When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife by Jennifer Grant is a lighthearted look at middle age. As we enter the midlife years, it helps to look at the not-so-wonderful parts with a sense of humor. Jennifer Grant definitely does this as she shares personal stories that seem so familiar.
"Go with the flow" is a mantra that anyone entering midlife should remember. When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? offers many encouraging reminders that there will be many changes, but everything will really be okay. Though the book is humorous, these are serious issues that aren't easy to face and accept. The book feels like spending time with an understanding friend who has been there, and offers reassurance that things aren't all that bad.
This book reads more like a diary than a self-help book, and that makes it enjoyable to read. The author is really sharing a memoir of sorts--the good and the bad. The bottom line is that all of life is a gift from God. Any woman facing the empty nest, the effects of aging, and the lifestyle changes of midlife will find something in Jennifer Grant's story that will make them feel understood.
The publisher provided a review copy of When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?