All Adults Here

All Adults Here❮Reading❯ ➸ All Adults Here Author Emma Straub – Heartforum.co.uk A Read With Jenna TODAY Show Book Club Pick When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier A read With Jenna TODAY Show Book Club Pick When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she d been to her three, now grown children But to what consequence Astrid s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own Her daughter is intentionally pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according All Adults PDF \ to standards no one else shares But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long ago lapses were the ones that mattered Who decides which apologies really count It might be that only Astrid s thirteen year old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the mostIn All Adults Here, Emma Straub s unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

Emma Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels All Adults Here, Modern Lovers, The Vacationers, Laura Lamont s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married Straub s work has been published in twenty countries, and she and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Hardcover
  • 356 pages
  • All Adults Here
  • Emma Straub
  • English
  • 01 May 2019
  • 1594634696

10 thoughts on “All Adults Here

  1. JanB says:

    The book starts out with quirky, delightful characters 68 year old Astrid witnesses the accidental death of an acquaintance, decides life is short, and it s time to right wrongs It s time to reveal her secrets to her adult children The children, of course, all have problems and secrets of their own Who doesn t The writing is engaging with wonderful nuggets of wisdom, which I found myself frequently highlighting I love the theme that everyone is stumbling through life trying to get along as The book starts out with quirky, delightful characters 68 year old Astrid witnesses the accidental death of an acquaintance, decides life is short, and it s time to right wrongs It s time to reveal her secrets to her adult children The children, of course, all have problems and secrets of their own Who doesn t The writing is engaging with wonderful nuggets of wisdom, which I found myself frequently highlighting I love the theme that everyone is stumbling through life trying to get along as best we can, sometimes getting it right, sometimes getting it wrong We are all worthy of forgiveness, acceptance and love Unfortunately, the author has a kitchen sink approach to the story and throws in every single hot button social issue she can think of abuse, bullying, online pedophilia, lesbianism, gender identity, bisexuality, transgender, adultery, artificial insemination, etc, etc The result is none are treated with the depth they deserved, and the message is diluted After a while, boredom set in, as the story meanders along with no plot I love a character driven, multi generational tale with complicated familial relationships, but the characters quickly became caricatures and the story began to feel like a farcical fairy tale This was good writing and there was a potential lovely message that got lost among the sheer number of issues addressed, with nothing to drive the plot forward I struggled to finish and should have followed my instincts to DNF This was a buddy read with my friend Marialyce, and it was one neither of us much enjoyed I received a free digital copy of the book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Publication date 5 5 202 by Riverhead Books

  2. Marialyce says:

    It seems that many authors believe in theis better philosophy in writing books these days They cram every bit of what s in vogue into their stories and oftentimes all these topics overwhelm the book Such was the case with this book.While I did enjoy the first half of the story, the second half seemed to be belabored with paragraphs that went on and on, and repetition that bogged down the telling There was really no plot at all, just a plethora of people experiencing a lot of angst.All o It seems that many authors believe in theis better philosophy in writing books these days They cram every bit of what s in vogue into their stories and oftentimes all these topics overwhelm the book Such was the case with this book.While I did enjoy the first half of the story, the second half seemed to be belabored with paragraphs that went on and on, and repetition that bogged down the telling There was really no plot at all, just a plethora of people experiencing a lot of angst.All of the topics from transsexual, gay, bisexual, bullying, artificial insemination, unfaithfulness, etc are important topics To place them all in one book seemed to give each topic less of the attention it deserved.Some of the characters were woefully underdeveloped and perhaps, this too was a result of too much being presented in the story.I understand, I think, what the author was trying to do, but at times I thought perhaps this was a satire, or a fairy tale, or reality on some other plain This was a hard book to read and slowly the joy of the beginning turned into Boredom and a firm wish for this story to be over.Thank you to the author, the publisher, and Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this book Neither Jan nor I walked away with a good feeling about this story, sad to say

