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Er the fabric of the adults' lives suddenly begins to unravel and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose about themselves and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them can never be reclaimedStraub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness ambition and pleasure the excitement of youth the shock of middle age and the fact that our passions be they food or friendship or music never go away they just evolve and grow along with us Yay I won Thank you Goodreads First Reads

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Exuality independence and the ineffable alchemy of cool to their own offspringBack in the band's heyday Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with Now nearing fifty they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease But the summer that their children reach maturity and start sleeping togeth privileged brooklyners experience middle age ennui

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From the New York Times‒bestselling author of The Vacationers a smart highly entertaining novel about a tight knit group of friends from college their own kids now going to college and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set inFriends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry buy real estate and start businesses and families all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch of s Hipster mid life crisis and teen love not exactly riveting material Some funny moments but mostly one great big white people problems blog post

About the Author: Emma Straub

Emma Straub is the New York Times‒bestselling author of the novels All Adults Here Modern Lovers The Vacationers Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and the short story collection Other People We Married Straub's work has been published in twenty countries and she and her husband own Books Are Magic an independent bookstore in Brooklyn New York

10 thoughts on “Modern Lovers

  1. says:

    I really like writing book reviews and I’d like to think I’m not so bad at it But I think I struggle the most with reviews of three star books That’s because they tend to be very average books that leave me with very little emotion one way or another I’m not so excited about them that I have to tell everyone to read them right now but they didn’t piss me off enough that I have anything to rant about And that’s exactly how I feel about Modern Lovers It just didn't leave an impression with me that I have a lot to sayI was super excited to read this because I enjoyed The Vacationers and it’s gotten its fair share of buzz The plot description sounded intriguing Three middle aged college friendsformer bandmates uncover secrets as their near adult children strike up a relationship It seems to be jumping on the recent trend of blurring the line between “complex” characters and outright unlikable ones I’m not so sure that I’m really a fan of that trend if a protagonist is going to be a jerk I just want to be able to understand why and I don’t think that’s always happening But that’s all just a matter of personal preference and maybe other readers are enjoying that kind of thing Emma Straub is a pretty good writer – her prose is fun and engaging The real reason I didn’t enjoy this is just that it didn’t really go anywhere Despite occasionally being charming the characters were mostly kinda one dimensional – especially Andrew – and the plot was all build up with no pay off Things happen – the kids get together the adults are approached by an agent wanting the rights to their story for a bio pic about the friend who actually found fame before her untimely death they experience marital tensions and ennui – and then the book ends with just a very brief mention of what happens next for each character like the one sentence descriptions that flash next to characters’ faces at the end of a movie I got to the end with a shrug and that was that This is a perfectly fine book that might be the perfect thing for the poolside but it just never rose above “fine” for me I wouldn’t discount it – I swear it’s by no means bad – but I doubt it’s ever going to be the first that pops to mind when someone asks for a recommendation

  2. says:

    Wow was this terrible Why did I think Emma Straub was an amazing writer all this time? I think I was fooled by her classy author photo she looks fantasticThese people drove me fucking crazy They are the most annoying caricatures of Oberlin students you could possibly imagine And I don't care if that was Straub's intent it literally pained me to think I was respecting them by giving them my attention Their problems were so boring and were tied up so neatly I actually cannot decide who had the most boring problem it's so hard to make that call Jane closed her eyes With the patio We could have outdoor seating on the sideExactly 'Zoe reached over and slid her arms around Jane's waist folding herself into Jane's lap A new project A new baby A new baby made out of butterBest kind Zoe said nuzzling as in close as she could and then even closerEw It's like the last scene in a Full House episode The worst part about this book was that stuff kept on happening that made me say that would NEVER happen like that The one example I can think of immediately is one that happened at the end of the book view spoilerAs Andrew's yoga guru is being arrested he yells hey wait that's my partner Why would he volunteer that info? hide spoiler

  3. says:

    Hipster mid life crisis and teen love not exactly riveting material Some funny moments but mostly one great big white people problems blog post

  4. says:

