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All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Contemporary fiction

All Adults Here

by Emma Straub

Quick take

This intriguing family introspective will make you appreciate your loved ones, no matter how flawed they appear to be.

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Why I love it

Jenna Bush Hager
Co-host, TODAY with Hoda & Jenna

All Adults Here is the kind of book I want to read while sitting by the pool with a drink. While that’s not something we can all do right now, Straub’s writing is still a fun escape for people who just want to go live in somebody else’s shoes for a while.

When Astrid Strick, a bossy but loving grandmother, witnesses a neighborhood acquaintance get hit by a bus, she is spurred into bringing her own family together—whether they share her renewed appreciation for loved ones or not. Each chapter follows a member of her clan, from her thoughtful and compassionate granddaughter Cecelia to her three very independent-minded children. Their storylines offer hilarity, heartbreak, and plenty of juicy complications.

The book explores how families can be messy and complicated while at the same time stay centered on love. It poses big themes that you can discuss with friends and family but also remains light and fun at its core. I think in a time when all we want is hope, All Adults Here is a bright and beautiful book to reach for.

I have been a fan of Emma Straub for a long time. She has a unique ability to create very funny and wild observations while telling powerful stories about the essential messiness of families. In a time when all we want is hope, All Adults Here is a bright and beautiful book that offers up warmth and wonder on every page.

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Synopsis

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.

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Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of All Adults Here.

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3285 ratings
  • 39% Love
  • 49% Like
  • 11% Dislike
  • Helena, MT

    Wise, witty, & engaging: a compassionate, insightful meditation on growing up, family dynamics, living an authentic life, & the beauty in imperfection. Endearing characters & masterful writing. A gem!

  • Harlan, KY

    Loved this book, though it does have some minor faults (mostly related to many characters to follow). Yay for happy endings for LGBTQIA characters, for lessons in love, loyalty, forgiveness, & growth!

  • Raleigh , NC

    These characters are human. They have quirks, faults and still get through. From the matriarch, Astrid, with her own secret romance, to her grown children and grandchildren, Straub tells a great story

  • Camillus, NY

    I loved the message of this book and how a family with so many different personalities all have secrets their scared to say. The love and support the family gives each other is amazing. Loved them all

  • Baltimore , MD

    I loved this book!! Highly recommend! Fiercely feminist. I loved following all the different women come into their own in all their ages (high school, young mother, middle aged mother, grandmother...)

  • Mineola, NY

    I didnt know if this was a like or love, but since I was hooked immediately I went for the higher rating. I do think pieces could have been more developed or concluded, but that may also be the point.

  • Timberlake, NC

    This was a great light read. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to a family dynamic. Times are definely changing and in glad books are keeping up with the time no matter the situations.

  • RALEIGH, NC

    What a striking reminder that we are all trying to do our best. So often our choices and decisions are determined by the decisions of those who raised us, who were also just trying to do their best.

  • McKinney, TX

    Emma Straub is one of my favorite authors, so it’s no surprise that I absolutely gobbled up this simply perfect novel. I loved the exploration of the Strick family’s dynamics. Highly recommend!

  • Vineland, NJ

    Every time I thought I had this book figured out, it sent me a curveball. The characters were all so relatable and felt like my own family. Highly recommend for a light and thought provoking read.

  • Saint George, UT

    I loved the Strick Family and the town of Clapham, NY in all of their messy imperfection. I loved every character. It made me think so much of my own family and the constant push and pull of it.

  • Valrico, FL

    I loved the different story of each family member. My complaint is there was so much happening, so it seemed like you got too little of each character's story introduced and then an abrupt ending.

  • Manassas, VA

    This book was so so good! I was completely wrapped up in these character's stories. I loved the dynamics between the siblings and the way Astrid mothered them, even as adults. I highly recommend!

  • Pittsburgh, PA

    Wow - what a great story of what a modern family really looks like. It shows the power of being true to yourself and the courage that takes. The love of parents and siblings is truly incredible.

  • San Francisco, CA

    I loved this book! The writing was so strong and thoughtful. Straub is such a mature writer, and at times I laughed out loud. I loved the messiness of the family in the story - made it very real!

  • Kenova, WV

    Loved the relationships of the siblings. Astrid wondering if she was a good mother. All your children are different but a mother’s love is unconditional for each one. Family sticks together.

  • Kyle , TX

    Love the family dynamic and mild disfunction lol Ive thought of this book a few times after finishing it and use it as encouragement to be who and with whom makes me happy. As astrid did ❣️

  • Waynesboro, PA

    Such a great story about family, friends, and small towns. I appreciated how Straub did not look down upon small towns, which books often do. A great feel-good read with substance for summer!

  • Dallas, TX

    I loved the family dynamic in this. Do we ever know if we’re doing things right? The characters were relatable and well drawn, the writing was wonderful and the story kept a great pace.

  • Dallas, TX

    My favorite kind of book. A drama about a complicated family. The book doesn’t have much of a plot, but follows a large family as their lives grow and change for the better and worse.

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