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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  518 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Jenny McLaine is an adult. Supposedly. At thirty-five she owns her own house, writes for a cool magazine and has hilarious friends just a message away.

But the thing is:

• She can’t actually afford her house since her criminally sexy ex-boyfriend Art left,

• her best friend Kelly is clearly trying to break up with her,

• she's so frazzled trying to keep up with everything you
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 20th 2020 by The Borough Press
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Paromjit
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Emma Jane Unsworth depicts a realistic, problematic and humorous picture of our contemporary disease of social media addiction and its pressures, its pitfalls and repercussions through the life of 35 year old Jenny McLaine. On the surface, Jenny is living the perfect successful life. She is a columnist on a online magazine, owns her own home but delve a little deeper and her life is a car crash, unravelling at a rapid rate. Her manipulative photographer boyfriend, Art, has broken up with her and ...more
Nadia
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brutally honest, hilarious and insightful, Adults tells a story of a thirty-five year old Jenny who is obsessed with social media.Jenny is bright and funny but not coping well with the break-up with her boyfriend who seems to have found a replacement for Jenny in no time.

If you are in a mood for something witty to make you laugh, this might be the right book. That is not to say Adults have no serious moments. It makes accurate observations of today's obsessions of young generations with
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Emer (A Little Haze)
I love the premise of this book. The story of a mid thirties woman named Jenny got caught up in the pitfalls of this social media age and how at thirty five there are certain societal expectations on a woman's lifestyle choices.

And early on in the read I really liked this. It's incredibly honest and there is so much in this book that is relevant to how we live now.

It's incredibly authentic with regard to how as a society people conjure up certain aspects of their lives to appear better on
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Blair
Emma Jane Unsworth's breakout novel Animals featured two main characters – Laura and Tyler – and as with Zoes and Zeldas, you're either one or the other. I'm definitely a Laura, and Animals was powerfully resonant for me partly because of that. Adults, on the other hand, is narrated by the equivalent of a Tyler: Jenny, a loud, selfish character whose brashness is often a mask for uncertainty or loneliness. The opening scene sets the tone, as Jenny obsesses about how to caption a photo on ...more
Louise Wilson
Jenny is obsessed with social media and seeing how many likes and comments she receives. It ends up ruining her life. It's starting to spiral out of control so her mother, Carmen, comes to stay.

There were parts of this book I enjoyed and others not so much. I struggled to connect with the main character, Jenny, but she did grown on me as the story progressed. There are some funny one liners that will make you laugh out loud. The book covers how social media can take over your life. I liked the
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Marianne
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adults (also published as Grown Ups) is the third novel by British author, Emma Jane Unsworth.
Meet Jenny McLaine: Single. 35 years old. Radical feminist online magazine columnist.
First impression: Obsessed with social media. Agonises over the image she projects. The epitome of shallow. Overthinks everything. Excessively needy. Endlessly seeks approval. Constantly second-guesses every nuance. Thinks IMPORTANT things in SHOUTY CAPITALS! Begs her friend to proof-read emails to her new boyfriend.
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Gloria Arthur
Social media addiction overload!

I couldn’t relate to the protagonist, but I’m sure there’s a younger generation out there that will love this well written tale of a young woman struggling to be an adult in her social media addicted bubble! It is a most relevant story in today’s society as we all know someone like Jenny!

Jenny McLaine is in her mid thirties, she’s works as a columnist for an online magazine. Jenny’s career is taking a nose-dive, she loses her handsome boyfriend Art who quickly
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Louise Wilson
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Jenny is obsessed with social media and seeing how many likes and comments she receives. It ends up ruining her life. It's starting to spiral out of control so her mother, Carmen, comes to stay.

There were parts of this book that I enjoyed and others not so much. I struggled to connect with the main character, Jenny, ut she did grow on me as the story progressed. There are some funny one liners that will make you laugh out loud. The book covers how social media can take over your life. I liked
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Resh (The Book Satchel)
Rating : 2.5
I was very very invested in the book after the first chapter but was quite disappointed with how it shaped out. The first chapter is about our Instagram-crazy protagonist thinking and rethinking about posting a picture of a croissant—the filter, the angle, the caption, the hashtags. She worries about likes, It was funny. Slightly overdone but the right kind for me to make me laugh out loud and get curious about her life. I love Instagram and I kept thinking—Finally! A novel about
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gem
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

I received an email invite from #harpercollinsuk to read #adults by #emmajaneunsworth, and them saying “powerful and hilarious” was enough to entice me.

