Title: Almost Adults
Author: Ali Pantony
Pub Date: June 2019
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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The struggle is real…
Ever managed to kill a succulent after just a few days?
Got seven reminder letters on the kitchen table because you forgot to pay your council tax?
Become a hot mess who’s falling apart because they’ve been broken up with?
Nobody told Mackie, Edele, Alex and Nat (aka the MEAN Girls) that life was going to be this way. They’re busy navigating the joys of adulthood – getting their shit together, breaking up and making up, moving out and moving on. This grown up stuff is hard but at least they’ve got each other.
Welcome to the world of adulting.
Almost Adults is a feel-good story of four friends, Mackie, Edele, Alex and Nat who are in their twenties, beginning their ‘proper adult life’. It is refreshing to read about people whose life are so similar to mine, I am too in my twenties, struggling to figure out my personal and professional life. I am also the almost adult.
The group of friends shares such a varied pool of experiences that most likely every reader will find something they can truly relate to – break up, still living with parents and struggling to find a job, happy relationship that maybe is going stale, therapy, day drinking, career decisions and more. In each of the girls, there is something that can capture your soul, and make you cheer for them in a silent hope that if they can make it you can also make it. At some level it is a self-help book, helping you to understand the whole adulting thing in a caring and entertaining fashion.
The author does a great job of bringing all the characters to life, and making us care for them. I’d say Nat and Edele are the ones experiencing the biggest character development, their lives seem to turn around in the year this book presents. I’d love to see more of Mackie’s life, as I was really invested in her dedication to career, even over her love life. The thing that bothered me in the book are the time jumps, that are a bit wonky at times and cut in a scene at awkward moments.