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A story of inspiration and transformation for the really desperate housewife—now a TV series from the creator of Sex and the City, starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff!

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 27, 2005 – Last year was 44-year-old Alice's annus horribilis: her mother died, her dentist husband ran off with his hygienist, and her only daughter packed herself off to Africa with the Peace Corps. The one good loss was all the weight she'd packed on in two decades as a New Jersey housewife. Now newly buff, her hair dyed blond courtesy of her artist friend Maggie, Alice can pass for a 29-year-old. And so she does, embarking on a kind of life swap with her younger self landing a job in the publishing company she left to become a full-time mom and leaping into a torrid affair with a gorgeous, decent 20-something. Talented Satran (Babes in Captivity) crafts Alice's adventures into a funny, touching, instructive guide for the bewildered. Practically everything from fashions in pubic hair to telephone technology has changed since Alice was a single career girl, but a lot remains the same: the office bitch still steals underlings' ideas, and people still desire the contradictory poles of truth and illusion. Satran weaves a sparkly thread of fantasy through her solid social realism, writing precisely what Alice tells her boss readers want: "a book that's going to keep them awake beyond half a page at the end of a long involved day."

Customer Reviews

Age vs Youth

There is nothing more 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 more 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**

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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jul 05, 2005
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
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