April 07

Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

What a great time to be a book lover!

For those of us who can think of nothing better than being forced to stay indoors and read, well, this crazy new Covid 19 reality is heaven on a stick.  My bedside table is piled high with new, fresh, delicious reads because leaving the house for ‘essentials’ involved me ditching the supermarket and dashing to my local bookstore to stock up on books as furiously and fervently as if they were toilet paper.  One day well into the future people might read this post and wonder about that reference, but we will know.

We will know.

So enough about that – except to say, please stay well Readheads – and let’s talk Adults. This strangely is the perfect book for these times. It is about the dual life lived on line and reality.

Unsworth’s main Adult is Jenny.  In real life she is spiralling out of control, raw, unloved and emotionally unfiltered. On line, all is rosy.  #funnythat

Jenny’s is obsessed with her online alter-ego along with a select few people who she stalks on the socials.  Kind of fun until her favourite instagrammer starts featuring Jenny’s ex-boyfriend.  It’s a downhill slide after this. Life for Jenny was a little rough to begin with – all her own doing so rough in a privileged way that is – and she hits rock bottom with a loud and unhinged thud.

Now I will be honest.  Many times during this book I wondered if I were simply too old to appreciate the incessant, all consuming self indulgence and selfishness (not to say that those are afflictions of younger gals than me ) but there is something all encompassing about Jenny’s addictions that annoyed me.  I am not that old that I don’t remember the good old days where a bit of good old stalking was du jour but ours was vintage style. Ours required serious maneovering and street smarts, not just a log-in.

The joy of the book to me was not so much the story line but the writing. Emma Jane Unsworth is funny and gifted and despite the annoyances, I warmed to Jenny all the while wanting to give her a very good talking to.   It is a fast and light book – especially likable coming off something like my last book America Dirt or say, the current news.

This one is ripe for a movie like Unsworth’s previous novel Animals.

In short Readheads, if you are looking for a catchy, clever fun read, something to keep you off Instagram or ABC 24, this one might just do it.

But that is just my two cents worth…and since I ditched the supermarket, any spare toilet paper? Asking for a friend.