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Almost Adults

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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 a
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ebook, 320 pages
Published June 24th 2019 by Ebury Digital
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Whispering Stories
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com

Meet Nat, Edele, Alex, and Mackie four women in their late twenties who have been friends for many years who are each trying to work out what it is to be an adult.

Nat – (Natasha) In the early hours of the morning her long term boyfriend, who she lives with returns home from an impromptu night-out and declares he no longer loves her in that way and that he is moving out. Nat is devastated and heart-broken. She is now having to learn to live on her own, do
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Dash fan
4☆ Uplifting and Heart Warming Must Read!

Almost Adults is a heart warming Coming of Age story of Second Chances, Friendship, Relationships and growing up.

The story is about four best friends Nat, Edele, Mackie and Alex, each juggling adulthood, life and relationships, but even when things get tough they are always there for each other to help pick up the pieces, support each other and make each other laugh with a lil help from booze, fun, drama and mayhem.

Each of the four women are so very diffe
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Tilly
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This was a fantastic read. I don't think I can really compare it to anything except maybe a British version of girls but less weird and with more emotion and great British humour.
I adored the 4 main female characters. They are all realistic for a start. They have flaws and quirks! None of them have a perfect life and we hear their day to day worries and problems.
I was struck hard by emotions whilst reading this book. A lot of what happened to the women really resonated with me and the wr
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Evie Braithwaite
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc, contemporary
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?

Almost Adults is perfect for anyone who suspects they may not have this whole ‘adulting’ business sussed.
Mackie, Edele, Alex and Nat (aka the MEAN Girls) are four best friends in their late twenties who are trying to navigate the chaotic mess we call adulthood. Nat has been dumpe
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Amy
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an utterly fantastic read and feels so unique to anything else that I have read recently. Despite what else is going on for the characters in this book the main theme is loyalty and friendship, and the real unbending love that can come out of friendships between females.

I found this book to be really charming but also really relatable and heartwarming; there are so many moments in the book that I could relate too but it also feels very relevant to today where everyone is meant to know w
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Becca
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really refreshing to read a book where the characters are in their twenties - though all are a few years older than I am.

Nat has just been dumped after a 7 year relationship, Edele is unemployed, living at home and struggling to find a job, Alex is happily coupled up but worried it won't last because of Nat, and Mackie is single and seemingly has her life together.

The best thing about this book is that even though all four girls have a point of view, they all sound different and are uniqu
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Sarah
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book reviewed on sarahsvignettes.wordpress.com

*I received a proof copy of the book in return for this voluntary and honest review*

Almost Adults is a fresh and uplifting story exploring the power of female friendships. It was such a joy to read and I honestly didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

Mackie, Edele, Alex and Nat have been the best of friends for years. Mackie and Alex seem to have life figured out and Nat and Edele are still working it out. Almost Adults charts the highs and lo
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rina dunn
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is so uplifting! It's the ultimate feel good read. It makes you feel so good about females and the power of female friendship. It's empowering, funny I'm just an all around great read.
Centred around a group of four females we follow each of them as they go through the trials and tribulations of life.
I found each character equally likeable which is an achievement for me in itself. The friendship the girls have it's just amazing. The solidarity and love they have for one another really
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Shruti Ramanujam
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Almost Adults is the story of four friends, Nat, Alex, Edele, and Mackie. It begins with the end of Nat’s 7-year relationship with her boyfriend. Alex is worried her boyfriend would also pull something similar, considering she feels something is off between the two of them now. Edele is unemployed and is living with her mother and brother and Mackie feels stuck at a job where there’s no opportunity to advance further. How the four women band together and try to adult forms the rest of the story. ...more
Amy Ferrie
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a feel-good story of four friends - Nat, Alex, Edele and Mackie, all in their late twenties who are making their way through adulthood. They face heartbreak, unemployment and hardships but their friendship is strong ✨ I loved the characters, I enjoyed each characters story and warmed to them all. I loved how Nat grew stronger as the book went on, Edele for having belief in herself and making changes, Mackie for her sarcasm and Alex for having her happy ever after. I warmed to the charact ...more
Charlotte Tomlins
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Almost Adults follows the stories of four best friends, all in their life twenties and feeling like they should have their shit together by now.

