How to Be a Grown-Up : A Novel / Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus.

An entertaining and insightful story sure to resonate with all those readers who first fell in love with The Nanny Diaries. 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 fa...

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Main Author: McLaughlin, Emma.
Other Authors: Kraus, Nicola.
Published: New York : Atria Books, 2015.
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Review by Booklist Review

The popular, prolific writing duo of The Nanny Diaries (2002) fame, McLaughlin and Kraus, authors most recently of The First Affair (2013), examine life from the perspective of a harried mom who can't afford a nanny. Rory McGovern finds herself in need of a job after her husband Blake's acting career seems to enter a tailspin. To make matters worse, Blake has started to withdraw completely from their marriage, leaving Rory on her own to care for their two children. In order to keep her family afloat, Rory takes a design job working for two twentysomething trust-fund babies who have started a company called JeuneBug, geared toward marketing high-end luxury items to children. Rory finds a way to make this absurd project succeed, but try as she might, she is unable to save her dying marriage. After a disastrous therapy session and a miserable Thanksgiving, Rory can't help but wonder if she is fit to wade back into the dating pool again. This humorous and rewarding look at one woman's second act is a smart and lively women's fiction title.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2015 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's 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.

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Review by 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.

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