Book Review: Reluctant Adult by Katie Kirby (Hurrah for Gin)

The Reluctant Adult

I read Katie Kirby’s first book and really enjoyed it – and follow her on social media – but have to confess I didn’t read her second book. I’d felt that the Mummy blogger books had been published thick and fast, and as my children were older, I wasn’t enjoying them as much. However, when I saw that this next book wasn’t a standard Mummy book I thought I’d give it a go – particularly as the blurb rang incredibly true!!

“Do you overthink everything?
Do you struggle to say no to people?
Are you paying membership for a gym you never go to?
Do group chat politics make you want to throw your phone under a bus?
Are you overjoyed when people cancel plans so that you can sit at home in your pyjama bottoms eating Coco pops for dinner?

If so then this book is for you!

We spend our childhoods wanting to a be adults and, when we get there, find ourselves lost under a pile of life admin, half completed to do lists and anti-ageing face creams that promise to make you look as good as Natalie Imbruglia.

In her new book, Hurrah for Gin pinpoints with painful precision just how overwhelming life can be when you’re all grown up. From the worry spiral that keeps you up at 3AM, to maintaining a professional aura when you can’t stand other people – this is for everyone struggling to stay afloat.

Honest, relatable, funny and containing no useful advice whatsoever, take comfort in the knowledge that it’s not just you, we’re all as f*cked as each other.”

(And I was super excited on Katie’s behalf when THE Natalie Imbruglia liked her insta post!!)

This was another fabulous book. Funny, relevant, and just adulthood in book form!

I have to admit that I’d seen some extracts on social media before – but there was enough fresh stuff not to feel shortchanged for spending actual money on a book for once!

It’s a quick easy read that you can dip in and out of – a perfect book for the loo perhaps?! (Although I read it on my Kindle – and I’m not sharing that with anyone else whilst they’re on the toilet! Oh – and the stick men illustrations are fine on a Kindle too, as I know I was worried about this with the first book and so bought it in hard copy.)

Overall a funny escapist read again – to be read with or without gin!