How to Be A Grown-up

How to Be A Grown-up

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"[N]ovel 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" -- provided by publisher.
"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"--
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2015
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451643459
Branch Call Number: F McLaughlin
Characteristics: 240 pages ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kraus, Nicola


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Oct 30, 2015

“How to Be A Grown Up” is another book in the lately popular genre of “normal family breaks apart and woman has to scramble to create her own identity”.

When Blake, the handsome movie star, leaves Rory with their two young children, she is at a loss for what to do. She is only a freelance designer for magazine pieces, with not enough work to keep her family afloat. When an opportunity appears, she snatches it. Rory is thrown into the world of twenty-somethings, strange slang, and ideas that she struggles to understand but somehow succeeds at.

If you look past Rory’s highly uncommon and unlikely success at her job, you are left with a story of a sad, lonely forty-something struggling to create a life after her husband has left her on her own. She has to get back out into the dating scene and remember how to be confident, because why would she need to have a personality or confidence if she has her handsome husband?

I really struggled with this book. It was boring, unbelievable, and the characters weren’t that engaging. I found it hard to care for them. An unenthusiastic two stars for this one.


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