All Adults Here
When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?Astrid’s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is intentionally pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered? Who decides which apologies really count? It might be that only Astrid’s thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.In All Adults Here, Emma Straub’s unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

All Adults Here Details

TitleAll Adults Here
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherRiverhead Books
ISBN-139781594634697
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult

All Adults Here Review

  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    Review to be published shortly before publication on 9th July
  • Ang
    January 1, 1970
    This was entertaining, though there was definitely zero plot. (I mean, maybe a minuscule plot. Hard to find. Need a magnifying glass.) I think it's a big of a set-piece. A truly enjoyable one, though! I will have NO trouble at all handing this to patrons looking for beach reading in 2020, I'll tell you what.Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the digital ARC.
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  • Annissa Armstrong
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It might be my favorite Emma Straub. The relationships and the character development was so well written. This author has a great writing style and makes her books very interesting reads. This book comes out on May 5 so be ready to purchase!!!
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  • Hitha
    January 1, 1970
    If you're having Gilmore Girls withdrawals but wish the show were more progressive, then you'll love Emma Straub's latest. The Strick family is all around unlikable at first read, but each character becomes more and more endearing as the book progresses. It's slower paced than Straub's previous books, but I appreciated it after the chaotically fun final chapters. It's a fun, poignant read that will stick with you long after you've finished it.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Emma Straub does it again! She is adept at introducing us to a flawed yet lovable cast of characters as they learn to navigate aging and family dynamics. 4.5 stars.
  • Elle Rudy
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to Riverhead Books & Goodreads for an advance copy!
  • Claire Messano
    January 1, 1970
    Emma Straubs best work yet! A complicated story of the joyous and tough moments that families face throughout their lives as we all get through this thing called life. I loved every minute of it. Emma Straub’s best work yet! A complicated story of the joyous and tough moments that families face throughout their lives as we all get through this thing called life. I loved every minute of it.
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  • Lorri Steinbacher
    January 1, 1970
    It's fun to read about families that are just dysfunctional enough, the type of dysfunction that comes from people just trying to do and be their best and the missed connections and lack of understanding that leads to dysfunction-lite. It's wonderful, aspirational even, to read a book in which a trans teen can come out to people with little fanfare and nearly universal acceptance. You might think it's unrealistic, but hey, what does it hurt to write the world the way it should be?Recommended for It's fun to read about families that are just dysfunctional enough, the type of dysfunction that comes from people just trying to do and be their best and the missed connections and lack of understanding that leads to dysfunction-lite. It's wonderful, aspirational even, to read a book in which a trans teen can come out to people with little fanfare and nearly universal acceptance. You might think it's unrealistic, but hey, what does it hurt to write the world the way it should be?Recommended for readers who like family stories that don't get too dark and make you feel hopeful instead of wrung out.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    At first glance this looks like a novel about a family in crisis, but as I read and peeled back the layers, it was apparent that Straub used the Strick family as a vehicle to explore 21st century life, sexuality and changing mores. The author cleverly inserts family members in turmoil as they confront unmarried pregnancy via a sperm bank, bullying, internet dangers, gender dysphoria and lesbian love. Yet, none of this seems forced or outrageous. Straub manages to have the family going through At first glance this looks like a novel about a family in crisis, but as I read and peeled back the layers, it was apparent that Straub used the Strick family as a vehicle to explore 21st century life, sexuality and changing mores. The author cleverly inserts family members in turmoil as they confront unmarried pregnancy via a sperm bank, bullying, internet dangers, gender dysphoria and lesbian love. Yet, none of this seems forced or outrageous. Straub manages to have the family going through these changes and beautifully choreographs their coming together to unite in understanding as a reaction to these changes. The catalyst for the novel is the removal of Ceceilia from her Brooklyn home to her grandmother in a more rural environment. She was forced to leave because of a bullying incident, caused by inappropriate interactions on the internet. The story moves on from there as her grandmother, family members and friends face their own crises. I can actually share this and plan for discussions around each of decisions and issues that are presented. Obviously, I really enjoyed this modern take on family drama. Thank you Netgalley for this interesting read.
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  • Dkbbookgirl
    January 1, 1970
    Really good bookComplicated familyLots of individuals searching for their place in the world- and within family
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Five stars are inadequate. I loved this novel a lot. Thanks, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, for the chance to receive a copy of this ARC at the SIBA#19 Trade Show in September, 2019. Id add more but I respect the guidelines not to quote from or give away details about an ARC. Ill say this: get a copy on May 5, 2020, the publication date of ALL ADULTS HERE. Five stars are inadequate. I loved this novel a lot. Thanks, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, for the chance to receive a copy of this ARC at the SIBA#19 Trade Show in September, 2019. I’d add more but I respect the guidelines not to quote from or give away details about an ARC. I’ll say this: get a copy on May 5, 2020, the publication date of ALL ADULTS HERE.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't want this novel full of humor and heart to end. Emma Straub once again delivers a delightful, immersive read with lessons to be learned for all.
