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Review: The Grown Ups

April 10, 2015

The Grown Ups

Suzie, Sam, and Bella grew up in the same neighborhood, until Suzie’s family moved away when she fifteen.  Their families were friends so their lives were intertwined from an early age.  They knew each other’s secrets, families, and friends.  Even as they drifted apart geographically and emotionally, they were held together by the bond of their childhood and would always feel connected.  Because of that connection, they would always remain in each other’s lives as they learned to navigate the world.

The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek is a character driven novel about childhood friendships narrated by three very different characters – Bella, Sam, and Suzie.  They share a common hometown and spent much of their childhood together but they have very different struggles.  As they work out who they want to be, they find their paths crossing once again.

I thought this book was full of heart, emotion, and deep friendship.  There’s something special about childhood friendships that continue into adulthood and Antalek portrays it perfectly.  Sure there are issues and some drama but there’s also lots of love.  Even though I generally prefer plot driven stories, there’s something about Antalek’s writing that drew me in and I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with these characters.

My book club read The Grown Ups and everyone liked the book, some more than others.  We talked about the complexities of friendship and family and how they shape us.  We also discussed a few plot points a couple people would have liked to have seen developed more.  Our copies of the book contained great discussion questions and a fun playlist.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins and Book Club Girl Book Club.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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21 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    April 10, 2015 6:15 am

    I love character-driven novels, so this might be a good pick for me.

  2. April 10, 2015 6:39 am

    Childhood friendships are different to others. It encompasses families, history and there is no need to hide unsavory pasts! This sounds a good read

  3. Diane permalink
    April 10, 2015 7:03 am

    I was just looking at this one on my unread shelves. Glad your group liked it.

  4. April 10, 2015 7:30 am

    Our book club liked The Grown Ups as well.

  5. April 10, 2015 8:13 am

    Sounds like a book I’d like…. the cover seems so familiar.

  6. April 10, 2015 9:23 am

    Sounds like a great book club pick!

  7. April 10, 2015 9:39 am

    Good choice for a book club and I feel drawn in already– I love character-driven plots, especially those spanning a few decades. This one’s for me!

  8. April 10, 2015 9:44 am

    Sounds like my kind of book.

  9. April 10, 2015 9:58 am

    This one sounds like one I’d love. I remember noticing it…and then not seeing much of it. It is definitely going on my list. Thanks!

  10. April 10, 2015 3:26 pm

    I enjoy character-driven books (with plots) so this one sounds to be right up my alley!

  11. April 10, 2015 4:30 pm

    I always wanted to be in a book club :/

  12. April 10, 2015 5:31 pm

    I just started the audiobook of this one! Glad your book club had lots to discuss. I love character-driven novels like this.

  13. Patty permalink
    April 10, 2015 7:00 pm

    I think I love books like this!

  14. April 10, 2015 11:31 pm

    Definitely does sound like a good book club read!

  15. April 11, 2015 8:15 am

    Sounds like a great one for book groups.

  16. April 11, 2015 9:45 am

    I enjoy character-driven novels a lot, and I also have my clan of best friends from childhood, so I think this would be a great pick for me.

  17. April 11, 2015 10:19 pm

    This looks like a fun book about friendship.

  18. April 13, 2015 11:12 am

    I love character driven novels, and this one sounds like a great one because of the long-lasting friendships!

  19. Literary Feline permalink
    April 13, 2015 9:55 pm

    This sounds like an interesting book, Kathy. I am glad it made for a good discussion book!

  20. April 15, 2015 12:53 pm

    This sounds like a book I’d like. Thanks for the review! Adding it to the TBR list. 🙂

  21. bookingmama permalink
    April 22, 2015 10:07 pm

    Ooooh! I’m really interested in this one!

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