Top positive review
Could every book please be like this one.
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2020
Could every book please be like this one. The feel-good story of the year. With just the right amount of tension. Because families. Real families, that is. The people you know and love. The same people who drive you absolutely nuts. Bonded siblings. And siblings, who as adults, still sneer at each other behind their backs. Small town gossip that rivals what’s being said in the halls of the middle school. Teens making adult decisions and adults who are indecisive. Who are these people? They’re all of us. This is Emma Straub’s novel ALL ADULTS HERE.
Oh, the tangled webs families weave. Cecelia’s parents ship her off to live with her grandmother Astrid. It’s not clear what has happened or if she is in the wrong, and Astrid doesn’t know either. The day her granddaughter arrives, Astrid witnesses a shocking accident at the village roundabout and it’s not only shaken her up but given her perspective a jolt.
Meanwhile, Astrid’s daughter has something that she is reluctant to share with her mom. Little do she and her siblings know that their mom also has some news of her own to reveal. In due time. Astrid’s eldest son is struggling with work-related decisions and unable to communicate, which seems to be par for the course in their relationship.
Straub has written a perfectly smart and insightful look at a relatable family complete with aha moments and laugh out loud dialogue that feels like she could be eavesdropping on your life. Hopefully, we’re all given second chances and we’re all adults here.