    This novel examines the nature of friendship relationships sex and love as they affect two families living in Brooklyn New York Elizabeth Andrew Zoe and Lydia met in college and together formed their band Kitty's Mustache They were the height of cutting edge cool Zoe is a lesbian Lydia kept her distance from the others whilst Elizabeth and Andrew became a couple The band fell apart Elizabeth and Andrew got married and Lydia forged a separate successful career Now Andrew and Elizabeth live close to Zoe and her wife Jane preparing to confront the fact that nothing has prepared them for middle age They face problems associated with shortage of money raising children and the rise of marital discord Ruby and Harry the children from their respective marriages start a relationship which causes their parents some discomfort The couples struggle to come to terms with the past worry about the future the rising tensions in their relationships as their lives fall apart and try to come to terms with the evolving nature of their identitiesThe characters in the novel can be irritating at times but this is often a reflection of real life Straub casts a sensitive and insightful eye over the nature of marriage the problems with adjusting to getting older uestions of identity and coming to terms with the past It can be hard to accept that it is now the turn of your children to be all that you thought you were and appropriate the mantle of being young cool hipsters I found this a light engaging and entertaining read Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC

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    privileged brooklyners experience middle age ennui

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    If as The Beatles said All you need is love then why does it make everyone so crazy? Emma Straub's tremendously enjoyable Modern Lovers looks at love and sex and relationships among two intertwined families and how we sometimes let our past history affect our present and our futureZoe Elizabeth and Andrew met in college and the three of them along with another fellow student Lydia formed a band called Kitty's Mustache which gained some notoriety while they were at Oberlin Elizabeth and Andrew became a couple fairly uickly while adventurous Zoe was the lesbian everyone wanted to sleep with and Lydia hung around the fringes keeping most of the trio at arm's length But as college bands do the group disbanded although Andrew and Elizabeth got married and Lydia became a star on her ownFast forward than a few years later Elizabeth and Andrew live down the block from Zoe and her wife Jane in a Brooklyn neighborhood Their teenage cool has definitely chilled and been replaced by the same woes everyone has—raising children financial concerns marital challenges When Elizabeth is contacted by a film producer interested in making a film about Lydia's life wanting not only Elizabeth to allow the film to use the band's best song which became a hit for Lydia a few years later but also for the trio to allow their lives to be portrayed in the film it causes some tension between Elizabeth and Andrew who isn't interested in reopening that chapter of his lifeMeanwhile the two couples are surprised when Zoe and Jane's brash daughter Ruby begins a relationship with Elizabeth and Andrew's son Harry which coaxes him out of his shell and encourages him to act spontaneously for the first time But anxiety over their children's relationship takes a back seat for as summer unfolds the couples struggle with trust issues uestions about the future and their futures and how much the past should stay in the pastPeople didn't take turns having difficult moments; they came all together like rainstorms and puddlesI'm a fan of Emma Straub's I really liked her last book The Vacationers and found this book a sweet compelling and thought provoking read even if the characters can be a little annoying But isn't that the way people are in real life as well? I thought Straub really did a great job capturing the dramatic and the uiet moments of long time marriages and friendships and how people choose to deal with the crises real or imagined they're faced with It's also an interesting look at trying to find your purpose in life even as you're nearing 50 or whether you're defined by the successes you had earlier in lifeThis book doesn't really pack any surprises but it's an enjoyable well written read It made me smile it made me nod my head from time to time and it definitely got me invested in what was happening to the characters Straub is a talented writer and she's written another book that's really worth readingSee all of my reviews at

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    Find all of my reviews at StarsMy face the entire time I was reading Modern Lovers Aren’t I adorable?Let’s just snag a little uotey uote from the book in order to explain what you’re getting into with this one shall we? “The novel will be inspired by the tropes of classic love stories such as Romeo and Juliet and Tristan and Isolde set in modern day Ditmas Park Brooklyn with two neighboring families falling in and out of love simultaneously” The families in uestion are Elizabeth Andrew and their son Harry as well as Zoe Jane and their daughter Ruby The now middle aged adults have been friends since college when they along with Lydia rest her soul became one hit wonders with a little diddy called “Mistress of Myself” Lydia’s membership in the 27 Club finds a Hollywood producer reuesting the remaining bandmates to sign off on the story And that’s where our tale begins Readers uickly discover the much sought after “life rights” are merely a jumping off point in order for us to get involved in the lives of Zoe and Jane restaurateurs on the brink of divorce – Elizabeth and Andrew a successful real estate agent and her manboy husband – and Harry and Ruby former playmates as toddlers – potential sex partners as teensThis isn’t anything that’s going to change your life but much like The Vacationers my reaction upon finishing was I have to say Straub is a master when it comes to making the location be almost like an additional character Last year she made me dream of vacationing in Mallorca This year she has me wanting to rob a bank in order to purchase an old house in Brooklyn It appears as though Straub has found a formula for her stories While sometimes this gets tiring or seems kitschy cough Dean Koontz and the god blasted dog cough her ensemble casts and detailed settings have made my experience with her books two for two If you’re looking for a summer read this one might be a winner – especially if you’re like me and are no long allowed to use the waterslide due to last year’s unfortunate incident

