REVIEWS OF WE’RE NOT SIXTEEN ANYMORE

I sold a book to a lady who runs a bed and breakfast in Winterset, Iowa.  (Winterset is the birthplace of a man named Marion Morris, aka JOHN WAYNE, and the site of the book and movie, “The Bridges of Madison County.”  I received a post from her today and wanted to share it:

Kayla: Becky Button Beaman Andersen, I forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I need a new copy because I sent mine home with one of our guests to read on her flight home to Scotland.. she was going to share it with a “middle aged” friend who needs to get out there again.

Okay, here’s a personal review from a friend who pre-ordered my book. Totally UNBIASED (??), and I have no idea if she had a bottle of wine to see her through the book, but I love the review and her, and just had to post this: “Becky, I finally had time this evening to just sit on the deck and read the rest of your book!! OMG!! I was laughing SO hard my tear ducts unleashed a gusher! I laughed all the way through, but the horseback riding date and your vivid descriptions had me simultaneously crying, laughing and gasping for air! Of course, I knew the ending before I got there…your journey truly produced a match made in Heaven. Good nite….love you guys!!”– Jackie O. (Class of 1970 Adel)

“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 30s and married.” – Tina E for vexingcircumstance.wordpress.com 

” 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 W. 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 since 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 L. for NetGalley

Don’t let the funny cover of this book fool you. Author Becky Andersen is not a Granny Clampett look-alike, and this story is not a laugh a minute one. Yes, it has amusing moments, but it’s best to see it as a sincere look at online dating by a woman in her early 60s, who was pushed into it by her family! After a reluctant start, Mrs. Andersen soon finds online dating to be a fun hobby that brings out the 16-year-old in her at times. She also poignantly learns that one kiss can make a sensitive soul feel like she’s cheating on a late husband; and painfully learns going horseback riding on a first date is not smart, if you haven’t been on a horse in 30 years. As the author’s bio at Amazon reveals, she does end up finding a new husband, too. A good book for middle-aged or elder women who are into online dating or thinking about making the leap; as well as those who want to see that an average woman can date online without encountering serial killers or con artists.”– SundayAtDusk for Goodreads

“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. for NetGalley

“Online dating – nowadays it’s getting tough to run into someone who hasn’t tried it, or met someone they have dated or married on it. I found my husband-to-be through online dating, and the stories I could share leading up to that meeting could make anyone laugh like crazy while shaking their heads thinking “I’m so glad that didn’t happen to me.” This book was the baby boomer’s version of my experiences.”
“Becky Andersen makes for a great storyteller, as I found myself immediately sucked into her tale of how her husband passed away years ago, and her family encouraged her to give online dating a try. It reads as though she was sharing these stories over a meal or drinks. I found myself laughing (actually out loud) as she dove into the different dates, sharing with everyone her thoughts, fears and misunderstandings. Her horse riding experience had me gasping for breath I had laughed so hard. I also found myself cringing at some of the naive thoughts and actions she had taken that could have potentially put herself in danger …
For me to be that upset or concerned (or in tears of laughter) means that the author has drawn me into her world and made me care. For that reason, I recommend this book to anyone who has tried online dating, has thought about online dating, or who can appreciate stories of a woman’s dating experiences. It just goes to show online dating is the same for many women, despite what age you may be. Some of the references may be lost on younger readers, but that is not a reason to overlook this hidden gem!”– Kourtney M. 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 (with) amusing and wanted to read more about them. I found Becky’s writing refreshing and engaging… 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 D. for NetGalley

“Humorous yet useful account about how to get used with (sic) 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 D. for NetGalley

“An amusing book filled with good anecdotes about dating as an older woman! I really liked the idea and the stories… I think it would be funny if she included a guide on top do/don’t suggestions based on her experience.” – Faith A. 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 god damn if it’s not contemporary.” – Valetina B. for NetGalley

“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 W. 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