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Music teacher Meg Caldwell knew it would be difficult starting over in a new town. She's perfectly happy with her books and her cats, but she knows she has to meet people if she ever wants to find love. The problem? Meg is losing her hair and it isn't growing back. How can a girl have any kind of social life when she has to worry about hiding her growing bald spot?Josh HarMusic teacher Meg Caldwell knew it would be difficult starting over in a new town. She's perfectly happy with her books and her cats, but she knows she has to meet people if she ever wants to find love. The problem? Meg is losing her hair and it isn't growing back. How can a girl have any kind of social life when she has to worry about hiding her growing bald spot?Josh Harrter is the acknowledged cool kid of the faculty lounge - he has a classroom stuffed with bean bag chairs and includes video clips from The Simpsons in his lesson plans. He is drawn to the pretty new music teacher singing and skipping her way through the halls, but he can sense she's hiding something beneath her sunny smiles. How can a guy falling for a girl convince her to trust him with her deepest secret?...

Title : Only Twenty-Five
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ISBN : 34776505
Format Type : Other Book
Number of Pages : 275 Pages
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Only Twenty-Five Reviews

  • Pattisue
    2018-11-30 04:56

    Unfailingly honest and awkward, this novella painfully describes Meg Caldwell’s journey through androgenetic alopecia. Young, single Meg hilariously tries to hide her condition from her observant middle school students and her new boyfriend. “Was I going to end up sixty years old with no husband or kids or grandkids, and only a ton of cats and the imaginary characters from books to keep me company?” Kind, creative, Josh Hartter thinks he has met the girl of his dreams but braces himself for another strikeout. I loved the classroom antics and the fresh sincerity of their students. Meg’s stream of consciousness reactions had me laughing out loud. Page after page of zany scenes and raw emotion, I empathized with Meg as she grieved the permanent loss of her hair. Yet I cheered along as she determined to “take control” and confess her darkest secrets. The sweetest, perfect make up scene will melt your heart. I strongly recommend this fun, humorous exploration of a serious and embarrassing topic. One big reality check after another.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-20 02:48

    This was a sweet story of a young woman coming to terms with a genetic condition that was not dangerous, but that was life-changing, could not be cured, and could not be controlled. Meg seemed like a wonderful, caring person and her reactions to her hair loss and her journey to accept it and get on with her life rang true to me. I watched my mother experience many of those same emotions when she lost her beautiful, full head of hair due to chemo and I think the author has done a great job describing it, while also writing a lovely little romance to lighten up all of the emotions that Meg is feeling as she goes through this experience. I knew that alopecia happens fairly frequently to older women, but I hadn't realized that young women can develop it also. Kudos to the author for bringing this up in the guise of a great little story.

  • W.R. Gingell
    2018-12-05 01:35

    Props for having a female character who is going bald--as in, actually bald, and not, as I initially thought, just losing a bit or losing a small patch that would grow back. There's no happy ending here for the hair loss thing--it's going and not coming back. I really like that premise. And I do like how Meg was constantly turning things over in her mind and coming to grips with it.Cons...well, the story isn't very long, and although it's kinda a romance, there isn't that much of what I'd call romance, apart from the HEA thing. The problems are simple, and very simply resolved. There isn't much...well, story.Despite that, it's reasonably solid, and it's a sweet story.Favourite lines in the book? "Who am I gonna tell? Do you think I'm gonna get on Snapchat and telly everybody your girlfriend's bald?"

  • Steen Jones
    2018-11-26 23:37

    I give this story a 4.5 rating. It was a quick and easy read, in fact, I started and finished it in one evening. This was a very thoughtful and realistic story. It shows that you can have happy endings despite your circumstances, which I really appreciate. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star rating is because I felt it could have been expanded in certain areas. I would have loved to have heard more from Josh's perspective, and also more about Meg's family. If her condition was genetic, it would have made sense to hear about her parents? Did one of them experience this? I felt that this was a great story about a truth most people don't ever think about, which is an important thing. I think that anything that makes us stop and consider what is going on in someone else's life in an entertaining way is great art. Thank you Jennifer for doing just that.

