On Tour: Grown-Up Pose

Morning lovelies! Today, I’m reviewing Grown-Up Pose by Sonya Lalli.  It follows Anusha as she separates from her husband and navigates their Indian community, dating, and finding herself again. It’s a fun but emotional journey as we flip between past and present to figure out how it crumbled as Anusha rebuilds.

About Grown-Up Pose:

I received this book for free from Berkley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

On Tour: Grown-Up PoseTitle: Grown-Up Pose
Author: Sonya Lalli
Pub. Date: March 24, 2020
Publisher Berkley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, W/M
Format: ebook
Pages: 352
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A delightfully modern look at what happens for a young woman when tradition, dating, and independence collide, from acclaimed author Sonya Lalli.
Adulting shouldn’t be this hard. Especially in your thirties. Having been pressured by her tight-knit community to get married at a young age to her first serious boyfriend, Anu Desai is now on her own again and feels like she is starting from the beginning.
But Anu doesn’t have time to start over. Telling her parents that she was separating from her husband was the hardest thing she’s ever done—and she’s still dealing with the fallout. She has her young daughter to support and when she invests all of her savings into running her own yoga studio, the feelings of irresponsibility send Anu reeling. She’ll be forced to look inside herself to learn what she truly wants.

IMHO: Grown-Up Pose

Anusha is a typical mom who’s thrown everything into raising her daughter and realized she’s not happy in supposedly perfect life. Now, she’s trying to branch out on her own for the first time as she separates from her husband and disappointed parental figures on both sides of the aisle.


  • Enjoyable
  • Emotional
  • Anusha is flawed and I was rooting for her to grow up and get what she wanted
  • Jenny is the stand out BFF, smart, funny, and part of the plot unlike the bland married one
  • Imogen is like a manic pixie dream girl until things crash in the climax & she gets better
  • Neil irritated the crap out of me at first. Giant man baby. But like the rest of the adults, he grows too
  • Kanika is adorable, but not the main focus, thank gods.
  • Love Anusha’s journey, grappling with losing herself in motherhood.
  • And grieving for the path not chosen, what might’ve been
  • Happy Ending


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Grown-up Pose is for modern romance fans looking for a woman growing through crisis, proving it might be too late for some paths, but it’s never too late to be happy. I don’t read many adult romances so I’m actually looking to get some recommendations instead of giving them this time.


Favorite Quotes:


She was used to the guilt; it was the pain she was still coming to grips with.


It fell to the floor, and nobody else heard it shatter.


“The weird thing is,” Jenny said, glancing at her phone,”if he’d just kissed me on my mouth, I probably would have slept with him.”


Kanika signed sarcastically, imitating the way Jenny often did. “I don’t understand grown-ups.”


“You weren’t boring me, Anu. You were boring yourself.”


“My date etiquette is old enough to have her period.”

About the Author:

About Sonya Lalli

Sonya Lalli Author Picture

Sonya Lalli is a Canadian writer of Indian heritage. She studied law in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and at Columbia University in New York City. She completed an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing at City University London in 2015, and currently works as a journalist at a legal magazine in London. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves travel, yoga, piano, reading and cocktail bartending.



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