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The biggest knock I kept hearing on Pamela Redmond Satran s Younger is that no one would ever believe it if a 40 something woman pretended to be in her 20s The feminist in me wants to scream, Would you ask that question about a book about a MAN but I saved my vocal cords the strain because of course you wouldn t Nobody gives a shit how old a man is unless they re casting his girlfriend in a movie Ask Maggie Gyllenhaal Hell, I ve even seen discrimination about the age of the book It s ten years old, who cares what it has to say about anything The premise might be just this side of implausible, but if you want gritty realism, consider the very plausible idea that lead Alice thinks she has to pretend she s in her 20s just to be desirable to pretty much everyone her hot, young new fling Josh the publishing company where she gets a job even her cool, younger friends But after the year from hell in which she lost her mother and her marriage, she has a little too much New Year s Eve champagne and decides it s time for her own year of yes As a 20 something, Alice gains access to everything that had been denied her as a 40 something She s still Alice sorry, had to , but because of a simple change of integers, she s suddenly sexy and employable and all the things women my age take for granted and the reason that my friend Kelsey and I had a pact to take each other out at 39 because we assumed not incorrectly the world for a 40 something was a cold, vacuous expanse For readers in their 40s, Alice s trip through the 20 something looking glass is breezy, sexy wish fulfillment, like My Fair Ladywith the condescending misogyny turned down In this iteration, Alice is both Higgins and Doolittle, because feminism But for younger Younger readers like me, Alice s predicament is ostensibly a cautionary tale We won t be in our 20s forever, and if we think the world is an unkind place now, just wait until we start getting crow s feet For readers of any age, Alice is a fascinating case study in ageism in the workplace, in the dating world and in self perception Alice never tried all these exciting, sexy things because she thought her expiration date had passed It s only when she saw her youthful self reflected in the eyes of everyone around her that she had the courage to go out and live It may sound like a frothy rom com, because, well, it is and it s a really good one But Younger resonates because it s ultimately not about getting the guy as much as it is about getting the life you always wanted but didn t dare dream you could have Anyone who thinks it s a trite, slight message need only look to the reinvention of 65 year old Caitlyn Jenner Like Caitlyn, Alice has felt invisible, trapped and isolated for years, and both of these bad asses decided they d had enough Their external appearances didn t match who they truly were inside, so they found themselves at ages that are usually bitter punch lines or dead ends, and they did something truly revolutionary for women of certain ages They started over Obviously, Alice and Caitlyn aren t equals stand down, concern trolls , but the message of both triumphs is similar We are not constrained by the bullet points of our biography We are not our age, our gender, our sexual orientation, or whatever boarding school we couldn t afford Who we are is so much interesting and complex than any of these classification tools, but it s up to us to show that to the rest of the world. Tv show is much better than book. Often I watch a tv show or movie and read the book if it is based on one Of course usually the book is much better than the show or movie But not this time I really like the show but this book fell short for me. 3.5 rating This is one of those books that I dove into without really knowing what to expect and also with a bit of hesitation because I am not easy to please when it comes to Romantic Comedy But, I am a huge fan of books that tug on my emotions and this book did successfully do that There were several scenes where I was definitely reaching for the Kleenex because it kind of hit the nail on the head for how I ve been feeling now that I m in my forties It was also kind of eerie for me because I saw so much of myself in the main character, Alice I m the same age, I lost my mother last year, my kids are fleeing the nest, I also gave up a career to take care of my family So, yes, Alice and I were kindred spirits in that regard I definitely connected with some of the personal challenges Alice was going through as a woman who has spent most of her life as a devoted housewife and mother When the children leave the nest it leaves you feeling lost and wondering, What the heck am I going to do now Being in your forties is a time when it s almost too late to start over You re too young to give up but definitely too old for some things But, that doesn t mean we shouldn t try right And, that s where Alice decided to take a chance She looks unusually young for her age, so she decides to use this to her advantage to take back some of the things she felt she missed, specifically a shot at a career in the publishing business What she didn t expect was to find love again and with a man in his twenties That s when the fa ade she was playing really started to become a challenge I loved the friendship that Alice shared with Maggie and they were two sides of the same coin Alice gave up her career for family and Maggie gave up family for a career Now, Alice wants that career she gave up and Maggie is desperate to become a mom These are both very difficult things to achieve in your forties The one thing I kept thinking about was this no matter what choices you make when you re in your twenties, there are always consequences to those choices and regrets that will come back to haunt you when you re older That s what the mid life crisis is all about Did I make the right choices Would I do it all different if I had a choice to go back and do it all over again In that regard I thought the author did a wonderful job of addressing some of these difficult issues we face during our middle age years and blending it into a story that is yes, a little bit farfetched but at the same time entertaining and thought provoking The ending of the book did leave me hanging a little, I had a lot of unanswered questions in regards to her daughter and some of her rash decisions And, will the love between Alice and Josh prevail over the age gap I guess we ll have to fill in our own blanks in that regard I can see how this would make for a great TV series, and I liked this story enough to go and check it out Maybe I ll get some of these questions answered Did this work for me as a Romantic Comedy Not really I liked it for the thought provoking, emotional moments that it evoked I do think this would be a fun choice for a book club a little wine, a little chocolate, a little debate could be fun Follow us on KT Book ReviewsTwitterFacebookPinterest From Pamela Redmond Satran, The Acclaimed Author Of Babes In Captivity And The Man I Should Have Married, Comes A Story Of Inspiration And Transformation For The Really Desperate Housewife.She S Old Enough To Be His Mother Alice Has Always Looked Young For Her Age, Even With Her Graying