As soon as I started reading I knew I was going to love it! Jenny is 35 and is *supposedly* an adult... yet her life is shambolic to say the least.
Her ex-boyfriend is SUCH A DICK! God, I hated Art so much. If I met him in person I would have to walk away, his physical presence would offend me that much!

Whilst Jenny
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Anne
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always adore a good Coming of Age novel, and I still believe this fits even as protagonist Jenny is in her 30's and is wrestling with her life in the digital age. As a journalist, she is consumed by Instagram and other social media, constantly checking her phone for the number of 'likes" and followers she has garnered. Seriously, she spends an inordinate amount of time posting the "perfect" croissant picture and caption! And when she lands the perfect boyfriend, Art she is still constantly ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I think this book was talking to me, ok maybe not, written for me, yeah also unlikely but that is exactly how I felt reading this. Struggling in the world to find your place, to be an adult, don’t feel like you are an adult , then this book is definitely for you. Filled with 100% relatable characters, a hilarious, touching, emotional and entertaining read. This is the first book I’d read in ‘chick lit’ where I felt it’s breaking new ground, it felt new and original and I haven’t had that feeling ...more
Lucy Brown
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love love LOVED this. Think Fleabag with a social media addiction.
Genevieve Trono
I was super intrigued by the concept of Grown-Ups by Emma Jane Unsworth. The strong focus on social media mixed with the desire for approval from others was timely and in a nutshell, life in the digital age. I ended up enjoying the mixed media style which I wasn't sure would work for me at first.

Unfortunately, I just had a hard time connecting with the main character, Jenny. for much of this book. I understand that this book is party a satire, but the obsession and thought process that went
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Amy
Dec 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thanks to Harper Collins UK for sending me an ARC copy of this book. All views and opinions discussed here are my own.

I feel like i've read something different to all of the other reviews for this book because I did not enjoy it one bit. I didn't find it funny at any point and I really didn't find it relatable.

I found the main character Jenny to be extremely unlikable. I felt sad for her at times; especially when her mum left her alone at Christmas. But heartbreaking? No. She seems to be a
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V_Nerdbooks
Such a good read if you are of the 'Social Media' clan

I found myself relating to Jenny quite a few times after she becomes obsessed with 'likes' on her Instagram, I think that it is a very slippery slope to start to go down, and could very easily take over your life, as it did Jenny.

I enjoyed this story and found it very funny, and found myself to have quite a hatred toward a certain 'Arty' character, he was very manipulative, and Jenny fell for his charms every time, even her mother did!
Jen
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, uk, netgalley
After the first few pages, I was sure I was going to hate this book and that it would be a DNF. Make no bones about it, Jenny is an annoying character; an immature, self-centred, social-media obsessed journalist at an online 'feminist' magazine (called Foof, which made me think of Flaps in the sitcom Spaced). She's completely oblivious to the struggles of those around her and how much of a d**ckhead she is. Cue a predictable redemption arc!!

But then Unsworth started to make some really great
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Paula Dennan
Jenny is 35, writes a weekly column for an online feminist magazine and owns her own home. Sounds like she has her life together, right? Not quite. Jenny and her partner Art have recently broken up, a decision that leaves Jenny wondering whether their relationship meant anything at all to Art.

She may own her house, but she cannot really afford it now that she is living alone. Her job isn't going so great, either. Add to that an obsession with social media, specifically Instagram, and the fact
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Sara Oxton
Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth a three-star read that needs to do a little growing up. I didn’t know what to write about this one, in some parts I loved it and in others I was seriously considering not even finishing it. I found Jenny McLaine to be knuckle whiteningly annoying for most of the story, I know she is supposed to be neurotic and insecure and we are supposed to watch her become someone you can cheer for, but honestly I couldn’t get to that point with her. The only redemand feature of ...more
Margaret Madden
Couldn’t finish this one. Modern day Bridget Jones, methinks, but I fear I’ve aged too much to give a shit about Instagram likes etc.
Anna Tan
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copy
Hmmmmm. I took a chance on this because OMG I'M THIRTY-FIVE I SHOULD READ THINGS ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE ME.

