Oh the fresh promise of starting over. The excitement! The nerves! And we get to experience it all through Laura in Adult Assembly Required! Please join us in welcoming the author to the blog: Abbi Waxman!
Lexi: Sometimes in life you just need some new scenery. And you gave your main character, Laura, a new city—Los Angeles! A city full of possibilities! What drew you to pick LA as the setting for Adult Assembly Required?
Abbi: Pure physical laziness. It’s where I live. I can literally sit on a bench and gaze numbly into the middle distance and call it research.
Lexi: There is something to a new move, a new view, a new house…wait. Laura’s place burned down! Now that’s a devastating turn of events. It seems all that’s left is to sit and cry or have a stiff chin. Is Laura a half empty or half full kind of girl?
Abbi: Laura’s a girl who’s been told all her life she should be grateful for what she has and get on with it. Everyone has told her what to do and how she should feel, so she’s not even sure she’s allowed to have her own glass, let alone pick what to half fill it with.
Lexi: Laura gets some perks along with her new boardinghouse: a couple of new friends and a handsome housemate! There’s sparks between Laura and Bob, but she doesn’t let herself get swept off her feet. Is some of Laura’s practicality part of your personality?
Abbi: Yes and no. When I was a younger woman I enjoyed the occasional dramatic relationship, I won’t lie. But now I have zero tolerance for drama and a great deal of affection for a low stress life.
Lexi: Sometimes it’s easier to shoulder the weight in difficult times when you have someone to lean on. We’re loving the Laura-Bob relationship, but it’s not the only one in this story. Polly and Asher have a secondary romance that’s oh so sweet! What’s your favorite Polly and Asher moment—if it’s not too spoilery?
Abbi: I like that they connect over ice cream sauces. It’s these big things that make or break a relationship.
Lexi: Thank you so much, Abbi, for stopping by today to talk about Adult Assembly Required! Cheers to this newest book and we’ll be looking ahead for your next one!
Abbi: Thank YOU for having me! I’m finishing up the next one now, so look for it (I hope) next year. Cheers!
About the Book
by Abbi Waxman
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 17th 2022 by Berkley
When Laura Costello moves to Los Angeles, trying to escape an overprotective family and the haunting memories of a terrible accident, she doesn’t expect to be homeless after a week. (She’s pretty sure she didn’t start that fire — right?) She also doesn't expect to find herself adopted by a rogue bookseller, installed in a lovely but completely illegal boardinghouse, or challenged to save a losing trivia team from ignominy… but that’s what happens. Add a regretful landlady, a gorgeous housemate and an ex-boyfriend determined to put himself back in the running and you’ll see why Laura isn’t really sure she’s cut out for this adulting thing. Luckily for her, her new friends Nina, Polly and Impossibly Handsome Bob aren't sure either, but maybe if they put their heads (and hearts) together they’ll be able to make it work for them.
A young woman arrives in Los Angeles determined to start over, and discovers she doesn’t need to leave everything behind after all, from Abbi Waxman, USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.
About the Author
Abbi Waxman was born in England in 1970, the oldest child of two copywriters who never should have been together in the first place. Once her father ran off to buy cigarettes and never came back, her mother began a successful career writing crime fiction. Naturally lazy and disinclined to dress up, Abbi went into advertising, working as a copywriter and then a creative director at various advertising agencies in London and New York. Eventually she quit advertising, had three kids and started writing books, mostly in order to get a moment’s peace.
Abbi lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, three dogs, three cats, a gecko, a snake, five pigeons, four chickens, and two guinea pigs. Every one of these additions made sense at the time, it’s only in retrospect that it seems foolhardy.
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