All Grown Up | Jami Attenberg

At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid, and it hurts, but then it’s over and you’re relieved.”

Genre: Contemporary Fiction.

Number of Pages: 197.
Perspective: First.
Location: New York City.
This book follows Andrea through a series of short stories. As she reaches her forties, it seems like everyone in her life is growing up and moving on. She is focused on partying, art, and being alone. For a complete summary, you can go here.
All I can think to say is: thank goodness this was a short book. It was an incredibly depressing look at adulthood. I really think the author (or at least the narrative she was trying to push) is that life sucks. I seriously hope that teenagers don’t get ahold of this book and let it taint their view on growing up. Sheesh…
I read this book for my book club, and I expected it to be a witty and funny book about growing up. Instead, it was a series of vignettes that provided an incomplete and snarky view of this selfish woman. It was not funny at all, in fact it was rather dark. I blame the misrepresentation on the marketing and cover design. 
The only redeeming quality is that it talks about the negative perception of middle-aged woman who choose to be unmarried and without children. But this lady doesn’t need to be nasty to anyone that does want to get married and have kids. It’s like she resented everyone for growing up while she wanted to keep doing drugs and acting like she was twenty. I have no problem with people who don’t want to be married or have children. But she shouldn’t resent the people who do want those things. OK, rant over.
If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“But a funny thing happens when you tell a man that you don’t want to get married: they don’t believe you. They think you’re lying to yourself or to them or you’re trying to trick them in some way and you end up being made to feel worse for just telling the truth.”

2/5 Stars

Do you agree? Disagree?