  3. Larry H says:

    3.5 stars.All aboard the Strick family dysfunction train When Astrid Strick witnesses a long time nemesis get hit by a bus, it suddenly makes her realize two things life is too short, so she needs to act on things before it s too late, and perhaps equally important, she might not have been the best mother to her three children.As she strives to make things better with her children, she also makes a major decision in her own life which further destabilizes her relationship with her oldest son, E 3.5 stars.All aboard the Strick family dysfunction train When Astrid Strick witnesses a long time nemesis get hit by a bus, it suddenly makes her realize two things life is too short, so she needs to act on things before it s too late, and perhaps equally important, she might not have been the best mother to her three children.As she strives to make things better with her children, she also makes a major decision in her own life which further destabilizes her relationship with her oldest son, Elliott, a developer and builder, who nurses a long held grudge and feels the need to prove himself to the town and his mother.Meanwhile, Astrid s daughter Porter is pregnant and yet can t seem to give up her boyfriend from when she was a teenager, and Astrid s youngest son, Nicky, who was an actor as a teenager and never quite gave up that lifestyle, has sent his teenage daughter to live with Astrid after an incident at her school All Adults Here is an interesting exploration of love, parental responsibility, infidelity, mortality, friendship, sexuality, and even gender The book shifts narration among a number of characters Astrid, Elliott, Porter, Nicky, Astrid s granddaughter, and her friend.There is a lot going on in this book and while I enjoyed most of the separate storylines, they didn t seem to coalesce until nearly the end of the book, and no story seemed utterly complete There was a lot that seemed to go unsaid in many cases, which was frustrating Obviously that happens in real life, too, but when you re hoping that some loose ends in a story will get tied up, it doesn t quite help.I really enjoy the way Emma Straub writes, though, and I can t seem to get enough books about family dysfunction, so I still found this a good, satisfying read.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at

  4. Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    My brain cells sending me S.O.S messages because in the short time I haven t read something literally throwing so many social, political, emotional, sexual issues at my face I wanted to dunk my head into ice bucket to get the burning sensation out Okay I m confused because I truly read something really well written but my grey cells endured so much pain and exhaustion because the characters have to deal with so many important traumatizing problems at the same time and I couldn t decide if My brain cells sending me S.O.S messages because in the short time I haven t read something literally throwing so many social, political, emotional, sexual issues at my face I wanted to dunk my head into ice bucket to get the burning sensation out Okay I m confused because I truly read something really well written but my grey cells endured so much pain and exhaustion because the characters have to deal with so many important traumatizing problems at the same time and I couldn t decide if I get really sad for them or write a letter to the author to be nice of them.The facts I loved the quirky, adorable characters from different ages, suffering from different issues and I love the development of family dynamics The author is so talented and her writing style picked my interest and truly understood the characters motives Of course life is too short to live with secrets and too much burden this is the important message of the book But the other important fact about its story The author was like a famous chef who decided to cook a special meal with multi ingredients She throw inside the pot abuse, bullying, bisexualism, adultery, pedophilia, lesbianism, transgender identity, abortion, vetro fertilization, dysfunctional parenting and cooked them in very high heat even though those ingredients needed to be slowly stirred and blended with each other.Maybe with the lesser issues and characters, this book could be a five starred read for me But as you can see there are so many materials enough forthan three books and there are so many well crafted characters who deserve their own books separately I wish I may readdetails about their stories and the way they re dealing with their secrets.Overall My hearts tells me I shouldn t give this book less than four stars because I really loved those characters Especially Astrid and 13 years old Cecilia were my favorites But my mind rejects my decision because the book really exhausted the hell of it or her what proper way to call your mind So I m giving my three solid stars I still liked most of the characters stories but I wish the problematic issue bombardment gave me headaches so I keep my happy hour a little longer to cool down and watch some silly animal videos on youtube to lower my heart rate.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  5. Jenna says:

