How to Be A Grown-up

How to Be A Grown-up

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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The witty and wise authors of The Nanny Diaries are back with an irresistible comedy about a forty-something wife and mother thrust back into the workforce, where she finds herself at the mercy of a #BossHalfHerAge.

When Rory McGovern's actor husband, Blake, loses his dream job and announces he's going to "crash" at a friend's, Rory can't imagine that he might be entering a mid-life crisis that could avalanche their whole lives. She was already spread thin and now, without warning, she's single-parenting two kids, juggling science projects, flu season, karate classes, and middle school applications, all while coming to terms with her disintegrating marriage. Financially strapped, her only hope is to accept a full-time position working for two full-time twenty-somethings, Taylor and Kimmy.

Armed with their Ivy League MBAs and dressed to go clubbing, 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 JeuneBug, a luxury lifestyle site for kids.

With shattered confidence, Rory jumps in headfirst and despite being constantly undermined by her underwhelmed bosses, becomes the top contributor thanks to her creativity and--wait for it--experience. Her bosses might think that's a dirty word, but when the Proenza Schueler hits the fan Rory's experience just might be the only thing that can save them.

Since their "diabolically funny" ( The New York Times ) debut The Nanny Diaries , McLaughlin and Kraus have proven their ability to illuminate provocative issues with wry wit and heartfelt emotion. How to Be a Grown-Up is an entertaining and insightful story aimed at anyone, of any age, who is waiting to feel "grown-up."
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified : Atria Books 2015]
ISBN: 9781451643466
Characteristics: 1 online resource (256 pages)
Additional Contributors: Kraus, Nicola - Author

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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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