• All Grown Up

  • By: Jami Attenberg
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a 39-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.

Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she's a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it's what she leaves unsaid - she's alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh - that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother - who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood - and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke. But when Andrea's niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. Will this drive them together or tear them apart?

Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg's power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman's life, lived entirely on her own terms.

©2017 Jami Attenberg (P)2017 Recorded Books

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I liked this one

An unusual book. The first-person narrator is clearly somewhat disfunctional (indiscriminate sex, too much alcohol, few solid relationships) but she's somehow relatable and even likeable. She is also very witty, and the narration by Mia Barron definetely brings this out.

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I was hoping this would get interesting

But after a few chapters, the incredibly self-centered, diary-like prose lost any promise of entertainment. It’s like my worst nightmare of what my twenties and thirties would have been without any growth in my character.

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Interesting Take on a Young Woman's Life

The book reads sort of like a series of realizations which the main character undergoes in her day to day life. They seem disconnected somewhat... but it doesn't distract the reader from being drawn into her life.

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Depressing

Couldn't make myself finish the book with only 2 hrs left to go. At first I was sympathetic to the main character even though she isn't that likable and I couldn't really relate to her. But you later realize she never stops playing the victim and never grows up, even into her 40s, and never makes something of herself or her life. The narration makes it even more depressing.

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Hopelessly Hooked on Attenberg

Attenberg writes characters so real that I know dozens of doppelgängers for each one. The protagonist in this piece is an amalgam of everyone I love dearly. She is nihilistic, narcissistic, anarchistic, misanthropic, borderline obsessive, slightly underachieving with at least a hint of mental illness and addiction. At times I was unable to stop laughing and others I had to hide the flood of tears lest my ex-wife/girlfriend laugh at me or even worse ask me to share my feelings.

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Wonderful!

I loved it from beginning to end and the reader gave it a nice touch pulling me in with her voice and the story written by the incredible writer Jami Attenberg. I can’t wait to read more of her work.

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Great story. And then it was over.

The book was real and lovely...until the end. I hate open ended books and this was one of those books. So frustrating! Great narrator.

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the characterization was completely realistic

I love the way this book has very realistic characters. we are all at one time single and experience things that only single people can experience. but Jami attenberg really brought everything to life the way you think the way you feel the way sometimes you even feel jealous or insecure and that is all okay. In all grown up the characters really come to life and you are sad and you are happy but in the end you know it's just reality that you have to accept. this book was a real can't say page-turner on audible, but I can tell you it kept my interest throughout. I recommend it.

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A beautiful read!

I loved it! The story presented an insightful picture of life experience, through the relationships of family, friends, partners, and with humanity in general - through life, love, and death. For a male reader, not from NYC, and who typically does not read books in this genre, I found it extremely captivating and quite heartwarming.

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that ending

compelling novel about struggling to adult. I never expected that ending. this will keep me thinking