The Adult is a well-written, coming-of-age novel that is sure to resonate with many readers on some level. There was something special about the writing that drew me in and kept me captivated throughout.
At eighteen years old, Natalie has left her rural home to begin her freshman year at the University of Toronto. Natalie was an introvert who felt out of her element and was trying to fit in and find her way in this new, big city. Unlike many of her friends, classmates, and dormmates, she was unsure of what she wanted her future to look like. I did feel for Natalie. I remember leaving home to pursue my post-secondary education and I remember being scared, excited, and filled with so many expectations.
When Natalie meets Nora, an older woman, she feels drawn to her. There is not only an attraction, but she also feels a sense of belonging and calm when she is with Nora. While Nora gives every impression of being interested in Natalie, Natalie’s insecurities make her question why a professional, older woman would be attracted to her.
I’m not going to lie, there were times when I felt a bit uncomfortable with Natalie and Nora’s relationship. It wasn’t about their age difference; they were both adults after all. There was just an awkwardness to their interactions and relationship as a whole. It didn’t feel genuine to me, or at least I had my share of doubts about it, but perhaps that was the author’s intention all along. While I always wanted the best for Natalie, I wasn’t confident that she was on the right path. Sometimes I felt as though she needed a big hug, some good advice, and a push in the right direction.
The Adult was a riveting read. It deals with many different issues in a thought-provoking and intimate manner. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book by Bronwyn Fischer.