Give a warm welcome to author Emma Jane Unsworth, whose new book Grown Ups, about the very real struggles of adulting in today’s world, comes out on August 18. The intrepid millennial main character of her story is Jenny McLaine, whose life is a hot mess. She’s lost her sweet columnist job, and any hope of reuniting with her ex, plus her mother is about to move in with her. Exploring topics of feminism, social media, vulnerability, and more, Grown Ups is being touted as Fleabag meets Conversations with Friends, which is music to our ears. So, of course, we had to ask Emma about some of her favorite reads with a similar vibe. Thanks for joining us, Emma!
Becoming an adult is something that should just happen to us naturally (hahaha—laughs to fade into oblivion). Alas, that’s rarely (never?) the case. It’s a challenge. Maybe the problem is that no one knows what “adulting” actually means. Does it mean looking after yourself? Owning a house? Always having a reusable tote on hand? Keeping a plant alive? What?
These six books that I’m recommending don’t answer that question, but they certainly grapple with the idea of feeling at odds with a world you are meant to have “grown up” into. I love them all. I hope you do too. Happy growing, happy not growing, and happy reading.