Natasha has just been dumped by the man she’s spent the last seven years and thought she’d spend the rest of her life with.

Alex is worried that her own boyfriend, Craig, is acting distant and looking to follow suit.

Mackie is desperate to get out of the job she’s gotten just about all she can out of, and move on to bigger and better things. But can she
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cafeyre
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first thought that comes to my mind after finishing this book is that I’m completely impressed. I got interested in this book because of the amazing cover it has but the insight is just one hundred better.

Book describes the life of four girls that calls themselves ‘MEAN girls’ and it’s not because there are similar to the girls from the movie, it is because of the first letter of their names: M for Mackie, E for Edele, A for Alex and N for Natasha. All of them are struggling with their own p
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booksofallkinds
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher

A wonderfully enjoyable story about friendship and finding your feet in this thing called life, ALMOST ADULTS by Ali Pantony is a great summer read for all fiction fans.

Four best friends are building their lives and together they have a strong relationship but individually their lives are hitting some hurdles that may change things for good. Nat is happily in love with her long-term boyfriend whom she lives with so when he comes home from a ni
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Claire
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this book, the premise caught my attention and I easily found myself immersed in the centre of the group of girls; Nat, Mackie, Edele and Alex who have been friends forever. They have grown up in the same town all their lives and now in their late twenties still don't feel like they have really grown up, that they are adults.

They help each other through the good times and the bad including breakups, new jobs and huge life changes. The highs and lows of being an adult.

I had expected a fun
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Clo
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A coming of age book

Well I have friend envy! Four girls, Edele, Nat, Emma and Alex who are the best of friends and exploring all the stuff that goes with been a twenty something. Normally I have a favourite character but not for this one, I liked them all equally. A lovely read that as a 28 year old I could completely resonate with.
Sammy Jackson
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant
Charlotte
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly enjoyable! Having grown up with the Angus, Thongs series this felt like a return to a slightly more grown-up version of the books that made me fall in love with reading in the first place. It's lighthearted but still covers some harder hitting topics that were so in line with how I feel in my mid-twenties. A charming read about female friendship and navigating almost-adulthood.

I loved all of the characters - which is unusual for me - and found myself desperate to pick it ba
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Somya Sahni
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book revolves around 4 best friends who are all 27 year old , revolving around their romantic escapades , personal & professional dreams and overall them enjoying life and being the best of friends to each other. What I really liked was how each of them were so different and had different issues going on but were still their for each other and how their differences made it even a more honest book to read. I liked how the book focused on what one goes through after a break-up and how it ...more
Hannah Snell
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
As a twenty-something millennial I should have know that I would have ended up either delighted or offended by this book, and I certainly fluctuated between the two feelings on a regular basis as I made my way through it.

Nat, Ed, Alex and Mackie call themselves the MEAN GIRLS, even though they are probably not (mostly). It's hard trying to figure your life out when you're young, and even harder trying to figure out how to be an adult.

Nat's boyfriend of seven years has just dumped her out of the
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Agi
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, 2019-releases

Mackie, Ed, Alex and Nat (or, as they call themselves, MEAN Girls) are all starting to feel that they definitely should have their lives together. They're all in late twenties, all have been friends for many years, and now they try to figure out how to be an adult, and what does it involve. Firstly, Nat's boyfriend of seven years, ends their relationship, with no warning. Alex is scared her boyfriend is cheating on her, Ed is still living with her mum and lying about how well her job search is g
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Nicola Smith
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I liked about the sound of this book was the way it seemed to question when exactly we are considered grown up members of the adult community. I think this is different for all of us depending on so many different things.