  • Willow
    January 1, 1970
    ***i received an arc of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***i just want to say first and foremost that this book was so beautiful. people are so fascinating to me and i love getting to know them. this novel was perfect for me in that it was a careful examination of the intricate web that encompasses family relationships. I havent always like reading about family relationships but now i love it. i find these kinds of novels to be so intriguing and heartwarming. i also ***i received an arc of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***i just want to say first and foremost that this book was so beautiful. people are so fascinating to me and i love getting to know them. this novel was perfect for me in that it was a careful examination of the intricate web that encompasses family relationships. I haven’t always like reading about family relationships but now i love it. i find these kinds of novels to be so intriguing and heartwarming. i also love how flawed they are. all the characters in this book were wonderful to me, and i love them. i found this book easier to get into than Modern Lovers, but that could be just me. When Astrid Strick witnesses a woman in her town get hit by a school bus one day, her whole life is suddenly put into glaring, even horrifying focus. She realizes that the woman hit by the school bus could just as easily been her. From that moment on, Astrid is on a mission to set things right— with her 3 adult children, her grandchildren, with her hairdresser Birdie, but perhaps most importantly Barbara, the woman whose life was taken by a bus. All Adults Here is about family, the relationships that we never get to choose. Told from shifting perspectives, Emma Straub’s newest novel is funny, and honest, but most of all charming. It brings to question the long believed idea that all adults have their lives together, when in reality, that is farthest from the truth. All Adults Here is about daring to face your flaws, while still living unapologetically as your truest self.
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  • Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Ms Straubs The Vacationers and Modern Lovers, but this new novel is really a cut above and I LOVED it! Set in the quaint New England town of Clapham, the novel revolves around three generations of the Strick family. Astrid, the matriarch, witnesses the accidental death of another town resident, and this memento mori causes her to question the way she has lived her life.Told from multiple perspectives, each of the characters holds a secret and it is only when these start to come I really enjoyed Ms Straub’s The Vacationers and Modern Lovers, but this new novel is really a cut above and I LOVED it! Set in the quaint New England town of Clapham, the novel revolves around three generations of the Strick family. Astrid, the matriarch, witnesses the accidental death of another town resident, and this memento mori causes her to question the way she has lived her life.Told from multiple perspectives, each of the characters holds a secret and it is only when these start to come to light, that they are able to let go of the past and move forward. Ms Straub writes wonderful characters and combined with the Stars Hollow-type attraction of Clapham, makes me want to live there: having my haircut at Shear Beauty, eating pancakes at Spiro’s, and I could even be the librarian at CJHS, hanging out with Cecelia and August. There are many apposite descriptions and similes which made me think - yes, yes, that’s exactly right.While I would have liked a little more resolution on a couple of the threads, that’s just a minor quibble. As I got closer to the end, I was feeling that melancholy you get when you know you’ve not got much time left in a particular world. All in all, just wonderful and highly recommended.Thanks to Riverhead and Netgalley for the digital review copy.
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  • Dave Wheeler
    January 1, 1970
    All Adults Here, a family sagà to keep you captured to the pages from start to finish. The mother Astrid lost here husband a few years back leaving here to bring up her children alone. Two boys Elliot & Nicky plus Porter who is now pregnant and going it alone. They are all adults traveling along the road as, well adults warts and all.Cecelia is Nicky's daughter who had been sent to live with his Mum after a incident with her best friend (now not her best friend). On the day Cecilia arrives All Adults Here, a family sagà to keep you captured to the pages from start to finish. The mother Astrid lost here husband a few years back leaving here to bring up her children alone. Two boys Elliot & Nicky plus Porter who is now pregnant and going it alone. They are all adults traveling along the road as, well adults warts and all.Cecelia is Nicky's daughter who had been sent to live with his Mum after a incident with her best friend (now not her best friend). On the day Cecilia arrives Astrid witnesses Babara a lady she knows walk out in front of a bus and becomes history. This shakes her up and she makes some big decisions one being to tell her offspring that her & Birdie are actually lovers not just friends. That's enough about the plot you can read and enjoy the rest yourself and it is worth the time.So yes I enjoyed this book it's not my normal sort of read but I'm glad it came my way the characters are all great in very different ways some cringingly so others well most you will probably love I did. This is normal family life in there way that is with several story lines that each will draw you in but without overcrowding you showing what a fantastic writer Emma is. I feel this novel is more than worthy of five stars and feel you may have a hard job not to feel the same that's my view anyway.
