Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Modern Lovers

From the New York Times‒bestselling author of The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college—their own kids now going to college—and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in.Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identit...

Details Modern Lovers

TitleModern Lovers
Release DateMay 31st, 2016
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult Fiction

Reviews Modern Lovers

  • Jessica Jeffers
    I really like writing book reviews, and I’d like to think I’m not so bad at it. But I think I struggle the most with reviews of three-star books. That’s because they tend to be very average books that leave me with very little emotion one way or another. I’m not so excited about them that I have to tell everyone to read them right now, but they didn’t piss me off enough that I have anything to rant about. And that’s exactly how I feel...
  • lp
    Wow was this terrible! Why did I think Emma Straub was an amazing writer all this time? I think I was fooled by her classy author photo, she looks fantastic.These people drove me fucking crazy. They are the most annoying caricatures of Oberlin students you could possibly imagine. And I don't care if that was Straub's intent, it literally pained me to think I was respecting them by giving them my attention. Their problems were so boring and were t...
  • Dan Damaska
    Hipster mid-life crisis and teen love, not exactly riveting material. Some funny moments, but mostly one great big white people problems blog post.
  • Paromjit
    This novel examines the nature of friendship, relationships, sex and love, as they affect two families living in Brooklyn, New York. Elizabeth, Andrew, Zoe and Lydia met in college and together formed their band, Kitty's Mustache. They were the height of cutting edge cool. Zoe is a lesbian, Lydia kept her distance from the others, whilst Elizabeth and Andrew became a couple. The band fell apart, Elizabeth and Andrew got married, and Lydia forged ...
  • Elizabeth
    privileged brooklyners experience middle-age ennui. cue the world's smallest violin.
  • Larry H
    If as The Beatles said, "All you need is love," then why does it make everyone so crazy? Emma Straub's tremendously enjoyable Modern Lovers looks at love and sex and relationships among two intertwined families, and how we sometimes let our past history affect our present and our future.Zoe, Elizabeth, and Andrew met in college, and the three of them, along with another fellow student, Lydia, formed a band called Kitty's Mustache, which gained ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: StarsMy face the entire time I was reading Modern Lovers . . . . (Aren’t I adorable?)Let’s just snag a little quotey quote from the book in order to explain what you’re getting into with this one, shall we? “The novel will be inspired by the tropes of classic love stories such as Romeo and Juliet and Tristan and Isolde, set in modern-day Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with two neig...
  • Snotchocheez
    3 stars If you strip Emma Straub's novel Modern Lovers down to its essence, you're left with a contextually similar midlife crisis novel as her earlier The Vacationers, with a little less humor, and a much less enchanting locale (I've nothing against Brooklyn, or the gentrified, artsy section of Flatbush known as Ditmas Park, but it can't possibly compare to the exotic surroundings of Mallorca.) This is not to say I disliked this book; I was just...
  • ♡ Kim ♡
    Yay! I won! :) Thank you Goodreads First Reads!
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    At some moments in our life it's just our right to be completely irrational right??? I mean I know in my heart and soul that this book deserves more than one star.I know it. The author invested so much time in writing it, there were developed characters, a plot, good writing..... Surely I should award this two stars at least and be on my merry way??? But there's just one teeny, tiny little problem.... I hated it. Okay. So maybe I didn't completel...
  • Ami
    Really a 4.5 star book. I've been a huge fan of Emma Straub's writing for a while, and this one is her best yet. Set in a Brooklyn that's so recognizable to me that I actually checked to see if some of the restaurants exist in real life (not that I can tell), this story of teenage love and married parents manages to be both funny and deeply true about love and relationships. I simultaneously wanted to be the teenagers, with their understanding bu...
  • Diana Pasgas
    The thing about this book is it is largely about adults reminiscing on how much cooler they were when they were young. I found myself wishing I were reading a different book, one about their younger years, so I could better understand how each of them became so self-centered and insufferable. Especially Andrew. Yet I still read it to the end. Have no idea whether I loved or hated it, but I finished it, so that's something.
  • Obsidian
    Please note that I gave this book 1.5 stars and rounded it up to 2 stars on Goodreads.Something nice: I liked the cover and the first few chapters of the book actually flowed together okay. That said, this book was too all over the place for me to ever get a handle on while reading. I am going to try to quickly summarize and apologize in advance if nothing makes any sense. Three longtime friends (Elizabeth, Andrew, and Zoe) all were part of a col...
