Now That We're Adults: A Novel

Now That We're Adults: A Novel

by Lynn Almengor


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ISBN-13: 9780997420807
Publisher: Plaid Core Productions
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 1,007,522
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

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Now That We're Adults: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply put, "Now That We're Adults" is an adept coming of age story... or rather four of them. The story unfolds by shifting focus between four focal characters - Eleanor, Ian, Kat, and Wade - and their personal struggles coming to terms with the often harsh adult world. Each of the characters and their goals are well-defined and real, as are their trials and triumphs, making each of them intimately relatable right out of the gate. Kat and Ian are starting out their lives as 'perfect' newlyweds, Eleanor is drifting through life anxious, lonely, and desperate for a genuine human connection, and Wade is dealing with thoughts of a lost, all-important love, looking for a little light to guide him onward. But it isn't all serious business, and, unlike many coming of age books, isn't over-encumbered with ham-fisted, inspirational platitudes. Just realistic characters with realistic reactions (or, in many cases, overreactions) to real life issues. Also like real life, there's a lot of well-timed humor in "Now That We're Adults" (there's an excellent Winona Ryder joke early on I won't spoil, but may be one of my favorite things in the whole book), and it serves to make all of the more hard-hitting, stark, emotional moments resonate even more than they would in a strict drama. In turn, the jokes and humorous observations are made all the more memorable by being framed with such heavy, often heartbreaking moments. It isn't a sprawling epic, nor is it an overly light jaunt. What "Now That We're Adults" is, at its heart, is a story we've all heard (and maybe lived) many times over, but in Almengor's hands, feels fresh and vital. It has a satisfying conclusion, but left me wanting to spend more time with the characters. I genuinely cared what became of them beyond the closing scene. I look forward to seeing more from Almengor in the future, and if you too like having your heart ripped out, cut to pieces, taped back together, and put back in, you're likely to agree. This is how you start your career as an author. Get this book.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that NOW THAT WE’RE ADULTS by Lynn Almengor is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
EPClark More than 1 year ago
When you're in college, you think that those people who've already graduated and moved on with their lives have everything figured out. But then you graduate and move on yourself, and you discover you're still the same person who always were, only with more responsibilities and life choices. How you handle that is up to you. "Now That We're Adults" is the story of four twenty-something people who are trying to get their adulting game together. Ian and Kat have just gotten married; Ian wants a baby, and Kat goes along with it because that, as she realizes too late, is the kind of person she is. Unfortunately, she's the one who has to do all the work of carrying and bearing the baby, and then nursing and caring for it once it's born, which she doesn't enjoy nearly as much as she thinks she will. Ian feels overwhelmed by work and is resentful of Kat for not being thrilled about changing her name, quitting her job, and putting herself through a draining physical and emotional ordeal in order to create his drama-free dream family. Meanwhile, Wade, Ian's younger brother, is heartbroken after his long-time girlfriend leaves him because of his immaturity, and Eleanor, the anti-social local librarian, is still nursing the flame of an old high school love ten years later. The story could be soap-opera-y or weird, but instead all the characters feel natural and authentic. It's told from alternating points of view, and each character is allowed to come across and sympathetic and engaging. From the cover I was expecting something more game-y; while Wade's game is a major component of the plot, it's really more like low-key, slice-of-life literary fiction, although the language and structure are easy-going rather than high-brow. There are some hard life choices in front of the characters, and a certain amount of grit to the story to the book, rather than glamor--this is Scranton, PA, after all--but it's also positive and heartfelt. Overall, a very enjoyable read about struggles that will be familiar to modern 20-somethings, or anyone who's every been through that stage of their life.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite Author Lynn Almengor has done a fantastic job in her new novel, Now That We're Adults. Readers will be treated to an extremely interesting story that will engage them from the very first page. Following a group of twenty-somethings as they attempt to navigate their post-college world, this book is one that will appeal to many of those who have encountered the same things in their own lives. Characters Wade, his brother Ian, and Ian's girlfriend Kat, seem to be moving in wider and wider circles, and all the while moving further from each other. When Wade encounters Eleanor, a timid librarian, he may have found just the person that can give him the perspective he needs on the relationships that once made up his entire world, if only he will take what she says to heart. I very much enjoyed Now That We're Adults. This is a story that I found myself relating to a great deal, and I am certain that others will feel the same about it. A true coming of age tale, and one told with both sympathy and humor, this story line does a great job at expressing the feelings that appear to be quite common for those who have left college without much of a plan for what comes next. Any reader, and especially those who have encountered a similar situation themselves, should give this book a try. Author Lynn Almengor has a unique story telling voice and, with such a prodigious talent, she is unlikely to remain undiscovered for long!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite In an engaging new read by author Lynn Almengor, Now That We're Adults tells the story of a group of young adults in Scranton, Pennsylvania struggling to truly come into their own after college. Wade, normally a happy sort, struggles when he's dumped by his longtime girlfriend, largely due to his lack of ambition. Wade's brother, Ian, is trying to make everything work with his pregnant girlfriend, Kat, all the while juggling things at a job that is becoming more and more demanding. Kat isn't even sure she wants a baby, and isn't sure what to do about that. Wade starts to fixate on trying to make things just as they were when they were all connected in college, but in the end, is that really what's best for everyone? You'll need to read the book to find out! I loved Now That We're Adults. Author Lynn Almengor has done a fantastic job in creating characters that her readers will relate to, connect with, and continue to think about long after the last page is finished. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Her story line is engaging, and will keep her readers completely enthralled from the very first page through to the end. Any reader who loves a great work of realistic fiction should absolutely read Now That We're Adults. I very highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading more from the talented and very promising author, Lynn Almengor, as soon as I possibly can!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Now That We're Adults by Lynn Almengor follows the lives of Wade and Ian Dakalski, along with the people who change their lives for better or worse. On Ian and Kat’s wedding day, Ian’s brother, Wade, gets down on one knee and proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Jill. Not only does Jill reject the proposal but she leaves him, breaking his heart. At the wedding, Ian and Wade’s Uncle Rick still mourns the loss of his wife one year after her death and tells Wade that death is easy, but those left behind have a hard time of it. Shortly after, their uncle is found dead in his basement. At Uncle Rick’s funeral, Ian sits behind his cousin, Jeremy, and his one-year-old toddler, JJ. After JJ slips on the pew and starts crying loudly, Ian volunteers to take JJ outside. As soon as the toddler stops crying, Ian decides he wants a baby. Both Ian and Kat agree that a baby would be great, and have sex in their car at the funeral, resulting in Kat becoming pregnant. She is quickly filled with regret when she suddenly notices screaming toddlers everywhere she goes. Lynn Almengor has captured perfectly the trials and tribulations of that step we take between childhood and growing up. Now That We’re Adults follows different people’s lives and the struggles they have, trying to adjust to the balance between dreams, reality, and hardship. Love and determination are the common key elements in this wonderful, realistic (yet humorous) tale which left me wanting to know more and more, left me cheering for the victor, rooting for the underdog, and praying, against all odds, for a happy ending. While there is a small amount of coarse language used, it only adds to the realism of each character’s story. Lynn Almengor’s writing style is impeccable, emotive, and I feel that this book, as a whole, would make a spectacular film which both men and women would enjoy. The book club questions at the end immediately took my mind back into what I had just read, making them such a novel idea. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would.