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All Adults Here [PDF] ✎ All Adults Here ⚡ Emma Straub – When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier Suddenly Astrid realizes she was not uite the When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier Suddenly Astrid realizes she was not uite the parent she thought she’d been to her three now grown children But to what conseuenceAstrid’s youngest son is drifting and unfocused making parenting mistakes of his own Her daughter is intentionally pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares But who gets to decide so All Adults Kindle - many years later which long ago lapses were the ones that mattered Who decides which apologies really count It might be that only Astrid’s thirteen year old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the mostIn All Adults Here Emma Straub’s uniue alchemy of wisdom humor and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings aging parents high school boyfriends middle school mean girls the lifelong effects of birth order and all the other things that follow us into adulthood whether we like them to or not.

About the Author: Emma Straub

Emma Straub is the New York Times‒bestselling author of the novels All Adults Here Modern Lovers The Vacationers Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and the short story collection Other People We Married Straub's work has been published in twenty countries and she and her husband own Books Are Magic an independent bookstore in Brooklyn New York.

10 thoughts on “All Adults Here

  1. JanB JanB says:

    The book starts out with uirky delightful characters 68 year old Astrid witnesses the accidental death of an acuaintance decides life is short and it's time to right wrongs It’s time to reveal her secrets to her adult children The children of course all have problems and secrets of their own Who doesn’t?The writing is engaging with wonderful nuggets of wisdom which I found myself freuently highlighting I love the theme that everyone is stumbling through life trying to get along as best we can sometimes getting it right sometimes getting it wrong We are all worthy of forgiveness acceptance and love Unfortunately the author has a kitchen sink approach to the story and throws in every single hot button social issue she can think of abuse bullying online pedophilia lesbianism gender identity bisexuality transgender adultery artificial insemination etc etc The result is none are treated with the depth they deserved and the message is diluted After a while boredom set in as the story meanders along with no plot I love a character driven multi generational tale with complicated familial relationships but the characters uickly became caricatures and the story began to feel like a farcical fairy tale This was good writing and there was a potential lovely message that got lost among the sheer number of issues addressed with nothing to drive the plot forward I struggled to finish and should have followed my instincts to DNF This was a buddy read with my friend Marialyce and it was one neither of us much enjoyed I received a free digital copy of the book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Publication date 55202 by Riverhead Books

  2. Marialyce Marialyce says:

    It seems that many authors believe in the is better philosophy in writing books these days They cram every bit of what's in vogue into their stories and oftentimes all these topics overwhelm the book Such was the case with this bookWhile I did enjoy the first half of the story the second half seemed to be belabored with paragraphs that went on and on and repetition that bogged down the telling There was really no plot at all just a plethora of people experiencing a lot of angstAll of the topics from transsexual gay bisexual bullying artificial insemination unfaithfulness etc are important topics To place them all in one book seemed to give each topic less of the attention it deservedSome of the characters were woefully underdeveloped and perhaps this too was a result of too much being presented in the storyI understand I think what the author was trying to do but at times I thought perhaps this was a satire or a fairy tale or reality on some other plain This was a hard book to read and slowly the joy of the beginning turned into Boredom and a firm wish for this story to be overThank you to the author the publisher and Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this book Neither Jan nor I walked away with a good feeling about this story sad to say

  3. Larry H Larry H says:

    35 starsAll aboard the Strick family dysfunction trainWhen Astrid Strick witnesses a long time nemesis get hit by a bus it suddenly makes her realize two things life is too short so she needs to act on things before it’s too late and perhaps eually important she might not have been the best mother to her three childrenAs she strives to make things better with her children she also makes a major decision in her own life which further destabilizes her relationship with her oldest son Elliott a developer and builder who nurses a long held grudge and feels the need to prove himself to the town and his motherMeanwhile Astrid’s daughter Porter is pregnant and yet can’t seem to give up her boyfriend from when she was a teenager and Astrid’s youngest son Nicky who was an actor as a teenager and never uite gave up that lifestyle has sent his teenage daughter to live with Astrid after an incident at her school All Adults Here is an interesting exploration of love parental responsibility infidelity mortality friendship sexuality and even gender The book shifts narration among a number of characters—Astrid Elliott Porter Nicky Astrid’s granddaughter and her friendThere is a lot going on in this book and while I enjoyed most of the separate storylines they didn’t seem to coalesce until nearly the end of the book and no story seemed utterly complete There was a lot that seemed to go unsaid in many cases which was frustrating Obviously that happens in real life too but when you're hoping that some loose ends in a story will get tied up it doesn't uite helpI really enjoy the way Emma Straub writes though and I can’t seem to get enough books about family dysfunction so I still found this a good satisfying readCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomFollow me on Instagram at

