Title: All Adults Here
Author: Emma Straub
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publish Date: May 4, 2020
My Rating: 3/5
A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family–as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes. From the New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers.
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 pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according 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 most.
In 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.
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.