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How to be a grown-up : a novel
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Emma McGovern (Female), Separated, Mother, Her husband lost his job and decides he needs time away from being a husband and father; finds herself taking care of two kids on her own; gets a full time postion working for two people in their twenties
Troubled marriages
Life changes
Digital media
Wealthy lifestyles
Female friendship
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

The Nanny Diaries coauthors once again hit a contemporary and mockingly hilarious target. Rory -McGovern lucked out big-time and snagged gorgeous child actor (now working adult actor) Blake Turner as her husband. With their two young kids and her part-time job as a stylist for fancy New York City photo shoots, things seem perfect. Until Blake's gigs start drying up. Money gets tight, and Blake retreats into his "I'm a failed actor" persona, shutting out Rory and disappearing for days. Then Rory gets an amazing offer to work for a new website start-up called JeuneBug, a lifestyle "digital retail" site for kids. Ridiculous or not, she needs the dough. She enters a workplace of all millennials and tries to understand her young bosses Taylor and Kimmy, whose crazy fashions and current tech lingo confuse her. As Rory stumbles along at work, things with Blake get worse. It's a gas to follow Rory's ride through the completely silly young workplace and her beyond-crazy colleagues. But Rory perseveres and her talent eventually shines through. VERDICT A -superfun romp of a generational collision and a marital breakdown, starring a flustered but steel-strong leading lady. [See Prepub Alert, 2/9/15.]-Beth Gibbs, Davidson, NC © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Bestselling team McLaughlin and Kraus (The Nanny Diaries) join forces again for a story their fans will recognize, with a single-mother twist. Over the span of a few days, Rory McGovern goes from feeling like she has it together to feeling like her life is exploding around her. Her husband, Blake, has just lost out on a career-changing role in a Netflix series, and as a result he has decided that he needs a vacation from marriage and parenthood. Her freelance job as a photo stylist for Stellar Media's magazines will not become full-time as she'd hoped, and worse, her editor Kathryn wants her to go undercover at JeuneBug, a new children's lifestyle website, to bring it down from the inside. Facing Blake's lack of accountability and her children's confusion over their missing father, a decisive and empowered side to Rory's character emerges. Though the story is entertaining, the reader feels little emotional connection to the characters, or more significantly, to Rory's situation. The novel doesn't add anything new to the genre, and the story is predictable, but it's nonetheless a funny and worthwhile diversion. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus comes a timely novel about a forty-something wife and mother thrust back into the workforce, where she finds herself at the mercy of a boss half her age.<br> <br> Rory McGovern is entering the ostensible prime of her life when her husband, Blake, loses his dream job and announces he feels like "taking a break" from being a husband and father. Rory was already spread thin and now, without warning, she is single-parenting two kids, juggling their science projects, flu season, and pajama days, while coming to terms with her disintegrating marriage. And without Blake, her only hope is to accept a full-time position working for two full-time twenty-somethings.<br> <br> A day out of b-school, 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 a high-end "lifestyle" site--for kids! (Not that anyone who works there has any, or knows the first thing about actual children.) Can Rory learn to decipher her bosses' lingo, texts that read like license plates, and arbitrary mandates? And is there any hope of saving her marriage? With her family hanging by a thread, Rory must adapt to this hyper-digitized, over-glamorized, narcissistic world of millennials...whatever it takes.<br> <br> Since their "diabolically funny" ( The New York Times, on The Nanny Diaries ) debut, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola 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 sure to resonate with all those readers who first fell in love with The Nanny Diaries .
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