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    Yay I won Thank you Goodreads First Reads

  9. says:

    3 stars If you strip Emma Straub's novel Modern Lovers down to its essence you're left with a contextually similar midlife crisis novel as her earlier The Vacationers with a little less humor and a much less enchanting locale I've nothing against Brooklyn or the gentrified artsy section of Flatbush known as Ditmas Park but it can't possibly compare to the exotic surroundings of Mallorca This is not to say I disliked this book; I was just hoping for something a little substantive than pseudo hipsters grousing about their lives starting to fall apart Of the adult couples here Zoe and Jane gay restaurant owners; and Elizabeth and Andrew a real estate agent and her husband with a trust fund neither are nearly as compelling even with MsStraub creating for them a brush with musical fame from their Oberlin College heyday as their kids Harry and Ruby Their teenage modern love story with just the right levels of snark and candor kept me engaged and pleased with the book; the plot threads with their parents though just didn't uite do much for me except evoke feelings of wishing I was re reading The Vacationers instead of this

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    At some moments in our life it's just our right to be completely irrational right??? I mean I know in my heart and soul that this book deserves than one starI know it The author invested so much time in writing it there were developed characters a plot good writing Surely I should award this two stars at least and be on my merry way??? But there's just one teeny tiny little problem I hated it Okay So maybe I didn't completely hate it but the whole reading experience I'd finish a chapter and say UGHHH And there were seventy something chapters so that's a lot of ughhh I didn't like any of the characters in this book They were all so tiresome However usually that's not a problem I don't need to like characters Sometimes it's interesting reading about characters that you don't like people that you can't relate to But usually in books like those the story keeps me interested This sadly did not These characters frustrated me so very much It's a book about upper middle class New Yorker type ageing hipsters two couples long term friends with their clichéd life crises and dramas and their hipster teens with their clichéd life crises and dramas and I just did not and do not care I wanted to throw my book at them SO VERY VERY OFTEN And the storyMeh whatever Been there read that have the t shirt So maybe if the structure of the book had been to my liking I could have found some enjoyment But the chapters were too short You'd have a chapter about character one that lasted on average three pages and then the next chapter would be about character two the next about character three etc And instead of creating a can't stop reading constant page turning experience it made the book too choppy It lost that lovely flow and rhythm you get from a good book So hence I'd get to the end of each chapter and just feel annoyed But the book did have one or two lovely moments There were some beautifully written passages about a disintegrating marriage This one in particular stood out to me She walked with stiff legs into the hall and peered into the other bedrooms There was no sign of either her wife or her daughter 'Guys?' she called her voice loud and clear The house was empty This is what it would be like for the rest of her life calling into empty rooms and waiting for responses that weren't coming Getting married was the easy part even though they'd had to wait until Ruby was twelve to do it legally When they got together it was all balloons all hope Now that they knew what the future held what the future looked like it was much harder Why couldn't everyone stay young forever? If not on the outside then just on the inside where no one ever got too old to be optimistic Why couldn't everyone stay young forever? If not on the outside then just on the inside where no one ever got too old to be optimistic I really do love this thought Do we lose optimism as we get older? Does our hope ebb away with the passing years??? So I know I've probably rated okay definitely rated yikes less well written books with a higher rating but this one was just so disappointing to me And maybe that's the biggest reason for my low rating I had been eagerly looking forward to reading this It sounded right up my street as I usually like family saga type books or those ones about people that all live within the same neighbourhoodjust sadly not this time one star

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