A laugh-out-loud, warmhearted debut about a woman reliving her youth (and not just the good parts).
Plenty of thirtysomething women would be thrilled to look like a teenager. But journalist Kathy Hopkins wishes she could be taken a little more seriously-or, at the very least, order a glass of wine without producing ID. Now her youthful appearance is forcing her into an undercover assignment she could do without: posing as a freshman at a small liberal arts college where, rumor has it, a secret prostitution ring is flourishing.
It could mean a career-making expose. But right now, pretending to be eighteen means dealing with a Clay Aiken--obsessed roommate, late-night parties that test her aging body--and most embarrassing of all, a massive crush on a guy who's just turned legal. Suddenly, Kathy's got the chance to do it all over again, hopefully better this time. Fortunately she's a quick learner.
When Kathy Hopkins' ex-boyfriend Tim calls, she never figured he would suggest an undercover assignment for both his political journal and her new employer, Salad magazine. Kathy's new job as the Boston-based magazine's education editor needs a jump-start, and Tim's proposition proves tantalizing, even if it is a bit embarrassing: Kathy moves into a dorm room at Mercer College, exploiting her youthful face to pose as a freshman and uncover a student prostitution ring. But what begins as a predictable chick lit novel takes a fresh turn when Kathy, surrounded by self-conscious 18-year-olds, comes to terms with being single and 32. Her youthful classmates remind her of what being 18 was like (not all bliss), and help her realize she has outgrown Tim, whom she fell for in college. And while the investigation seems to go nowhere, Kathy gets action in the bed of a 22-year-old R.A. Snow's humorous, wise debut serves up romance with a bit of social commentary on the state of singledom and the benefits of maturity in a youth- and romance-obsessed society.
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July 31, 2006
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