Thursday, October 1, 2015

{Review} How to be a Grown Up by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

From bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus comes a timely novel about a forty-something wife and mother thrust back into the workforce, where she finds herself at the mercy of a boss half her age.

Rory McGovern is entering the ostensible prime of her life when her husband, Blake, loses his dream job and announces he feels like taking a break from being a husband and father. Rory was already spread thin and now, without warning, she is single-parenting two kids, juggling their science projects, flu season, and pajama days, while coming to terms with her disintegrating marriage. And without Blake, her only hope is to accept a full-time position working for two full-time twenty-somethings.

A day out of b-school, these girls think they know it all and have been given the millions from venture capitalists to back up their delusion that the future of digital media is a high-end lifestyle site for kids! (Not that anyone who works there has any, or knows the first thing about actual children.) Can Rory learn to decipher her bosses lingo, texts that read like license plates, and arbitrary mandates? And is there any hope of saving her marriage? With her family hanging by a thread, Rory must adapt to this hyper-digitized, over-glamorized, narcissistic world of millennials whatever it takes.

This book was the epitome of frustrating!! 
With a heroine who didn't have much of a backbone when it came to her husband but was funny and sarcastic with everyone else. The anxiety would be on full-force, but then the next second, something funny would happen to break up all the tension. 

I felt like I was going through this journey with Rory. Her frustration was my frustration, her anxiety was mine too, her fears were something I could relate to as well. 

The setting drew me in and I could picture every scenario and be inside every scene without having to fill in the blanks. They balance the line of too many descriptions and not enough, quite well. 

What I really loved about this book was how real it was in regards to people who are married and must make life-altering changes in their lives in order to stay afloat, especially with children involved. The frustration was definitely shown through in every chapter, the push and pull was also there in spades, along with the comic relief just when I needed it the most. 

The only thing I wish there was more of was comic relief and maybe a little more love but if it is supposed to emulate real life, then it was spot on!

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