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Much Younger Man

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  96 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Aly, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher, embarks on an affair with her best friend's son, Tom, but since he is only half her age, they must overcome many obstacles, including tha anger of Tom's mother and the condemnation of society
Paperback, 214 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Press (first published 1998)
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I was totally intrigued by the number of favorable reviews this book has received, given the subject matter is one that perhaps the majority of readers would find, on the surface, distasteful. Surprisingly, the praise for A Much Younger Man is not unfounded, as the author handled the relationship between Alyson & Tom very delicately, easing the reader into a relationship probably deemed taboo by the majority of civilized society. I mean, seriously, how many love stories have you read where y ...more
Erica Smith
Some stories we read and given the blurb, we know how it will turn out.

Then there are books that are written so economically, so precise and with so much poetry, you enjoy the “making” of the plot more than how the story ends.
I say this because I read A Much Younger Man, and enjoyed the smallness of the book- only 214 pages to be exact.

The title seemed so taboo, so romantic. I picked it up and read it all in one day. Here’s some background(WITH SOME SPOILERS)

Aly is thirty five and teaches Englis
This book is written so well that you don't feel as though she, the older heroine, took advantage of him, the much younger hero. If it had been that, I wouldn't have read this story. He's a teenager when they meet; the privileged son of the heroine's friend. She's an attractive woman in her mid-thirties. Besides being charming, he's clearly quite perceptive, clever, and mature for his age. Their love story is written intelligently in very poetic language without being overly graphic. There isn't ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Erin added it
Finished the first chapter, and that's enough for me. The style is unique, perhaps even literary, but too choppy for my current needs. My eyes and head hurt. I'll leave this book for someone else.
A Much Younger Man is a beautifully written novel. They are two people who do not quite fit into the world they inhabit, Aly is emotionally damaged from an abusive marriage and Tom is the product of two professionals he has been well educated culturally and socially. It still begs the question what would a then 15 year old boy see in a woman who is one of his mother’s peers? But that question isn’t as glaring as it would be in the hands of a less accomplished storyteller. To read the full review ...more
Holly Esterline
It took a little bit to get used to the writing style, but I enjoyed it once I got used to it. A great love story, but I'm still having a hard time with the boy's age

page 206: "Out of all the things that happen, on all the journeys you make, in only a few will you ever see a meaning. You take them if you can or if you must, and let the rest go. The ones you keep, they're yours."
This was a beautiful book, a quick read, and very different from a lot of the other younger/older books I've read. Highbridge touches only lightly on the usual developmental milestones that tend to define these books (work & school, parent & child etc) and focuses more on the work of separating and rebuilding the emotional ties and relationships that these milestones dictate. For all the scandal potential, AYM maintains a calm steady voice, never veering into drama even as dramatic event ...more
This book is one of my "Great Guilty Pleasures" titles. A Lolita for women! A 30 something year old teacher has an intense affair with her best friend's 16 year old son (Don't worry TOO much, in this book 16 is the legal age of consent)It's actually as sweet book and the characters have a lot of depth to them. Even though it is all sorts of wrong, it's such an emotional read and the characters were so sympathetic and realistic. I would not condone the events in this book in real life, but it rea ...more
Pamela Pickering
Hard to peg this one. The subject matter of course is a little uncomfortable but so was the author's writing style. I just can't put my finger on it--it seemed so fragmented and incomplete. Otherwise, I can't really say much about the book. Perhaps I was hoping for a real zinger like the movie "Notes on a Scandal" based on the book by Zoe Heller (which I haven't read) and found this story falling far short by comparison.
Lyrical, beautiful, simple, heartbreaking, healing, perfect. I read it in two days. Anyone who would rate this book less than 4 stars, or would dislike it because the subject matter is taboo or the writing seems unrealistic has never experienced, secretly or publicly, love for anything that the world might view as taboo. Which would lead me to ask, are you really being honest with yourself?
Finally, a troubled romance with a decent ending. Not as much like a Lifetime movie as I expected and good overall.

Sidenote - not available for Kindle, so I ordered the paperback. Much amused when my email from Amazon said "Your order of 'A Much Younger Man' and 3 more items has shipped"
Katie M.
This book reads like the wet dream of a woman deep in the throes of a midlife crisis - and really, I'm all about the nontraditional romances, so you have to fail pretty hard to make me give up in disgust at a story like this. But it was just... so... lame.
The story revolves around a 35 year old teacher and her blossoming love relationship with her friend's 16 year old son. Very true-to-life, the novel handles such delicate subject matter in a sensitive and unique way. Great character development.
Beautiful book. I believed in the characters and wanted them to be together even though she was twice his age. It's rating is between a PG-13 and R (just so you're not surprised, lol)
This book was not quite as dramatic as I was expecting, despite the concept. It was very much a "the heart wants what the heart wants" story, and was pure in its intent.
Really a 2.5. A quick, guilty pleasure-type read. It kept me occupied for a couple of nights but it's certainly not the best book that I've ever read.
Read it after reading this author's second book, which I enjoyed. Also wanted to understand such a relationship. Well written in a sensitive way.
It was well-written, but in no way did it provide any insight into the character of a 35 year old woman who "takes up" with a 17 year old boy.
The relationship is illegal and inappropriate and the fact that she tries to justify it to herself makes me hate her even more
This book was unrealistic fluff.
Lisa Sitek
Read it in one afternoon.
Saw this in a "Books that will change your life" list. Little explanation how or why these two "fell in love". And why is it ok for a 30-something teacher to have a relationship with a 16 year old again? (Even though the age of consent in Australia is 16?)
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