The four women at the centre of Almost Adults are navigating their way through life as best they can. One of them comes up with the term that gives the book its title and it's a very apt description for them. They're in their late twenties. Natasha and Alex seem to have it
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Daisy Dooley
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Almost Adults was an absolute joy to read. Based around the friendship between four women, this story of what it means to be 'almost adult' was funny, touching, relevant and uplifting. Mackie, Edele, Alex and Natasha have been friends since they were 11. Each of the four have their trials and tribulations. Heartbreak, insecurity, unrequited love, inadequacy, uncertainty. Edele, acerbic and hilarious but behind the humour, deeply sensitive and hurting from a childhood of pain and the death of her ...more
Fiona
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free eARC copy from Ebury Publishing , via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I am not one that typically consumes contemporary fiction. I prefer the escapism of SFF. However, occasionally a blurb catches my eye and entices me to attempt to delve into this genre. Almost Adults promised a snapshot of modern 20 something female friendship as they try to navigate life, it doesn’t disappoint.

It is rare that I genuinely like every character but these ladi
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Rebecca
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Originally posted to www.rebeccasravereviews.wordpress.com

I received a copy of Almost Adults in exchange for an honest review, so thanks to NetGalley and Ebury publishing. 

Nat, Mackie, Ed, and Alex are nearing that point in their twenties when they feel like they should definitely have their lives together. Except Nat's boyfriend of seven years has ended things with no warning, Alex is scared her boyfriend is cheating on her, Ed is still living at home and lying to her Mum about how well the job
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Emma (escapetothebookshelf)
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It follows 4 women who have been lifelong friends and are now in their late twenties: Nat, Edele, Alex and Mackie. Nat has just been dumped by her long term boyfriend, Edele is unemployed and still living at home with her mum and younger brother, Alex is worrying about her relationship with boyfriend Craig, and Mackie is contemplating a career move.

Although the women have their individual battles, they have such a strong friendship that they are not alone in them. The story i
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Emma (escapetothebookshelf)
I loved this book! It follows 4 women who have been lifelong friends and are now in their late twenties: Nat, Edele, Alex and Mackie. Nat has just been dumped by her long term boyfriend, Edele is unemployed and still living at home with her mum and younger brother, Alex is worrying about her relationship with boyfriend Craig, and Mackie is contemplating a career move.

Although the women have their individual battles, they have such a strong friendship that they are not alone in them. The story i
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Caroline Kerdouci
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful, heartwarming and easy to read book about love and friendship and negotiating your way through early adulthood. The focus of Almost Adults is the long term friendship between Natasha, Edele, Alex and Emma (aka Mackie) and how they deal with their individual struggles. Each of them are battling either the end of a long term relationship (Natasha) unemployment and still living at home (Edele) trying to further yourself up the career ladder (Emma) and finally Alex who is questio ...more
Ella (The Story Collector)
Mackie, Edele, Alex and Nat are four best friends, desperately trying to navigate their 20s together. With breakups, new jobs, new relationships and major decisions, growing up can get messy, but at least they have each other.

As a 24-year-old woman, Almost Adults is one of the most relatable books I’ve read. It is funny and charming, and a very accurate representation of female friendship, with a lot of emphasis on the importance of having people you can rely on in your lowest moments.

The story
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Lisa
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meet twenty-somethings Mackie, Edele, Alex and Nat they are they are almost adults trying to navigate their way through break-ups, death and major life decisions. The struggle is real but it's okay because at least they are in it together... they can make it right?

This novel is like a breathe of fresh air, its real, authentic and relatable. Pantony perfectly captures friendship the strength, the support and the way it anchors you. Edele was my favourite, when she spends the last of her money for
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Erika
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Almost Adults has a hook that may as well have been designed just to lure me in: four female best friends making mistakes, falling in and out of love, and trying really hard to just act like the adults they're supposed to be. I know what it's like to love your friends so much you'd go to the moon for them and I know what it feels like when the job you want doesn't want you back. I know what it feels like when life is going pretty awfully, but I also know what it's like when you have friends who ...more
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