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Adulting 101 [KINDLE] ❀ Adulting 101 By Lisa Henry – Thomashillier.co.uk The struggle is realNick 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 yo The struggle is realNick 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 like an adultTwenty 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 of the world is worth the short term pain of living in his mother s basement, but only barelyMeeting 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 lifetimeThis 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.


10 thoughts on “Adulting 101

  1. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    4.5 stars Adorable Is the intensity of the world getting you down, and you don t want to read another book about a formally abused homeless shelter volunteer finding love with a recovering alcoholic who is supporting his disabled sister in a ramshackle apartment In the mood for something lighter Or, dare I say it, just fun Then you are in the right place, because this book was light, sexy, and 100% enjoyable.Now, I know what you are thinking Lisa Henry Writing fluff Yes, friends, Lis 4.5 stars Adorable Is the intensity of the world getting you down, and you don t want to read another book about a formally abused homeless shelter volunteer finding love with a recovering alcoholic who is supporting his disabled sister in a ramshackle apartment In the mood for something lighter Or, dare I say it, just fun Then you are in the right place, because this book was light, sexy, and 100% enjoyable.Now, I know what you are thinking Lisa Henry Writing fluff Yes, friends, Lisa Henry can write fluff and she can write it damn well, as evidenced by a lot of her new adult offerings If you haven t tried Lisa Henry lite, I think you are in for a very pleasant surprise To start off my review, I will write a short ass focused haiku because, like Nick, I do love a nice tush That ass is so round.I want to bite it right there,That plump bit on toptakes a bow How could you not love an MC who devotes an entire journal to ass focused poetry You have to love him I adored Nick from his first moment on page Some readers may find him to be a little grating, but I found him to be really endearing, and lovable in that goofy, accidentally sexy way I liked how upfront Nick was about, well, everything He literally just blurted out everything he thought the moment he thought it, with just no considering of consequences I sort of loved him for that And how could you not fall in love with the relationship between Nick and his best friend, Devon It is the bromance to top all bromances, and Nick and Devon know how to snuggle like bosses They were adorable together, and though Devon was the BFF and not the other MC, I really consider him like mini main character The romance was slow burn, though we get hook ups right off the bat The romance was cute but not epic, if you know what I mean, and we are left with a HFN ending, which worked for me due to the age of the MCs The sex was HOT but also really true to life, meaning awkward at times and refreshingly honest The only think that I wish we gotof was descriptions For some reason, Lisa Henry really skimped out on the descriptions of the characters appearances I had to make up how they all looked in my head, including the supporting characters I m talking big things like hair color and skin color and body type I had a really hard time picturing everyone as a result However, despite any little issues, this book delivered on expectations perfectly It was a funny the writing is witty and on point , sexy, silly, smart, and really captured the feeling of first love High recommended Copy provided in exchange for an honest review


  2. Lisa Henry Lisa Henry says:

    Here it is, you guys Proof that not everything I write is first thrown into the wringer of angst and pain and despair I had ridiculous fun writing this, and I hope that you ll have fun reading it too.


  3. ☆ Todd ☆ Todd says:

