Now That We're Adults

A Novel

Fiction - Realistic
352 Pages
Reviewed on 03/17/2016
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Author Biography

Lynn Almengor holds a BA in Video Communication from Arcadia University, and previously wrote/directed guerrilla-style independent films. Because her parents were right about art rarely paying, she also works as a Web Producer in her hometown of Philadelphia, PA. When not writing, Lynn can usually be found playing video games, watching "bad" movies, or goofing off with her husband and their four ferrets.

Follow her online at www.plaidcoreproductions.com or on Twitter @PlaidCoreLynn

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Now That We're Adults by Lynn Almengor follows the lives of Wade and Ian Dakalski, along with the people who change their lives for better or worse. On Ian and Kat’s wedding day, Ian’s brother, Wade, gets down on one knee and proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Jill. Not only does Jill reject the proposal but she leaves him, breaking his heart. At the wedding, Ian and Wade’s Uncle Rick still mourns the loss of his wife one year after her death and tells Wade that death is easy, but those left behind have a hard time of it. Shortly after, their uncle is found dead in his basement. At Uncle Rick’s funeral, Ian sits behind his cousin, Jeremy, and his one-year-old toddler, JJ. After JJ slips on the pew and starts crying loudly, Ian volunteers to take JJ outside. As soon as the toddler stops crying, Ian decides he wants a baby. Both Ian and Kat agree that a baby would be great, and have sex in their car at the funeral, resulting in Kat becoming pregnant. She is quickly filled with regret when she suddenly notices screaming toddlers everywhere she goes.

Lynn Almengor has captured perfectly the trials and tribulations of that step we take between childhood and growing up. Now That We’re Adults follows different people’s lives and the struggles they have, trying to adjust to the balance between dreams, reality, and hardship. Love and determination are the common key elements in this wonderful, realistic (yet humorous) tale which left me wanting to know more and more, left me cheering for the victor, rooting for the underdog, and praying, against all odds, for a happy ending. While there is a small amount of coarse language used, it only adds to the realism of each character’s story. Lynn Almengor’s writing style is impeccable, emotive, and I feel that this book, as a whole, would make a spectacular film which both men and women would enjoy. The book club questions at the end immediately took my mind back into what I had just read, making them such a novel idea. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would.

Tracy Slowiak

In an engaging new read by author Lynn Almengor, Now That We're Adults tells the story of a group of young adults in Scranton, Pennsylvania struggling to truly come into their own after college. Wade, normally a happy sort, struggles when he's dumped by his longtime girlfriend, largely due to his lack of ambition. Wade's brother, Ian, is trying to make everything work with his pregnant girlfriend, Kat, all the while juggling things at a job that is becoming more and more demanding. Kat isn't even sure she wants a baby, and isn't sure what to do about that. Wade starts to fixate on trying to make things just as they were when they were all connected in college, but in the end, is that really what's best for everyone? You'll need to read the book to find out!

I loved Now That We're Adults. Author Lynn Almengor has done a fantastic job in creating characters that her readers will relate to, connect with, and continue to think about long after the last page is finished. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Her story line is engaging, and will keep her readers completely enthralled from the very first page through to the end. Any reader who loves a great work of realistic fiction should absolutely read Now That We're Adults. I very highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading more from the talented and very promising author, Lynn Almengor, as soon as I possibly can!

Chris Fischer

Author Lynn Almengor has done a fantastic job in her new novel, Now That We're Adults. Readers will be treated to an extremely interesting story that will engage them from the very first page. Following a group of twenty-somethings as they attempt to navigate their post-college world, this book is one that will appeal to many of those who have encountered the same things in their own lives. Characters Wade, his brother Ian, and Ian's girlfriend Kat, seem to be moving in wider and wider circles, and all the while moving further from each other. When Wade encounters Eleanor, a timid librarian, he may have found just the person that can give him the perspective he needs on the relationships that once made up his entire world, if only he will take what she says to heart.

I very much enjoyed Now That We're Adults. This is a story that I found myself relating to a great deal, and I am certain that others will feel the same about it. A true coming of age tale, and one told with both sympathy and humor, this story line does a great job at expressing the feelings that appear to be quite common for those who have left college without much of a plan for what comes next. Any reader, and especially those who have encountered a similar situation themselves, should give this book a try. Author Lynn Almengor has a unique story telling voice and, with such a prodigious talent, she is unlikely to remain undiscovered for long!