Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

review-modern-loversFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in.

Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy property, and start families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch – of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool – to their own teenage offspring.

Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her girl-next-door smile, rich-kid Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and beautiful Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same Brooklyn neighbourhood and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose can never be reclaimed.

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Reviewer: Gina

Rating: 3 Stars

At first, this book thoroughly confused me. Several people were introduced very quickly and it tok me a while to piece together their relationships to each other. I felt overwhelmed by so many points of view and stories happening so early in the book.

Sadly, although the story eventually settled into a rhythm, and I was able to distinguish the characters from one another, I didn’t like any of them very much. I also felt like not a great deal happened over the course of the book. It was very much a slice-of-life type story, than about any big event or particular character.

The formatting in my copy was also a little awkward so I couldn’t benefit from the ‘extras’ by way of fictional newspaper extracts, etc. I didn’t finish the book with any particular positive or negative feelings towards it.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.