    Lisa Henry s latest book, Adulting 101, is a fun, light, low angst read, with tons of humor Nick is an 18 year old high school graduate, with no real plans for this future and absolutely no filter, but hormones to spare He s working for the summer in an office and spends too many hours writing haiku s about his co worker Jai s ass At 25, Jai returns home to Ohio every summer to work and save enough money to travel the world for the rest of the year He tends to fall into his romantic en Lisa Henry s latest book, Adulting 101, is a fun, light, low angst read, with tons of humor Nick is an 18 year old high school graduate, with no real plans for this future and absolutely no filter, but hormones to spare He s working for the summer in an office and spends too many hours writing haiku s about his co worker Jai s ass At 25, Jai returns home to Ohio every summer to work and save enough money to travel the world for the rest of the year He tends to fall into his romantic encounters, male or female, as they come, then when they re over, that s that and he moves on Jai s summer at home has just begun, so when cute, blurty Nick, wearing his favorite red cocksucking shirt , propositions Jai, their next ten weeks of casually hooking up are interesting, to say the least A great example of the tone of the book can be seen in how Nick interacts with Jai the very first time that the two actually speak to one anotherDo you own leather pantsNick blurtsWait That was weird Sorry, that was weird I m weird So, um, if you can forget that thing I said about leather pants, that would be awesomeNick s face is scrunched up, like a toddler refusing vegetablesBut, okay, I m seriously wearing my favorite red shirt and I would really, really like to suck your dick For a moment Jai only hears a strange buzzing in his head It takes a little while for him to actually parse the words Because on what otherwise ordinary Monday morning does anyone hear words like that On what otherwise ordinary Monday morning does anyone say words like that The dialogue between Nick and Jai is pretty funny, but generally not quite what I d really consider banter That happens between Nick and his adorable bromancey BFF, Devon.The only way that I can describe Devon is to say that he s amazing in this story Supportive, loving and affectionate, this boy is everything and their relationship was one of my favorite aspects of the bookBut if you want to make certain, lean over and give your gay BFF a big kiss No,Devon says firmlyNot because I m being homophobic, but because I know where your mouth has been today, and you probably haven t even brushed your teeth That s true,Nick admits Because Jai porta potty blowjob. The humor in this one was definitely the big selling point for me I found it reminiscent of Nash Summers Maps books, but with some hot, steamy, often embarrassing sex The drama in this story is less about the inevitability that Nick and Jai s no strings, for the summer arrangement will end soon and they ll move on, butabout Nick s freak outs and panic attacks about attending college and having to grow upHowVeryMillennialSo since fewer pages were devoted to deep declarations of feelings, the relationship aspects of the book weren t 100% believable for me I m all for having realistic expectations when dating an 18 y.o., but as the book ends and phrases likeif we break upandif we re still together next yearwere still seen on page, I can only really see this one ending as anI really like youHFN.It was still hilarious and touching, so it rates around 4.25 stars and I d recommend it to anyone looking for a funny, blurty, feel good, NA story My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


  4. Tanu Gill Tanu Gill says:

    Oh boy This book was so delicious We start off with a hilarious chat conversation between Nick and Devon I did not have any feeling other than finding it funny Then we meet Jai And he is hot Like, HOT hot Then we start the ride of the plot of this book.I ll start off by saying that whatever you felt when you read the title of this book is exactly what is inside the book But it doesn t teach us how to be adults, or how to do adulting yes, it is a word, okay No, it shows us from the p Oh boy This book was so delicious We start off with a hilarious chat conversation between Nick and Devon I did not have any feeling other than finding it funny Then we meet Jai And he is hot Like, HOT hot Then we start the ride of the plot of this book.I ll start off by saying that whatever you felt when you read the title of this book is exactly what is inside the book But it doesn t teach us how to be adults, or how to do adulting yes, it is a word, okay No, it shows us from the perspective of a scared, shy kid how intimidating adulting feels when you are at the age of 18.First off, this is NOT an insta love Insta lust, yes, but insta love No This love is so slow and so developed and so churned, I m sure it must taste like an amazing cup of coffee We see them start their relationship by terming it a hookup, which, true, guys, no other word for it Then, slowly and subtly, they both get to know each other, their nature, their strengths and flaws, and that s when the sweet journey of their falling in love with each other begins.Nick is a crazy smart guy, you see I mean, who CAN connect dots of completely irrelevant things like that and make sense to me He talks funny, but that is because he thinks at this high, super fast, super smart level, and it comes across as dumb didn t fool me, but other secondary characters did get fooled, sadly , but the strongest thing you see is how much he panics at the thought of leaving his safe childhood behind and having to enter the abyss of growing up I am 27, and I still panic at so many things and look for the safety net of my family.And this solidifies the fact that you don t just grow up when you are past a certain age It is a never ending process where you learn and fail and succeed at different stages and in different situations.I loved Nick, like, absolutely loved him His friendship bromance with Devon was simply cute I saw in Nick my own inner self, which tries to be smaller in size so that it doesn t dominate over that part of myself which is optimistic about growing up We all have fears, but we don t verbalise them But Nick, in all his fumbly adorableness, achieved just that feat He showed us his struggle, his fear that he is alone, the pressure he feels to just accept this part of life, his need for distraction from the choking hold the future has over him, and how just being heard made him free of it all.I loved Jai His was such an amazing character, but Nick totally monopolised the highlight of being the main character Jai waslike a supporting role, though he played it to perfection It was inedibly yummy to see them together and figure things out.I bet many of the readers of this book saw themselves in this book, in one role or another This was that an enlightening book Every word written with meaning, every page made to be savoured Both Jai s and Nick s POVs were so distinguished in their voice that I never once felt the need to check whose POV I was reading at any given point.A book that will stay in my mind for a long time to come, characters that I will miss a lot until my reread, perfection depicted using simple words


