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Last Chance Children: Growing Up with Older Parents Hardcover – April 15, 1988

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  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231066945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231066945
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicole M. Masika on November 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If this is how they turn out, maybe the interviewees can persuade me not to have a late baby. The majority of the subjects sounded incredibly shallow and immature. Fortunately,the author revealed that she used the "snowball" method to find her subjects, i.e she knew someone, and they knew some more friends, and then they got their friends,etc. So I am hoping the sample was skewed.
Some points raised as disadvantages of older parents were that they look different than other parentsand don't understand teenagers! What kid doesn't think that? Age of the parent has little to do with it. One legitimate concern raised by interviewees was that an older parent may need care or pass on sooner in the child's life -that was one of the few things in the book worth thinking about in my opinion. Another valid point, but one that applies to any parent, is that a child should be wanted, valued and given priority in your schedule.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2002
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It's really too bad there aren't more books (or research, for that matter) on this topic. I think the book sets out with a noble idea in telling the story from the point of view of the children of older parents, but falls short. Some of the stories were very touching, others, shallow. The book is a dry read, rather like examining a college thesis, but it's interesting to finally see the view from the children's -- not the sometimes overeager older parents' -- point of view. One of the more interesting aspects was in reading how the different subjects relate, not to the parents, but to other siblings who are in some cases much older than themselves. How their odd placement in the family can sometimes distance them from the world around them, making them feel like perpetual outsiders, even among those they love the most. However, the book also manages to get across that these same "issues" that the children, as adults, may have, could be the result of growing up in a number of circumstances and may not be the result of older parenting. This, however, is part of the problem. It presents its topic, but never seems to outline a definitive point of view. Although I do not regret having bought the book, being that it is one of very few on the subject, it was a very uninspiring read.
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To be quite honest, I am not sure how this author qualified to write an article for the Los Angeles Times, since her writing and organizations skills are so poor. Personally, I would not give her a passing grade in a course of Nonfiction 101. Despite the poor reviews, I bought this book anyway, hoping that it would somehow be better than the couple of bad reviews indicated. Sadly, it wasn't. Instead, it was worse. Much worse than I even anticipated. This book does not use ANY scientific method at all. It doesn't base its premise on any studies or research, other than a pathetic set of data from 18-22 interviewees whose opinions lack insight and are repeated endlessly throughout until this book finally, mercifully, unceremoniously grinds to a halt. I am writing this review from a sense of total and complete disappointment in a book that promises to be something it is not, that takes a thin set of data and stretches and twists and tortures it until the author just barely comes up with the requisite 166 pages she would need to call it a book. The theme is about older parents yet the author includes parents who were 31 when they gave birth just because the child later felt her parents were "old". Hello? The book is a haphazard mess with the feel of a bad cut and paste job. Overall, it's a tantalizing subject with a terrible execution. As I was readying to toss my copy in the Goodwill bag, I thought better of it. Why fool someone else into thinking they are buying a book on a fascinating topic -- it's so whiny, so poorly written, so pathetic that it is suitable for one location only -- the trash bin.
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