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.
I usually don't listen to audiobooks that I've read in ebook form because I'm always afraid that the narration will ruin the story. However, this certainly wasn't the case with Adulting 101. Nick J. Russo simply crushed it with his stellar reading.
The book was everything that I remembered. It was funny, charming, totally endearing, and sexy in a clumsy, overexcited way.
The best part of the story, other than the spot-on narration, was the bromance between the MC and his best friend. Their friendship gave my insides squishy, happy feelings, and I couldn't get enough of their texting banter.
Adulting 101 is hilarious. You will laugh with/at the characters and at their ridiculous situations, and it will make you feel simply good. It's a feel-good story.
My only issue with the story, and the reason for my 1/2-star deduction, was fact that it was written in third person, present tense. Third person, present tense is incredibly awkward while reading, but it sounds even worse when read aloud. I couldn't stand it, and I think if the book was written in past tense I would have given it the full 5-stars.
Overall, you can't go wrong with this one. Sure, it isn't a marriage-proposal level of commitment by the end (I'd say tentative HEA), but it is one of the most entertaining audiobooks that I've listened to in a long time. Total win.
** A free copy of this audiobook was provided by the publisher. **
Catch ya later!