  5. Sheziss Sheziss says:

    It s so hard to make a comedy There are plenty of comedies, I know And they are also popular.I appreciate fun, seriously.However, most of the times it s just my mind the one who smiles Sometimes my lips do But that s all about it.I m usually this grumpy girl when everybody is obviously having a great time Maybe I just giggle on my own accord because I want to disconnect But it doesn t come from within me with full force.I love to laugh I really do But very very very few times a book or It s so hard to make a comedy There are plenty of comedies, I know And they are also popular.I appreciate fun, seriously.However, most of the times it s just my mind the one who smiles Sometimes my lips do But that s all about it.I m usually this grumpy girl when everybody is obviously having a great time Maybe I just giggle on my own accord because I want to disconnect But it doesn t come from within me with full force.I love to laugh I really do But very very very few times a book or a movie manages to make me laugh Laugh for real.I often smile but I very rarely burst out laughing.Well, in this book I laughed so hard I thought the veins in the eye would explode.Nick is so authentic His portrayal as this eighteen year old Peter Pan with a mind full of crazy ideas and a blatantly absence of mouth filter is very well built and endearing A combination that gets out of handoften than not.Jai has an incredible ass and that s reason enough for Nick to get to him and offer a BJ just after they exchange names Best decision ever, because now he has a boyfriend fuck buddy Or worst, because they both lose their jobs.And Jai desperately needs a job He only stays in town for the summer The rest of the year, he prepares his backpack and disappears Sort of Mary Poppins.And Nick desperately needs to forget college is coming in September Because everything ends then his childhood, his co dependent relationship with his soul mate Devon, and it all comes down to clear a path to uncertainty and adulthood But hey, it s going to be the best summer ever September is so far away.This is the winner quote for me Jai shouldn t keep looking, but he can t help himself He also should have known better than to open the notebook Nick accidentaly left behind, but he s too shocked to castigate himself over that right now He can t stop turning the pages.Holy shit Jai s Ass A sonnet abandoned Jai s ass is like the most incredible thingI want to do things to it with my mouthI look at it and heaps of angels singAnd something that rhymes with mouth goes where He flips to the next page and discovers a limerick There once was a man called JaiWho was the world s most hottest guyAnd I m shit out of luckIf we never fuckI ll scream Why Jesus why Jesus whyHave you seen me with the kindle of my face trying to hold my intestines with my hand Damn, I thought the laughs were going to make serious damage Yes, the book is hilarious I don t remember the last time I laughed this hard, maybe that movie about vampires sharing home in New Zealand, What We Do in the Shadows Although I must admit that Klune also can bring me joy.Whatever, there was no chance of my attention being drawn by anything else for long This was too much There are many references to fantasy epic movies and pop culture Not snob or picky enough to be really challenging, so I m glad I understood them all The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Matrix, The Avengers, Pokemon and David Lynch The only one that was a true miss for me was Attack on Titan Adulting is so hard Adulting is really hard When that girl says she wants to be a Pediatric Surgeon I laughed out loud I ve been like that, too Multiple times How can people be so sure what they want to do even before they have started Oh, I understand jealousy, they are all so sure what they can to do and how they are going to do it and how capable they all are to make it real Lots of confidence Or lack of such Self overrating Or just dreams that won t come true Or will they after all I liked seeing how these doubts chew on Nick s mind and fly around him like vultures The clock is making tick tack sounds and everybody expects a reaction from him, a decision, a choice Even not choosing is a choice by itself, and the consequences are unthinkable.He cannot think.But Jai is also stuck in his own way He is 25 but still hasn t settle on something, whatever that is He began travelling to leave everything behind, but now he does it because he likes it Despite this, he s not as sure about his future as his attitude implies.As someone told me God has a tendency to laugh at people s plans.Or plainly Life gives many turns.So, once we have established the sense of humor made it for me, I d like to say I expecteddevelopment of the relationship There is a step from liking each other to liking liking each other, and an abrupt one at that Also, the step from liking liking to love is missing The book finishes with the promise of a HEA, but not a HEA per se They start as friends with benefits and somewhere along the way they become boyfriends, but I couldn t feel that transition for real I feel there is chemistry, in and out of the bed, and the comfort and joy they find when they are together, but not much beyond that.However, I could really feel the need for Nick to be with his BFF Devon at all times If Devon was gay, that would be an amazing love story.I couldn t bring myself to really care about that.Anyway, I conclude Lisa Henry can write everything I got to know her with her contemporary BDSM facet, but then I tasted her historical flavor and later I dared with her sci fi installsments However, most of them are within the limits of the dark and the heavy I had to see if she could deal with a lighter mood as well Well, after this demonstration, she aces in everything under the sun.In my opinion, there is little she can t do, she s a very complete writer, and she demonstrates this once again in a coming of age comedy in which the laughs are guaranteed.I really recommend this one This was a review in group in BMBRCopy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  6. Emma Sea Emma Sea says:

