From the New York Times best-selling author of The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college - their own kids now going to college - and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in.
Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth, Andrew, and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.
Back in the band's heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing 50, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose - about themselves and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them - can never be reclaimed.
Straub packs wisdom, insight, and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions - be they food or friendship or music - never go away; they just evolve and grow along with us.
©2016 Emma Straub (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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The author did a a bang up job on both the young and the getting-older. Two married couples and their kids have an eventful summer that leads to a bit of upheaval in everyone's lives, but not so much drama that it becomes a soap opera. The balance of love, betrayal, rebellion, friendship, sex, lies, foolishness, and dreams was just perfect. And the narrator did such a good job on the different voices of everyone. An all-around enjoyable listen!
This modern day story tracks two families that are intertwined and have been, in various ways, friends since college. It has cute moments, but lacks tension, imagination, or a believable plot line. The characters aren't inspiring of ones interest.
Overall, the book was great. At times, it was hard to follow as it switched from person to person narrative telling each character's story. After a few chapters, it was much easier to follow understanding who was who. The performance was pretty good. I feel as if it started a little monotone, but once the characters spoke more, it was much better. A fun read and fun story overall!
The story was well written. it lept my attention until the last sentence. However, the narrator's delivery was not exciting enough for the storyline.
I enjoyed these characters very much. More so than I thought I would after reading the reviews. But I'm glad I didn't let some of the negative reviews stop me. It was such a lovely story. Raw and honest and hilarious. Some of the themes addressed were very thought-provoking. And I enjoyed the narrator. A few slips here and there between male and female voices but nothing that would disturb me. I would definitely recommend this book.
A great story about aging Gen Xers and their children dealing with growing up, getting older, and dealing with love, relationships, loyalty, and this thing called life.
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