Preview Reviews: Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

Preview Reviews: Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

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.
Could things get any worse?

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I laughed, I cried, and I invested in these characters. There’s a little bit of Jenny in all of us and Emma Jane Unsworth drew her so perfectly. This is the essential guide to modern womanhood. A must read! – Kirsten, WA, 5 stars

I have never read Emma Jane Unsworth book before, but after reading this I know I will look for her other novel. It’s very rare that I read a book and within the first few pages I am completely hooked. I fell in love with this straightaway! ‘Adults’ features Jenny McLaine, who has some umm let’s call them social issues. I particularly liked the use of social media in this book. You could imagine in this internet era where people constantly posting on Instagram and texting on a mobile. Through some mild stalking and other questionable behavior, the story plot is hilarious and heart- warming. The interaction between Jenny, friends, ex-boyfriend and her mother are so funny. Thank you Jenny for being so funny and so blunt! A must read book that that will keep you smiling every time you turn the pages. Smart, warm, uplifting, Adults is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary adult whose deadpan weirdness makes an irresistible journey as she realizes. A magical blend of romance, good-natured humour and likeable main character that make this novel special. I’m looking forward to reading more of Emma’s books. Thank you to Better Reading Team for my copy in exchange for a review. – Margaret, NSW, 5 stars

A quirky little read with an emphasis on the world of social media. The way it’s written was often confusing as to who was “talking” I found. For me I found it hard to be empathetic to the main character as I found her selfish and self absorbed. Not a terrible book but not for me – Kim, NSW, 3 stars

Adults tells the tale of Jenny and some of the other allegedly adult others in her life. Jenny, despite outward appearances, does NOT have her life together! Though even at the beginning (of the book) I’d say she’s more of an adult than her impossible ex, Art (or her rather “different” mother). The thought that goes into her supposedly spontaneous messages (and emails) is quite amusing… Not that I can relate (ha). She’s a bit mad, but I can’t help liking Jenny (and her somewhat madder mother). She’s like a duck, paddling away beneath the surface, which made for a hectic, hilarious read. – Ayesha, NSW, 3 stars

I appreciate the wit and humour in the writing and love the premise of Adults. However I haven’t been able to get into this story, mainly because Adults has come into my life at the wrong time. I’m keen to give Adults another go soon as I believe it has all the elements for a great read. – M, NSW, 3 stars

Adults opens with narrator and protagonist Jenny, 35, agonizing over the details of an Instagram post relating to her experience of buying a croissant. Poor Jenny is suffering from trolling others’ social media accounts and believing how they portray themselves as the truth. Unsworth’s second novel is a comical cautionary tale of the dangers our generation face as the social media bubble take over some of our peers’ lives. It may well be the first in a wave of works targeting the sad reality that social media can inflict on today’s generation. You may be able to relate to Jenny as we all know someone like her. Whilst I won’t be thrusting this onto my friends as a ‘must read’ it’s an easy funny read to be enjoyed most by the Gen Y cohort. Three stars. Thanks to Better Reading and Harper Collins for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. – Tarrah, VIC, 3 stars

This is the first book I’ve received as a preview that I’ve been unable to finish. I really tried but it defeated me. I’m definitely not the audience at which it’s aimed – way too old and with limited exposure to social media – so it’s not the book’s ‘fault’. I enjoy Marian Keyes, who called it a ‘dazzling’ and ‘moving’ book, but it irritated me. I didn’t care what happened to Jenny McLaine and I wouldn’t want to know her. I hope ‘Adults’ is a success for Emma Jane Unsworth among the target market it’s written for. – Penny, VIC, 1 star

Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth is a surprisingly addictive read. It tells the tale of Jenny, a mid-thirties social media addict and her trials and tribulations as she navigates life and love. Jenny’s life is a testament to the notion that when it rains, it pours, as her world comes crashing down on the work, love and friendship fronts. Initially this novel was somewhat difficult to engage with; Jenny’s selfish behaviour and obsession with the superficialities of social media made her difficult to connect with. However, as the narrative unfolds and we learn more about her motives, one cannot help but empathise with her. Dotted with quirky little vignettes, Adults is a terrific mix of wit and wonder, and a highly authentic portrayal of the complexities of an inner dialogue. Fans of Rose Hartley’s Maggie’s Going Nowhere will see how akin Maggie is to Jenny. Thank you to Better Reading Preview and Harper Collins for the advanced preview. – Sarah, VIC, 4 stars

