Jenny McLaine is an adult. Supposedly. At thirty-five she owns her own house, writes for a cool magazine and has hilarious friends just a message away.
But the thing is:
• She can’t actually afford her house since her criminally sexy ex-boyfriend Art left,
• her best friend Kelly is clearly trying to break up with her,
• she’s so frazzled trying to keep up with everything you can practically hear her nerves jangling,
• she spends all day online-stalking women with beautiful lives as her career goes down the drain.
And now her mother has appeared on her doorstep, unbidden, to save the day…
Is Jenny ready to grow up and save herself this time?
Deliciously candid and gloriously heartfelt, ADULTS is the story of one woman learning how to fall back in love with her life. It will remind you that when the world throws you a curve ball (or nine), it may take friendship, gin & tonics or even your mother to bring you back…
I had been wanting to read this book for ages, I bought it, then I forgot about it. This is a sadly, very common occurrence for me. I picked this book up and instantly remembered how excited I’d been to read it and got stuck in. I did find out that this was the lowest rated book on my Goodreads TBR…which I strongly disagree with because I gave this book 5 shiny stars and I think it may be a new favourite. That’s what happens with average ratings though, they can be a guide but should never be the deciding factor of whether or not to read a book.
I absolutely loved the main characters in this book. I loved Jenny, her best friend Kelly, and Jenny’s mother Carmen. I found these characters to be so familiar and endearing. Would I want to be friends with Jenny or Carmen? Possibly not. Maybe Facebook friends, so that I could witness the chaos but not be hurt by it. I very much related to Jenny, she reminded me of a combination of my friends and I. Albeit a way more exciting and dramatic amalgamation.
I absolutely hated the ex boyfriend but I was meant to. I very much felt like I had known men just like him and they’d broken hearts of people o knew and cared about. So much of this book was relatable.
I really enjoyed the format of this book; it was full of short, snappy chapters with some email entries mixed in. This made it so easy to get into the flow of the book and I just whizzed through it! The book was around 360 pages and I finished it in just a few sittings because it was just so consumable.
A very important subject was raised in this novel regarding social media. I dont feel like the negative effects of social media on adults is discussed that much im fiction. This may be because it’s discussed in books that I haven’t read or maybe because it’s something that is still relatively new. I’ve been on social media since MySpace when I was 17 and didn’t really notice the negative impact that it can have until a few years ago. This provided a great commentary on comparing yourself to a cultivated snapshot of someone else’s life. It handled the topic of obsession really well.
I found myself laughing so much while reading this book. It truly was hilarious! The writing was just so witty and I just kept chuckling! I will be referring to McDonald’s as ‘The Scottish Restaurant’ from now on.
As Jenny was my age I found this book to be a relatable story. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend this. I would like to point out a trigger warning for pregnancy loss though, so please bear that in mind and take care of yourself.
Im very excited to read more books from the bottom of my Goodreads TBR in the hope of finding more gems like this