Adult Assembly Required
by Abbi Waxman
Publication Date May 18, 2022
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Family Life / General
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
A young woman arrives in Los Angeles determined to start over and discovers she doesn't need to leave everything behind after all, from Abbi Waxman, USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
When Laura Costello moves to Los Angeles, trying to escape an overprotective family and the haunting memories of a terrible accident, she doesn't expect to be homeless after a week. (She's pretty sure she didn't start that fire -- right?) She also doesn't expect to find herself adopted by a rogue bookseller, installed in a lovely but completely illegal boardinghouse, or challenged to save a losing trivia team from ignominy...but that's what happens. Add a regretful landlady, a gorgeous housemate and an ex-boyfriend determined to put himself back in the running and you'll see why Laura isn't really sure she's cut out for this adulting thing. Luckily for her, her new friends Nina, Polly and Impossibly Handsome Bob aren't sure either, but maybe if they put their heads (and hearts) together they'll be able to make it work.
Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman is a bookish book that I enjoyed. Although not part of a series, this book follows the author’s previous book, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and we get to see the continuation of some of the characters from that book.
Laura Costello has moved to Los Angeles from New York City to start a Physical Therapy degree program, and also to escape her overprotective parents and an ex-fiance that isn’t sure he’s an ex. After just a few days, her apartment building burns down and she finds herself homeless in a strange city. After a soaking rainstorm, she stumbles into a bookstore and meets Nina and Polly. They immediately take her in and find her a room at Polly’s boarding house, owned by a lovely woman that houses several quirky and interesting tenants including Impossibly Handsome Bob, who works in the boardinghouse garden in exchange for rent. Laurs soon finds herself part of this unconventional group of friends as they help her navigate adulthood.
I really enjoyed Adult Assembly Required and loved the friendships and all the quirky characters the most. It’s really a story about friends and supporting each other with a side of romance. The banter between these characters is fun and made the book easy to read. The romance is a slow burn romance, that was perhaps a bit too slow burn for me. However, Bob and Lauren did make a cute couple and I enjoyed their friendship and later (much later) their romance. Besides the side human characters, there are several dogs and cats at the boarding house and at the bookstore that have their own personalities and even had their own POV for short bits of the book. The author knows her cats and dogs, and their POVs were hilarious.
I recommend Adult Assembly Required to anyone who enjoys quirky bookish characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
A very similar cover in a different color.