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4.0 out of 5 stars classic Dave Barry, but it's too short and kinda random, January 12, 2014
This review is from: You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About (Hardcover)
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I've been reading Dave Barry since the mid 1980s. I first discovered his syndicated weekly newspaper column and then his books. I became an avid collector, right up until the point he produced a few duds (most notably, DAVE BARRY DOES JAPAN). I eventually got out of the habit of reading his books, but I've remained a fan and was happy to get an advance reader copy of his latest, YOU CAN DATE BOYS WHEN YOU'RE FORTY.

I can say without hesitation that Dave hasn't changed much! This is classic Dave Barry, with the same smart-aleck commentary his fans love. His description of having to suffer through a Justin Beiber concert with his 13-year-old daughter is hilarious (I showed that bit to my 12-year-old son, and he smirked). His tongue-in-cheek grammar "rules" are written with just enough slyness that a dim-witted reader (not that he has many of those) might take some of it seriously. His account of his family's 11-day trip to Israel is both entertaining and heartwarming, with a few laugh-out-loud moments (he learned the hard way NOT to swim in the Dead Sea).

I have only two complaints about this book: 1) It's too short, with only 10 essays (the Israel one is the longest). With a larger than usual font and wide margins, the book really doesn't have that much content, even at 224 pages (you could easily lop off 50-75 pages with one font size smaller and normal margins). So it's almost too quick a read. Dave always leaves you wanting more, but that's even more true with this book. Given that many of the essays/chapters could be blog posts, it feels like the publisher said, "Hey, Dave, let's churn out another book. Whaddya got?" 2) It's pretty random. Many of his books are topic-focused, and he even acknowledges in his introduction that this one isn't, which led to some interesting title suggestions that his publisher rejected. So the actual title is misleading, but the sub-title clues you in somewhat. Still, it felt a little disjointed.

Overall, it's a fun and quick read, but honestly, it's seriously overpriced for the 10 essays you get. I'd recommend buying it used. It won't go down as one of his more memorable books (that title is reserved for DAVE BARRY SLEPT HERE: A SORT-OF HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, which is one of the funniest books I have EVER read), but it's worth a read.
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Initial post: Mar 5, 2014 9:32:18 AM PST
"Hey, Dave, let's churn out another book. Whaddya got?" LOL!!
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