The struggle is real.
Nick Stahlnecker is 18 and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker's unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?
That's probably not what dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.
Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother's basement, but only barely.
Meeting Nick doesn't fit in with Jai's plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don't have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.
This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It's got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That's all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.
©2016 Lisa Henry (P)2017 Riptide Publishing
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
Can I just squee and squeal and rant about how much I loved, loved, loved this story and audio and leave it at that?
No? Oh. Okay. Well, then. Ummm. Okay...this is awkward.
Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and wants to experience life. He's smart, but doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up, has no filter, and has a pretty co-dependent relationship with his best friend Devon. There's a lot he doesn't know, but what he does know is that construction worker, Jai Hazenbrook, is super hot and he really, really wants to know what he tastes like.
Jai is twenty-five and spends three months every summer working back in his hometown and living in his mom's basement just so he can afford to spend the next nine months traveling the globe experiencing life. He's completely unprepared for this weird kid to come into his life.
~~How is this kid even real? Real people have filters.~~
But the more time he spends with Nick, the more he realizes that he likes him.
~~It’s weird, then, that he likes Nick.
Nick is everything Jai is not. Nick is loud. Nick has no discernable filter. He’s smart, but he’s also scatterbrained. He has energy levels that can only be attributed to a diet full of caffeine and sugar. By rights, Jai should find him exasperating. Instead, he finds him oddly charming.~~
Adulting 101 is low angst, really sweet, ridiculously funny, totally awesome, and I seriously cannot recommend it enough.
The narration absolutely lives up to the awesomeness of the book! Nick J. Russo NAILS the character voices and the tone of this story. He also manages to convey all the texting really well, making them true conversations.
Though there are some slight sound issues throughout the audio (cutting in and out mostly) it wasn't enough to detract from my complete enjoyment of the audiobook.
Bottom line is I loved it and recommend it to everyone!
The narrator did a perfect job of bringing the characters to life. I truly enjoyed every minuet of this book. I laughed and cried as I followed Nick on his journey of trying to figure out how to be an adult. Jai is very patient, and even though Nick annoys him at first, there is something sweet and innocent that Jai is attracted to. My favorite part is Nick learning to control his "indoor voice", and how he continually shocks his parents with his graphic description of his "sexy times" with his boyfriend. This is the first book I've read by Lisa Henry, and I can tell you, it won't be my last!.
Fantasy and PNR's are like pizza. When they're good, they are really good and then they are bad, they're still kinda good.
This book ranks in the top ten of the all the audiobooks I've listened to in the past year. It would have made the top five if not for one niggling detail that kept taking me out of the setting. Some of the dialogue and awkward situations had me barking laughter. The story was worth it just for those moments!
"This can only end one way." There were so many good moments, but my favorite is the unflagging positivity of the main protagonist Nick. He brings an ADORABLE level of insanity to everything he does, including the situation where he uses this line.
The reading is flawless. The voices are so distinct and it folds in a nice layer of immersion when listening to the story. I haven't heard anything by this reader I wasn't impressed with.
Good times were had by all.
The one thing I found difficult to get around was the present tense of the story. I kept getting confused. I stopped listening several times because of this but did finish the story because the dialogue is fantastic and the story was really fun!
this was truly an entertaining book I laughed almost all the way through- I can't recommend this enough!!! so good-!!!!!
This is a very light hearted and low-angst book that involves romance. I say that because – to me – the romance itself isn’t very satisfying – but it has a lot of potential. Most of this story is Nick’s personal growth.
Nick is 18 and scared about the “end of his childhood” and his subsequent move to college at the end of summer. He’s a virgin and he’s determined not to be before he starts college.
Nick meets Jai at work. Jai is 25 and “worldly”. Jai works only enough to fund his travels and that’s the extent of his “plans for the future”. Though it goes against his very nature, Jai actually makes plans to be Nick’s “fuck buddy” for the summer (making that the longest relationship he’s ever had), with the full understanding that it’s just gonna be that. Nick’s going to college and Jai’s heading to Argentina at the end of the summer and the likelihood that they’ll meet again in the future is slim to none.
With that in mind, the two embark on a pretty hilarious summer fling wherein Jai educates Nick in the fine art of romance.
The problem is – at the end of the summer Nick still isn’t ready for college and Jai is questioning his plan as well.
On the one hand I really enjoyed this. Lisa Henry is a gifted writer and Nick is a great character. He’s naïve, effervescent and enthusiastic, open and really a great guy. But he’s young. Very young. And he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. Having him meet Jai helps to shape some of what he wants, but – even by the end – we still don’t know where Nick is headed in life, nor do we really know much about Jai or where he’s going, either.
I love that Jai is still young, but worlds more sophisticated than Nick. It’s almost a May/December romance, but not to the extreme. I love how caring Jai is with Nick and how great they are as a couple. The physical times were hot and funny at the same time.