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  • Katherine Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Families that are on the hot mess express are my jam. Haha!Emma Straubs All Adults Here is a smash! Am I surprised? Nope--I have always loved her novels! At the start of the novel, Astrid Strick is a witness to a school bus accident. It reignites a memory for her and she begins to realize that she may not have been the parent she thought she has been to her children all these years.Astrid is a widowed mother of three children- 2 boys and a girl. Porter, Nicky and Elliot were so well written and Families that are on the hot mess express are my jam. Haha!Emma Straub’s All Adults Here is a smash! Am I surprised? Nope--I have always loved her novels! At the start of the novel, Astrid Strick is a witness to a school bus accident. It reignites a memory for her and she begins to realize that she may not have been the parent she thought she has been to her children all these years.Astrid is a widowed mother of three children- 2 boys and a girl. Porter, Nicky and Elliot were so well written and developed. Oh, their flaws!Emma has such a talent for creating characters that are. Just. So. Real. This family was full of good intentions, however, their dysfunctions and misguided choices get the best of them. Spoiler free here, as always. This was a deep look into what it means to create a family, raise them and watch them raise their own, with much hope for their success. This book comes out in May. Thank you so much to Riverhead Books for sharing an early copy with me.
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  • Mainlinebooker
    January 1, 1970
    Straub's novel is a perfect amalgamation of humor and pathos, of adult kids trying to find their way and of a mother who is questioning her rearing of her children as she grows older. I felt like Straub was speaking directly to me in some of the passages and found myself underlining with ferocity. So many issues are brought up in a story instigated by a death of a woman who was the mother's distant community "friend" but one she didn't like very much. This precipitated a long look at the various Straub's novel is a perfect amalgamation of humor and pathos, of adult kids trying to find their way and of a mother who is questioning her rearing of her children as she grows older. I felt like Straub was speaking directly to me in some of the passages and found myself underlining with ferocity. So many issues are brought up in a story instigated by a death of a woman who was the mother's distant community "friend" but one she didn't like very much. This precipitated a long look at the various upheavals in her life and her family. Gender change, abortion, sex, gossip, bullying pedophilia, lesbianism, are but a few of the issues that are explored in a sincere manner ,never with a heavy touch, but with courage and genuineness..The characters were very well defined, and allowed the reader to feel like she was stepping in and whirling in the messiness of family life. It is a book that will make you smile with recognition and yet sigh with the idiosyncrasies of this modern era.
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  • Peggy
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Riverhead Books for an advance copy of this book.3.5 stars rounded up. Emma Straub has set this family drama in the heart of the Hudson Valley, which rings true to small towns in that area. Each member of the Strick family learns more about each other over the course of the novel. They discover truths about events in the past as the novel slowly weaves through their lives over the course of a few months in the fall.A single tragic event at the start triggers intense introspection on Thanks to Riverhead Books for an advance copy of this book.3.5 stars rounded up. Emma Straub has set this family drama in the heart of the Hudson Valley, which rings true to small towns in that area. Each member of the Strick family learns more about each other over the course of the novel. They discover truths about events in the past as the novel slowly weaves through their lives over the course of a few months in the fall.A single tragic event at the start triggers intense introspection on the part of the matriarch, Astrid Strick. Various troubles are encountered by other family members, and acceptance of diverse lives is evident.Interestingly, as each chapter is told from a different family member's perspective, each could also nearly stand alone as a short story. That made for somewhat of a slow read without a lot of plot.
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  • Heidi Sandiford
    January 1, 1970
    This was a much needed break from my usual psychological thrillers, especially in our current crazy virus-stricken world. Well written in Emma Staub's great style. I didn't enjoy it as much as the Vacationers, but this was still a very enjoyable read about the lives of a family in the Hudson Valley. Every family has its problems and secrets and this book does a great job of describing the issues and secrets every family member has in an entertaining way. The issues are modern: social media, This was a much needed break from my usual psychological thrillers, especially in our current crazy virus-stricken world. Well written in Emma Staub's great style. I didn't enjoy it as much as the Vacationers, but this was still a very enjoyable read about the lives of a family in the Hudson Valley. Every family has its problems and secrets and this book does a great job of describing the issues and secrets every family member has in an entertaining way. The issues are modern: social media, transgenderism, lesbian and gay issues, single mothers and bullying. As many readers commented there is no real plot, the only reason I give it 4 stars rather than 5.
