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Accidental Adulthood: One Man's Adventures with Dating and Other Friggin' Nonsense Paperback – March 20, 2017
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Despite the length, Gephart's Accidental Adulthood is a smooth, entertaining and effortless read. Effortless - but far from brainless. Every chapter is bursting with grit, texture, flavor, references to pop culture, world history and dark humor. The author beats himself up with one hand and then strokes with another. It's a self-deprecating stream of consciousness, a celebration of Peter Pan inside every man. It reads like a stand-up comedy skit worthy of Eric Bogosian.
- Marina J. Neary, author of Saved by the Bang
From the Back Cover
Mick's adult life is not turning out the way he'd hoped. His twenties are over, and instead of being the acclaimed novelist and family man he thought he'd be, Mick is stuck running a second-rate California motel and fumbling through an endless succession of hilarious dating misadventures. Most of his friends are married with children, and he feels they look down upon single people like him as being merely a fraction of a whole being. During his version of the modern single man's search for what completes him, Mick must contend with a cast of quirky and memorable characters that both frustrate and sustain him as he navigates his way toward having to make a momentous career decision that will affect all of their lives. Accidental Adulthood is a coming-of-age story for the Tinder generation. As Mick begins to face up to his own flaws and struggles to ascertain his place in the adult world, some universal truths are illuminated about family, ambition, responsibility, loyalty, and relationships.
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Mick has a way of looking at things that can be hilarious and profound simultaneously.
Here's a sample from his thoughts on his tendency to over think things:
Stop thinking. I should get that tattooed across my chest. But then again, I'd probably spend the rest of my life second guessing the color I chose for the ink.
Or another observation concerning one aspect of his social life:
Besides Sumo Wrestling and prostate exams, a blind date is the most awkward and unpleasant activity that you can engage in with a fellow human being.
Mick is a young, single man who is about to age out of his twenties. This milestone has him evaluating his own life and, in the process, judging all the people around him – especially the women he dates. He finds these women through his friend Witt (who is a player), through his sister, Maggie (who feels no one is complete who isn't part of a couple), and through online dating (where everyone appears to be evaluating everyone else). Mick wants to find someone with whom he can have a long term relationship, but none of the women he dates meet his criteria, sometimes for good reason and other times because he's over thinking, again.
Mick's quest to find the perfect woman is interesting for another reason as well. He's a writer who has penned a single line of a novel: Angelina was mysterious. He isn't please with his opener, so he's also looking for characteristics he can give to his heroine and include in a magnificent opening line. He searches for these characteristics in the women he dates.
The best stories have great characters and Accidental Adulthood has Mick Collins. He's a little like Ted Mosby from the TV show, How I Met Your Mother. Like Ted, Mick thinks he's in search for the perfect woman, but he's really in search for his adult self. Combine that story line with Gephart's edgy sense of humor and the result is a fabulous read.
Steve Lindahl – author of Motherless Soul, White Horse Regressions, and Hopatcong Vision Quest
If you've ever felt out of place being an adult or navigating this crazy thing called life, this is definitely the book for you! I highly recommend this hilarious and entertaining read!