Not Real, Not Recommended // REVIEW: Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

Title: Adults
Author: Emma Jane Unsworth
Publication Date: The Borough Press
Publisher: February 20th, 2020
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through HarperCollins India (THANK YOU!)
Buy Links: Amazon IN
Blurb Description: 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…
What is adulting to you?

In the last eight months that I’ve been away from home, it’s about finding time (to do laundry, to exercise, to have fun) and balancing my workaholic streak with everything else.

While I realised that Emma Jane Unsworth’s Adults was more about social media right from the get-go, I also hoped it would be REAL, you know?
After I read 40% and then skimmed the latter 60% of the book, I ended up being completely disappointed. While it started off as smart and witty, going back and forth in time, exploring Jenny’s relationships with her boss, mother, boyfriend and best friend, it got tedious fast. VERY FAST.

Jenny’s character itself was migrane-inducing. She was obsessed with captions to who followed her and Suzy Brambles and kept saying things like ’30 likes? I should go kill myself.’ I know that everyone in this generation is OBSESSED with the perfect picture they paint online, but it was like Jenny didn’t have another side - You know, one where she just wanted to snuggle in bed or enjoy her favourite drink on a winter morning or just LIVE IN THE MOMENT and it made her an unbelievable character - BECAUSE, like I said, I grew up in the generation that lives their best life online and there’s always more to the person than their Insta account that makes relatable, human and REAL and Emma Jane Unsworth somehow missed this key aspect.

All in all, this is really not a book I would recommend to anyone.

1.5 Stars.

Emma Jane Unsworth
Emma Jane Unsworth is a British writer from Bury, Greater Manchester. She writes short stories and has had three novels published; Hungry, the Stars and Everything, Animals and Adults.

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