    Like a visit to an evenunbelievably Utopic, if that s even possible Star s Hollow, with all the family angst and worry and developmentally arrested adults and preternaturally mature teens, BUT without the enjoyable quirky absurdity and especially without the rapid and witty dialogue.Similar to a Shakespearean comedy in that it begins with An Event, with ensuing domestic misunderstandings and communication mishaps, and ends in festivities and reunions and tied up loose ends only the s Like a visit to an evenunbelievably Utopic, if that s even possible Star s Hollow, with all the family angst and worry and developmentally arrested adults and preternaturally mature teens, BUT without the enjoyable quirky absurdity and especially without the rapid and witty dialogue.Similar to a Shakespearean comedy in that it begins with An Event, with ensuing domestic misunderstandings and communication mishaps, and ends in festivities and reunions and tied up loose ends only the storytelling journey from beginning to end lacked dramatic tension as well as depth and just wasn t FUN.This novel was too light and lacking in character development to be insightful or moving, but neither was it insubstantial enough to serve as a beach read I struggled to find a sweet spot or reading groove the whole time, and I never succeeded I m not typically a skimmer, but found myself inadvertently skimming a lot because I couldn t connect to the story at times Usually I can t wait to get done with work and start reading, but I never really looked forward to getting back to this book, especially once I got past the initially promising beginning, and I found myself progressively bored with it Even a glass of wine did not help jazz it up for me, guys.I don t believe in the concept of unlikeable characters per se, but I did not derive enjoyment or insight or much of anything at all from spending so much time with several of the characters the adult siblings in particular ugh I just could not bring myself to care at all A few characters were potentiallyinteresting Birdie, Cecilia, Robin , but only appeared in glimpses or were tied up in plot threads that appeared rather implausible e.g an entire town and family seemingly achieve complete enlightenment instantly and simultaneously And, I couldn t ever get a clear picture in my head of the main character Astrid, whose perspective and evolution is largely supposed to drive this whole thing It s bad when, you know, there s this big and juicy matriarch role, and you can t even imagine what revered actress might hypothetically be best suited to play her.In short I strongly agree with other reviewers that the book would have been better served by greater attention and detail paid to a smaller subset of its characters and plots The Astrid Birdie and Cecilia Robin stuff in itself would have been plenty of material to flesh out for a whole and potentially quite fulfilling novel.I found this novel perfectly fine and adequate, but flaky and unsatisfying like a leftover morning apple turnover at 3 PM when you re really craving a freshly made chocolate brownie I tried, I did I enjoyed the author s last book well enough, and I really wanted to like it

  6. DeAnn says:

    4 Adulting is Hard StarsThis was my first read by this author, Emma Straub, but I have certainly seen her titles reviewed by fellow Goodreads friends I rather enjoyed this tale of a mother looking back on raising her now grown children since it is almost Mother s Day.This one is set in a small town in the Hudson Valley of New York and the main character is Astrid Strick, she s a widow with three grown children Two of them still live in town and the youngest lives in NYC Astrid witnesses an 4 Adulting is Hard StarsThis was my first read by this author, Emma Straub, but I have certainly seen her titles reviewed by fellow Goodreads friends I rather enjoyed this tale of a mother looking back on raising her now grown children since it is almost Mother s Day.This one is set in a small town in the Hudson Valley of New York and the main character is Astrid Strick, she s a widow with three grown children Two of them still live in town and the youngest lives in NYC Astrid witnesses an accident and it causes her to rethink much of her parenting style and her place in life.Life is short so she decides to open up about her choice in a life partner, hello Birdie She apologizes to her children for a few incidents from their childhoods that she now feels that she handled badly Was she too hard on her kids Did she do a good job raising them Are they good people as adults What could she do differently When her granddaughter is sent to live with Astrid, we get a glimpse into junior high life that I found very authentic.The siblings in this one were damaged and real people, I liked Porter and her two brothers There is always the dynamic of growing up in a small town Do you stay there where everything is comfortable, and you know people or is itof a success to get out and move away like youngest child Nicky has done As I said, this one was enjoyable to me because it focused on families and a small town There were some funny moments and it felt like a glimpse into the lives of each of these characters Thank you to Edelweiss, Emma Straub, and Riverhead Books for a complimentary copy of this one to read in exchange for an honest review