  4. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    My brain cells sending me “SOS” messages because in the short time I haven’t read something literally throwing so many social political emotional sexual issues at my face I wanted to dunk my head into ice bucket to get the burning sensation out Okay I’m confused because I truly read something really well written but my grey cells endured so much pain and exhaustion because the characters have to deal with so many important traumatizing problems at the same time and I couldn’t decide if I get really sad for them or write a letter to the author to be nice of themThe facts I loved the uirky adorable characters from different ages suffering from different issues and I love the development of family dynamics The author is so talented and her writing style picked my interest and truly understood the characters’ motives Of course life is too short to live with secrets and too much burden this is the important message of the bookBut the other important fact about its story The author was like a famous chef who decided to cook a special meal with multi ingredients She throw inside the pot abuse bullying bisexualism adultery pedophilia lesbianism transgender identity abortion vetro fertilization dysfunctional parenting and cooked them in very high heat even though those ingredients needed to be slowly stirred and blended with each otherMaybe with the lesser issues and characters this book could be a five starred read for me But as you can see there are so many materials enough for than three books and there are so many well crafted characters who deserve their own books separately I wish I may read details about their stories and the way they’re dealing with their secretsOverall My hearts tells me I shouldn’t give this book less than four stars because I really loved those characters Especially Astrid and 13 years old Cecilia were my favorites But my mind rejects my decision because the book really exhausted the hell of it or her what proper way to call your mind? So I’m giving my three solid stars I still liked most of the characters’ stories but I wish the problematic issue bombardment gave me headaches so I keep my happy hour a little longer to cool down and watch some silly animal videos on youtube to lower my heart ratebloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  5. Brandice Brandice says:

    Witnessing a fatal bus accident Astrid Strick experiences an epiphany and decides she will reveal a big secret to her three children Elliott Porter and Nicky — They’re all adults here but Astrid isn’t the only one with secrets All Adults Here is the story of the Strick family each dealing with their own situations They aren’t exactly affectionate or communicative with one another I felt neutral toward most of the characters not loving or hating them but not exactly relating or connecting much to them either There were a lot of topics thrown into this story — Overall I stayed curious enough to see how things played out

  6. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    This is a very thoughtful book which encompasses many themes which surround the dynamic of family The novel starts dramatically with Astrid Strick witnessing a death of someone she didn’t especially like but who freuently occupies her thoughts We then meet the rest of the family in turn we learn what makes them tick and what their issues are There’s Elliot married to Wendy with twin whirlwind sons the middle sibling is Porter who has a goat farm no man well she does but she shouldn’t and a desire to be pregnant and finally there’s New York based hippy Nicky married to Juliette who is French and a dancer they have a daughter Cecelia Astrid lives in Clapham in the Hudson Valley as do the older siblings When Cecelia isn’t exactly expelled from school but it seems wiser though not necessarily fair to send her to live in Clapham with her Gammy for a year This is a very enjoyable read with many likeable characters especially the Strick family and Astrid's than friend Birdie Cecelia is an outstanding character very true honest and a wonderful friend to August Sullivan She doesn’t always do the right thing but when she goes wrong it’s for reasons to do with a being caring friend and standing up for people At times she acts with greater maturity than the adults I like how the book explores the love of family and it’s dynamics and after a series of events occur this pulls the family closer than they have possibly ever been They are able to be honest which makes them all feel secure It also looks at sexuality and at acceptance of who you are with no judgements given The town of Clapham provides a good backdrop and we see a good cross section of society on display here Overall this is a very sensitive book principally about love and family which I really enjoyed Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Michael Joseph for the ARC

  7. Jenna Jenna says:

    Like a visit to an even unbelievably Utopic if that’s even possible Star’s Hollow with all the family angst and worry and developmentally arrested adults and preternaturally mature teens BUT without the enjoyable uirky absurdity and especially without the rapid and witty dialogueSimilar to a Shakespearean comedy in that it begins with An Event with ensuing domestic misunderstandings and communication mishaps and ends in festivities and reunions and tied up loose ends only the storytelling journey from beginning to end lacked dramatic tension as well as depth and just wasn’t FUNThis novel was too light and lacking in character development to be insightful or moving but neither was it insubstantial enough to serve as a “beach read” I struggled to find a sweet spot or reading “groove” the whole time and I never succeeded I’m not typically a “skimmer” but found myself inadvertently skimming a lot because I couldn’t connect to the story at times Usually I can’t wait to get done with work and start reading but I never really looked forward to getting back to this book especially once I got past the initially promising beginning and I found myself progressively bored with it Even a glass of wine did not help jazz it up for me guysI don’t believe in the concept of “unlikeable” characters per se but I did not derive enjoyment or insight or much of anything at all from spending so much time with several of the characters the adult siblings in particular ugh I just could not bring myself to care at all A few characters were potentially interesting Birdie Cecilia Robin but only appeared in glimpses or were tied up in plot threads that appeared rather implausible eg an entire town and family seemingly achieve complete enlightenment instantly and simultaneously And I couldn’t ever get a clear picture in my head of the main character Astrid whose perspective and evolution is largely supposed to drive this whole thing It’s bad when you know there’s this big and juicy matriarch “role” and you can’t even imagine what revered actress might hypothetically be best suited to play herIn short I strongly agree with other reviewers that the book would have been better served by greater attention and detail paid to a smaller subset of its characters and plots The AstridBirdie and CeciliaRobin stuff in itself would have been plenty of material to flesh out for a whole and potentially uite fulfilling novelI found this novel perfectly fine and adeuate but flaky and unsatisfying like a leftover morning apple turnover at 3 PM when you’re really craving a freshly made chocolate brownie I tried I did I enjoyed the author’s last book well enough and I really wanted to like it

