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All Adults Here

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  72,289 ratings  ·  6,584 reviews
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 quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?

Astrid’s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his
Hardcover, First, 356 pages
Published May 4th 2020 by Riverhead Books
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Chip Burke Sometimes books expand our experiences, rather than simply reinforce what comfort zones we have settled for. In this book, I found it added context to…moreSometimes books expand our experiences, rather than simply reinforce what comfort zones we have settled for. In this book, I found it added context to the characters and their respective perspectives. While certain words are more jolting than others, we should embrace thoughts and words that otherwise make us uncomfortable. I loved the book, and Ms Straub's writing. (less)
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Kelley Robertson Agreed. A middle-schooler dyes and drastically cuts her hair and it’s not noticed. Also, I thought what happened to Elliott’s building was a big loose…moreAgreed. A middle-schooler dyes and drastically cuts her hair and it’s not noticed. Also, I thought what happened to Elliott’s building was a big loose end that deserved tying up since it was a chunk of the book. Also, I really expected the Barbara storyline to be more artfully worked in. It was as if the author forgot to finish part of the book. (less)

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The book starts out with quirky, delightful characters. 68-year-old Astrid witnesses the accidental death of an acquaintance, 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 frequently highlighting. I love the theme that everyone is stumbling through life trying to get along as
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
My brain cells sending me “S.O.S.” 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
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
It seems that many authors believe in the more 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 book.

While 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 angst.

All o
Larry H
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

All aboard the Strick family dysfunction train!

When 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 equally important, she might not have been the best mother to her three children.

As 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, E
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I spent years thinking I wouldn't like Emma Straub's books because I've always seen such mixed reviews but I loved this SO MUCH. It's the second book of hers that I've read in the last week and I've given both 5 stars. This one was messy in all the best ways and exactly what I wanted it to be at every turn. I'm officially an Emma Straub stan, wow

CW: IVF, death of a loved one, homophobia, transphobia, grooming, cheating, deadnaming, abortion
Andy Marr
Dis book got issues. SO many issues. More issues than you could reasonably expect a 338-page novel to offer. Truly, Straub didn't miss a thing - bullying, paedophilia, lesbianism, gender identity, bisexuality, transgender, abuse, grief, adultery - it's ALL THERE!

But why? Why this need to cover all these hot button topics in such a teeny little book? Perhaps Straub was simply eager to please. Perhaps she just didn't want to leave anybody out. Fair enough. But it's no easy task to cover 714 hot i
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 frequently 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 ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
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 connect
Like a visit to (an even more 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 quirky absurdity - and especially without the rapid and witty dialogue.

Similar 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 s
Emma Straub has rapidly become one of my favored authors. She excels in domestic fiction with flawed and quirky 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 h ...more
4.5 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
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars. So disappointed in this book I feel like I could cry..
I was really looking forward to this and was like yeah one of the MCs is a 60 something year old Grandma & one thing about me is I have a major soft spot for Gammy's so I thought 'Yes!! Scoreeeee!!!!!!'
Then I finally got my hands on it and let me reiterate how sorely disappointed I am! 😭

This is the sort of book that tries too hard by wanting to address every social issue under the sun but not really addressing them at all at the sa
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
emma straub writes compulsively readable books about mostly horrible people trying to redeem themselves. saw another review describe this as a more socially progressive gilmore girls, and that's fairly accurate. this definitely fits in the "dysfunctional family drama" contemporary niche that i love so very much, but i just didn't find this gripping. a lot of the subplots that were supposed to raise the stakes here were just not compelling, or not fleshed out enough to make the stakes high enough ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book begins with a death and ends with a new life.

The Strick family is falling apart. Siblings are estranged, marriages are broken, and children are sent away. But after a school bus accident kills matriarch Astrid's old acquaintance, she is forced to rethink her views on life and the unrealistic expectations she places on her children.

It's a messy potpourri of pressing social issues that never get the coverage they deserve due to the short length. This was one of those Important Books th
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4 Adulting is Hard Stars

This 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 Day.

This 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
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
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I love a good dysfunctional family saga. Astrid is 68 years old, living in a small NY town, when she witnesses a neighbor hit by a school bus and killed. It shakes her up and she starts questioning past decisions, especially as it relates to her parenting.
Chapters flit between what seemed like a cast of hundreds. Astrid, her children, her daughter-in-law, her granddaughter, her granddaughter’s friend. And everyone, of course, has their own issues, including sexual orientation, fidelity, single
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Astrid Strick, the matriach of the Strick family, is 68-years-old and questions some of her parenting decisions. Her three kids are adults, and each of them is struggling with decisions of their own. Told using multiple points of view, All Adults Here tackles a range of modern topics.