    I am the luckiest person on the planet right now, because I got to beta read this It s so good Goddamn it s perfect And it s all sweet and funny and not rapey AT ALL but it s still full of the best kind of Lisa Henry feels If I rated stories I beta read I would give it all the stars.I unreservedly think you should pre order this sucker and swear you will not regret it.


  7. Vivian Vivian says:

    I m never going back and you can t make me.Whoever started that ridiculous idea that late adolescence is the best years of your life needs to be flagellated Severely Needless to say, this is a time machine special so that the reader can recall the crappy anxiety about themselves, their life, and EVERYTHING else Nick Stahlnecker, recent graduate is enjoying the last summer before college or trying to His dad has ideas about how he needs to straighten up and fly right Get a job In fact, he I m never going back and you can t make me.Whoever started that ridiculous idea that late adolescence is the best years of your life needs to be flagellated Severely Needless to say, this is a time machine special so that the reader can recall the crappy anxiety about themselves, their life, and EVERYTHING else Nick Stahlnecker, recent graduate is enjoying the last summer before college or trying to His dad has ideas about how he needs to straighten up and fly right Get a job In fact, he manages to get one for him Nick s not invested in this job, but it does have one perk Jai Hazenbrook.He s the eye candy of Grover Construction, and he s got a fanbase Okay, might only be a couple people, but whatever Needless to say, Nick is spellbound Nick is also an extremely determined young man when something s in his target range.Sometimes things are a bad idea and you do them anyway Even after advice to the contrary.Even knowing it, you do it facepalm Nick s Score 10 for Effort, 3 for Execution Nick is brazen and unrepentant Half the time I was embarrassed for him And at others, yeah no Porta potty no fucking way EEEEEWWWW And then there s things I have fundamental ideological differences with pineapple does NOT belong on a pizza And Meatlovers with anchovies and pineapple This is not a pizza.Thing is, Nick has ideological differences with his parents, but being mellow he s been herded by his parents into a series of decisions that don t suit him He s gotta figure a way to sort that out while working out exactly what s happening with Jai.The characters are disturbingly realistic, and the situations while veering towards absurdity skate the edge and highlight the hyperbolic ridiculousness of being eighteen, a kid and adult at the same time I laughed and groaned and totally got my utils from the purchase Favorite quote Jai s not sure what worries him most the fact he s already noticing the things Nick would love, or that he s apparently hooking up with the teenage boy version of his mom Overall


