Book review: Younger

Younger

Never ask a lady about her age, goes the adage. So what is it between a woman and her age? Why can’t they just get over it and go on living their lives? Isn’t age just a number? ‘It isn’t!’ says Alice. Go ahead read her life’s story in Younger.

Title: Younger
Author: Pamela Redmond Satran
Genre: Fiction – Drama
Setting: Brooklyn, New Jersey, The USA

Alice, a recently divorced mother of a 20 something Diana, is looking to restart her career and her life – except that she is 44 years old and job market isn’t looking for someone of that age group. She starts her New Year in a dull note with her friend Maggie, who stumbles on a brilliant plan – passing Alice as a younger woman. With a few wardrobe changes and hair coloring – voila, Alice seemingly becomes a new younger persona.

A new life awaited her – job at marketing in a publishing house, a new boyfriend (a much younger and fun game developer) Josh, new friend (Lindsay at the publishing house) and a new place to live (Maggie’s apartment). With her daughter who took Alice for granted living at Africa, she goes deep diving into her new life. She reports to Terri, a single mother of three and a tough boss, who despises stay at home moms. Lindsay assumes Alice to be of her age, late twenties, helps her to handle Teri as well as keep her afloat socially.

Do her secrets get outted? How does her daughter take her mom to dating younger guy and much worse pretending to be as young as her? What happens to her relationship with Josh? Reader Younger to know more.

YoungerI had seen the season 1 of the TV show of the same name and hence I picked the book. I kept visualizing the actors while I read it. Though there are few minor differences between the show and the book, I somehow liked the show better (maybe the first time am saying this).

The novel goes to view the issues related to ageism and sexism apparently. It is a light read and definitely dated, but not your normal chicklit, meaning it was not all fluffy. But I felt the characters were not developed to their fullest and that is where I liked the show better. I should accept I did not put the book down till I finished it (thankfully it was mere 300 odd pages), though more for waiting it to end than for the story.

You should definitely pick Younger up if you are looking for an easy read for your book club. Perfect for a beach read on breezy summer days.

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