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Then We Grew Up – Andrew Marc Berman

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★★★

Is this what happens even after you play by all the rules growing up? I thought there would be more.

Ohhh, he’s definitely got me pegged.

Nobody cares. This has been one of the most alarming and fascinating components of entering adulthood.

This one is a bit of a surprise – a quasi self-help, quasi deep-reflection on the post-college life in the 21st century.

We follow our author (Andrew) as he navigates young adulthood and explores his earlier memories that shaped him into the man he is today.

There were quite a few moments (especially considering I’m one of those twenty-something millennials) that I instantly connected with – such as when he moved out of his college apartment:

Every leftover item and minute detail served as a reminder that a monumental chapter in my life was coming to a swift end on account of an expiring lease.

I also enjoyed the way the author connected his past to his present – often going on tangents that ultimately ended in a hilarious or profound life lesson.

However, I have a bit of a difficulty connecting to the narration. This book tried to force a pensive and reflective tone that seemed at odds with his actual age. For example, there’d be lines which just seemed such old thoughts coming from a twenty-something:

I Googled nearby restaurants and we settled on a famous Italian place…A bottle of wine, multiple courses, dessert – it was nothing short of gluttonous, shameless and indulgent.

Also, there would be slightly oddly-worded lines that took me out of the book:

Her lips were like a poem with no voice. Her eyes, effortlessly closed, were just as revealing…They hid wonder, fascination, and beauty within – a life written by change, conquest, and growth.

And still other lines made me hold the book back and go, REALLY??

Quick, cheap, no-strings-attached sex with a stranger? It was a dramatic departure from my usual habits of over-the-top courtship and pleasantly passionate persistence.

It just seemed a bit over-the-top for a supposedly down-to-earth book.

Overall, I did enjoy reading this book – several moments made me smile to my self and I did feel rather connected to the experience (if not with the main character).

Interested in this one from Andrew Marc Berman? Pick up your copy from:  Amazon

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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