“…nothing is over and done with, you have to tell yourself that the best is yet to come.”
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Published: June 3rd, 2021
Rate: 3 ⭐⭐⭐
Ida is a forty-year-old architect, single and struggling with a feeling of panic as she realises her chances of motherhood are rapidly falling away from her. She’s navigating Tinder and contemplating freezing her eggs – but tries to put a pause on these worries as she heads out to the seaside family cabin for her mother’s 65th birthday. That is, until some supposedly wonderful news from her sister sets old tensions simmering, building to an almighty clash between Ida and her sister, her
mother, and her entire family.
Exhilarating, funny, and unexpectedly devastating, Grown Ups gets up close and personal with a dysfunctional modern family.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the tour, but all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
I quite enjoyed Grown Ups by Marie Aubert. A début book translated from Norwegian by Rosie Hedger, the book follows Ida as she tries to navigate life. The book is short and quick to get through.
Marie Aubert does explore motherhood and fertility, mirroring it to real life it was devastating to read as it was interesting. There’s sibling rivalry which plays a huge role in the book, actually, it is what drives it. I enjoyed reading about it.
“…you don’t want to become one of those people who moans on and on about things.”
What didn’t work for me is the ending. It felt a bit rushed and there were a few loose plot points that were left hanging.
Grown Ups is a short book that packs a punch, and a wonderful read all round.
Do make sure to check all the other bloggers on the tour and see what they thought of the book.