Book Reviews

Almost Adults by Ali Pantony

I received a copy of this book from Ebury Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

There are quite a few debut releases this year that I’ve been looking forward to reading and Almost Adults is one of them. Needless to say, I screamed with joy when I found out I was participating in a blog tour for it! Read on to find out what I thought of this book.

Goodreads synopsis:

Almost Adults

The struggle is real…

Ever managed to kill a succulent after just a few days?
Got seven reminder letters on the kitchen table because you forgot to pay your council tax?
Become a hot mess who’s falling apart because they’ve been broken up with?

Nobody told Mackie, Edele, Alex and Nat (aka the MEAN Girls) that life was going to be this way. They’re busy navigating the joys of adulthood – getting their shit together, breaking up and making up, moving out and moving on. This grown up stuff is hard but at least they’ve got each other.

Welcome to the world of adulting.


Almost Adults is the story of four friends, Nat, Alex, Edele, and Mackie. It begins with the end of Nat’s 7-year relationship with her boyfriend. Alex is worried her boyfriend would also pull something similar, considering she feels something is off between the two of them now. Edele is unemployed and is living with her mother and brother and Mackie feels stuck at a job where there’s no opportunity to advance further. How the four women band together and try to adult forms the rest of the story.

One of the main reasons I had Almost Adults on my Anticipated Releases list was the promise of an accurate female friendship. So many books have painted female friendships to be catty and nasty, portraying women as only capable of being frenemies at best. Being a 24-year-old “almost adult” with very strong female friendships, it was no wonder I was dying to get my hands on this book.

I went in expecting a laughter riot, but was pleasantly surprised by all the serious themes to this novel too. The four main characters have a strong friendship–they’ve got each others’ back and they’re vocal about their love for each other. Being the Edele of my own friend group, I found the latter a little sappy at times–why declare your undying love for your friend when you can roast them about something immaterial instead? That’s how you show love in my book. xD

Almost Adults is a book I’m going to find very difficult to rate, mostly because of the effect it’s had on me. To me, Almost Adults didn’t feel like a book. There isn’t one specific problem or conflict with the rest of the pages working to resolve it by the end of the book. Even romcoms follow this format but Almost Adults doesn’t. Instead, this book is a slice of the lives of four friends.

The friends all experience minor setbacks, they band together, they work towards fixing things. Isn’t that how real life is? It is this realistic nature of the book that I loved. Additionally, Ali Pantony has an excellent writing voice–there were several instances where I felt like she would be great at writing women’s literary fiction and suburban family dramas (only my two favourite genres in the whole world, thank you very much). I can’t wait to see what other books she writes in the future!

Almost Adults is a well-crafted novel that accurately portrays female friendships. It is a story of love, loss, and life itself. It is the kind of novel you’d like to step into on a warm day at the beach.

Rating (This was difficult to decide, but here you go): 4 out of 5

~ Shruti

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2 thoughts on “Almost Adults by Ali Pantony

  1. A lovely review, Shruti. Like you, I have a real weakness for stories of strong female relationships. I’ve been blessed with some absolutely wonderful female friends throughout my adult life, particularly now. And as you say, it doesn’t pop up often enough in fiction.

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