Didn’t enjoy at all, not my style , had trouble getting into it. – Lynette, NSW, 2 stars

I absolutely loved reading Adults! Emma Jane Unsworth’s punchy writing style had me laughing out loud as Jenny McLaine navigates her job, social media addiction, relationship breakdown, friendship crisis and family drama. Caught in the hampster wheel age where every moment is shared on social media, the themes of this novel resonate every time you feel the habitual compulsion to grab your phone to check for the latest like and follow. For anyone who finds themselves caught in the #epidemic of endless scrolling, capturing the best angle of their morning #croissant and debating the #besthashtag this book will have you laughing while cringing at the realisation that you identify just a bit too closely with Jenny’s digital addiction. So put your phone down and pick up the book Adults because each page will make you want to hit like! The characters are real, the dialogue really delivers and the timely themes will resonate with many readers. Emma’s previous book Animals was made into a film and it will be no surprise if Adults is also adapted for the screen. I became an instant Unsworth fan and I can’t wait to see what this she writes next. #5stars – Vanessa, NSW, 5 stars

The premise of this book sounded quite interesting and was keen to dive right in. Unfortunately, although being able to relate to the main character through age and stage of life, I could not relate to this book at all. Set in the mind of Jenny, this novel started out as entertaining as she navigates the anxiety most of us feel for acceptance and validation (Jenny’s chosen medium is Instagram), however it did become almost exhausting to remain in Jenny’s head. Despite my feelings I intend to recommend this book to some of my more social media savvy friends once it’s released. – Belinda, NSW, 2 stars

When I was younger I thought all adults had it together. Now I’m older I realise that some of us as just good at faking it. Adults is a great example of how appearances can be deceiving. In a world where social media only shows what we want it to and Instagram doesn’t show the entire picture Adults highlights that illusion. Jenny’s story is funny and tragic in a way that isn’t wholly apparent until she fully lets us into her life beyond the superficial. I found Jenny hard to like at first but came to adore her because of all her flaws. The secondary cast are fabulous (especially Jenny’s slightly eccentric mother) and I enjoyed reading a story where you needed to see beyond the obvious to get to the heart of it. It’s heartbreaking at times, ridiculous at others. But entirely entertaining and a fun and thoughtful read. – Kate, QLD, 4 stars

Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth began strong and relateable to a degree in the beginning. Wild stories and happenings keeps the reader interested in continuing the novel, but main character Jenny was not a likable character in her treatment of others in the novel and in her relationships. – Cassandra, NSW, 3 stars

A book that was written in a cute and quirky style that was both enjoyable and relatable – Kate, NSW, 4 stars

Firstly, cover A++. I really really wanted to love this book and the cover had me very excited. I just could not get into this book at all and I tried. I found it exhausting to read and thought it was trying so hard to be funny it just wasn’t. – Brielle, NSW, 2 stars

Jenny McLaine is a 30-something journalist with a trendy online magazine. She thought she had the perfect life (job/boyfriend/houseowner) but her carefully curated life is unravelling. She’s obsessed with her image and her Instagram profile, likes and followers. ’Adults’ opens with a very funny scene about a creating the perfect post and suggested to me that I was in for a Bridget Jones type read! There are laugh-out-loud moments but as Jenny’s life spins out of her control, her social media and email obsessions leave her increasingly isolated. Jenny isn’t always likeable and sometimes she’s downright frustrating but there’s a lot in her story that rings true. The storyline is interspersed with her emails, texts, Instagram posts and therapy sessions. There’s humour and biting satire, but as more of Jenny’s story is revealed there is also the understanding and love of friends and family. Emma Jane Unsworth’s Adults is a great read with equal measures of heartbreak and hilarity. A rollercoaster of a read! – Terese, TAS, 4 stars

Unfortunately I could not feel involved with this book and I couldn’t finish reading it. It was very much based on social media. There were humorous parts of the story which will also appeal to the younger generation. – Amanda, QLD, 2 stars

