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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a 39-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.

Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she's a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it's what she leaves unsaid - she's alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh - that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother - who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood - and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke. But when Andrea's niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. Will this drive them together or tear them apart?

Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg's power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman's life, lived entirely on her own terms.

©2017 Jami Attenberg (P)2017 Recorded Books

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I liked this one

An unusual book. The first-person narrator is clearly somewhat disfunctional (indiscriminate sex, too much alcohol, few solid relationships) but she's somehow relatable and even likeable. She is also very witty, and the narration by Mia Barron definetely brings this out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Interesting Take on a Young Woman's Life

The book reads sort of like a series of realizations which the main character undergoes in her day to day life. They seem disconnected somewhat... but it doesn't distract the reader from being drawn into her life.

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Depressing

Couldn't make myself finish the book with only 2 hrs left to go. At first I was sympathetic to the main character even though she isn't that likable and I couldn't really relate to her. But you later realize she never stops playing the victim and never grows up, even into her 40s, and never makes something of herself or her life. The narration makes it even more depressing.

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Hopelessly Hooked on Attenberg

Attenberg writes characters so real that I know dozens of doppelgängers for each one. The protagonist in this piece is an amalgam of everyone I love dearly. She is nihilistic, narcissistic, anarchistic, misanthropic, borderline obsessive, slightly underachieving with at least a hint of mental illness and addiction. At times I was unable to stop laughing and others I had to hide the flood of tears lest my ex-wife/girlfriend laugh at me or even worse ask me to share my feelings.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Lovely and funny and sad

A relatable, complicated and sometimes difficult main character and a story told in vignettes that are funny, sad, and sexy in turn. Beautifully written and over too soon.

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  • 08-03-17

Didn't live up to my expectations

Heard about the book on NPR, suggesting a "Girls" (Lena Dunham) type novel. Seemed like someone from a prior generation trying to be the voice of another, younger, generation. The main character's emotional maturity seems incongruous throughout... spiking in the final few pages, shallow during most of the book, with some insights that feel forced - like sentences inserted as afterthoughts to give her depth. Some heavy themes aren't flushed out, doesn't feel satisfying. The narrator's voice doesn't match the character, and is too monotonous for my tastes.

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Depressing

Most stories have a beginning middle and end, and enroute the character develops. it is this character development that I enjoy so much as it shows how humans can overcome even the worst of hardships. While this story definitely has a beginning, a point of conflict, saying that it has an ending would be very generous, and it seems like the character never truly learns anything or develops or grows but merely quasi accept the status quo. And maybe it's a personal issue that I can't accept that most humans nearly continue on in their own personal status quo never growing or emerging, but I don't particularly enjoy reading about it.

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I was totally drawn in.

Where does All Grown Up rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent narration- excellent writing. All Grown Up is a better Sweetbitter- wry, somewhat damaged childless single woman with an on-the-verge drinking problem- but without the overuse of pompous language. Very well written, well crafted. I loved it.<br/><br/>Told in vignettes in no particular chronological order.

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Great storytelling about finding your life

This was the best great quotes to live life.
It shows how hard happiness is to find in a confused world.
Family is the only things that we can count on in good times and bad.

That is what I found in the book

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  • 03-16-17

Waste of time

This book was horrible! I kept trying to grasp where the writer was going?? Did she ever grow up? It was just sad and unfinished!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful