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The Late Bloomer's Revolution: A Memoir

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,253 ratings  ·  263 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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J.H. Moncrieff
Mar 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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. ...more
Feb 18, 2008 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
Sep 07, 2007 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... ...more
Jul 25, 2008 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
Jul 27, 2007 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. ...more
Julie Ehlers
Jan 20, 2011 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. ...more
Judy Mann
Sep 16, 2011 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 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
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
Apr 09, 2008 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
Jan 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was originally going to just write, "meh" and be done with it but now part of me wonders if I was unfair to it, like, the entire time. While I was reading it, it seemed like a boring, poorly written, indifferently edited hybrid of chick lit and memoir, but having gotten finally to the end, I have to say that it didn't end up where I thought it would (well, it sort of ended up where I thought it would before I started reading it, but, yeah, with the bad chick lit and all, I had revised my proje ...more
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
Aug 05, 2013 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. ...more
Jul 07, 2007 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. ...more
Aug 26, 2013 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! ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Whine, whine, whine' Don't know why I stuck with this one, although he last few pages were better than all the previous ones. Hard to believe anyone in this day and age would be so dependent on having a boyfriend and eventually a husband. Very tiresome. ...more
Lisa Thomas
Nov 08, 2007 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!
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.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2018
Apparently all a white lady has to do to score a book deal for a memoir is be single at 40 and have one dead parent.
kaylee eberhardt
“bursting with heart, charm, and comic brilliance” my ass! this book was depressing as hell
Jackie Lyon
It was ok, if a tad bit more depressing than I had imagined when I picked it up.

Those who know me (or who know my writing), may be surprised by my choice for my first book review attempt. It's not that I don't like chick-lit or that I have to be eponymous. I never expected, similar to the Jewish-female author Amy Cohen, to be addressing my own life as a single woman at the age of "late twenties."

I've been the type of girl whose always had a boyfriend. In 8th grade, I shared my first kiss with a boy near the creak by my parents house. (He later came out which means I now
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this library ebook because it was supposed to be about a woman television writer...& it was, but she barely mentions it. The book began where you'd think it would've ended, after she was no longer a television writer. I stuck with it & read it, in the hopes some anecdotes might pop up but no. Ir had some interesting stories, but pretty self-pitying most of the way. The author's next book needs to be about her tv writing career :) ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I added this to my to-read shelf YEARS ago, and reading it now, I see what my younger self was looking for. I lot of my questions have been answered since then, and I've found many things that I was looking for, but I really enjoyed reading about Amy's journey and being reminded that things don't always happen on your timeline, and that's okay. ...more
Sasha Boersma
A sweet and well written book. I think it got on my radar via a recommendation from someone else.

I just couldn’t get into it even though it is, well, sweet and well written. I don’t think it’s a bad book. Maybe I’m just not in the head space for it.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings. I really like the first half or more of the book. Cohen has a sense of humor about herself. Then it got to be a bit too much to have the focus on the fact that she was not married, although she does come to terms with that. It just seemed to go on too long.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cohen is a good story teller, but I found a couple hundred pages of angst over being single to be exhausting.
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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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