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The Late Bloomer's Revolution: A Memoir

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The debut of a sparkling and reassuring memoirist--an inspiration to late bloomers everywhere

"I like to consider myself a late bloomer, meaning someone who will eventually, however late, come into bloom. Although when and if I will bloom remains a mystery. I wish I knew how to speak a foreign language fluently. I wish I knew how to cook a simple roast chicken, or that I ha
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Hachette Books (first published June 27th 2007)
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Mar 18, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like to sleep in a large bed by themselves, and by like, I mean cry themselves to sleep
There's a bit of a story behind me reading this book.
First: I like reading memoirs, at least, so I thought. I started reading memoirs years ago. I started with David Sedaris, and moved onto Sarah Vowell, and then some Augusten Burroughs, Chuck Klosterman, and some David Rackoff... all authors that I greatly admire for their writing skills. This is akin to me taking up watching basketball by watching the all the 1992 Dream Team games. It turns out not all writers have the ability to spin a yarn a
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Cute chick + NYC + media job + boyfriend troubles + comedically quirky friends and family + insipid metaphors + lightbulb moment resolution = book deal! Next, it will surely be opening at a multiplex near you.

This read was so formulaic I had to remind myself that The Late Bloomer's Revolution is actually a memoir, not fictitious chick lit. We all know too well the irritating law of chick lit bestsellerdom: a free-spirited, but still safely conventional, damsel must learn to balance career, relat
Jul 28, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: single, slightly fearful women, ages 30ish-40ish
Cute, but unfortunately, I found the author to be a Carrie Bradshaw-wannabe. I DID think she was funny, however. But she wallowed in her 'singleness' to such a pathetic degree. I have come to believe that the main (but not the only) reason single thirtysomethings are so fearful / desperate is not necessarily because they're lacking a man--rather, they're lacking children! (MOST singles, but not all, ok?) I have one half of the "Single American Western Hemisphere Woman's Dream": my son, thus elim ...more
Oct 23, 2007 Madison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone with low expectations
Shelves: abandoned
This has got to be one of the most unremarkable memoirs I have ever started. After about 44 (unclever) pages of the author whining about being single, her face rash, and her recently-deceased mother, I gave up. I have better things to do than read a hardcover pity party. No wonder she's single...
I actually had to stop reading this book only a few chapters from the end. I just couldn't take anymore. It wasn't that I pitied the author, it's just I couldn't take anymore of the self-deprecating tone. I'm the first to admit that I tend to internalize the attitude of many authors, and this one just put me in a funk I couldn't shake until I finally just said, "Enough." It was so, so different than the book I thought it was going to be.
Jul 27, 2007 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls who are really bored
Don't listen to all those magazine reviews - this memoir is not as funny or uplifting as advertised. In fact, I found it pretty depressing. Read at your own risk.
Judy Mann
Sep 21, 2011 Judy Mann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just figured out the reason I like this website so much- You guys are really tough. It's so good.None of the gooey sycophantic crap for you.None of this "Ohhh I just learned SO MUCH from this book." You are all just so critical. It's perfect.
All the reviews I just read about this book- The Late Bloomer's Revolution- are right. The author - Amy Cohen -is whiny and she only gets more whiny.She is obsessed with finding a husband- which frankly is an insult to female intelligence everywhere.
But he
Jul 21, 2008 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt soooo satisfied when I finished this book. Cohen's memoir will certainly resonate with any American woman who is romantically and professionally underwhelmed--and who still has an alarming number of things left unchecked on her mental 'things to do before you die' list. It's surprisingly poignant and more than capable of making you accidentally snort spring water through your nose while you're reading. (Guilty.) A former sitcom writer turned spinning instructor, Cohen finds herself in the ...more
Aug 31, 2008 james rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
so why does a 42 year old male pick up a book with flowers on the cover, written by a woman, presumably FOR women, with the title: The Late Bloomer's Revolution? i think it's because i have many female friends (mostly in their early 30's) who are going through, or went through, the same things that amy writes about in her book. i have lunch with these women and i am amazed and confused, at the same time. i cannot understand how such fantastic and often attractive (not that that's so important) w ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never quite understood why the author was so down on herself or her life, but we all have our own problems, so I chalked it up to that. (To me, most of her life sounds great. But if you're the one living it, it probably doesn't feel so great.) The story is kind of all over the map, jumping story to story, focusing on different things in her life, and bouncing around in time. Not a linear narrative. But, her voice is amusing and light. I wish she'd let more of her "real" personality come throug ...more
Anna Karras
The title intrigued me, as I always felt I was a late bloomer. Amy Cohen has had some rough times, that's for sure. She was dumped by the guy she was sure she was going to marry. She lost her job as a tv writer. Her Mom died of cancer. And then she came down with a stress-induced form of acne that was so horrifying that she didn't leave her home for months.

