The Grown Ups

The Grown Ups

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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From the author of The Summer We Fell Apart, an evocative and emotionally resonant coming-of-age novel involving three friends that explores what it means to be happy, what it means to grow up, and how difficult it is to do both together.

The summer he's fifteen, Sam enjoys, for a few secret months, the unexpected attention of Suzie Epstein. For reasons Sam doesn't entirely understand, he and Suzie keep their budding relationship hidden from their close knit group of friends. But as the summer ends, Sam's world unexpectedly shatters twice: Suzie's parents are moving to a new city to save their marriage, and his own mother has suddenly left the house, leaving Sam's father alone to raise two sons.

Watching as her parents' marital troubles escalate, Suzie takes on the responsibility of raising her two younger brothers and plans an early escape to college and independence. Though she thinks of Sam, she deeply misses her closest friend Bella, but makes no attempt to reconnect, embarrassed by the destructive wake of her parents as they left the only place Suzie called home. Years later, a chance meeting with Sam's older brother will reunite her with both Sam and Bella--and force her to confront her past and her friends.

After losing Suzie, Bella finds her first real love in Sam. But Sam's inability to commit to her or even his own future eventually drives them apart. In contrast, Bella's old friend Suzie--and Sam's older brother, Michael--seem to have worked it all out, leaving Bella to wonder where she went wrong.

Spanning over a decade, told in alternating voices, The Grown Ups explores the indelible bonds between friends and family and the challenges that threaten to divide them.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062302472
Branch Call Number: ANTAL
Characteristics: 357, 16 pages : portrait ; 21 cm


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Sep 16, 2015

My favourite book of the year so far. This novel follows 3 characters from childhood to their early thirties - you read about struggles they have as they grow older. The chapters rotate between the characters.

RobinBartley Jun 10, 2015

Interesting and quick read. I could relate to many of the characters as well as the time frame. Now have Antalek's previous book requested as this author did a great job of keeping my attention.

dossiere Feb 13, 2015

This is definitely one of the best novels i have ever read.I have 10 pages to go and i am going to savor it. Her first novel was wonderful too.

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