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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Grown-Up Sunday #5: 29 by Adena Halpern

Happy Sunday :) 
Welcome to another "Grown-Up Sunday!"
This is my weekly meme where I get to feature my 'adult' reads and reviews with you!

This week's featured book is... 

by Adena Halpern
Release date: June 15th, 2012
Publisher: Touchstone
Genre: Adult Contemporary and Romance
Format read: Paperback

(from Goodreads)

What if you closed your eyes, blew out the candles, and your wish came true? 

"Ellie Jerome is a young-at-heart seventy-five-year-old who feels she has more in common with her twenty-nine-year-old granddaughter, Lucy, than her fifty-five-year-old daughter, Barbara. Ellie's done everything she can to stay young, and the last thing she wants is to celebrate another birthday. So when she finds herself confronted with a cake full of candles, Ellie wishes more than anything that she could be twenty-nine again, just for one day. But who expects a wish like that to come true? 

29 is the story of three generations of women and how one magical day shakes up everything they know about each other. While Ellie finds that the life of a twenty-something is not as carefree as she expected, the sheer joy of being young again prompts her to consider living her life all over. Does she dare stay young for more than this day, even if it means leaving everyone she loves behind? 

Fresh, funny and delightful, 29 is an enchanting adventure about families, love, and the real lesson of youth." 


This is such a sweet, fun and adorable story about a seventy-five year old grandmother who wishes to be 29 again... Ellie is young at heart and no one can tell her that she isn't. Although she does realize that it is struggle to keep that bounce in her step. So when her wish to be 29 again comes true! She is over the moon about it and she can't wait to live it up. 

But times have changed and her feelings are all askew, she is at a loss as to what to do. 
While trying to figure out to do and seeking out her granddaughter for help, Ellie begins to question and evaluate her past and present relationships - was her deceased husband her true love? Why is she not close with her own daughter? Why was her daughter so angry and strict all the time? Why was her best friend so content in settling and growing older? 

It was so heartwarming and endearing to see Ellie's reaction. Having to depend on her own granddaughter to not only help her how to dress appropriately, but also, how to behave and what the new rules are to meeting and talking to boys. They both run around the whole city trying to cover up who Ellie really is while also trying to be sure that Ellie gets to experience being 29 again. 

A fast, relatable and adventurous read to be shared with all the girls in your life!  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Adena Halpern

Adena Halpern is the author of a memoir Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown - Notes From a Single Girl's Closet and the novel The Ten Best Days of My LifeAdena has also written for Marie Claire, Daily Variety and The New York Times. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting from The American Film Institute. 20th Century Fox has attained the rights to The Ten Best Days of my Life with Amy Adams to star. 
A proud Philadelphia native, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband, screenwriter Jonathan Goldstein. 


  1. Fascinating! I must look this up! Thanks for the awesome review and recommendation.

  2. This sounds like a fun story and concept !


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