Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth @emjaneunsworth @BoroughPress @HarperCollinsUK #Adults #NetGalley #NewRelease

Adults: ‘Virtuoso ... Unsworth Sparkles’ Observer by [Unsworth, Emma Jane]


‘VIRTUOSO’ Guardian, ‘DAZZLING’ Marian Keyes, ‘HILARIOUS’ Dolly Alderton, ‘TENDER’ Jessie Burton, ‘MAGNIFICENT’ Daisy Buchanan, ‘INCREDIBLE’ Candice Carty Williams, ‘MOVING’ Laura Jane Williams, ‘BRILLIANT’ Nikesh Shukla, ‘I LOVED IT’ Sam Baker

Jenny is unloved, unemployable and emotionally unfiltered. Her long-suffering friends seem sick of her and whilst her social media portrays her life as a bed of roses, it is more of a dying succulent.

Adults is what you want it to be. A misadventure of maturity, a satire on our age of self-promotion, a tender look at the impossibility of womanhood, a love story, a riot. And Emma Jane Unsworth is the only voice to hear it from. Adults is excruciating, a gut punch of hilarity and a book laden with truth that you will read again and again.


Adults: ‘Virtuoso … Unsworth Sparkles’ Observer


Bob in and meet Jenny, who has the perfect life, a wonderful partner, a brilliant career and a constantly rising number of followers on Twitter and Instagram. She has her phone in her hand every waken hour. How many likes has she had on a picture or a posting? And why hasn’t Suzy Brambles still not followed her back on Twitter? Her reality is very different. In fact, enough was enough with her partner when she was messaging while he was making love to her. Her career is far from sparkling and her friends are neglected. To top it off her mother arrives to stay and that is never a good thing.

This book covers all the terrible pitfalls of social media taking over your life and trying to better everyone else and their ‘perfect online lives’. The characters are all larger than life, from the ‘worship me’ boyfriend to the mother who is overpowering.  It all makes for a hilarious read as you can pick out bits of your own life from it too. Jenny’s addition to social media and journey to actually breaking away from it and live a real-life becomes to aim.

An entertaining read that so many people will relate to.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Emma Jane Unsworth

Emma Jane Unsworth’s first novel, HUNGRY, THE STARS AND EVERYTHING, won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, ANIMALS, won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. ANIMALS was adapted into a film, for which Unsworth wrote the screenplay. ANIMALS the film, starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat, premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2019 and was released in the UK later the same year. Unsworth writes essays for various magazines and newspapers. She also writes for television. She is currently adapting ADULTS, her third novel, into a TV series.


Twitter: @emjaneunsworth


Adults: ‘Virtuoso ... Unsworth Sparkles’ Observer by [Unsworth, Emma Jane]

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