Book Review

ADULT ASSEMBLY REQUIRED by Abbi Waxman

I received a gifted galley of ADULT ASSEMBLY REQUIRED by Abbi Waxman. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!

Rating: 4 / 5
Publication Date: 5/17/2022

ADULT ASSEMBLY REQUIRED follows Laura, a young woman making big changes in her life. Raised in a family of professors, her future has always been set for her. She would grow up to be an academic just like the rest of her family, marrying her childhood sweetheart (also an academic) and live a quiet, easy life. After surviving a horrific accident, Laura feels called to take a different path and she’s decided to end her relationship and move to L.A. to enter grad school to become a physical therapist, leaving her upset family in her wake.

When her new life in L.A. takes a drastic turn with her apartment building catching fire, Laura finds herself homeless, with nothing but the clothes on her back. Thankfully she has stumbled into the heart of the local community at the indie bookstore and through her new friends there she finds a room for rent in a house full of quirky, loveable, and supportive new friends.

First off, I was so excited to learn that this book returns us to the universe of Nina Hill. I loved getting some new glimpses of Nina in these pages and the bookstore community she has built! I also really loved Laura and all that she’s trying to accomplish in life. Laura is very afraid of driving after her traumatic experience and she’s moved to a place that is very hard to navigate without a car. I think the author did a fantastic job exploring Laura’s anxiety and PTSD and the ways she manages to take steps toward recovery.

I love a good found family, so I loved the cast of characters in this book as well. I really just wanted to move into the house with them all! Each has their own quirks and issues going on, but they welcome Laura with open arms. I also really enjoyed that Laura was able to help them out too instead of being the one always in need of support!

This book takes a bit of a slower pace, but in a way that I really enjoyed settling into. This is one to add to your TBR! ADULT ASSEMBLY REQUIRED is out today!!

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