What I didn’t like when I read this the first time and what bothered me even more upon listening to it, was how uncertain their ending is. I’m not going to give much of a spoiler when I say this ends on a HFN more than anything else and to me, at least, it was so very unsatisfying.
I’m guessing the point is that these guys are young and this story stops at the end of the summer so life isn’t set in stone for them yet. But I really wanted to know what’s going to happen to these guys and it felt so unsettled where it was left.
If you’re in the mood for a funny, touching and sweet (but potentially unsatisfying) romance- I think you’ll really enjoy this. If you look at this like Nick’s story of growth, it might satisfy. If you’re like me, and you need something a bit more concrete in the romance department– this might bother you a bit.
3.5 of 5 stars
Nick J Russo was AMAZING. He captured Nick (he he) to perfection! Nick’s joy and self doubts, his tendency to blurt and his enthusiasm were beautifully demonstrated in Russo’s narration. Jai (who isn’t nearly as well-defined as Nick) was well done, as were the other secondary characters. I definitely think listening to this (versus reading) adds another layer of complexity to what is a (somewhat) simple story, and the way to go.
I really enjoyed listening to this, and as an entertaining experience give it 5 of 5 stars.
Overall 4.25 of 5 stars
All the stars for this one! I freaking loved it!!
Every once in awhile you come across a book that *has* to be listened to, not read. When the narrator does such a good job that his or her performance takes the author's words to the next level. This is one of those books.
Nick J. Russo is Nick Stahlnecker. I absolutely adored Nick. He's 18 and hilarious and has no filter whatsoever. He brings up random topics and rambles a lot. He's co-dependent on his best friend Devon. And he's nervous because they are going away to college this fall. At different universities.
His dad gets him an office job with a construction company for the summer and that's where he meets Jai. And what a meeting it is. OMG, I laughed so hard during this book.
I'm telling you, you will love this book. Definitely worth a credit. 5 stars!!!!
Too busy to read as much as I'd like, Audible is the perfect solution. I'm a romance reader mostly, but can stray into any story.
From all of the many ways these 2 guys get caught indecently to all of the humorous life lessons poor Nick had to learn the hard way, Jai and Nick (or #Jick) as I affectionately refer to them as now, will always be my favorite gays.
What I also loved about this book was the familial dynamics. Despite numerous differences in both families and also between parent and child, there was so much love and understanding. It was a little heart achy but a lot heart warming.
And let's not even go there with Devon and Nick. Ok, just kidding, let's do go there because the bromance between these Besties was my absolute favorite part of the book. I wish everyone had a friend that was so understanding and so unapologetically affectionate and open. Truly my favorite part of this audio.
Nick Russo was a great narrator, although I felt he was a little more of a story teller than narrator. His very slight inflections wasn't enough for me to distinguish each character but his telling was so great that it didn't bother me.
Adulting 101 is a laugh riot straight through, but delves into serious topics like mental health issues, the fear of the future, and even patriarchy (the latter being taken in a more light hearted tone) This book surprised me I found my self even liking Nick and Jai just talking more enjoybale than the naughty bits. Everything between them just felt sincere and real which is rare in a gay novel. PLUS NO ANGST!! Thank god.
Nick is the epiphany of every gay teenager (including myself when I was his age) inexpierce, stuck in the middle of being and adult and teen, scared of how the world will treat him once out of his bubble. Compared to his hetrosexual peers who seem to have everything together(Besides Denver of course). He's unsure how to act in a relationship without thinking about sex first, because that's all gay teens know since the only gay relationships they know and learn about are through porn.
Luckly he has Jai to guide him through this awkward phase of growing up emphasis on awkward... but cute. Jai is a cool headed laid back guy who just wants to find his own dream.I hope every gay teen can find their Jai. An understanding, gentle, and calm boyfriend. Their for when his struggling boyfrined needs him. Although I wish the author went more into Jai backstory... maybe in the sequel??? *Finger cross
Jai has seen Nick at his lowest and saved him. I hope Nick can do the same for Jai one day. Great book!
Can I just say that Nick J Russo has done a truly amazing job of narrating one of my fave reads of 2016?? So much so that this has gone onto my superb audio narration bookshelf....and there will be repeat listens too. Brilliant!!
Aah, the precious!! [sorry, had to get that in there, hehe] Well, we've got so many pop culture references in this story, including the trip at the end which is definitely on my bucket list!! The Matrix, Star Wars, Harry Potter, LOTR...just perfect. 5 stars from me for this light, fluffy and adorable read from Lisa. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!! LOVED Nick's bro Devon, and as for Jai, well he has his head screwed on properly, and I'm sure will look after Nick as best he can. They made a really cute couple.
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