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

10 thoughts on “All Adults Here

  1. JanB 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 reveal her secrets to her adult children and right perceived wrongs 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, further ruined by a blatant anti male message 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 Marialyce says:

    It seems that many authors believe in the is 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. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    Review to be published shortly before publication on 9th July

  4. Ang Ang says:

    This was entertaining, though there was definitely zero plot I mean, maybe a minuscule plot Hard to find Need a magnifying glass I think it s a big of a set piece A truly enjoyable one, though I will have NO trouble at all handing this to patrons looking for beach reading in 2020, I ll tell you what.Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the digital ARC.

  5. Annissa Joy Armstrong Annissa Joy Armstrong says:

    I really enjoyed this book It might be my favorite Emma Straub The relationships and the character development was so well written This author has a great writing style and makes her books very interesting reads This book comes out on May 5 so be ready to purchase

  6. Hitha Hitha says:

    If you re having Gil Girls withdrawals but wish the show were progressive, then you ll love Emma Straub s latest The Strick family is all around unlikable at first read, but each character becomes and endearing as the book progresses It s slower paced than Straub s previous books, but I appreciated it after the chaotically fun final chapters It s a fun, poignant read that will stick with you long after you ve finished it.

  7. Willow Willow says:

    i received an arc of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review i just want to say first and foremost that this book was so beautiful people are so fascinating to me and i love getting to know them this novel was perfect for me in that it was a careful examination of the intricate web that encompasses family relationships I haven t always like reading about family relationships but now i love it i find these kinds of novels to be so intriguing and heartwarming i also love how flawed they are all the characters in this book were wonderful to me, and i love them i found this book easier to get into than Modern Lovers, but that could be just me When Astrid Strick witnesses a woman in her town get hit by a school bus one day, her whole life is suddenly put into glaring, even horrifying focus She realizes that the woman hit by the school bus could just as easily been her From that moment on, Astrid is on a mission to set things right with her 3 adult children, her grandchildren, with her hairdresser Birdie, but perhaps most importantly Barbara, the woman whose life was taken by a bus All Adults Here is about family, the relationships that we never get to choose Told from shifting perspectives, Emma Straub s newest novel is funny, and honest, but most of all charming It brings to question the long believed idea that all adults have their lives together, when in reality, that is farthest from the truth All Adults Here is about daring to face your flaws, while still living unapologetically as your truest self.

  8. Janet Janet says:

    Emma Straub does it again She is adept at introducing us to a flawed yet lovable cast of characters as they learn to navigate aging and family dynamics 4.5 stars.

  9. Shari Shari says:

    Thanks to Netgalley for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Astrid Strick is her sixties As she looks back on her life, she regrets some of her decisions and some her interactions with her children She is also ready to live life on her own terms and be who she really is While the message is empowering, the than 12 key characters and a boat load of issues death, grudges, Internet predators, bullying, homosexuality, transgender, infidelity, gentrification, career struggles, small business, middle school, family secrets made things a bit muddled Naturally, some characters are not fully developed There are lots of questions remaining.

  10. Emma Huang Emma Huang says:

    The best of Emma Straub by far