Title: Adulting 101
Author: Lisa Henry
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 15th 2016
Genre(s): M/M New Adult Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 231 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.8 stars out of 5
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.
So I now know two things: 1. that even at forty I can sometimes screw up the whole “adulting” thing because I stayed up way too late reading this, and 2. I straight up loved and adored this. It was absolutely, completely, and totally worth staying up late to finish it!
Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and wants to experience life. He’s smart, but doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, has no filter, and has a pretty co-dependent relationship with his best friend Devon. There’s a lot he doesn’t know, but what he does know is that construction worker, Jai Hazenbrook, is super hot and he really, really wants to know what he tastes like.
Life is meant to be experienced, right? YOLO. How do you know what’s good until you try it?
It’s like the time he tried blue cheese. It looked pretty good, and heaps of other people like it, and right up until the moment he put it in his mouth, he was totally keeping an open mind. And then it turned out it tasted like ass. Like Satan’s ass. But he hadn’t known until he tried it for himself. And how else is he supposed to learn things except by trying them?
When Jai and Nick are caught in a hilariously compromised position, Nick learns two things. First that:
Adulting is hard.
The struggle is real.
…and second, that Jai is willing to be a friend with benefits and Nick is all about learning as much as he possibly can before going away to college in the fall.
Jai is twenty-five and spends three months every summer working back in his hometown and living in his mom’s basement just so he can afford to spend the next nine months traveling the globe experiencing life. He’s completely unprepared for this weird kid to come into his life.
How is this kid even real? Real people have filters.
But the more time he spends with Nick, the more he realizes that he likes him.
It’s weird, then, that he likes Nick.
Nick is everything Jai is not. Nick is loud. Nick has no discernable filter. He’s smart, but he’s also scatterbrained. He has energy levels that can only be attributed to a diet full of caffeine and sugar. By rights, Jai should find him exasperating. Instead, he finds him oddly charming.
Adulting 101 is low angst, really sweet, ridiculously funny, totally awesome, and I seriously cannot recommend it enough.
- Side Note
- If you’ve ever read Lisa Henry’s lighter free fanfiction work as DiscontentedWinter, then you’ll already know how much humor and emotion she can pack into a story. Also, you’ll know how much you’re going to love this story.