Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 97 Pages
At a Glance: I found Grown-up to be a nice, sweet story about what happens when someone finds their missing piece.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: It’s time for Austin Beier to grow up. His car is falling apart, his roommates are less than ideal, and he’s just been fired for the umpteenth time. His love life hasn’t evolved past bathroom hookups at his favorite clubs. Forced to borrow money from his father yet again, Austin is walloped by an epiphany—he needs someone to mentor him into maturity. And who better to teach him how to be an adult than Ben, his father’s office manager? Cute in a nerdy sort of way and only a few years older than Austin, Ben is a master of organization and responsibility. But as he gets to know Ben better, Austin learns that whether you’re eight or twenty-eight, growing up is never easy.
Review: Kim Fielding is an auto-buy for me. I have enjoyed a majority of her stories, and Grown-up is no exception, though at first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like Austin. He basically is nothing more than an overgrown teen who likes to party…a lot! But, Austin also has a sweetness about him that you just can’t help but fall in love with, and I couldn’t help but smile at this overgrown teenager because he reminds me of a few people I know who had the same problem with the business of growing up.
And, as with them, all it took was for Austin to meet the right person.
I found Grown-up to be a nice, sweet story about what happens when someone finds their missing piece. It’s the kind of story that gives you that “aaaaw” feeling. Ben is Austin’s complete opposite, and once I found out why he was this super-responsible person, I just wanted to give him a great big hug for all that he’d been through at such a young age.
My only problem with the story is that some of it felt a bit rushed, especially the ending. But, then again, when I’m enjoying a story, I really hate it when I reach the final page. I’m just a greedy reader who wanted to read more about this couple.
If you’re like me and sometimes need a book to help you calm down after a book loaded with angst, then Grown-up is a highly recommended novella for that, to help gentle and soothe the nerves.
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