Published December 2, 2014 by Booktrope
What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?
On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn't look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding towards her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary "break" from her live-in boyfriend results in a "break-up," Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn't always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.
Being 40 myself, I could relate to Maggie’s fears and thoughts about the big 4.0. I wondered if I would feel different, act different, or just be different. Of course, it is nothing to worry about. Forty is perfect. The big difference is I am married, settled with kids, and happy with my life. I hated how Maggie was so unhappy, but enjoyed watching her discover herself and become comfortable in her own skin. She learned who she was and what she required to be happy.
Maggie’s friends were my favorite part of this story. They support and comfort they gave each other throughout every decision and every step made was absolutely amazing. They gave up things in their own lives to be there for each other and never expected anything of their friends in return. This is the meaning of true friendship.
I enjoyed How Do You Know? from the first page until the very last page. Meredith Schorr wrote a book that kept me entertained and loving reading. I certainly recommend this book.