How to Be a Grown-Up by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

How to Be a Grown-Up: a novel is coauthored by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus and reads like the perfect mix of The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City. Definitely considered chick-lit, the novel gives the reader a glimpse into the reality of a woman having to reenter the workforce after sacrificing a successful career for home and family. To make matters worse, her new bosses are half her age and full of themselves, and have no experience beyond their sheltered, posh upbringing.

As the story unfolds, we meet Rory McGovern, a part time freelance stylist, who lives in New York with her actor husband and two beautiful young children. With her husband's star fading and acting residuals dwindling, he decides to have a midlife crisis and walk out of their marriage, leaving Rory financially strapped and forced to find full time work. Luckily, Rory has her styling background. She calls her agent, grabs her styling portfolio and lands a position with a start-up web based lifestyle site for kids called "JeuneBug", run by two spoiled twenty somethings named Taylor and Kimmy. Even though Taylor and Kimmy are armed with their Ivy League MBAs they are clueless. Rory finds herself having to deal with their strange slang and far out ideas that she struggles to understand. At least the company has been given millions from venture capitalists to back up their digital media farfetched idea. I mean really, a luxury lifestyle site - for kids? Meanwhile, Rory's soon to be ex-husband Blake continues to act like a self-absorbed juvenile. Thanks to his parents, he has never learned how to handle rejection in his career or any of life's little difficulties, leaving Rory as the only grownup at home - and now at work it seems.

Rory has definitely come "into her own" by the end of the book, even when Blake throws himself back into the situation and tries to muck it all up. I thought she clearly deserved the good things she developed for herself and her family, and she most definitely did some growing up.

 

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