And Then We Grew Up: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood

And Then We Grew Up: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood Review

A journey through the many ways to live an artistic life--from the flashy and famous to the quiet and steady--full of unexpected insights about creativity and contentment, from the author of The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost.

Rachel Friedman was a serious violist as a kid. She quit music in college but never stopped fantasizing about what her life might be like if she had never put down her bow. Years later, a freelance writer in New York, she again finds herself struggling with her fantasy of an artist's life versus its much more complicated reality. In search of answers, she decides to track down her childhood friends from Interlochen, a prestigious arts camp she attended, full of aspiring actors, artists, dancers, and musicians, to find out how their early creative ambitions have translated into adult careers, relationships, and identities.

Rachel's conversations with these men and women spark nuanced revelations about creativity and being an artist: that it doesn't have to be all or nothing, that success isn't always linear, that sometimes it's okay to quit. And Then We Grew Up is for anyone who has given up a childhood dream and wondered "what-if?", for those who have aspired to do what they love and had doubts along the way, and for all whose careers fall somewhere between emerging and established. Warm, whip-smart, and insightful, it offers inspiration for finding creative fulfillment wherever we end up in life.

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  • Laura Mills

    This was a quick, easy read about coming to terms with the road not taken, and dealing with our American obsession with success. Overall enjoyable and relatable, though I thought some of her points we...

  • Lorilin

    Author Rachel Friedman grew up playing the violin, and she was very good at it. But when she began studying with the principal violist of the Boston Symphony while in college, she realized she wasn’...

  • Sarah

    A bracing read for anyone who grew up in the 80s and was told they were "gifted" or "creative"!...

  • Megan Bell

    For anyone who grew up gifted but ditched violin or poetry (hi!) or sculpture after college and has always wondered, “What if?” Now you’ll be wondering, “Where has AND THEN WE GREW UP been all...

  • Kylie Mantei

    Friedman’s debut novel, the Good Girl’s Guide To Getting Lost, is one I return to at least two times a year. It is my absolute favourite example of a memoir - she develops her scenes so beautifull...

  • Thomas

    For anyone who has ever referred to their job as a "day-job" or struggled with the gap between reality and expectations (focused on people with a background in the arts, but not too tough to apply som...

  • Christine

    If you are looking for a memoir about creativity and childhood dreams long lost (and maybe for a reason), you might relate to Rachel Friedman's, And Then We Grew Up. Friedman evaluates our potential a...

  • Jessica

    This book is amazing! I expected that it wouldn’t be something I could relate to very much, seeing as I am not an especially creative person, but having gone through a professional journey of walkin...

  • Lisa Wright

    Friedman asks the question: are you a real artist/musician/writer if you don't make a living selling your work? She did everything right, had all the support and perseverance and talent anyone could h...

  • Rachelle

    And Then We Grew Up... mini biographies of former friends from an exclusive artist's and musician's summer camp for exceptional creatively talented youth are woven together in a research based explora...