Middle Age-ish by Shirley Goldberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Middle Age-ish is a sweet and comical trip thru the crazy world that is midlife on-line dating – what could go wrong? Our practical middle age heroine Sunny ends a 23 year marriage and life in Paris then heads back to the states to start her newly single life. She takes on the adventure of an on-line dating warrior. I love that she has great girlfriends that add support and encouragement along with their on-line dating strategies. I was getting a more mature “Sex in the City” vibe with her friendships which was super fun for the midlife ladies.
Sunny agrees to a challenge of 25 meetups. Her co-challenger is a newly divorced girlfriend as well – who ends up with a first meet winner. Sunny’s various dates are categorized and summed up in numbers. “You’ve reduced your meets to numbers?” “What’s the point in names? I’m not seeing any of these guys again, and you just get confused.” There are a few of these guys that we get to know: Frank, Donald, Noah, and Luke all have various meetup connections and we experience the relationship ups and downs.
We get a comical look at the dating obstacle course that is finding the perfect midlife connection. Sunny works thru her divorce, completion of her teaching degree and buying a new home all while navigating these dating difficulties. She falls in “infatuation” for one guy and it ends badly – sending her to therapy on the advice of one of her early meetup candidates. Sunny eventually finds her “one” and comfortably settles down with her happily ever after.
This book starts off a little “stiff” in terms of Sunny and her ex’s sudden separation. It almost turned me off from the book – but hang in there! I am so glad that I continued reading to finish the story. After having completed the book – I appreciate that we did not get dragged thru a nasty divorce and Ms. Goldberg spent more time on all the hi-jinks of midlife dating apps. This is Shirley Goldberg’s first novel and I can’t wait for the next installment in this series!
Middle Age–ish is an entertaining romantic comedy with lots of charm and lovely characters that we need in our midlife world.
I received a free copy of this book from the author thru Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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