And as bad as all that sounds, this woman has not let these things beat her. She can still look at the bright side and know that things will
Based on the blurb on the back of the book, I thought it was going to be more about the author's search for her life's path. Unfortunately it primarily about dating and her search for love. I felt I'd been tricked into reading another chick-lit book (although this is a memoir, not fiction). The author is very funny, but I felt like I've read portions of her story in other books. And although I admire her for not tying everything up in a bow at the end, the story was hardly reassuring--again as t ...more
It's all but impossible to approach this book from an impersonal place. It's kind of a raw subject, this idea of single vs. married, of finding someone or not finding someone, of being settled down or being free or being in limbo. I've read reviews where the reader loved this book and reviews where they hated it and the character's sometimes-whiny perspective, but in every case the review seemed personal. Not unbiased.

So, I'm not unbiased either. Just the opposite - I've been seeing this book ar
Aug 05, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this truthful, engagingly-written memoir, even if it didn't end quite the way I wanted (I was both anticipating and dreading the ending, because wouldn't this book end the way these books always end?). It's very like Bridget Jones's Diary--not so zany or funny or well-crafted, being a memoir, but good all the same. At least every few pages, and sometimes every page, the author wrote something I've heard coming out of my own mouth or that I've typed myself or at least THOUGHT.
Jul 07, 2007 Sheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wendy mcclure fans
Having always felt somewhat on the "short bus" myself in life, I could really relate to this book. Cohen chronicles -- in snappy-yet-evocative prose -- finding love, losing love, breaking out in a tenacious, months-long rash and losing her beloved mother. Not so much a revolution as some intense navel-gazing, Cohen has nevertheless written an engaging and poignant memoir.
Julie Ehlers
Sep 17, 2011 Julie Ehlers rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: tossed-aside
The title and back-cover copy of this book are very misleading. This book should have been called "How a woman who was unlucky in love obsessed about finding a man for a SUPER LONG TIME, and then finally landed one." If I wanted that, I would've watched an episode of Sex and the City.
Aug 26, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently re-reading this book. Love, love, love it. I wrote the author an email after my first read and she WROTE BACK! She's the coolest. Thank you Amy for making late bloomers like me feel less alone!
I thought this was going to be a lot different. More life stuff, less dating stuff. It really started off as a downer. I did enjoy the scenes of Amy with her Dad.
Lisa Thomas
Nov 08, 2007 Lisa Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adult women
Shelves: booksireallylike
This book has so much truth. There were points that I laughed out loud because I understood and had experienced the same things. Very good read!
Sutter Lee
Jun 03, 2014 Sutter Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently picked up some chick-lit memoirs at library sales, and this one was favorite. Cohen writes well, honestly, with humor. Fun to vicariously live the exciting, (to me, perhaps not to her) life of a young, hip, single woman in New York, with some stints in LA. I've never lived in a big city, although they fascinate me and I love visiting them, so enjoy reading well written memoirs set in them. Glad I'm beyond, age wise, interest wise, searching for work and a husband, dating, blind dates, a ...more
Aug 02, 2009 Meagen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 08, 2011 Kalista rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderfully written book full of humor and honesty. Page after page felt like Cohen was revealing her most vulnerable and insecure insides.
Unfortunately, this for me also contributed to the greatest downside to the book. I kept waiting for the tone of the story to change, or for the big event that would change the direction and perk things up a bit. No such luck. By the time I ended the book, I felt like I needed a Zoloft. I've never read a memoir that was so depressing!
It was like
Mar 01, 2012 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, memoir
Amy Cohen's memoir, The Late-Bloomer's Revolution, is a funny, sad, and inspiring tale of a thirty-something New York City writer. On the surface, her life seems a close parallel to that of Sarah Jessica Parker's character in Sex in the City, but Cohen's real life is actually much harder.

