The witty and wise authors of The Nanny Diaries are back with an irresistible comedy about a forty-something wife and mother thrust back into the workforce, where she finds herself at the mercy of a #BossHalfHerAge.
When Rory McGovern’s actor husband, Blake, loses his dream job and announces he’s going to “crash” at a friend’s, Rory can’t imagine that he might be entering a mid-life crisis that could avalanche their whole lives. She was already spread thin and now, without warning, she’s single-parenting two kids, juggling science projects, flu season, karate classes, and middle school applications, all while coming to terms with her disintegrating marriage. Financially strapped, her only hope is to accept a full-time position working for two full-time twenty-somethings, Taylor and Kimmy.
Armed with their Ivy League MBAs and dressed to go clubbing, these girls think they know it all and have been given the millions from venture capitalists to back up their delusion—that the future of digital media is JeuneBug, a luxury lifestyle site for kids.
With shattered confidence, Rory jumps in headfirst and despite being constantly undermined by her underwhelmed bosses, becomes the top contributor thanks to her creativity and—wait for it—experience. Her bosses might think that’s a dirty word, but when the Proenza Schueler hits the fan Rory’s experience just might be the only thing that can save them.
Since their “diabolically funny” (The New York Times) debut The Nanny Diaries, McLaughlin and Kraus have proven their ability to illuminate provocative issues with wry wit and heartfelt emotion. How to Be a Grown-Up is an entertaining and insightful story aimed at anyone, of any age, who is waiting to feel “grown-up.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I literally didn't put this book down once I started it and suffered from sleep deprivation the next day, but totally worth it! McLaughlin & Kraus know how to tell a story that's so timely, personal and real - this coming from a 40-something NYC mother of two (though not, happily, on the brink of divorce) - but waaay more entertaining than the non-fiction version. It effortlessly captures so many conflicts of being a grown up, in a relationship, with kids, with a job, in the well-crafted narrator Rory, a 21st century Elizabeth Bennet. Brava!
Loved this book. The protagonist is getting a divorce (unbeknownst to her at first), and we see her growth from shock to despair, to pulling it together to become the strong woman she is - talented, a good mother, and a woman who can stick up for herself. It's a funny book, suspenseful, and we get to enter the upper crust New York life following this character. She is mid-40s and begins work in a start-up company run by 20-somethings that is an online venue for kids of the rich and famous to buy just about anything they want. It is full of business intrigue, parties, but also poignancy of loss, of being a mother watching out for your kids and also taking care of yourself, and romance. And, an idiot ex-husband. It is very well-written and the characters are complex, even the ex-husband.
I was pretty amazed how annoyingly bad her writing is. Even if she has a good story and potential, it's going to get lost because of that style I just can't describe. Save yourself the trouble, this isn't even worth a beach read!
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