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Adulting 101 Paperback – May 12, 2016
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Nick Stahlnecker is a cute, scatterbrained LOTR fanboy. He is a very young seventeen and is feeling increasingly panicked about his scheduled departure for college in the fall. Devon Staples is his (straight) BFF, and the thought of facing the future without him simply increases the panic. Jai Hazenbrook is the impossibly cool and handsome twenty-five-year-old co-worker who inadvertently leads the impulsive Nick astray and triggers the summer…fling (whatever) that is at the heart (the big, warm, beating heart) of this sweet, laugh-out-loud not-quite-romance.
Devon is possibly my favorite straight boy ever. It seems to impossible to me that two teenage male friends could actually say “I love you” to each other. I hope this isn’t Lisa Henry being delusional, because Devon and Nick’s co-dependent nerdy friendship is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever experienced. This would not have been possible when I was a teenager, and it fills my heart with hope.
Nick’s very awkward friend-with-benefits arrangement with the worldly, slightly distant Jai is a perfect set-up for the author to study both families. The real surprise is that we find that both Nick and Jai love their families. Each young man copes with his anxieties and his unclear aspirations in different ways. Nick screws up and gets lost in his fantasy world; Jai runs away for nine months a year and travels the real world. Both of them are absorbing experiences outside their own daily existence to try to give meaning to their lives. That is, until both Nick and Jai find that the other guy is beginning to do that for them.
I also give huge credit to Lisa Henry for making both of the families important and relatable. The hardest part of “adulating” is raising children. We all screw up, even if we do our best and love with all our hearts. That’s what makes it so difficult.
This is not some simple happily-ever-after story. I mean, it could be, but that’s not the point. This is about the potential for friendship, and love, to open up a world of communication and understanding that can transform a life. Or maybe more than one.
Nick is this perfect self-centered, stream-of-consciousness, little impulse control 18-year-old who should be annoying...but whom I end up loving. He and Devon's friendship is so hilarious & beautiful.
This is a coming-of-age tale that is a perfect balance of silly, awkward, heart-breaking, and honest, and so 21st century. I am very glad I bought this book.
Overall, Adulting 101 is a fantastic example of new adult literature, balancing laugh-out-loud humor and steamy erotica with the complex emotional turbulence of emerging adulthood. Nick and Jai's characters are complex and fully developed, and their experiences relatable for many young adults. I would recommend this book to any teen or 20-something struggling with the transition to adulthood, and who wants some adorable romance and whimsical humor to go along with it.
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