Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Review: Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry

Adulting 101
by Lisa Henry
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2016

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 book is a riot, the perfect read if you just wanna chill out and have some laughs. Honestly, I can't really relate to Nick's dilemma as I'm the kind of girl who had my life all figured out before I leave high school. Early bloomer, ya know. Nick is 18 yr old virgin, who blew up his summer job by getting caught blowing a hot guy. I won't say he is a fuck up, more like a kid in an adult-ish body and don't know what to do with his life and his parents are so not happy with him. 

Jai is 25, he doesn't have his life figure out either, but he loves travelling. I wonder how can he survive travelling around the world with just the little money he earn doing odd summer jobs. I thought working as a tourist is illegal in other countries. 

The way Nick offer to blow Jai and subsequently offer to be hook up buddy, the entire process is awkward. So weird. Is not the kind of seamless hook up I usually read. Nick is the opposite of smooth. Is a wonder he survived high school. I very much enjoyed their sexual relationship because virgin sex and it at least seems realistic. 

Overall, this book hit the jackpot with the teenage humor. I'm in my 30s and still able to have some great laughs over Nick's shenanigans with his bff, Devon (their bromance was epic) and Jai. I won't exactly describe Nick and Jai relationship as romance because there isn't flower and roses, not all that steamy, neither passionate nor emotional. Is more like young love, "I really like you" kinda thing, but it works here due to Nick's age. The ending was nice too with a satisfying HFN. Actually I wish to see how does Nick looks like all grown up.