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My Teenage Son's Goal Is to Make Me Feel 3,500 Years Old and Other Thoughts Hardcover – 1 Mar 2001

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3.4 out of 5 stars 29 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Use to read aloud to your friends with kids 27 July 2006
By R S Cobblestone - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Too short! This small book is a collection of Barry wit... one witticism per page. I can't picture it being worth the full price, even if you are a Dave Barry fan. However, I picked up mine for a buck even at B&N. At about a penny per comment, I felt there was balance in the universe.
21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Mildly Amusing Complaints about the Generation Gap 1 April 2001
By Donald Mitchell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Every generation complains about the next generation. In this book, syndicated humorist Dave Barry levels his pen at his son, Rob, during the time from when Rob was 11 through senior year in high school. "Parenthood is not unlike the Space Mountain ride at Disney World . . . ." It has its ups and downs and its unexpected moments. The book continues in that vein.
The gags are highly concentrated into Rob's difficulties with getting out of bed in the morning, loud music (that's the title reference), driving, vacations, ski trips, projects, science fair preparations, help with school work, becoming interested in girls, toys, video games, television, sneakers, clothes, and expenses. Rather than being grouped in some logical order, they just sort of show up randomly. To me, much of the humor depends on being Dave Barry, being there, or seeing an image of the situation. Cartoons would have helped. As it was, I found the book light, but never really did start to laugh.
Rob comes across as a normal, healthy young man making fine progress in growing up. Most would take delight in having such a son.
I think the humor would have been improved if it had been aimed more powerfully at Mr. Barry. He does point out his own limitations (with school work, in skiing down slopes, and in keeping up with the newest trends), but the put-downs are mostly aimed at Rob. As such, I often found them to sound like whining rather than humor. For example, the reason that adults have sexual relations not very often is because children discover they need help with projects after 11:00 at night. Okay, that may have happened once in a while . . . but I think that the point would have been funnier if it focused on the way that some teachers now assign homework projects that can only be done by having the student and two parents work for hours. There are often funny things that happen in those projects that could have provided humor.
The other direction Mr. Barry could have gone in would have required Rodney Dangerfield style one-liners. Mr. Barry's style lends itself to that approach, but his writing isn't quite terse enough to pull it off.
If you are frustrated with your son, this book can do you some good by helping you realize that what's going on is normal. If you are looking for a good humor book, I'd look elsewhere.
In the meantime, you can have a few laughs if you think about how your father would have described you when you were a teenager (using humorous concepts). That perspective may help you be more understanding with your teenager.
Enjoy being a parent!
2.0 out of 5 stars Patchwork, unconnected snippets 6 July 2014
By Kelly M. Cassidy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm a big Dave Barry fan, but this "book" (more like a sampler than a book) seems like the brainchild of a publisher trying to milk an author's fame for all it's worth, at the expense of the author's reputation. These essays aren't the usual complete newspaper-column length essays you normally get in a Dave Barry book. Each page is a paragraph or two snippet that feels like it was cut out from a regular essay. They all feel incomplete and patched together. I bought this as a Kindle book and, honestly, wondered if there had been a problem with the download at first. (What happened to the rest of the story?).

Don't waste your money. Buy a real Dave Barry book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Dave normally does great stuff--this was an exception. 29 April 2016
By Steve Bate - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I generally love what Dave Barry writes. This was ok, but it seemed more like passing thoughts he had that he jotted down to meet an editorial deadline than a thought-out product. But I will continue to look for Dave's work for enjoyment. Everyone has a bad day now and then, but I still think Dave Barry is America's funniest writer.
5.0 out of 5 stars you'll love this book 27 Jun. 2016
By Maureen Allen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I don't even HAVE kids and I was ON THE FLOOR! If you've been a kid, had sibs, known a kid or have kids of your own that you haven't sold yet, you'll love this book. It's not chronological, or particularly organized, just a series of experiences that will let you know: it's not just you!
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