Wow, the level of anxiety coming through the first few pages was enough to raise any reader’s blood pressure! Jenny is thirty-five, a home-owner, employed and a bundle of second-guessing nerves. At first it seemed the psychological effect of social media platforms was going to be a focus of the story; however, the deeper storyline began to unveil itself. Her behaviour was not inspiring a level of likeability in me during the first few chapters, with the over-thinking neediness of her day to day activities and inter-relating with others becoming almost exasperating. The creation of such an array of characters involved in Jenny’s world was interesting and illuminating. It’s hard to believe such people exist, but they obviously do. From her boarders, to her ex-boyfriend, co-workers and online people of whom to obsess, Jenny really does negotiate a minefield in her life. But it’s the difficult relationship with her Mum which is a very deep and meaningful read. Continuing the sharp wit and quick dialogue, it was the exploring, gaining understanding and even relating to aspects of their relationship which really revealed the cleverness of the author’s writing style and ability. Thank you to HarperCollins for the opportunity to read and review this book. – Merilyn, WA, 4 stars

I was excited this book as after reading the authors previous book. Unfortunately I found the storyline lacking. Jenny is addicted to social media but in a very unhealthy way, she’s overly concerned about her post will be perceived that she is so obsessed on creating the perfect post. I honestly found her character a bit disappointing as she’s not the kind of person I can relate to. I feel like this book will be well received by some but unfortunately not by me. It honestly felt like a lacklustre version of Bridget Jones Diary – Renee, VIC, 2 stars

Adults is a first hand look at how our obsession with social media, the number of likes we get and what others think of us, can hijack our lives and throw all common sense out the window. Unsworth shows just how obsessive we can become over people we have never met in real life, and the consequences when the object of your social media obsession actually crosses over into your real life. Adults will have you laughing out loud at the absurdity of some one’s obsession but leaves you thinking about where the line in the sand is between healthy and borderline bunny boiler. – Mel, NSW, 3 stars

According to the commendations on this book, ‘Adults’ is supposed to be ‘Dazzling!’, ‘Hilarious’ and ‘Funny, arch and tender’. I found it none of these things. Jenny McLaine is meant to be a thirty-five-year-old woman, but comes across instead as an entitled, self-absorbed sixteen-year-old with absolutely no insight. I get that Unsworth wanted to show the contrast between social media personae and real selves, but here she failed miserably, partly due to overplayed humour and an affected writing style. Not a book I would suggest to anyone. – Dominique, SA, 1 star

As someone who has chosen not to be actively involved in social media, I was keen to read this book for an insight into this “other world” with so many self-confessed addicts. Right from the beginning I really enjoyed Jenny’s observations of the people around her and her comments about her mother, Carmen, intrigued me – the Prologue had me hooked. The first few chapters about Jenny’s stressing and obsessing over Instagram captions and photos set the scene. Social media consumed her in both private and professional life. She was not a character I could relate to. As well as the problems and pressures associated with social media, the main characters have to deal with their insecurities, anxieties, relationships, finances and other issues in the real world of everyday living. By the end they have developed some acceptance of, and insight into, themselves and others; they seemed more content. There were some very dry and witty conversations and observations throughout the book. I found it to be a delightful modern read. – Sue, QLD, 4 stars

Sadly, I found this book to be rather boring and uneventful. I couldn’t get into the story and I couldnt engage with the characters – Kirstie, WA, 1 star

Adults is, ultimately, a book about life. Jenny is a thirty-five-year-old “adult” with a lot of problems, camouflaged by her obsession with social media. Yes, her thoroughly thought out and obsessively vetted Instagram photos seem to show an in-control life but underneath everything is hanging by a thread. Her job is trivial, her mother full on, her boyfriend gone and her best friend drifting away. I loved how each chapter allowed us to see Jenny as greater and more heartbreaking than her online image. I found Adults to be a lovely frazzled story and a reminder not to judge from the surface but to always try to understand why. Five stars from me. – Daniella, QLD, 5 stars

I found this book very hard to read, there was no flow at all in the story – sorry, not one I could recommend. – JV, NSW, 1 star

I found Adults, by Emma Jane Unsworth to be an enjoyable, touching read. Although at times did have me questioning if I had already read something similar. I found the characters lovely and the plot moved well. Adults was a pleasurable Summer read. Thank you. – Rebecca, TAS, 4 stars

