Adulting 101 (Lisa Henry)

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The struggle is real.

Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?

That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.

Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.

Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.

This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.


This was yet another book I read as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, you can check out her review of this book here.

I had so much fun reading this book. SO MUCH FUN!!!

I didn’t quite know what to expect from this book. I requested it because it is a LGBT book, and I’m a sucker for M/M stories, so I wanted it, bad. I was so pleasantly surprised by this one. The book is told in dual POV, from Nick and Jai’s POVs, and it is told in the third person. I’m not the biggest fan of the third person narrative, but it somewhat worked on this one.

I liked both main characters, though I felt like Nick was much more developed and given more importance than Jai in most regards. Nick was such an hilarious kid. I was laughing most of the time he was doing something, and I could identify with him in so many things, mostly because a lot of people at 18 don’t have a clue what they want out of their lives. So I loved that it wasn’t a must that he figured it out, but instead that he learned that it was ok not knowing, and learning to stand up for himself.

I liked Jai as well, he was an unique character, but I somehow wanted more from him. I did love his relationship with Nick and how they helped each other throughout their time together.

The books was a lot more about friendship than the romance itself, and the friendship between Nick and Jai is awesome. But most of all, Nick’s friendship with Devon was the greatest thing of all. Devon was amazing! I loved their friendship and how close they were, and their cuddle sessions.

Guys, read this book. It’s hilarious, fun, and it talks about some serious subjects. READ IT!!!

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