After the success of Animals and adapting the book to screenplay, Emma Jane Unsworth has done it again with new title, Adults, a contemporary read that incorporates mental health, trauma, loss and Instagram. Jenny is a complex character, inside she feels unloved, unemployable and emotionally unfiltered. Her long-suffering friends appear to be tired of her demands. She has more connection with her phone than any other character in this novel.
Emma Jane Unsworth is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her previous novel, Animals, was adapted into a film, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2019. Unsworth won the award for Best Debut Screenwriter at the British Independent Film Awards 2019. She also writes for television and various magazines, and surprise, surprise, has already commenced on an adapted screenplay of the widely acclaimed Adults.
Rockbottom appears within reaching point, and Jenny’s mother turns up with an infinite amount of time to give to her child, and through discussion and sensitivity handled relationships, a pathway up is sought, with much real, frank and current language. This is where it all starts to get more interesting with many satirical scenes with her ex and his new partner, her ideal online idol. With sharp wit, endearing prose, with a cutting edge, and low characters, with plenty going on to urge you to read on, Adults is a page-turner that will fill two of your many home-working days during this Covid 19 crisis. With a humurous intellect and dry use of dialogue, there is something for us all to laugh at and much to keep it relative, simultaneously.
Jenny’s friends Nicolette and Kelly are both testament to the sincere need for female friendship and a beautiful support network when times are dire, and albeit skaty at times, the two pull through, along with her mother. It’s a heartrending tale that cements the love of humanity and raises our expectations for the visual adaptation that we will hopefully grace our screens in the not too distant future.
Adults is available now, published by The Borough Press.