You Can Date Boys When You're Forty - Dave Barry

You Can Date Boys When You're Forty

By Dave Barry

  • Release Date: 2014-03-04
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4
From 73 Ratings


A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author of Insane City.
In his New York Timesbestselling I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.

In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating—February 24, 2040—I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).

Let’s face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. Thank goodness we have Dave Barry as our guide!


  • You Can Date Boys When You're Forty

    By Lovesgame
    This book started out strong with typical Dave Berry humor. It became boring when he wrote about how to become a writer. It had nothing to do with the humor about his family or raising a daughter. Also, the book ended abruptly, and was too short for the money. A disappointment.
  • Dave Barry Hasn't Lost it Yet

    By Hmalice
    He's 65, and yet he writes like someone half his age! So, if hilarious essays by a 32-1/2-year-old are your cup of tea, dunk this book in hot water and stir. (But not the Kindle version, please.)
  • OK Barry

    By duckandcover
    Not classically brilliant Barry but decently amusing. Between the odd meanders into Israeli social structure and Middle East travel recommendations, a few laughs, a handful out-loud. Which is $12 better spent than on several promising but disappointing movies. At least you can sample the book, which is a more accurate indicator of its appeal than a movie trailer that might contain every single moment of value in the whole two-hour film. The best passages of the book, in my experience, were read late at night on half an Ambien.