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STORY (romance) - I loved this story, but I will qualify that by saying that I can really identify with the main character. It's about a woman in her 40's (Alice) who undergoes a makeover, passes for 20-something, and finds a new young lover and new promising career. I'm not in that same situation, but I think this book would apply to many women who are older and are looking back at their lives, seeing their mistakes and wishing they'd done some things differently. In this case Alice gets a second chance. I enjoyed her experiences and cringed at some of her predicaments but, most of all, I totally fell for Josh. If I could do things over again, I'd want someone just like him! Smart, sexy, sensitive, adoring...perfect. I must admit he's probably why I liked the book so much!
So now for what the book isn't. It Isn't like the cover art which suggests three giggling girls taking a selfie. It has more substance. It isn't hilarious as Audible's summary suggests. I didn't really find anything funny about it. It's chick lit about a woman who has gone through a divorce, has a grown daughter and is taking time to find herself...in a pretty unusual manner. I enjoyed everything, even the bitchy women that Alice seems to surround herself with. Apparently the book spawned a TV series, but I haven't checked it out.
PERFORMANCE - Perfect voice for Alice, and she does a good job. Doesn't distinguish between characters or do anything special, however.
OVERALL - I'd recommend definitely for older women who think it might be cool to live vicariously through Alice's experiences. Younger women and girls might not have the same perspective. There's some non-explicit sex and a mild amount of cursing. No violence.
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What disappointed you about Younger?
The characters were two dimensional, whiny, and generally unlikable. Alice, the protagonist, was the worst of the lot. She dithers constantly over her situation but takes no action to improve her life. Every major development happens because of the actions of others: she only gets a boyfriend because best friend Maggie literally pushes her into him; she only gets noticed at work because the super-mean boss is out sick; she only stays with boyfriend Josh because new pal Lindsey goads her into it; the big reveal doesn't come because she chose to become a better person, but rather because she got caught, and blah-blah-blah. I nearly quit a third of the way in, but figured at some point Alice was going to reverse course and take action for herself. I nearly quit again at the two thirds mark because this still hadn't happened. Alice almost gets a clue in the very last chapter, but it wasn't worth the pain to get that far. The only likable character was best friend Maggie. She would call Alice on her nonsense, frequently using the exact phrases that were going through my mind, too. I would have preferred a story about Maggie & her troubles, honestly.Two more thoughts. Boyfriend Josh was likable enough, but in a Prince Charming or Ken Doll sort of way. He was literally too good to be true and far too understanding of the horrid treatment he put up with from Alice. Finally, I suspect Alice's daughter is schizophrenic. She would literally change her opinions and attitude from one chapter to the next, with no mention of her reversal, purely to drive the plot.
Has Younger turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, I'm the sort of glutton for punishment that keeps hoping the next romance book will actually be readable.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I did not care for the narrator's clipped tones and Valley Girl accent. I also felt she did not handle the male voices well.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
Ugh. Thank goodness I got this as a daily deal.
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