  • Cynthia
    2018-12-11 02:42

    Nice charactersMeg has a secret. She is a private person who has trouble accepting a physical change that she can't exercise, diet or wish away. Follow her journey of acceptance and personal growth as she learns to accept herself as she is and find a better way to live. You'll be glad you did.

  • Brian Davis
    2018-11-12 22:57

    Very entertainingThis is not so much a romance as a character study. While there is certainly a romantic aspect it's the slow exposure of the characters Met and Josh that make this such an entertaining read.

  • Katie Atmakur
    2018-12-07 04:36

    This book is so incredible i love every page of it the author of it is so talented!!

  • Linda Phillips
    2018-11-26 02:57

    A Different Kind of RomanceMeg is 25 years old woman finds out she's going bald. Then she meets her co-worker Josh and they begin seeing each other. . Will their Romance last?

  • Pam
    2018-11-16 22:54

    Interesting readNever heard of this disorder. Well written and informative Glad Josh realized his love was more important than her hair

  • Donna D
    2018-11-17 06:44

    Pretty good bookThis was a pretty good and interesting book. It makes you stop to think about how much emphasis we put on our looks.

  • Lisa Pate
    2018-12-04 05:36

    Meg Cobot is a 25 year old middle school music teacher just starting her teaching career in a new town when she starts to notice that she is shedding a lot of hair. So much so that once was very thick is now thin and she has notice a bald spot spreading on the crown of her head. She finally gets the nerve up to go to the doctor and her hopes are dashed when she is told she has Androgenic Alopecia or in non-medial terms hereditary female pattern baldness, and just like for men there is absolutely no cure for. She struggles with this diagnosis, and trying to make herself look better, from hair extensions to finally a wig. Josh Hartter is the English teacher at the same school that Meg teaches at. He has a hard time finding the right girl for him. Someone that has some of the same interest that he does and that they can actually share conversations with until he met Meg. The two of them hit it off by Meg has not told him her secrete, she herself is still trying to deal with it. The question is how will he react when he finds out the girl he likes is bald?The reason I like this book is there are so many women out there including myself that are going through this hair loss and to say it is devastating is an understatement. Nothing tears away at your self esteem like that every time you look in the mirror and see this horrible looking strangler staring back at you, not the person you remember yourself being just a few years before. For me the book made me feel like I was not alone in my own feelings and struggles in trying to take control back in my life. This was a great piece I wish there were more out there like this. Thank you Jennifer

  • Tara
    2018-11-30 06:42

    ***FULL DISCLOSURE***I edited Only Twenty-Five and I don't usually leave reviews for obvious reasons. I'm making an exception for Only Twenty-Five for two reasons: I was so impressed with Jennifer's ability to address this serious issue with gentle humor, and once again she's proven that she's an author who can write flawed, vulnerable, and sympathetic characters. In other words, her talent is obvious.This is what I wrote to Jennifer when I sent back the proofread file:"I think it's such a sweet story, gently told with giggles and bravery, and I'm really impressed. I think it would be really great to try to get it out to any women's groups where the members are experiencing or likely to experience hair loss. And it's cool that Meg literally stares her problem down and deals with it, i.e., she implements a real solution that could really help give others courage."I stand by those words. I know that Only Twenty-Five will be a real comfort to young women affected by androgenetic alopecia and it's a sweet story to boot! I have nothing but praise for the author and can wholeheartedly recommend the book.

  • Karen Marsh
    2018-11-11 03:39

    Jennifer really speaks to the heart when she writes. She has addressed the issue of hair loss in women in a sympathetic yet humorous way. I really didn't know anything about this subject so I received an education as a bonus. I love her humor, and had to stop and giggle numerous times at her choice of words in this and in her previous novel. Maybe it's because I have similar thoughts, but I definitely feel at home with Jennifer's style. I also loved the way the developing relationship between Meg and Josh was handled, and how they each had a friend who helped them deal with reality with advice and sometimes eye opening comments . In the end, truth and honesty prevailed, strengthening the relationship and helping it to grow. I truly love Jennifer's writing and hope she continues for a long long time. I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review