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Three and a half stars. A mother looks at her grown children, grandchildren and her own life as she searches for truth. Astrid's husband is dead, her grown children are scattered and she has agreed to house her teenage granddaughter but she doesn't feel fulfilled until the day she admits that she is in love with a woman. Female focused look at her roles as mother, wife, caregiver and friend. Other women in the book find their voice as single parents or friends being brave and standing up for Three and a half stars. A mother looks at her grown children, grandchildren and her own life as she searches for truth. Astrid's husband is dead, her grown children are scattered and she has agreed to house her teenage granddaughter but she doesn't feel fulfilled until the day she admits that she is in love with a woman. Female focused look at her roles as mother, wife, caregiver and friend. Other women in the book find their voice as single parents or friends being brave and standing up for individuality. There is nothing earth shattering about this novel, but it is a sweet story for fans of introspective family relationships. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    An adult book dealing with familial, personal, and community relationships. No one in the family seems to know just who they are in relation to anyone else, from the 13 year old granddaughter who is sent to live with her grandmother (the reason seems to be rather indefinable although she apparently "told on" one of her friends who got involved in something inappropriate--and the telling backfired in unexpected ways. The widowed grandmother has discovered she is in love with a woman and so it An adult book dealing with familial, personal, and community relationships. No one in the family seems to know just who they are in relation to anyone else, from the 13 year old granddaughter who is sent to live with her grandmother (the reason seems to be rather indefinable although she apparently "told on" one of her friends who got involved in something inappropriate--and the telling backfired in unexpected ways. The widowed grandmother has discovered she is in love with a woman and so it goes.I should note this was an advanced reading copy I won from Riverhead Books.
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  • Lauri
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I thoroughly enjoyed this book that explores family dynamics and the bonds and moments that frame our relationships with our parents and siblings. The characters confront their mistakes, misunderstandings, and insecurities as they continue to grow on their life journeys and to learn acceptance. The characters are well-rounded, flawed, genuine and relatable. A well-written novel that engaged me I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I thoroughly enjoyed this book that explores family dynamics and the bonds and moments that frame our relationships with our parents and siblings. The characters confront their mistakes, misunderstandings, and insecurities as they continue to grow on their life journeys and to learn acceptance. The characters are well-rounded, flawed, genuine and relatable. A well-written novel that engaged me from start to finish with humor and sensitivity.
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  • James Beggarly
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to win this delightful book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Longtime widow Astrid Strick watches from across the street as a woman about her age is hit by a school bus and killed. Astrid is reminded at once of how short life is and wants to change the person she is, especially in how she relates to her three grown children. This is a wonderful book, stuffed with family members and told with a lot of heart and good cheer.
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  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    The three best things in this book are Astrid,Porter and Cecelia,three generation of the Strick family.Some might call the family dysfunction,but they each had a certain charm (well maybe not the twins 😁) and grew on me more as the pages went past.Dealing with some good issues of sexuality,community,internet dangers,bullying,violence,acceptance,adultery.... the list goes on.Never once does it feel like preaching.There's humour and warmth amongst the character.Very enjoyable.
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  • Maggie Holmes
    January 1, 1970
    A feel-good read for all those self-doubters out there, especially parents. With teenagers, pregnant women, siblings, adult children, grandparents, wives and husbands, hetero, trans and lesbians, this book gives you insight into the thinking and emotions of so many people that you end up wanting to stay with them, have a coffee or drink, and just share. (Except for Jeremy and his family who don't quite get their comeuppance.) I can't wait to visit the Strick family again on audio.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Net Galley. I had never read anything by Straub, so I waked to give it a try. There were so many characters in this book, which was fine, but the alternative narration felt disjointed. I didnt think any of the story lines were really wrapped up, so it was really just confusing. I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Net Galley. I had never read anything by Straub, so I waked to give it a try. There were so many characters in this book, which was fine, but the alternative narration felt disjointed. I didn’t think any of the story lines were really wrapped up, so it was really just confusing.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't want this novel full of humor and heart to end. Emma Straub once again delivers a delightful, immersive read with lessons to be learned for all. Take the plunge. You'll be glad that you did.
  • Gennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This is my favorite Straub book to date. The characters are quirky and complex. The familial relationships are believable and relatable. Straub's writing is fluid and the storyline is compelling. I nice break from all the thrillers I've been reading.
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  • Mrs. HK Houghton-Kiel
    January 1, 1970
    I adored All Adults here. Thanks to NetGalley for my Kindle review copy. I want to move to Clapham NY, get my hair cut at Shear Beauty, eat at Spiros Pancake House, shop at Secondhand News and have a drink at Buddys. I need to become friends with Porter Strick, eat her goat cheese, and find out what happens to Cecelia and August. Emma Straubs characters are so flawed, they are all perfect. Beautiful depiction of family secrets, family love, parental mistakes, and second and third chances. I adored All Adults here. Thanks to NetGalley for my Kindle review copy. I want to move to Clapham NY, get my hair cut at Shear Beauty, eat at Spiro’s Pancake House, shop at Secondhand News and have a drink at Buddy’s. I need to become friends with Porter Strick, eat her goat cheese, and find out what happens to Cecelia and August. Emma Straub’s characters are so flawed, they are all perfect. Beautiful depiction of family secrets, family love, parental mistakes, and second and third chances. Publication date is May 5th. It will be a great summer read and would be a lovely book club choice.
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  • Katie Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded down ~ review to come 💫
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