Adults (Hardback)Emma Jane Unsworth (author)
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Exposing the unvarnished truth behind the confident and collected image that we sell to others, Adults is very much a novel of now. Fearless, funny and excruciatingly relatable, Unsworth’s dissection of the giddy delirium of the social media age hits just the right note of compassionate savagery.
Jenny is unloved, unemployable and emotionally unfiltered. Her long-suffering friends seem sick of her and whilst her social media portrays her life as a bed of roses, it is more of a dying succulent.
Adults is what you want it to be. A misadventure of maturity, a satire on our age of self-promotion, a tender look at the impossibility of womanhood, a love story, a riot. And Emma Jane Unsworth is the only voice to hear it from. Adults is excruciating, a gut punch of hilarity and a book laden with truth that you will read again and again.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 33 mm
'Hilarious, stylish and moving, Unsworths character Jenny deserves to be gleefully quoted' - The Sunday Times
'Ruminates on the tension between reckless abandon and adult responsibility - Unsworth's writing surprises, delights and moves.' - The Guardian
‘Its central, inseparable pairing is that of thirtysomething heroine Jenny and her phone... Though she’s a dauntingly able all-rounder, it’s as a comedic writer that [Emma Jane] Unsworth sparkles, and her quickfire wit synthesises perfectly with her theme in Adults, mimicking the relentless pace of the internet.’ - The Observer
'I LOVED IT! Dazzling observations and snarky one-liners, with a heroine who is vulnerable, funny, intelligent and feels so real. I wish I'd written it!' - Marian Keyes
'Confronting, heartbreaking and hilarious - it is both a timely parable for modern anxiety as well as a timeless examination of men, women, sex, desire, friendship, family and the female psyche ... I completely and utterly adored it' - Dolly Alderton
'So funny, arch and tender .... A must-read for anyone who has ever wondered what it means to be a daughter, a friend or a mother, when sometimes you don't even know how to be yourself' - Jessie Burton
'Too funny, too clever, satisfyingly satirical and with just the right amount of Zodiac chat, Adults is incredible' - Candice Carty-Williams
'Magnificent' - Daisy Buchanan
'Unique, hilarious ... Astute observations about the female upon female gaze, and how toxic this gets through the filters of social media. I loved it and will be recommending it to everyone I know' - Holly Bourne
'Emma's insight into the complexities of thirtysomething womanhood in a time of social media floored me. I've never felt so seen by a book. Generous, tender and moving - a must-read' - Laura Jane Williams
'A mix of laugh out loud prose, brilliant dialogue, dark characters bringing chaos and a running strand of what it is to, as Noel and Liam said, be here now' - Nikesh Shukla
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I don’t usually start my review with saying this is good, but it is,, totally utterly heartbreakingly good.
Jenny is thirty something, just broken up with her long term boyfriend and completely obsessed with social... More
What an extremely hilarious, incredibly moving read. Jenny is addicted to instagram to the point she becomes obsessed about who is following her, her relationship has fallen apart now shes ignoring her best friend.... More
“A promising book that loses some of its appeal and reach to silliness”
Jenny is a sort of millennial Bridget Jones, although perhaps a bit sillier (to be fair, I can’t really remember how silly Bridget Jones was). She made me laugh, but mostly shake my head and wonder whether anyone... More
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