Sunday, December 3, 2017

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

This is a somewhat rambling first person narrative about Andrea, a woman in her late thirties to early forties.  She is dissatisfied with her job, unsuccessful in finding love and disconnected from her family who is dealing with the tragedy of her terminally ill niece.

While she was a bit of a mess, the sections looking back in her past helped explain her - her father died of a heroin overdose when she was a teenager, after that her mother struggled financially, at one point hosting dinners to raise money where middle aged drug addicts came over to eat and pawed teenaged Andrea at the same time.  She dropped out of art school because she didn't think she could handle the constant rejection, but doesn't enjoy working in advertising.

At times the book was confusing as it moved back and forth in time and it sometimes took reading a few pages of a new chapter to figure out when it was set.  Characters also came and went in her life and I couldn't always tell what time period she was referring to.

All in all it wasn't a great book but it was an easy enough read about a screwed up life.

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