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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 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 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 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 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 3.5 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