Matt Beckford is about to turn 30 and feels like his life is in order. He has a great job, a stellar music collection, and
He decides to get back in touch with his old crew to see how they are doing. A lot has changed, but he and Ginny seem to still be attracted to each other. They had a lot of off and on when they were younger. Is it really wise to start that up again at this age?
This was Mike Gayle's first novel. While it isn't his best, many people can relate to the heartache of losing the one you think is perfect for you. You pine away, even when you think you have moved on. And you have to learn how to appreciate what you have right in front of you.
One of my favorites was The To-Do List. Written more like a memoir than a fictional novel, Mike Gayle takes us deep into his own life. Approaching his mid-30s, Gayle feels like he is still nowhere near being a grown-up. On the eve of his birthday, he pens a To-Do list of everything he has always wanted to do. And he vows that this time he will get it finished. With over 1000 items, it seems an insurmountable task. But he is able to achieve the real goal, which is happiness with his life as is.
I remember sitting outside reading this book while relaxing on my lawn chair. Again, it was around one of my birthdays. I am just a few years younger than Mike Gayle, so I wasn't quite at that mid-30s point that he was when I first read the book. But I could relate to the need to feel like there was so much to be done to truly embrace adulthood. Again, I was able to relate to this male "character" quite well.
Mike Gayle's books are like chick lit with a male protagonist. Men can also relate to his humorous stories. I sometimes have a hard time finding his books, because he is a British author. On occasion I can find one used, or get a good deal through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.