  8. Michelle Michelle says:

    45 rounded up This book isn’t for everyone but for whatever reason it just made me really happy I read this at the right time and while I’ve seen reviews from friends who mentioned the kitchen sink mentality they are correct I still loved it despite this I’m not an expert on writing a transgender character properly in terms of pronouns and stereotypes regarding revealing your true self to other people but I loved this aspect of the story and I’ll leave that criticism to people who are knowledgeable than me This is definitely a character driven book with a very dysfunctional family but that again worked just fine for me This is my second attempt at reading a book by this author first was a DNF but I was no where near as mature a reader then so I’m glad I gave her another shot Lastly I don't believe you will enjoy this as much if you are conservative minded socially That's pure speculation on my point but I feel it's important to mention I listened to the first 70% on audio thanks to the Librofm ALC program and am very grateful to them along with Penguin audio for the opportunity to listen and provide a review The narrator was FANTASTIC and captured Astrid PERFECTLY The last 30% I read on my kindle courtesy of Riverhead Books and Edelweiss Review Date 05312020Publication Date 05042020

  9. Barbara Barbara says:

    Emma Straub has rapidly become one of my favored authors She excels in domestic fiction with flawed and uirky characters all having great intentions and failing to deliver on those intentions Straub allows the reader to feel the character makeup of people around you perhaps people that look hard and crunchy on the outside yet have a soft and melty center Straub’s characters are real and relatable In fact some of those private thoughts milling in your head that you are convinced no one has but you are fodder for her fiction Yes you are not aloneIn “All Adults Here” the protagonist Astrid Strick is a 68 year old widow who is uestioning her parenting style uestioning all her life choices The event that prompts her self doubt is witnessing an acuaintance’s death She sees how fragile life is and that life can suddenly end This event prompts Astrid to inform her three adult children that she has a secret paramour Further it prompts Astrid to try and get to know her children better Her eldest a son lives in her small town with his wife and twin boys The twins don’t have a lot of action in the story but when they do it’s hilarious Her middle is an unmarried daughter who she learns is pregnant through IVF Her youngest a son is a married pot smoking laid back man who has a cigarette smoking French wife and a middle school daughter who needs to be moved to a different school system due to dubious behavior The granddaughter Cecelia moves in with Astrid and begins 8th grade Her new best friend in the school August has his own inner dilemmasAll these characters have secrets which the reader is privy to We get to read their inner dialogue and their frustrations with literary prose that make the reader smile and cringe Astrid alone is fascinating wondering if she parented correctly if all her children’s faults and weaknesses fall solely on her shoulders What mother hasn’t had those contemplations?What provides Staub with her edge is her consistently bright tone Some of her subjects she tackles are fraught with angst but she conuers what could be morose with a sunny literary style that leads the reader to feel that all will end well And Isn’t that what we hope in our own domestic non fiction; that in the end it will all work out

  10. DeAnn DeAnn says:

    4 Adulting is Hard StarsThis was my first read by this author Emma Straub but I have certainly seen her titles reviewed by fellow Goodreads friends I rather enjoyed this tale of a mother looking back on raising her now grown children since it is almost Mother’s DayThis one is set in a small town in the Hudson Valley of New York and the main character is Astrid Strick she’s a widow with three grown children Two of them still live in town and the youngest lives in NYC Astrid witnesses an accident and it causes her to rethink much of her parenting style and her place in lifeLife is short so she decides to open up about her choice in a life partner hello Birdie She apologizes to her children for a few incidents from their childhoods that she now feels that she handled badly Was she too hard on her kids? Did she do a good job raising them? Are they good people as adults? What could she do differently? When her granddaughter is sent to live with Astrid we get a glimpse into junior high life that I found very authenticThe siblings in this one were damaged and real people I liked Porter and her two brothers There is always the dynamic of growing up in a small town Do you stay there where everything is comfortable and you know people or is it of a success to “get out” and move away like youngest child Nicky has done?As I said this one was enjoyable to me because it focused on families and a small town There were some funny moments and it felt like a glimpse into the lives of each of these characters Thank you to Edelweiss Emma Straub and Riverhead Books for a complimentary copy of this one to read in exchange for an honest review

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