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Author: Adena Halpern
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ISBN-13: 9781439171127
ISBN-10: 1439171122
Publication Date: 6/15/2010
Pages: 269
Edition: Original
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
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drgldy76 avatar reviewed 29 on + 125 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This was a sweet and funny story of a 75 year old woman who wished to be 29 again just for one day. I'm 34 so in a way I can relate about regrets and wishing to go back and change some of the mistakes I made, but no one serious thinks this will happen from a birthday wish. But it does for Ellie Jerome.
GeniusJen avatar reviewed 29 on + 5322 more book reviews
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On her seventy-fifth birthday, Ellie takes the time to reflect on her life. She realizes that to the average onlooker, she's had it pretty good. She married a prominent lawyer and spent her days playing bridge at the country club and raising their daughter, Barbara.

Her husband passed away a few years ago and now Ellie lives in an apartment on her own. She goes out with friends and enjoys sitting on her porch. Yet Ellie longs for the life she never had, a life like her granddaughter, Lucy, has now. Lucy is a free-spirited fashion designer who's constantly on the go.

Barbara could only fit twenty-nine candles on Ellie's birthday cake, so it's only appropriate that Ellie wishes to be that age again just for a day. Wishes do come true! She wakes up in the body of a much younger woman! She lets Lucy in on her amazing transformation and together they hit the bustling streets of Philadelphia.

Naturally, she needs a hip new wardrobe to accent her figure, a makeover, and a sleek, modern haircut. She uses the alias of Lucy's cousin and meets many of Lucy's friends throughout the day. The evening would not be complete without meeting a wonderful man who takes her home for a night of passion! What a wonderful time!

Meanwhile, Barbara is extremely worried when she can't reach her mother and enlists Frida's help. Frida is a sensible old woman and together they hunt for Ellie. Where could she be?

What happens when the clock strikes midnight? Will Ellie be able to keep the happiness that she's longed for, or is it too late?

This is a terrific book full of laughs, thoughtful moments, and reflections. I found it inspiring in the sense that we all have the opportunity to make moments worth living for. I highly recommend this novel!
thameslink avatar reviewed 29 on + 723 more book reviews
Very cute, entertaining book. Lighthearted, fun, undemanding read.
reviewed 29 on + 224 more book reviews
Very light amusing book about aging.
orchid7 avatar reviewed 29 on + 265 more book reviews
Funny story! I'm sure that pretty much everyone wonders what they would do if given a second chance at youth. There were several laugh out loud moments, although I think I enjoyed the first two-thirds of the story better than the last part. The ending started to get just a bit too heavy and "chick-lit" for me. Overall, though I did enjoy the story.
chocolatyshatnr avatar reviewed 29 on + 33 more book reviews
A fun, quick read. The characters were enjoyable (even the ones who were a little annoying). Ellie, the main character, has you rooting for her the whole time.
reviewed 29 on + 3 more book reviews
This is a delightful read. Written with wit and humor, it tells the tale of a senior citizen who wishes to be young again, if only for one day. And the adventure begins.
reviewed 29 on + 53 more book reviews
A great, fun read! Highly recommended.
reviewed 29 on + 58 more book reviews
This was a good story about a 75 year old woman who became 29 for a day. Don't we all wish we could experience that once again! A cute and funny read that makes you thing about the effects of aging on the body. I would have enjoyed it a bit more if the characters weren't quite so Jewish.