  8. Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦ Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦ says:

    If Nick were on a quest to return the One Ring to the fiery pits of Mount Doom, Jai Hazenbrook would totally be the hot as fuck elf in tight leather pants who could shoot the left testicle off an orc at a thousand paces Whereas Nick, of course, would be the short hairy footed guy who liked beer and fireworks and second breakfasts Even in his fantasy worlds, Nick is a realistThis book was funny And also cute and sweet It tried to be sexy too, at times, but funny suddenly bIf Nick were on a quest to return the One Ring to the fiery pits of Mount Doom, Jai Hazenbrook would totally be the hot as fuck elf in tight leather pants who could shoot the left testicle off an orc at a thousand paces Whereas Nick, of course, would be the short hairy footed guy who liked beer and fireworks and second breakfasts Even in his fantasy worlds, Nick is a realistThis book was funny And also cute and sweet It tried to be sexy too, at times, but funny suddenly burst in to take over Like, s cuse me i know you re trying to get it ON, but I got an awkward joke to tell and I promise it will be all worth it And now that I m done, carry on But now you re laughing and the moment is gone but yes, indeed, it was totally worth it It s that kind of book In a nut shell, it s about two guys falling in love while trying to be in a casual summer relationship Nick, having just graduated high school, is having anxiety about what to do with his life He is expected to attend college but he s not quite sure he s ready That s exactly how I felt after high school hehe In short, adulting sucks Nick is working at the office on a construction site Not as much working, though, as ogling a hot guy by the name of Jai So after a while Nick decides to bring his best game and be an adult and go talk to Jai And you know what, sometimes, being honest and straight to the point gets you places Because when Nick straight up tells Jai he s like to blow him things escalate fast And besides the fact that they get caught and fired for fooling around on a job, they still have each other right Read this book if you enjoy M M and you want some laughs If you enjoy T.J Klune s books, the ones with humor in them, you will probably like this one too You ll find out how Jai and Nick s relationship develops from a fling into friendship love and how Jai helps Nick with that whole adulting business


  9. * A Reader Obsessed * * A Reader Obsessed * says:

    4.5 Stars This is a Lisa Henry I ve never seen before Well, maybe with her DiscontentedWinter alter ego, but I typically associate her with angst, drama, and suspense This was the complete opposite.Know that you ll get totally likeable characters in the spastic Nick, who lacks a bit of confidence but never on spewing what s immediately on his mind It s his last summer before college and there s lots of pressure to prepare for the next level However, Nick s drowning in the expectations others 4.5 Stars This is a Lisa Henry I ve never seen before Well, maybe with her DiscontentedWinter alter ego, but I typically associate her with angst, drama, and suspense This was the complete opposite.Know that you ll get totally likeable characters in the spastic Nick, who lacks a bit of confidence but never on spewing what s immediately on his mind It s his last summer before college and there s lots of pressure to prepare for the next level However, Nick s drowning in the expectations others have of him, and all he wants to do is hook up with his sexy coworker Jai.Jai s time in town is fleeting He s home for the summer to earn money before he leaves off again to travel the world for the rest of the year, but there s a snag in his plans and it comes in the form of the bumbling, no filter Nick, who propositions him How can Jai say no This overflows with funny and embarrassment and cock blocking in all forms of epic proportions It was smart with pop culture love, and this made me laugh as Nick and Jai struggle to figure out their wants and needs and goals Don t worry, as this never shorts the reader on the feels either.I should know better than to think Henry could ever be a one note author Again, full of humor that s in the spirit of American Pie but oh so muchThis was a fabulous reprieve fromreallifeproblems that I very much appreciated and was perfectly, just what I needed


  10. SheReadsALot SheReadsALot says:

    It s a unicorn group review with Adam, Cupcake and Sheziss 4.25 Hearts Are we Netflix and chilling I don t know what that means Are you twenty five or are you eighty five Whippersnapper Adulting is hard as fuck, yeah I mean I am one and I totally can say it s a struggle The struggle is real Some days all you wanna do is this


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