An anxiety-ridden perspective of the digital footprints we leave. Jenny projects an on-line image to protect her perceived shortcomings but discovers her self-made armour still leaves her vulnerable to the attacks and retreats of other social media users. Strong language and adult content warning – do not leave on the ground floor of the bookshelf for young hands to find. – K, SA, 1 star

I am left with mixed feelings after finishing ADULTS – I could not like Jenny and that is always hard. She should have been funny and likeable but she was irritating at the least.  I was excited to begin with this – the premise of the book appealed to me. I was excited and it started off well, I had high hopes for a funny entertaining light read and yes it was this in many parts however I felt that it was also repetitive and boring in too many other ways.  I found the style of writing hard to follow who was saying what and it was in many ways poorly constructed.  This could have been excellent and hilarious all the way through as the subject matter would appeal to many but I am afraid to say that it was not and at times I really struggled to keep going.  I would personally recommend a re write as some great material that just did not deliver as it should have/could have. – Debbie, VIC, 2 stars

To be honest I struggled with this one. I started off enjoying the book & writing, including subjects such as social media impact & mother-daughter relationships, then found myself not wanting to stick with it. I liked the drama, humor & subject matter to begin with, however after a while it became tedious to me & the character unlikeable. The description of this book had me excited…in the end it unfortunately fell short for me. – Jennifer, wA, 2 stars,

Jenny McLaine lives an Instagram life, curated hashtags showcase her living her best life. Shame her real life is falling apart around her… Obsessed with online life and in pursuit of the approval of the perfect Suzy Brambles,  Jenny’s story begins bright and breezy, her most angst worthy moment involving ! Or !!? Witty writing makes for easy reading, slowly revealing the depth of her addiction and losses of job, boyfriend and friends.   At one or two points i did struggle to stay with the narrative as the tone changed, and some characters were fairly one dimensional, although i would argue this is reflective of Jenny’s view of reality and not out of place.  I am glad that I persevered through the slower spots as i did become invested in her journey. Thank you to Harper Collins Australia and BetterReading for the advance reader copy. – Juanita, NSW, 4 stars

This was not for me, although I’m sure it will appeal to many, especially those heavily involved/invested in social media. It’s written almost like a detailed diary, with every thought on paper, no matter how trivial. – Hanadi, NSW, 1 star

I couldn’t relate to the protagonist, but I’m sure there’s a younger generation out there that will love this well written tale of a young woman struggling to be an adult in her social media addicted bubble! It is a most relevant story in today’s society as we all know someone like Jenny! Jenny McLaine is in her mid thirties, she’s works as a columnist for an online magazine. Jenny’s career is taking a nose-dive, she loses her handsome boyfriend Art who quickly replaces her and now she’s almost losing her best friend who has lost patience with Jenny. This is an insightful look at the problems of today created by social media addiction and the neglect of things that are more important like physically relating to people. Jenny requires constant validation on social media and overthinks everything. Although I found the character of Jenny annoying at times, I did enjoy the other characters especially the hilarious character of Jenny’s offbeat and quirky mother Carmen who Jenny blamed for having to be in therapy. – Gloria, SA, 3 stars

At first I found this book a little confusing because I am not used to this format. However, as I read on, I became more and more involved in Jenny’s story. It’s a bitter/sweet, funny/sad tale and completely relatable in these modern times. Recommended. – Verity, SA, 4 stars

I was excited by the plot of ‘Adults’. While the main character was slightly out of my demographic, I thought growing up in the social media generation would mean I’d enjoy the social commentary, however I couldn’t get into this book. The main character was annoying at the best of times and although it was interesting to see how her obsession affect all aspects of her live there were never any of the funny or emotional scenes I expected. Again, maybe I’m too young and out of the target audience for this one but unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book. – Emma, NSW, 1 star

I enjoyed this story and thought the style of writing was very modern. I could relate to Jenny on a few occasions throughout the book – especially the obsession with social media – but other times found her to be too neurotic and insecure. I did, however, like the way Jenny **redacted due to potential spoilers** – Natalie, NSW, 4 stars