Early on in the book, we learn that Cohen's mother has passed away, her boyfriend has dumped her, and she has lost her job. To top it all off, she gets a terrible, stress-induced skin disorder that keeps her co
Oct 15, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love this, but I just liked it.

I definitely liked Amy Bloom--and I'm not the only one. The book is blurbed to the hilt. The reviews are respectfully enthusiastic.

Because it's a true story I hate to say this, but it's really just a wee bit too predictable. Dating is hard. Skin conditions are rough. People with kids can be annoying when you don't have kids. It's hard, but worthwhile, to try new things like riding a bike.

Here's the thing, parts of the book are wonderful. The a
Nov 10, 2007 Charity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked "Year of the Dog"
Shelves: inspirey, memoir
I really liked this book. I was in a hurry to read it, since I heard it was good, and since I also heard that Sarah Jessica Parker, who annoys the bejeesus out of me, is starring in the movie adaptation, and I wanted to find out if it was good before I began hating it on principle.

Having said all that, I was impressed with the book despite having high expectations for it. So many books these days about single women are all about their search for love, and the incompleteness of life without it,
Apr 01, 2009 Lilly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy is very funny. I debated giving this one 4 stars, but I kinda hoard those high-star ratings. I really thought about it though, so shade in 3/4 of another star in your mind, okay?

She wrote the kind of book I think I'd write if I ever had the patience -- or talent -- to do so. Meaning, it kinda doesn't really go anywhere, but it's a fun ride. At the cafe today I was laughing to myself enough that someone asked me what I was reading. Oddly enough, he (the barista who asked said question) ended
Aug 15, 2007 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a good laugh
Amy Cohen's book is a hilarious collection of essays about topics such as dealing with her mother's death from cancer, dating and fostering a new-found relationship with her father.

People expecting something like David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs will be disappointed; Cohen's humor is more mainstream and sentimental - some of her quips sound like one-liners for a sitcom (which makes sense since she has written for shows like Caroline in the City and Spin City ). And while the humor tends to b
Why do I keep reading these types of books? I must be a mashochist. haha The back of the book made me think this was going to be about a woman over 30 searching for meaning in her life or career choice, etc. Instead, it was all about her searching for a boyfriend.

First off, this book is a little bit insulting to anyone who's over 40 and single because the author insinuates that she's a "late bloomer" when she's really only about 35 throughout most of the book. I don't really consider someone 35
Cindy Bokma
Feb 06, 2009 Cindy Bokma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From page one, I was hooked. Amy Cohen has a fantastic sense of humor and this leads me to believe we'd be BFFs if we were actually to meet. I laughed at loud at her descriptions and phrases. After her mother passes away, Amy and her dad grow closer through all of Amy's highs, lows and dates both good and bad. As the years march on, Amy remains single. Why is everyone else marrying off but not her? Amy ultimately realizes that her own company, being alone, is not as bad as one might think. The b ...more
This book is of the typical "chick lit" fold. Thirty-something woman struggling to successfully date, land a husband and pop out a kid. I am not quite sure what the "revolutionary" aspect is of this tale other than the fact that Cohen learns to ride a bicycle at 35. I have to give Cohen credit for keeping a sense of humor throughout her journey -- starting with the death of her mother and ending in an unexpected way that I won't divulge for fear of ruining it for you. All I can say is that the e ...more
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Amy Cohen was a writer/producer on the sitcoms Caroline in the City and Spin City, a dating columnist for the New York Observer, and the dating correspondent for cable TV's New York Central. She lives in New York City.

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