  • Chrissie
    I'm just not sure about these manufactured stories of things that never happened to Emma. For me, even fiction should be kind of based on some authentic experiences and I think that's what's lacking in Emma's books - the wisdom conveyed from authentic experiences in real life, then translated symbolically into fiction. Things ring hollow in this book, much like in her other books. But I suppose the main reason Emma has a book contract and attenti...
  • Rachel
    I honestly can't believe the amount of glowing reviews and recommendations for this book. The characters, the plot, all of it - completely uninteresting. I had no feelings towards the characters. Both they and their stories were underdeveloped, despite being overwritten by Straub. At times I was shocked at how juvenile some of her writing was. One of the narrator's inner thoughts: "it was funny. But not ha-ha funny." ???Very repetitive passages a...
  • Anbolyn
    Modern Lovers is a good, fresh, fast, funny, perfect summer beach or pool read if you can overlook the unnecessary crudeness and overuse of profanity - which I mostly can. Straub definitely has a talent for creating smooth plots that carry the reader along with her flawed and muddled characters. In this novel I don't think she quite hits the sweet spot like she did in The Vacationers, but you know what - I continued reading and I cared and I want...
  • Tooter
    3.5 Stars
  • Liz
    Just an okay book. I was never able to get invested in any of the characters, other than wanting to strangle Andrew.
  • Kate.
    I get that this is a summer read. But a dog named Iggy Pop? Gratuitous discussion of NYC real estate? Significant plot developments affected via newspaper excerpts? An entire cast of Oberlin graduates? Whoever voted on this for book club should be excommunicated.* This book was bad in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.Literary world without end. Amen.* I have a copy, if you want to borrow it let me know.
  • debra
    At first I wasn't sure if I would finish-but Emma Straub writes really well. As I spent more time with her characters I began enjoying that time more fully. It entertained in a pleasant way and kept me listening. It's not going to knock your socks off-it was -well-nice.PS I liked the articles at the end that told where the characters were in their lives-that too was..."nice"
  • Amber
    A fun and entertaining audiobook that had a little bit of everything that happens in life. Emma Straub explores how marriages evolve, how friendships from youth change over time, the struggles of raising a teenager, coming to terms with aging, and still never finding your “calling” or “higher purpose.” I laughed, I cringed, I related.The characters felt authentic, experiencing real life situations that readers or listeners will identify w...
  • Janet
    Finished the last sentence of this novel while pumping my fist into the air: hell yes, Emma Straub. Great characters, compelling story arcs, and a gaggle of people you sometimes want to throttle but always want to hug.
  • Kelsey Marie
    *****Check out my full review at Darling & Co. please.*****Modern Lovers was the first book I received from my Book of the Month Club. I was so excited when I saw that it was one of the books for this month, because I had hoped it would have been selected for another book club I am a part of, but it wasn't. The cover intrigued me, the way Morgan Jerkins described it sold me, I knew I needed to read this book. However, upon finishing the book, I f...
  • Tyler Goodson
    Modern Lovers is the story of how people blink and twenty or thirty years have gone by, how people and friendships evolve, how our young selves can feel like alternate reality versions of our current selves, and how people can stay their course for twenty years, look up, and be lost, without knowing who they really are or how they got there. The they in Modern Lovers are three friends, Zoe, Elizabeth, and Andrew, who formed a band in college, and...
  • Lacy
    1/5 stars This is the second book I've read by Emma Straub. I read The Vacationers last summer. I didn't love that novel either but it was okay and I cared about some of the characters. Although now, I can't recall any of their names. I gave Modern Lovers a try because I don't like judging an author's work from one novel alone. Modern Lovers was worse. Throughout all 300-some pages the novel was trying too hard. Trying to be pretentious, trying t...
  • Amy Bruestle
    I don’t have much to say about this book. It was a bad book, I guess I’m just not sure what the actual point of it was. Like, what was I supposed to get from reading it? I’ve been really busy lately. My daughter just turned 1, so my time to spend reading is very limited! So when I read a book I want to escape into it...and that just didn’t happen. But like I said, it wasn’t a bad experience either.
  • Rachel
    this is a potato chip book, meaning i stayed up all night reading it from beginning to end and then i felt like i kind of ate a bunch of potato chips and they were salty and pretty good and i had a headache and felt stupidso anyway i think what i'm trying to say is that i liked it and i'm never gonna read it again