Hair And Her Dowdy New Jersey Housewife Style Make That Ex Housewife Now That Her Husband S Gone And Her Daughter Is Grown, Alice Is In Desperate Need Of A Whole New Life So She Lets Her Best Friend Maggie, A Hip New York City Artist, Transform Her On New Year S Eve Soon, Thanks To The Wonders Of Hair Dye And Tight Jeans, Alice Looks Really Young, As One Night In A Manhattan Bar Confirms At Midnight, She Kisses A Boy Who Was In Diapers When She Was In High School.She S Having Too Much Fun To Care The White Lie Alice Tells Josh Gets Her Thinking That If No One Asks Her Age, She Doesn T Have To Tell So She Applies For A Job She Had Briefly Before Becoming A Full Time Mom And Gets It Meanwhile, Josh Is Falling Head Over Heels For Alice, Who S Just Way Cooler Than Girls His Age He Figures She S About Twenty Nine And For The First Time Since She Was Twenty Nine, Or Possibly Ever, Alice Feels That Life Is Ripe With Possibility Unfortunately One Possibility Is That She S Gonna Get Caught.Challenging The Adage That The Truth Will Set You Free, Younger Is A Hilarious And Insightful Story That Proves That You Re Only As Young As You Feel. Review Younger Younger is about a woman who is in her forties and wants to be younger I m 30, but this book definitely hit home for me.Alice wants to be able to get back into the publishing workforce She kept trying and they shot her down After her makeover she actually starts getting some attention from employers and guys I think the Satran did an amazing job of showing how age effects how others see you You are judged on your ability to do things and it works both ways Those that are younger seem like they don t have a clue while those that are older don t stand a chance in some situations I ve definitely been on the receiving end of the young crowd I had a child young, and people assumed I wouldn t be able to handle it Things didn t work out with my child s father and putting myself back out there was just as terrifying as the emotions Alice feels when she puts herself back out there as a younger self You wonder if you will be attractive because let s face it, having a child changes your body Will anyone else find me attractive Will they understand that you have other responsibilities besides dating It s freaking scary So many of the emotions that Alice goes through in this book, are ones that I have gone through as well I think the author did a fantastic job of making the problems Alice has relateable.I did like the friendships Alice has with both Maggie and Lindsay Both play a role in her finding who she is, and helps her realize that nothing is wrong with being 44, and also having a life outside your children Especially when that child is grown I didn t really care for Alice s daughter, Diana She acts so bratty most of the time, and uses her parent s divorce as an excuse It drove me crazy I also wish we had found out some things that happened with Diana and her sudden reappearance.All in all, I think if you want to read a book that deals with the emotions of getting older, and trying to have fun at the same time, this is definitely a book that fits that I m also super excited to see the show that will air on TVLand on March 31st I want to see how the book translates to television. This was a fun read that served well as a destruction during these last two earthquak y days I really can t say about it at the moment, maybe after the earth calms down. The only reason I m giving it 3 stars is because it held my attention The whole time I kept thinking that is was nothing but a knock off of devil wears Prada The drama and immaturity of most of the characters was just annoying, especially Diana the daughter If I had a 23 year old who acted like that and spoke to me in that way, she s be on her butt out on the street in a second Definitely not a book I would recommend to anyone It s nothing but a look at the midlife crisis of an immature 44 year old who instead of dealing with her life in a mature way, resorts to her junior high self and screws everything up Okay, I like the TV show 10x better There are so many differences in the twomostly the absence of Charles. There is nothing that I love to do than to read a book before I see it in the movies or on TV For some reason, it the one rule in my life that I actually never break Let s face it It is sort of the age old debate, but instead of the chicken or the egg, we are asking which is better the book or the movie show So with this in mind, I started Younger by Pamela Redmond Satran.The premise of the book is simple, 44 year old Alice has had a difficult year and chooses New Year s Eve to make a wish to be younger She has never looked her age, but with her recent weight loss, she is looking pretty good It is not that she wants to be twenty again, but Alice would like to have the opportunities of a young professional starting out with no judgement or sideways glances from the adolescent HR people If you think that the job market is difficult for 20 and 30 somethings, you can imagine how difficult it is for a 44 year old stay at home mom who has limited work experience With the help of her best friend Maggie, she takes a second look at herself and decides to embrace her friend s push towards a youthful appearance Commence the make over montage now.As Alice continues her path to becoming younger, she meets Josh, Lindsay, Terri, and a few others here and there Each adds another layer to her experience, but also to her deception Will Alice be caught and have to pay a price for the lies that she is weaving How will everything turn out with her new friend and lover once they find out the truth Most importantly, will she ever realize that age is just a number and that love can happen to anyone This book is a fun quick read with an unexpected reality check for the reader You will want to yell and throw things at Alice, but in the end, I think that we can all see a little bit of her in all of us I don t believe that I would ever want to revisit my twenties, but I can see the appeal in starting fresh with all that knowledge When I flipped through the pages, I found that I enjoyed the banter of Alice and Maggie, and the brattiness of her Diana s reactions to her Mother However, with every funny quip or awkward situation, there was definitely an underlying tone of reality to it I found myself constantly thinking about the consequences to the actions that the character decides to make For every life choice, there is a good and bad This story shows us that in spades We all make the decisions that we think is best at the time Some of us try to plan into the future with our mystical Magic 8 Ball in hand, but really how can we know In many ways, this book is just as sad as it is funny I can be reading too much into this, as I have been known to do, but it seems as if it was a commentary on woman s roles in society More importantly, it shows how we shame one another for our choices The jury is still out on if the TV show will be better than the book, but I have to say, that the book is worth a read Who knows, maybe next year your will start of your New Years with a wish that could set you on a path that you never thought was possible XOxperts Review This Review is originally posted on the XOXO After Dark site.