The struggle is real.
Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?
That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.
Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.
Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.
This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.
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About the Author
I like to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters. But they've gotta work for it! No free lunches on my watch. I live in tropical North Queensland, Australia. I don't know why, because I hate the heat, but I suspect I'm too lazy to move. I spend half my time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting my escape. I attended university at sixteen, not because I was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. I studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly. I share my house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how I imagined life as a grown-up.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had never read this author before, but the blurb caught my attention and I was very much in need of a happy, fun romance. I enjoy romantic comedies, and I’m always excited to see m/m rom-coms. Adulting 101 surprised me. When it began, I thought for sure I made a mistake. I had no idea how to handle all the extra that was Nick, and frankly his voice and views made my head spin and had me cringing at times. I’m glad I kept listening though, because that voice ended up making Nick’s complex character come to life in a way I couldn’t imagine and I quickly realized the author did a fantastic job channeling his big personality. I loved the humor that was included throughout the narrative and within the dialogue. It was never too over-the-top so as to feel campy or ridiculous, but managed to make the characters personable while maintaining the youthful, fun vibe throughout the book. Even though I initially found Nick odd and it took me a bit to adjust to his tone and the narrative style, I couldn’t help but love him. He was a lot, but he was also loyal, sweet, and had a magnetism I couldn’t deny. I also really liked Jai. His personality contrasted just enough with Nick to keep things interesting, and I absolutely loved these two as a couple. I enjoyed seeing the relationship and their individual personalities grow over the course of the book. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the conflicts that were teased out as the book moved forward. Nick’s anxiety over college and the future was very relatable and the seriousness of that conflict made for a nice juxtaposition to the more light-hearted tone, ensuring Adulting 101 was a fun but well-rounded romance. If you’re looking for a something that is as sweet as it is funny, I’d definitely recommend this title. *Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
The description to this had me clicking the Request button so fast your head would spin. “There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.” How can a line like that NOT draw me in? I couldn’t deny the temptation. The humor in this blurb completely and absolutely fulfills its promise. I found myself laughing out loud so many times that my husband was beginning to give me dirty looks. And I texted enough hilarious quotes that my friends probably blocked my number. Actually, that’s not true. I’m pretty sure I convinced a few people to read this based on the quotes alone. And one of them has never read romance! The writing style in Adulting 101 is unique. Lisa Henry manages to tell Nick and Jai’s story in the third person all the while making it feel like you are living their stream of consciousness. And that’s what makes Nick’s character so hilarious. Reading his scatterbrained thoughts, his immature actions as well as the hopes and fears that he holds inside make him one of the most three dimensional characters I have read in a very long time. Being inside Jai’s head is a little bit different. Mainly because Jai is older. Particularly in life experience. Although he lives a nomadic life he is also grounded and provides the perfect contrast to Nick. His calm demeanor and focus are the calm to Nick’s internal chaos. The romance between Jai and Nick is realistically awkward and perfectly paced. Amidst the hilarity there are moments of serious contemplation and acceptance as Nick learns to adult. It isn’t easy for him and there are plenty of pitfalls along the way. Some that will make you cringe and many that will make you laugh. As you can probably guess, I can’t recommend this book enough. Adulting 101 is a perfect realistic feel-good romance that will make you laugh hysterically and smile uncontrollably. Nat
This is the first book I've ever read by Lisa Henry so I had no idea what to expect. Let me just say, I am very pleasantly surprised. Adulting 101 had me laughing from the very beginning all the way until the end! I am definitely going to have to read more of her books. I absolutely LOVED Nick. He is so scatterbrained, adorably awkward, and has no filter at all. Some of the things that came out of his mouth had me laughing out loud while my husband gave me funny looks from across the room. Nick is an 18 year old recent high school graduate who doesn't know what he wants to do with his life, but he DOES know that he doesn't want to be a virgin before he heads to college, and that he also can't stop staring at Jai's butt. After propositioning at work one day the two begin a friends-with-benefits arrangement. Jai was an absolute sweetheart and was extremely patient with Nick and his rambling. He is a little older than Nick at 25 years old, and he works summers so he can travel the world for 9 months out of the year. He has also never had a serious relationship, but after spending time with Nick he starts feeling differently. The only criticism I have for this one is that I would have like a more solid HEA. I would say this one is a strong HFN ending. There is a lot concerning their future that is unresolved at the end. I also would have liked to see Nick finally sit down with his dad for a talk to clear the air. All that being said, this was a very enjoyable and laugh out loud kind of romance with a few steamy scenes mixed in. x * I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
I really enjoyed reading this book. The leads are in totally different places in their lives. It’s a coming of age story for Nick and kind of a reevaluation of some things for Jai. I love how it manages to be a M/M romance without the focus being on their sexual orientation, acceptance of it and such. I think this is a story that’s relatable to many. Nick has grown up privileged. He knows it. But now that he’s an adult, he doesn’t feel equipped to handle life even though he really doesn’t have an excuse. Adulting is hard. I totally agree.