Or not. Really, really not.

I finished this with the same kind of vague disconnect that I had reading Normal People; the kind of feeling that I should like this, I should relate, but I don't. Who are these awkward creatures posing as humans and doing these outlandish things that no one in their right mind would? There's a huge cultural divide, even after recently spending much time amongst these
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Megan Staunton
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jenny McLaine is an adult. Or at least, that’s how she presents to the outside world, or, to be more specific, the pixelated 6x6 shiny squares which reflect only the best depiction of her experiences. But is that the same thing? She writes for a feminist magazine at a cool co-working space, owns her own house and has a flurry of friends at her fingertips, but through her voracious obsession of one particular verified user, Jenny starts to spiral, and her offline world, comes crashing down.

I
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Stephanie Martin
Disclaimer - this is not my usual choice of book. I haven't read Unsworth's first outing but I have heard people talk about it and apparently she is an alumni of my own university department so I thought I would give it a go.

Good points first - It is searingly honest and contemporary. You can tell that it is a novel about a modern woman written by a modern woman. There are some brilliant one liners and the language was fresh and truthful. I read it quickly and found it pretty engaging,
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Laura
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We meet Jenny, our social media obsessed lead character as she is spending an afternoon framing the perfect caption for her Instagram post (a croissant picture). An exclamation mark or none? Or maybe even two...........

I wasn't sure what to think when i first started this book but now i have finished I think there are themes throughout which will resonate with social media users, even those who are nowhere near as addicted as Jenny. I mean, who hasn't worried about how others will view or
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Heather
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jenny is an adult. Apparently. On the surface, she is a home owner, columnist and has amazing friends surrounding her. But, she can't afford the house, her boyfriend Art has left, her best friend Kelly seems to be severing ties, she's frazzled and social media obsessed, her career is spiralling and her mum has appeared on her doorstep.

It's not the first book around a character who needs to grow up, and it won't be the last, but I'm sure it's the only one that will have a never ending internal
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ℳacarena
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, reviews
~This ARC has been gently provided in exchange for an honest review~

Wooow! I don’t even know how to start this review, so I’ll just say that this book is remarkable, uproarious, and touching. Jenny, the main character, is quite unique. She’s funny, clever, and she overthinks too much. She’s obsessed with her social media accounts, with the comments people leave, who follows her and who doesn’t, and the “likes” her posts get. She can’t help taking a picture of something and upload it to
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Nicole • readingincanada
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for sending me a copy - all opinions my own!

Another call for those who want books about young women in big cities living life - but this time, what if you both related to and kinda hated the character, in the most fun way?! Meet: ADULTS. I don’t think I have EVER in my life had an author describe the anxiety of social media as incredibly perfectly as the opening of this book. I knew it was silly, but I felt it so intensely I got stressed and anxious - and that
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Nic
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Adults, for me, was a book of two sections. It was witty, cutting and caustic and I hugely enjoyed the latter 2/3, when the cleverly linked tales and teasers came together to form a narrative with more plot. In other words, once I was in the swing, I was hooked.

But it took me a little to get there, mainly because the over bearing premise at the start of the book is the lead protagonist’s overwrought obsession with social media; which didn’t resonate with me at all.

I am sure this will be
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Charlotte
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious, frank, touching, extremely considered and multi-layered story with one of the best anti-heroines I've ever rooted for. It's like Emma Jane Unsworth has been inside my head, met all my friends, met my family and my colleagues and my old housemates and written down the conversations we've had or the thoughts I've been too scared to voice.

A perfect, not too spoiler-y quote below that made me laugh out loud, it was so real:

"When she gets back I start telling a story about someone who
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Stefan Fergus
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*
Not really sure what to give this. There were moments that were very funny, others that were interesting, moving. Some of the supporting characters were excellent. There were also moments when I was a bit bored, and I wasn’t enthusiastic about continuing. Jenny is the kind of narcissist that I can’t stand in real life. And, unlike Fleabag (to which this is pitched as being similar), Jenny isn’t as nuanced or well-done. The structure was also a bit jerky at times.
I know a fair few people for
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