I must first apologise that I didn’t and couldn’t finish reading this book. I didn’t like it from the start and tried twice to continue reading it but couldn’t. I didn’t like the language used, the style it was written in and found it boring, annoying and rather crass. There are not many books I don’t finish but this is definitely one of them. – Donna, TAS, 1 star

I adored this book. The spectrum of emotions while reading was so vast, absolutely all the feels in this fab book by Emma Jane Unsworth. Anyone in their 30’s grappling with being an adult should read this. So relatable, so raw and so real. Jenny could be any of us. – Kasey, QLD, 5 stars

I was given the opportunity to review the book Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth. I had a couple of attempts at reading this book but I struggled ! Perhaps it would be more suited to a 30 yo rather than a 60 yo. The main character is Jenny, a 35 yo obsessed with social media.She is always anxious and obsessed about how she presents herself on social media, and how she is perceived. Sorry I couldnt finish this book-very hard going for this old girl! – Stacey, NSW, 1 star

‘Adults’ is an engaging read full of enjoyable mischief, particularly relating to phrasing and words. I loved the clever dialogue and the perceptiveness evident throughout the book. Characters were interesting. I liked the drama of Jenny’s mother. It is a book about love, loss and growth. Technology and how we misuse it is a major theme throughout. I recommend it as a great read that will keep you thinking long after you have finished the book. – Sandra, ACT, 5 stars

I think I may have built this book up in my mind before reading it – I loved the cover and the premise sounded really promising, but it just didn’t deliver for me. I would not be friends with Jenny – I found her really un-likeable, and that made it difficult for me to relate to the content. – Janelle, NSW, 1 star

In ‘Adults’, 35 year-old Jenny Maclaine (BA Hons) wrestles with the self-esteem impact of likes, followers and influencers but mismanages her true life because it demands too much reality. The writing is cleverly millenial, Interspersed with texts, tweets, posts and draft emails as Jenny overthinks, miscommunicates and generally seeks validation online. Offline her relationships, friendships, finances and professional life are in a tailspin and need a reboot urgently. Jenny’s mum, the delightfully cliched new-age oldie, larger than life medium Carmen moves in to readjust, often with ‘all-inclusive-package-holiday-measures’ of gin, her daughter’s perspective. Their relationship has always been fraught, Jenny quipping that Carmen put the ‘other’ in ‘mother’. But with the help of Carmen and Jenny’s only genuine friend Kelly, **redacted due to potential spoilers** Emma Jane Unsworth has drolly captured the desperation of instagrammability being the defining factor of life for social media devotees. – Anita, QLD, 4 stars

Good read. Not relatable to me so found it hard to get into it – Chantelle, QLD, 3 stars

‘Adults’ is a raw and honest look into a 35 year old woman’s life and the pressures and expectations that come with being both that age and a woman. The dialogue is sharp, witty and there were many moments which made me laugh out loud or deeply cringe! Very relatable and a thoroughly enjoyable read. – Alex, NSW, 4 stars

I admit it… I didn’t finish this book. Nothing against the book, probably more a reflection of me “showing my age”. I could somewhat relate having kids just a bit younger than the main character but the way they interact with social media annoys me, so reading this book frustrated me. It made me want hurl my phone across the room in disgust (and it also made me want to check Insta!). The book is written well, with witty repartee. I think 20 and 30 somethings will love this book. It just missed the mark for me. I will gladly pass it on to my children who I am sure will relate entirely. – Abi, NSW, 3 stars

They say never judge a book by its cover, but with Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth, it’s lucky that I did! I really liked the cover, but equally disliked this book until about 3/4s of the way through when I was glad that I persevered. From the first chapter I was off centre and not really sure what the author was trying to do. At stages I thought, ok this is where it turns and I won’t be able to put the book down, and then it would annoy me again. As a female in my 30s I could relate to Jenny to a certain extent and that made me uncomfortable at times. Not the most enjoyable book I’ve read, but thought provoking and I liked the ending. – Jo, QLD, 2 stars