The characters are quirky and intriguing. The writing is engaging, but the story is all over the place. For me, there was too much happening to fully connect with any of the characters. I did enjoy the writing style
Jessica Woodbury
There is one crucial deciding factor on whether you will find this book charming, annoying, or somewhere in the middle. The story is domestic drama, the big and small problems that happen among families and friends. What will clinch it for you is the setting, which is in a lot of ways the entire book. ALL ADULTS HERE takes place in a little town in New York a short train ride from the city. It is small and quaint, everyone is kind and quirky, its main street is populated with the same locally ow ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is not a lot of drama in All Adults Here. Each character struggles with various conflicts but it lacks a page turning plot. I didn't care. I like Straub's writing and the astute, generous way she writes about family. A marvelous escape. ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Straub has packed her novel with characters that have issues that need resolution. This is not a novel with a driving plot. Instead, there is a family headed by the matriarch Astrid Strick, her three children and her three grandchildren, that for the most part live in a small town in upstate New York. Despite the fact that there can be few secrets in such a small town, Straub’s characters do have one or two, a complicated problem and the occasional private longing. They include issues of gender ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
My favorite Emma Straub novel yet! I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one because the previous two Straub novels that I've read (The Vacationers and Modern Lovers) were enjoyable but I had a hard time connecting with and caring about the characters.

This was not the case for All Adults Here! I loved the Strick family and the fictional town of Clapham, in upstate NY, that this story takes place in. I thought Straub's observations on family dynamics, leaving the place you grow up, learnin
Krista Regester
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've heard a lot of folks say that they read this in one sitting, but I had definitely had the opposite experience. Getting to know this family took me quite some time. Each individual has a different take on life's opportunities that are just as interesting as the last. Although I couldn't really find myself in one of them, I found pieces of me in each of them. ...more
Laura Tremaine
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book about a dysfunctional family in a small town! Reminded me a little of Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteredge (a book I also loved).
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Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
An introspective novel begins with a bus crash witnessed by Astrid Strick, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, and a lover of a kind. The person killed in the accident is someone she knew but not really fond of… The accident incited a series of reflections back to her own life and focused on her family. Did she miss out on anything? Could she have raised her children in a better way?

True-to-life feelings, grudges held for many years among families, friends, and siblings were forthcoming. Like a fa
3.5 stars

I found Emma Straub's debut The Vacationers to be just a delightfully fun read about an interesting family in a beautiful setting. All Adults Here is similar except it's not set in a vacation spot. Again, a fun family, and although some readers might not like the characters, I did. A rather light read to get me through another couple of stuck-at-home pandemic days.

I did not think the chapter towards the end about Barbara was at all necessary and only served to make me deduct a half sta
Torrin Nelson
May 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’ll use a direct quote from this book to summarize it—“just south of mediocre.”
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're having Gilmore Girls withdrawals but wish the show were more progressive, then you'll love Emma Straub's latest. The Strick family is all around unlikable at first read, but each character becomes more and more endearing as the book progresses. It's slower paced than Straub's previous books, but I appreciated it after the chaotically fun final chapters. It's a fun, poignant read that will stick with you long after you've finished it. ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
All Adults Here by Emma Straub is a so-so family drama.

After 68-year-old Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of Clapham, N.Y., she realizes that life is uncertain so she decides to share with her family her big secret. She is bi-sexual and for the last two years she has been in a romantic relationship with her hairdresser, Birdie. But her three grown children and her granddaughter have plenty of secrets of their own. Her daughter, thirty-seven-year-old Porter, is pregnant
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Real and Honest Stars

I really enjoyed this book and the honest tale it told. Astrid, the 68 year old widow and strong matriarch of her family, always admitted she was uptight and hard on her three adult children. Well, maybe not always, just lately.

Her daughter, Porter, and two sons, Elliott and Nicky, are completely different from each other. Astrid doesn't understand this at first, but eventually realizes why and how this can happen, and learns to appreciate their individual quirks and ch
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was entertaining, though there was definitely zero plot. (I mean, maybe a minuscule plot. Hard to find. Need a magnifying glass.) I think it's a big of a set-piece. A truly enjoyable one, though! I will have NO trouble at all handing this to patrons looking for beach reading in 2020, I'll tell you what.

Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the digital ARC.
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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.

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