• Adult Assembly Required

  • By: Abbi Waxman
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin 

A young woman arrives in Los Angeles determined to start over and discovers she doesn’t need to leave everything behind after all, from Abbi Waxman, USA Today best-selling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

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.

©2022 Abbi Waxman (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“If you love quirky, heartfelt stories about interesting characters and starting over, then Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman is definitely the book for you."—PopSugar

“Waxman's quick-witted and pithy prose gives readers a fun take on "Melrose Place," but instead of back-stabbing and bed-hopping there are trivia clubs and some old-fashioned will-they-or-won't-they?”—USA Today 

“Waxman has a talent for creating familiar characters who are flawed in all the ways many of us are but didn't know anyone else was. ... Waxman nimbly describes the normality of anxiety, and readers can count on her to provide comfort and feel-good smiles. Readers of Emily Henry, Linda Holmes, and Beth O'Leary will be delighted.”—Booklist

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I love this world

I love how well Abbi Warman has woven her stories throughout this world. I honestly didn't even connect Bookish Life and Gardens until this book. It was like a light bulb went off and I was more invested than ever! the author has a wonderful balance of keeping each book independent and authentic but still involving the characters we love. Also, the narration is wonderful!

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Good read

I've been reading everything Abbi Waxman has to offer and this, her most recently released book, is the total package. She now writes with ease and familiarity yet retains a fresh and lively point of view. Her pacing for this story of quirky characters was well done and she didn't seem to rush the ending as I have commented on in my reviews of some of her other books. This would be a great book club book as there are lots of things to reflect on as we all live our own messy lives. Left me hoping for a "next book"!

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Didn’t like it as much as her other books

I didn’t get the same sense of the characters in this books as the others. Neither the story or the characters seemed as well developed.

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Dear Friends

I LOVE the world of Nina and Polly and now Laura and Maggie, etc. They have all become dear friends and I didn’t want this book to end. I have read The Bookish Life of Nina Hill at least 4 times and will read this one again as well. The characters remind me of myself so much!