day forward, until death do you part?” the officiant, dressed in white, asks Jared.

“I do,” he says simply.

“And do you, Julia Warner Dorning, take Jared Nathan Moody to be your lawfully wedded husband? To have and to hold from this day forward, until death do you part?” the priest asks.

“I do,” I say as I stare into Jared’s eyes. His are filling up with tears, and I begin to well up too.

“Then by the power that is vested in me, I now pronounce you man and wi—”
“JULIA! What the hell? What are you doing in my dress?” Anna’s screeching pulls me out of my fantasy. “Geez, I leave you alone in here for ten minutes, and you think it’s okay to put my wedding dress on? Mom! Tell her to take my dress off!” Anna stomps her foot in a ridiculous, childlike manner.

My mom comes in the room just after Anna and puts her hand to her mouth. “Oh, Julia dear, what are you doing?”

“Nothing! Geez, I was just seeing how it felt, that’s all. Stop pouting like you’re ten,” I say to Anna, who is practically throwing an adult version of a temper tantrum.

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About the Author

Becky MonsonBy 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.

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  1. Good luck! That's a lot of books to read in one week, but you are a superreader, so I'm sure you can do it!

  2. What an interesting novel. Would love to read it. Thank you so much for hosting.

  3. laura thomas1/5/15, 6:49 PM

    Nice selection of books. I'm hoping to read The Young Elites. I've read mixed reviews for it and that makes me more curious.

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  4. I took almost two weeks off too was good for my soul. Glad you and yours had a wonderful holiday. Good luck starting up the daily grind again.

  5. I hear you on requesting things and trying to read what we do in a more timely manner. That's something I really want to master this year. Wow. Your most anticipated list showcases lots of "familiar faces." Hope you enjoy Rachel's (so good) and 'Always on my Mind.' Have to review both of those. Also, Emery's is cute so far. Cannot wait to chat about it. Becky's, Jody's, Denise's, Susan's, Mary Weber's, Melissa Tagg's are definitely high on my Christian fiction TBR. Also Mary Pearson's, Kasie West's, Heather Dixon's, Ally Carter's, and Marie's 'The Winner's Crime' all sound like fabulous reads. Enjoy!

  6. Thanks for sharing the excerpt! I haven't read the first book, but I have heard good things :)

  7. I LOVED Defy and I just finished Ignite!! I am super in love with that series and I am already dying for the third. It's supposed to be a trilogy. I've read Marie Lu's Legend series and liked it all right, but I haven't read The Young Elites by her. You'll have to let me know if you like it!

  8. It was fun. Glad you liked the the excerpt.

  9. I loved her other series and so far I'm liking it, but I'm only a few chapters in. We'll see.

  10. Thanks, Kimba! I've been trying to pull back a little with blogging - just spending less time because I need too, so I think the break has kind of given me that. I don't want to be online as much and I also fee re-energized at the same time. :)

  11. The author is going to be guest posting here in February and I'm super excited! I decided I'd better make sure I'd read her books. :) I'll let you know about The Young Elites...


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