Spotlight & Giveaway: Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman

Posted May 18th, 2022 by in Blog, Spotlight / 27 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Abbi Waxman to HJ!

Hi Abbi and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Adult Assembly Required!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Adult Assembly Required is the story of Laura Costello, who moves to Los Angeles to escape her overbearing family, her irritating ex-fiance, and her own fears. Fortunately, she’s adopted by Nina and Polly from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (or, if you haven’t read that, and why should you? two really nice women who like books) and discovers you can start over without leaving everything behind.

Please share your favorite line(s) or quote from this book:

“Laura rolled her eyes so hard she nearly dislocated an eyelash.”


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

This book was completely written during the pandemic, and I really leaned in heavily to the sweet and comforting. It’s what I needed at the time, and hopefully it will still find a place!


What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?

How comfortable they are to be around. Laura’s been under a lot of pressure, but she finds herself relaxing around Bob just because… well, she isn’t sure, but she notices. And that’s how it starts.


Readers should read this book….

if they feel like an easy, relaxing, funny read that won’t break their heart or throw them into a rage. Or, of course, if they have no other books at all.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have in the works?

I am literally in the final stages of my next book, which will be out next summer. No title yet, sorry!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: We can offer (1) One giveaway copy of ADULT ASSEMBLY REQUIRED to a winner with a valid US shipping address.


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Book Info:

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

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.

Meet the Author:

Abbi Waxman is the USA Today bestselling author of I Was Told It Would Get Easier, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, Other People’s Houses, and The Garden of Small Beginnings. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and three children.

27 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman”

  1. Padmini Rao

    It’s easier to be honest with found family because they are less judgmental than actual family members.

  2. Lori R

    I think it’s because you don’t want to hurt them and their opinion has more value to make you feel good or bad about your opinion.

  3. Glenda M

    Found family often understands you better than born family. A rift with either is bad but there is something mentally worse with a major rift from born family

  4. Latesha B.

    Found family accepts you as you are while biological family has expectations for you as they have known you longer.

  5. SusieQ

    Found family chooses you, warts and all. Actual family is forced to choose you.

  6. Amy R

    Why is it easier to be honest and open with found family (sometimes) than your own family of origin? found family are the people you choose and are comfortable with

  7. Pammie R.

    More comfortable with found family because they don’t have the same expectations as family does

  8. Tina R

    I think it’s easier to be honest and open with a found family because their expectations are usually different/less than family members.

  9. Diana Hardt

    Their expectations are different since they don’t know you that well.

  10. Bonnie

    It is easier to be open with found family because they accept you as you are and don’t have the same expectations as your original family.

  11. Ellen C.

    Real family know your baggage and may have you pigeonholed into a certain role of behavior. Found family doesn’t necessarily have the background info, and can see you in a different light.

  12. Terrill R.

    I’m a fairly open person with most people, but when it comes to immediate family, they know you as that 12 year old brat (parents and siblings) or the 45 year old parent who hasn’t done all the things our teens are thinking about. It’s easy for them to see you as who you used to be and not beyond that or how you’ve always been. For instance, our children who don’t know your except as a parent.