How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson
Kate Reddy is back! This is the follow-up to the international bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, the novel that defined modern life for women everywhere. This time she’s juggling teenagers, ageing parents and getting back into the workplace, and every page will have you laughing and thinking: It’s not just me.
Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is fifty, but not in a good way. Fifty, in Kate’s mind, equals invisibility. And with hormones that have her in shackles, teenage children who need her there but won’t talk to her and ailing parents who aren’t coping, Kate is in the middle of a sandwich that she isn’t even allowed to eat because of the calories.
She’s back at work after a big break at home, because somebody has to bring home the bacon now that her husband Rich has dropped out of the rat race to master the art of mindfulness. But just as Kate is finding a few tricks to get by in her new workplace, her old client and flame Jack reappears – complicated doesn’t even begin to cover it.
How Hard Can It Be? is a coming of age story for turning fifty. It’s about so much more than a balancing act; it’s about finding out who you are and what you need to feel alive when you’ve got used to being your own last priority. And every page will leave you feeling that there’s a bit of Kate Reddy in all of us.
Hardcover: 480 pages
Published: September 21, 2017
Publisher: The Borough Press
Links: Amazon / GoodReads
Why should this book wriggle it's way up your TBR?
How Hard Can It Be? is a book that is so realistic, poignant, funny and so so good! I loved every minute in Kate Reddy's ( the lady character) company. I would like to have Kate as my bestie/co-worker, or I'd go as far as even my sister! Kate represents the ultimate heroine in my book. She is funny, hardworking, a multitasking woman that juggles a lot as she is approaching a new stage of her life.
Alisson Pearson has written yet another corker of a book. There is a fantastic balance of wisdom, wit and reality that we all have to deal with at any point in life.
A few years ago I discovered the author's book called I Don't Know How She Does It. And I must say it is one of my favourite books of all time so when I discover out there is a sequel I jumped at the change to read it and found out what Kate is up to these days.
How Hard Can It Be picks up seven years later when Kate is fast approaching her 50th birthday and pretty much juggles the same old things. But now to make it even harder for her because Richard (Kate's husband) has given up work and seem to be spending a lot of his time either cycling or meditating. Emily and Ben ( Kate's children) are at a very "lovely" teenage stage of their life which pretty much means their mum is always wrong but is on the call 24/7! And Kate's ailing parents aren't coping very well without her help. To top it all of Kate has to find a new job to keep her family afloat.
Then Kate has to deal with her odd feelings towards her old client and flame Jack. And those feelings and thought are very dangerous!
I so enjoy the pace of this book and the witty humour that just sparks out of the pages. Allison Pearson managed to write yet again a book that represents everything so realistic in life that it is so hard not to get very invested in Kate's story and feel like you are part of it all!
Make sure you grab your copy this autumn!
A huge thank you to the publisher for accepting my request to review this book in exchange for a fair review.
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