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1976, Hardcover with dust jacket, 53 pages...

Title : How Did I Get to Be 40 & Other Atrocities
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ISBN : 9780671223663
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 53 Pages
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How Did I Get to Be 40 & Other Atrocities Reviews

  • Nctejana
    2019-04-27 00:53

    This, not the famous _Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day_, was my childhood introduction to the genius of Judith Viorst. Our family friend, who really should've been a voice actor, would read poems like "My Cousin Elaine" at parties while my eight-year-old self sat quietly in a corner hoping the grown-ups wouldn't notice I hadn't gone to bed. Over the years, I've read these poems again and again, and most continue to dazzle me with their humor, their insight, their creative use of rhyme, and sneak-up-on-you use of phrasing. I suspect the lower ratings from other reviewers stem in part from the fact that the concerns shared (and mocked) in this book are not the concerns of a modern 40-year-old, but of one from the 1970s when the book was written - in particular, the 1970s of a white, Jewish city dweller. While some themes, such as the lovely joy of having someone in your life to take the rap for everything you want to blame on someone, continue to ring true, a goodly portion of the humor in the book relates to the time period and trends. If you haven't read it, pick it up in some secondhand store and read it with the context in mind and an ear for the wonderful rhythms, and you'll find the atrocities of middle age seem a little less atrocious.

  • Anneke Rader
    2019-05-17 04:57

    I found this book to be very insightful. You could do so many things the way others would want you to do them. But then you wouldn't be you. It doesn't matter what you wear, where you live, what you do for a living, etc. If you are happy with you, then it will be conveyed in how you carry yourself. And the people who know you best and those who are just meeting you will see it. Just go with the flow.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-11 06:00

    I bought this book for my friend's upcoming birthday. It's only a few pages, so thought I would read it first. Other than the title (well not actually for a few months), I didn't really relate to much else in the book and didn't find the poems that humorous.

  • Victoria
    2019-04-27 00:36

    Dated since most of the poems deal with being a woman, in her 40's in the 70's but still a light, fun read.

  • Jill
    2019-04-24 06:50

    Even though I'm now in my 40's, I didn't relate to this book as much as I expected; probably because unlike Viorst, I'm not married and raising kids. But I still enjoy her honest, funny voice. My favorite poems came near the end, "Twenty Questions" and "Facing the Facts."

  • Dolly
    2019-05-20 06:44

    This is another fun book of poetry for women from Judith Viorst. I've already read Unexpectedly Eighty: And Other Adaptations, I'm Too Young To Be Seventy: And Other Delusions, Suddenly Sixty And Other Shocks Of Later Life, and Forever Fifty, and I really liked them all. So now I'm continuing my backward slide through time and will move on to It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and When Did I Stop Being Twenty and Other Injustices: Selected Poems from Single to Mid-Life next. I enjoy her ruminations and her perspective and although these older books are somewhat out-dated, they remind me of my childhood. Since I'm officially in my 40s now, I felt a particular affinity for this book; I'm in the time of my life where I could truly empathize with her feelings and experiences.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-03 03:32

    This was delightful. I'm not sure I'd call it most masterful poetry I've ever read, but I felt deeply moved (to love, to sadness, to sympathy, to scatteredness, to panic, to delight, to jealousy and letting go), so of the best votes out there: I'll definitely be looking for more of her books in this series in the future. I want all the volumes from age 20 to age 80 now.

  • Maggie
    2019-04-22 05:52

    I love these poems! The feelings and experiences of turning 40 (for a woman) must be relatively universal because I identified with every last poem in this book. I found them to be both raucously funny and utterly sad...if only because I understood every single one at gut level. Reading them was bittersweet. Judith Viorst got it so right; she "hit the nail on the head", so to speak.

  • Megan
    2019-05-08 06:48

    I don't typically read poetry, but the title and author of this one intrigued me. It was a quick read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Even though it was written in 1972, it still rings true today. Viorst has written a book of poetry for each decade of her life. I look forward to reading more!

  • Hilda
    2019-05-10 02:36

    Loved the book; very easy to read; no obscure poetic or philosophical references - she says what she means; while the ideas are universal, some of the references are dates - this keeps it from being "timeless"; I plan to read more of her work

  • Camelia
    2019-04-25 03:54

    Read it before giving it to my sister-in-law as a b'day gift...I sometimes think that reading these kinds of books "after the fact" makes them even more interesting!

  • Maggie Salisbury
    2019-04-29 00:41


  • Santhi
    2019-05-08 03:36

    The books for each decade will be my time travel vessels...

  • Linda
    2019-04-25 07:47

    Humorous look at aging.

  • Tanya
    2019-05-11 00:55

    Cute poems.

  • Karen-Leigh
    2019-04-28 03:44

    I guess the author didn't have as much to write about at 40 as she did at 20 and 30 :-) Still very funny and touching look at an educated woman reduced to housewife and mother.

  • Mckinley
    2019-05-03 02:55

    I enjoyed many of the poems. It helps to be passed 40!

  • Angie
    2019-04-29 08:49

    I did not find this one as entertaining as the first one I read (about being 70).

  • Michelle
    2019-05-11 06:56

    Meh. The references were dated. Maybe it was clever in the 70s.

  • Taisfrozi
    2019-05-03 01:41

    Brilliant Quick read,spot on on the subject of the book.Fun and something to keep on the side table for consultations at 3a.m.