Meet Jenny McLaine: Single. 35 years old. Radical feminist online magazine columnist. First impression: Obsessed with social media. Agonises over the image she projects. The epitome of shallow. Overthinks everything. Excessively needy. Endlessly seeks approval. Constantly second-guesses every nuance. Thinks IMPORTANT things in SHOUTY CAPITALS! Begs her friend to proof-read emails to her new boyfriend. Priorities severely distorted. Radiates insecurity. All this even before she loses her job, her best friend and her boyfriend. How did she get that way? Will she survive the challenges life has thrown her? Will she join the adults? Although a little disjointed, this blackly funny and perceptive novel will likely tick a lot of boxes, and not just for millennials. – Marianne, NSW, 5 stars

I couldn’t get into this book unfortunately. I struggled with the writing style but it was the main character, 35 year old Jenny, that really put me off. She is totally obsessed with social media, to the point of checking Instagram while having sex with her partner. Not something I can relate too. She didn’t appear to have real friendships and only messaged her friends to check if her planned posts would get the required number of likes. She seemed to live in the digital space, not in real life, something I would expect from a twenty something, not someone in their mid-thirties. I loved the premise of this book but not the execution. I gave it more pages than I normally would if I can’t get into a book but in the end it wasn’t for me. – Emily, VIC, 1 star

Adults is a story of Jenny McLaine who, at 35, owns her home, writes for a magazine and obsesses over social media. She has great relationships – that are all on-line. Her brand is what matters to her more than the real world. When things start falling apart, her relationships, job and home life, she has to find a way to move forward. Jenny’s fortune teller mother and friend Kelly try to help with varying success. Jenny has to work out how she will fit in her new conditions and what is really important to her. I loved when she started thinking about herself and the best fit for her real life, not her on-line one. Her ex-boyfriend Art is complicated, but I’m glad she worked out a way to resolve her feelings that works for her. Interesting read about the modern world with different issues and how they might be solved. – Tara, SA, 4 stars

Didn’t quite hit the mark with this book. But i still finished it. – Heidi, NSW, 2 stars

Adults Written by Emma Jane Unsworth Reviewed by Mary Irwin-Davies At first I struggled to connect with the main character, I think I even referred to her as ‘bat sh** crazy’. But the more you learn about her story, the more you can begin to see why she is the way she is. Like a puppy, Jenny stumbles through her life seeking love and validation. Overthinking her entire existence and burying herself behind layers of interwoven links that only let the socially acceptable light shine through. Adults is perfect if you want to reflect on the fact we have not only invited Orwell’s Big Brother willingly into our own homes but also freely and constantly update it with our thoughts. Unsworth definitely highlights the idiocy of wanting to ‘be adored in our absence’ and feeding off meaningless hearts and thumbs up from people who only see our fractured truth. It will take you on a journey visiting the complex relationships of women and how they can work together to help each other grow, or, just as easily tear each other down. It might make you laugh and cry but almost certainly it will make you reflect on yourself. – Mary, VIC, 3 stars

Conflicted on how many stars to give Adults. On the one hand, it was very witty and amusing, so 4 stars. On the other hand the majority of the characters severely annoyed the shite out of me, and the endless ‘chatter’ did my head in- oh my Lordy – so 1 star, but then maybe feeling that irritated is the point? – so back to 4 stars?! I ended up giving it 3 stars. Adults is a very worthwhile read, it will leave you snorting in amusement but also pulling your hair out in annoyance. – Regina, NSW, 3 stars

I have mixed feelings in regards to this book, Jenny is the main character and I couldn’t relate to her at all, found her to be quite irritating she is obsessed with her likes on instagram which becomes a bit much sorry never found this book funny or dazzling – Deborah, NSW, 1 star

Adults was an interesting book as you just not sure what is going to happen to Jenny, as she is obsessed with technology and is missing life. It was a good read. – Elizabeth, NSW, 3 stars

Jenny’s internal dialogue is confronting, relevant, unfiltered and very unique. Jenny is apologetically herself and I loved being privy to her stream of consciousness. I was hooked from the first page. I also loved the unique touch of the chapter headings being the first words of the sentence below. – Kelly, QLD, 4 stars





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            Emma Jane Unsworth
            20 January, 2020


            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.'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, ‘PAINFULLY TRUE' Kate Davies
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            Emma Jane Unsworth

            Emma Jane Unsworth is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her novel, Animals has been adapted into a film, for which Unsworth wrote the screenplay. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2019. She also writes for television and various magazines.

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