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The Adults - Alison Espach
The Adults
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In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love. At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky... show more
In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love. At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky teenager, who gets involved in a suspect relationship with one of the adults after witnessing a suicide in her neighborhood.  Among the cast of unforgettable characters is Emily’s father, whose fiftieth birthday party has the adults descending upon the Vidal’s patio; her mother, who has orchestrated the elaborate party even though she and her husband are getting a divorce; and an assortment of eccentric neighbors, high school teachers, and teenagers who teem with anxiety and sexuality and an unbridled desire to be noticed, and ultimately loved. An irresistible chronicle of a modern young woman’s struggle to grow up, The Adults lays bare—in perfect pitch—a world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781439191859 (1439191859)
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 307
Edition language: English
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Twitchy Witchy Girl
Twitchy Witchy Girl rated it
5.0
I’ve had The Adults on my reading list for a while so of course I picked it up when I spotted it at the thrift store. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started reading, but I loved it. The book as a whole was so captivating. Emily’s character was great and she kept my attention the entire ...
Curiouser
Curiouser rated it
4.5 The Adults by Alison Espach
The Adults by Alison Espach is a really unique coming of age story. The narrator, Emily Vidal, is 14 years-old and lives in a suburban neighborhood in the 90s. The author really captures the voice of a teenage girl who's experiencing all the complications of growing up and dealing with a dysfunctio...
Mandafofanda Reads Lots
Mandafofanda Reads Lots rated it
3.0
Really hilarious observations and dialogue, but the plot was too meandering and felt incomplete. I probably would read this again and like it better, though!
The Book Nerd
The Book Nerd rated it
0.0 The Adults Review
I couldn't really get into this book. From the summery it look interesting and I was sort of hoping it would be a modern version of Go Ask Alice or some thing but instead it was more of a modern version of Lolita instead. Not what I was expecting
ellaminnowpea
ellaminnowpea rated it
I’d read a few charming reviews of this debut novel, which follows teenage narrator Emily Vidal as she deals with a neighborhood full of dysfunction in upscale Connecticut suburb. The novel opens with a 50th birthday party for Emily’s father. Emily has just learned that her parents are getting divor...
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