I have just finished a book my sister lent me (which is due to come out in April) called Firecracker by Sean Stewart. I really enjoyed the book - as one of their cover quotes says it's "Spooky, funny, sad and haunting".
Though that quote is from someone in The Jane Austen Book Club which conjures up images of large skirted Victorian women sat around in a circle discussing books (this would also be where my mother sighs as I have probably got Jane Austen's time period all wrong). The other quote given is "Stephen King meets Ibsen".
Anyway... there were two lines in the book that really made me think "Yes. That's exactly right". Because as a 31 year old I'm not always clear on how to link what my life is now with what I used to think it would be like and what my values were when I was younger. And when did I become a grown up? (And this is not a 'I'm unhappy with my life post' I am more than happy at what I have in my life!)
The two lines I will share are:
"A man who isn't a socialist at 20 has no heart. A man who isn't a capitalist at 30 has no brain"
and talking about having to go through the motions when you are really upset about something:
"One of the things about being a grown-up is... learning how to act right even when you feel wrong"
Quite sad to have finished the book - it was a refreshing change from the usual format (Ibsen meets Stephen King was the giveaway that it would be slightly different!).