Reviews for We’re Not Sixteen Anymore
“Humorous yet useful account about how to get used with the challenges of online dating in the senior years. Particularly loved the honest and funny writing. A good reading even many years until seniority.” – Ilana WD for NetGalley
“This was a very quick read and quite a cute book. The author lost her husband in her late 50’s, and after a few years of being single again, she starts getting hints from friends and family that maybe she should try dating , to see if she can find someone to spend time with. It’s written well and has some quite humorous stories of her journey into the “online dating scene”, after not having dated sine she was a teen. Written with honesty, it would be a great book for someone in her position: widowed after a long marriage and trying to fit into the dating scene again. Enjoyable book.” – Julie LaBo for NetGalley
5 stars. “Loved, loved, loved this book! I couldn’t stop laughing. I could not put this book down. I truly enjoyed reading about the different dates she had. It’s definitely not fun being single/divorced/widowed and checking out the dating scene. Although I was happy that she met that special person, I was also sad when the book came to an end.” – Sondrita G (Educator)
“Great, quick read of a woman from the Baby Boomer generation taking her hand at online dating. Becky Anderson has a strong and readable voice as she guides us through her trials and tribulations of ‘not being sixteen anymore’. The reader gets a short glimpse at her dating life when she was 16, her values, expectations, and what she sees as an “average date” during the 60’s. Then we jump forward to her husbands passing, and her family convincing her to try online dating. It surprisingly didn’t differ too much from a younger dating generation online dating- I’ve never tried online dating myself, but I really FELT her anxiousness when waiting to hear back from a potential suitor, her EXCITEMENT when she got a match, and made me want to root for her success in finding a perfect mate. She has some great dating stories- her generation still has phone calls and premade dates with sanctioned activities. The guys she dates range from jerks who make great stories, to genuine good guys that she became friends with. With a short 192 page count, I’d suggest this to anyone wanting a break from the heavy-hitting reading. I was surprised at how relatable it was considering I was born I’m assuming around 35-40 years after her. Becky wrote very honestly, and proves the point that bad dates are truly timeless.” – Joi Whitney for NetGalley
“There are times when I am in the mood for an easy read: something sweet, to pass the time. This fully qualifies as an entertaining book: it’s short, is funny as hell, and g** d*** if it’s not contemporary.” – Valentina Banut for NetGalley
“This book is straight up hilarious. Definitely not what I expected but in a good way — any age range would be seriously entertained by this!” – Cait H for NetGalley
“I love books that are about online dating and dating in general. They are usually really funny and this was no different. Becky writes with such honesty that you can tell it’s based on the authors real experiences. I found the dates she ended up amusing and wanted to read more about them. I found Becky’s writing refreshing and engaging.. I found the ending a bit too rushed and was hoping for a bit more. I hope Becky writes more books about her dating antics and life in general Thanks goes to net galley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.” – Kat Duncan for NetGalley
“This book is really funny. All you have to do is read her thoughts on spandex, and you’re hooked. As I was reading, I kept hoping that I would never end up dating guys like the ones she describes. There are some crazy people out there. ” – Jennifer Fury for NetGalley
“I had visited my snowbird parents down south where they wintered. Toward the end of the visit, my ever-loving and super sweet mother tried to gently suggest I might want some friends. At that point, my blunt-and-to-the-point father spelled it out for me: “She means MAN friends.” All I could blurt out was: “No, thanks, I’m good.” excerpt from Becky Anderson “We’re Not Sixteen Anymore: A Baby Boomer’s Guide to Online Dating or The Saga of an Old Prune & Her Dates” First off I have to say that Becky is definitely NOT an old prune! I have known and worked with Becky for many years, and she is as funny in person as her book is. I cannot imagine being back on the dating scene when close to 60 years old (I am only a few years younger then Becky). I applaud her bravery for getting back out there after her husband died. Of course, dating had changed quite a bit since Becky was in high school, and she didn’t know how to get started in this technological age. Her escapades on the dating site, in e-mails, meeting up with dates and setting up rescue calls are hilarious. Before writing the book, Becky posted some of these stories on Facebook, but it was more fun to read the stories in this book following her process from registering with the dating site to finding her future husband. I like that each chapter told about one dating episode, but the themes she chose for each were a hoot. This fun little book is for anyone of a certain age who needs a good, wholesome laugh or wants a user’s guide for the mature online dating scene. My best to Becky as she starts the next chapters of her life!” – Murphy Waggoner for NetGalley
5 stars. “We’re Not Sixteen Anymore is a fun, quirky memoir about one woman’s experience dating through an online dating website after her husband’s death and her 61st birthday.
Becky is funny and gives great backstory on the baby boomer generation she originates from along with her experience dating in the modern world.
Anyone looking to give online dating a try not that already have given it a try would love this book. Anyone at all would love this book. It’s well written and light hearted. I enjoyed it immensely and I’m in my early 30’s and married.” – Tina Edwards for VexingCircumstance
“Rousingly funny at times, deliciously sweet and cute at others, utterly realistic yet again! This is the memoir that reads as if Becky Andersen were your BFF and she were telling you about her woes during online dating. The tone is light, engaging, conversational, and the dimension of her age made it something special because it is very rare (and also very brave!) for someone in her walk of life to attempt online dating, let alone write and chronicle it to share with the world! Hats off, Ms. Andersen!” — Zee Monodee for NetGalley