  7. Darinda says:

    Astrid Strick, the matriach of the Strick family, is 68 years old and questions some of her parenting decisions Her three kids are adults, and each of them is struggling with decisions of their own Told using multiple points of view, All Adults Here tackles a range of modern topics.The characters are quirky and intriguing The writing is engaging, but the story is all over the place For me, there was too much happening to fully connect with any of the characters I did enjoy the writing style Astrid Strick, the matriach of the Strick family, is 68 years old and questions some of her parenting decisions Her three kids are adults, and each of them is struggling with decisions of their own Told using multiple points of view, All Adults Here tackles a range of modern topics.The characters are quirky and intriguing The writing is engaging, but the story is all over the place For me, there was too much happening to fully connect with any of the characters I did enjoy the writing style though, and found this to be an enjoyable book.A contemporary novel about family, parenting, siblings, and regrets Recommended for fans of contemporary novels about family relationships I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  8. Ceecee says:

    Review to be published shortly before publication on 9th July

  9. Michelle says:

    4.5 rounded up This book isn t for everyone, but for whatever reason it just made me really happy I read this at the right time and while I ve seen reviews from friends who mentioned the kitchen sink mentality they are correct I still loved it despite this I m not an expert on writing a transgender character properly in terms of pronouns and stereotypes regarding revealing your true self to other people , but I loved this aspect of the story and I ll leave that criticism to people who are 4.5 rounded up This book isn t for everyone, but for whatever reason it just made me really happy I read this at the right time and while I ve seen reviews from friends who mentioned the kitchen sink mentality they are correct I still loved it despite this I m not an expert on writing a transgender character properly in terms of pronouns and stereotypes regarding revealing your true self to other people , but I loved this aspect of the story and I ll leave that criticism to people who areknowledgeable than me This is definitely a character driven book with a very dysfunctional family, but that again worked just fine for me This is my second attempt at reading a book by this author first was a DNF, but I was no where near as mature a reader then so I m glad I gave her another shot Lastly, I don t believe you will enjoy this as much if you areconservative minded socially That s pure speculation on my point, but I feel it s important to mention I listened to the first 70% on audio thanks to the Libro.fm ALC program and am very grateful to them along with Penguin audio for the opportunity to listen and provide a review The narrator was FANTASTIC and captured Astrid PERFECTLY The last 30% I read on my kindle, courtesy of Riverhead Books and Edelweiss Review Date 05 31 2020Publication Date 05 04 2020

  10. Barbara says:

    Emma Straub has rapidly become one of my favored authors She excels in domestic fiction with flawed and quirky characters, all having great intentions, and failing to deliver on those intentions Straub allows the reader to feel the character makeup of people around you, perhaps people that look hard and crunchy on the outside yet have a soft and melty center Straub s characters are real and relatable In fact, some of those private thoughts milling in your head that you are convinced no one h Emma Straub has rapidly become one of my favored authors She excels in domestic fiction with flawed and quirky characters, all having great intentions, and failing to deliver on those intentions Straub allows the reader to feel the character makeup of people around you, perhaps people that look hard and crunchy on the outside yet have a soft and melty center Straub s characters are real and relatable In fact, some of those private thoughts milling in your head that you are convinced no one has but you, are fodder for her fiction Yes, you are not alone.In All Adults Here the protagonist Astrid Strick is a 68 year old widow who is questioning her parenting style, questioning all her life choices The event that prompts her self doubt is witnessing an acquaintance s death She sees how fragile life is and that life can suddenly end This event prompts Astrid to inform her three adult children that she has a secret paramour Further, it prompts Astrid to try and get to know her children better Her eldest, a son, lives in her small town with his wife and twin boys The twins don t have a lot of action in the story, but when they do, it s hilarious Her middle is an unmarried daughter who she learns is pregnant through IVF Her youngest, a son, is a married pot smoking, laid back man who has a cigarette smoking French wife and a middle school daughter who needs to be moved to a different school system due to dubious behavior The granddaughter, Cecelia, moves in with Astrid and begins 8th grade Her new best friend in the school, August, has his own inner dilemmas.All these characters have secrets which the reader is privy to We get to read their inner dialogue and their frustrations, with literary prose that make the reader smile and cringe Astrid alone is fascinating, wondering if she parented correctly, if all her children s faults and weaknesses fall solely on her shoulders What mother hasn t had those contemplations What provides Staub with her edge is her consistently bright tone Some of her subjects she tackles are fraught with angst, but she conquers what could be morose with a sunny literary style that leads the reader to feel that all will end well And Isn t that what we hope in our own domestic non fiction that in the end, it will all work out

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