Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Review: Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman

Adult Assembly Required
by Abbi Waxman

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When Laura Costello moves to Los Angeles, trying to escape an overprotective family and the haunting memories of a terrible accident, she doesn’t expect to be homeless after a week. (She’s pretty sure she didn’t start that fire — right?) She also doesn't expect to find herself adopted by a rogue bookseller, installed in a lovely but completely illegal boardinghouse, or challenged to save a losing trivia team from ignominy…but that’s what happens. Add a regretful landlady, a gorgeous housemate and an ex-boyfriend determined to put himself back in the running and you’ll see why Laura isn’t really sure she’s cut out for this adulting thing. Luckily for her, her new friends Nina, Polly and Impossibly Handsome Bob aren't sure either, but maybe if they put their heads (and hearts) together they’ll be able to make it work for them.

Kritters Thoughts:  Before even diving into this book, I knew I was an Abbi Waxman fan and I knew that I would more than likely just love this book from beginning to end - and that is what happened!

An ensemble cast with a young woman at the center, Laura Costello has moved to Los Angeles primarily for grad school, but also to escape her very opinionated family and their expectations of her.  After a very dramatic afternoon, she stumbles into an independent bookstore where the three ladies in the store almost adopt her and help her with housing, clothing and all the things and friendships quickly form.  While the book definitely centers around Laura, there is enough plot for each of the characters where they almost have their own full stories.  

What I love about Abbi's books are the characters are full - they have a range of emotions and experiences and while, yes, there is some romance, they go to work and have relationships beyond the romance ones.  I will always pick up Abbi Waxman's books without even reading a synopsis because I know that I will get a cast of characters that are having full life experiences.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 40 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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