Almost Adults by Ali Pantony
Publishing Date: 24th June 2019
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review, thank you!
Number of pages: 320
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
The struggle is real…
Ever managed to kill a succulent after just a few days?
Got seven reminder letters on the kitchen table because you forgot to pay your council tax?
Become a hot mess who’s falling apart because they’ve been broken up with?
Nobody told Mackie, Edele, Alex and Nat (aka the MEAN Girls) that life was going to be this way. They’re busy navigating the joys of adulthood – getting their shit together, breaking up and making up, moving out and moving on. This grown up stuff is hard but at least they’ve got each other.
Welcome to the world of adulting.
Mackie, Ed, Alex and Nat (or, as they call themselves, MEAN Girls) are all starting to feel that they definitely should have their lives together. They’re all in late twenties, all have been friends for many years, and now they try to figure out how to be an adult, and what does it involve. Firstly, Nat’s boyfriend of seven years, ends their relationship, with no warning. Alex is scared her boyfriend is cheating on her, Ed is still living with her mum and lying about how well her job search is going, Mackie is trying to get out of the job she’s just got. Are all the changes going to challenge their friendship`?
What really worked for me in this story was the friendship between the girls. It felt real and honest, they were there for each other but it didn’t feel too forced or unrealistic or overdone. It was genuine, with ups and downs, like in real friendships, it was comforting and spirit lifting. Each of the four girls was unique, with their own voice and experience, and they brought the best to the relationship. Individually they are all a real mess, but together it seems they can conquer the world, and I loved this feeling.
The book is told from all four points of view and the author has really well pulled it off and the characters tell as it really is, highlighting all the highs and lows of being an adult. But I wanted to tell, this is life, right, so please just pull yourselves together and stop feeling sorry. I mean, there were some funny moments, sure, and the girls were not flawless, they were making mistakes, so it should be a relatable, engaging read, but maybe I’m simply too old for such book already? Sure, we all have moments when we really don’t know what to do with our life, when we feel we are adults by mistake but I simply expected more from this story. And, I think, something different – more fun, more humour, more hilarity because, once too much, it felt like the characters were only unhappy and complaining all the time. What’s more, I didn’t care about the characters, I wasn’t sure what the book wants to tell us – I probably simply didn’t click with it as I expected to, and hoped to, based on the brilliant synopsis.
I liked the message in “Almost Adults”, that really it’s not all about having a man in your life but about finding yourself and this what makes you happy. It was a story about true friendship, with its ups and downs, about making mistakes and learning from them and realising that being an adult doesn’t mean you must have everything figured out. The dynamics between the girls were so well captured and the writing style was light – hearted, and I am already looking forward to reading more from Ali Pantony.