Welcome to my Adults Book Review.
Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth first grabbed my attention as the cover is bright yellow and it has a quote of praise from Dolly Alderton on the front cover saying it’s “Hilarious”. I love Dolly Alderton, so that’s good enough for me. Plus there’s a really cute dog on the cover as well that looks like it’s challenging you to pick up this book and not have a great time with it.
Usually, I buy books and leave them on the shelf for a few months while I’m getting through others I’ve already got (as the pile is never-ending) or going to the library unable to leave without something new. But this book I started reading as soon as I got home with it. I was in the mood for a laugh and I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it told me it would deliver the lols. And it did.
What’s Adults about?
So Adults follows the life of Jenny McLaine. She’s struggling financially with a mortgage she should have been paying off with her partner. She’s struggling at work with a crazy boss who doesn’t give her any respect or job security. She’s struggling with her crazy mother who turns up as and when she pleases. She’s struggling with her friendships to keep them going. And she’s struggling to keep up the impossible charade of her social media online self.
Basically, everyone will be able to relate to this book. There are moments you’ll relate to Jenny and then feel utterly ashamed of that as she does completely overindulge in self-obsession. Her addiction to Instagram is portrayed so well, to the extreme at times maybe, but then again maybe not. We’ve all had moments panicking over what hashtags to use on a morning upload of a Croissant right? In the cold light of day, it doesn’t matter, but at the time when you’re imagining the people that will see it, it matters more than anything else going on in that moment.
This book really gives light to the crazy world that we live in these days. It’s so easy to get swept up in all the bullshit and then one day you wake up in a mess wondering how it all happened. Well, this book is the full whirlwind of how the mess happened.
My take on Adults
One of the great things about this book is that it really gets into and shows the inside of a modern woman’s head. Behind everything she does and says there are a million internal thoughts beforehand. It’s one of the best stories of a descent into anxiety I’ve ever read. And I think that’s so important. You need books now and again that pop-up and really speak to you. Where you see yourself on the pages, even if you don’t like what you see. This book will really speak to women over 25 especially. There are so many “normal” moments, but it is never boring. That’s a really difficult thing to do.
I particularly enjoyed Jenny’s Mum and the relationship between the two of them. I imagine her mother swathed in pashminas the way impossibly fashionable indigo children always are, floating through life. The dynamic between them isn’t clear cut, but it is clear that they do love and need each other which really grows throughout the book. Really that’s what matters in any relationship isn’t it, how they’re there when you need them?
I devoured this book. There was something almost addictive about it.
The short chapters made it easy to just keep ongoing. And there’s always something about seeing someone’s life fall apart that just makes you want to keep looking. I just loved her reactions to everything that would happen too, just so funny. I laughed out loud at it which is a rare thing.
Any book that contains the line “I left my tampon in, and it has leaked. The sheet looks like the Japanese flag” has a place in my heart as a book that’s speaking to real people.
I would definitely recommend this book. Lots of books have made me cry, but not many have made me laugh as well. Just writing up this review has made me want to start it all over again, so it will be one of the very few that make it back to the bookshelf.
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