Adults – Emma Jane Unsworth


“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 can practically hear her nerves jangling,

• she spends all day online-stalking women with beautiful lives as her career goes down the drain.

And now her mother has appeared on her doorstep, unbidden, to save the day…

Is Jenny ready to grow up and save herself this time?

Deliciously candid and gloriously heartfelt, ADULTS is the story of one woman learning how to fall back in love with her life. It will remind you that when the world throws you a curve ball (or nine), it may take friendship, gin & tonics or even your mother to bring you back…”


*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

This book is 100% a book about and for todays society, talking about the stress and anxiety when it comes to social media and technology. In today’s society there is this obsession surrounding technology and social media and the amount of time that we spend on them. How we can be hanging out with friends, family, partners and still have our heads in our phones. (Think about the last time you watched a film, we’re in a queue, or on a public transport and you didn’t go on your phone at the same time). How is can take over your life. This book sums up that obsession brilliantly! This is all done and highlighted in such a funny way and it had me laughing constantly, even more so with how much it spoke to my introverted self in certain parts.

I am not innocent of all this. Especially during Lockdown, I have become increasingly addicted to TikTok, YouTube and Twitter. How when me and my partner watch a movie, at some point during the film, me and my partner will pull out our phone and begin playing a game or googling why the actor/tress looks familiar. It’s got to the point where we have phone free movie nights!

The main character of this book, Jenny, was so self obsessed, shallow, insecure, overthinking and worrying about everything, especially the digital world. Worrying and stressing about every post, every email, every digital finger print that she was putting out there; having her friend double check everything. Having her double check emails from herself to her boyfriend, which should be personal, before and after she sent them, which got me thinking that this was either a great friendship, or a seriously one-sided friendship. The anxiety and insecurity felt suffocating and had me wondering why she was doing it all. Why post all those posts when you’re constantly worried about what you’re saying, how you’ve said it and how many likes and replies you’re getting?.

This book felt and read like a satirical take on society today, that did have me laughing in parts. However, it made me go from fully on belly laughing at certain points, to not wanting to pick this book back up because I didn’t want to continuing reading from this needy and moany character. This book is 100% character driven with no real plot, other than the constant barrage of messages of how “social media is bad and addictive”. Usually I enjoy character driven books, but Jenny isn’t one that I want to be reading about and I have no interest in how her character develops. I would’ve DNFed this book easily if I hadn’t needed to review it.

Overall, I was disappointed with this book, but it was relatable to a certain degree and did make me take a look at my own relationship with my phone, social media and how I use it while around people.

Published by ShayneysReviews

Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

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