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The Adults The most hilarious debut you will read this yearMeet The AdultsClaire and Matt are divorced but decide what s best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a normal family Christmas They can t agree on whose idea it was, or who said they should bring their new partners But someone did and it s too late to pull the plugClaire brings her new boyfriend Patrick, a seemingly eligible Iron Man in Waiting Matt brings the new love of his life Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient Scarlett, their daughter, brings her imaginary friend Posey He s a rabbit Together the five or six of them grit their teeth over Organized Fun activities, drinking a little too much after bed time, oversharing classified secrets about their pasts and, before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this story starts with a tearful, frightened, call to the policeBut what happened They said they d all be adults about thisIf you loved The Break by Marian Keyes or raved about The Rosie Project look no further than The Adults Matt and Claire are no longer married, but both want to spend the Christmas holiday with their seven year old daughter, Scarlett It s not quite clear whose idea it was, or how the whole thing came about, but suddenly Matt, Claire, their new partners, and Scarlett are spending a long weekend at the Happy Forest holiday park Oh yes, and we can t forget that Posey, Scarlett s giant imaginary friend a nearly life size rabbit is along for the ride too Claire has brought Patrick, a fellow lawyer, Matt and Claire are no longer married, but both want to spend the Christmas holiday with their seven year old daughter, Scarlett It s not quite clear whose idea it was, or how the whole thing came about, but suddenly Matt, Claire, their new partners, and Scarlett are spending a long weekend at the Happy Forest holiday park Oh yes, and we can t forget that Posey, Scarlett s giant imaginary friend a nearly life size rabbit is along for the ride too Claire has brought Patrick, a fellow lawyer, a seemingly rational guy who loves Scarlett and is training for an Ironman And Matt has brought Alex, his scientist girlfriend, who is skeptical about the whole affair Suddenly the group is jammed into a small lodge, subject to the whims of a mercurial seven year old and her pretend rabbit , and stuck doing a variety of fun family activities It s no wonder that this all leads to an event so horrific that the police are called This book was an odd one, as if it couldn t decide to be serious or funny It starts out with a call to the police, so we know that someone has been shot at archery, but we don t yet know who Then things unfold from the beginning of the holiday, slowly building back up to the incident Interspersed with the characters narratives are bits and pieces of the police s discussion with various people at the holiday park involved with the shooting It s interesting, but it s a little disconcerting partial mystery partial character driven novel partial humorous look at family fun gone wrong Unfortunately for me, I didn t find a lot of the book all that fun Yes, I could see the humor in some of the situations, but honestly, a lot of it just made me uncomfortable Perhaps it s being a child of divorce myself Maybe too much hit close to home I felt the most for poor Alex, who was tortured by Scarlett and that darn fake bunny and then forced to witness her boyfriend in a series of cozy moments with her ex Patrick was slightly insane, Claire too good to be true, and Matt, honestly, an infuriating wuss for most of the book As everyone gotandtired of each other, I would have had a feeling of doom reading this even without knowing someone gets shot You just know no good can come of this Now, yes, there is some dark humor here, and I did laugh at times There are definitely some funny places But I think Scarlett and Posey were supposed to befunny than they were I ve been that kid angry at her parents for divorcing, but man, Scarlett was really irritating sometimes When you really only feel for one of the characters Alex , it s hard to stay invested in the book Luckily, things improved a bit closer to the end, and I found myself getting ainto the story Still, I couldn t help but find things a bit implausible and frustrating at times, and I really longed forof the hilarity the book promised Overall, this is a quick read, and it has its funny, crazy moments Still, the characters are tough to feel invested in and sometimes the plot was almost too zany and stressful for me I liked this one, but didn t love it 3 stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher and LibraryThing in return for an unbiased review thank you Blog Twitter Facebook Google Instagram My life has been going to hell in a handbasket clogged sewer line and flooded bathroom for starters , so I decided it was time for a comedy And I love dysfunctional family stories This isn t really a dysfunctional family It s two exes and their current partners and the daughter they share Matt, the ex husband managed to irritate me within pages What ever did Alex see in him Or Clare initially, for that matter Or maybe I just like men to have balls Add into the mix the daughter s imagina My life has been going to hell in a handbasket clogged sewer line and flooded bathroom for starters , so I decided it was time for a comedy And I love dysfunctional family stories This isn t really a dysfunctional family It s two exes and their current partners and the daughter they share Matt, the ex husband managed to irritate me within pages What ever did Alex see in him Or Clare initially, for that matter Or maybe I just like men to have balls Add into the mix the daughter s imaginary rabbit friend who misinterprets what scientists do.There s lots of thinking and second guessing going on here Things we all wonder about get expressed on the pages I found myself nodding a lot Other than her choice of a man, I did find myself bonding with Alex As a stepmother without her own kids, I remember those initial years of trying to figure out where I fit in Hurse does a great job of expressing Alex Of course, it doesn t take long for things to start getting snarky Members of mixed families will relate to how wrong it can go It s not laugh out loud funny,dry humor In fact, the publisher does a disservice to author and reader by calling the book hilarious Hurse mixes her formats, police interviews, excerpts of brochures intermingled with regular storytelling I liked the mixture, it kept things moving along at a brisk clip I loved the ending, seeing how it all comes together I can definitely recommend this book Just know it schuckles than tears streaming down your face from laughing which is my definition of hilarious My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book It s unfortunate that the publishers bill this as The most hilarious debut you will read all year This novel about a divorced couple with joint custody of their seven year old daughter who come together with their new boyfriend girlfriend is cute and fun, but I only chuckled once during the book Cute and fun are not the same thing as hilarious It sets up false expectations In fact, parts of reading about the struggles of Alex, the woman who s dating the father, Matt, and of Patrick, It s unfortunate that the publishers bill this as The most hilarious debut you will read all year This novel about a divorced couple with joint custody of their seven year old daughter who come together with their new boyfriend girlfriend is cute and fun, but I only chuckled once during the book Cute and fun are not the same thing as hilarious It sets up false expectations In fact, parts of reading about the struggles of Alex, the woman who s dating the father, Matt, and of Patrick, the man who is dating the mother, Claire, is actually kind of sad Alex is a scientist who doesn t have kids, so she fumbles a lot trying to connect with Scarlett, the seven year old During the book, Matt and Claire get their partners to agree to go away for a five day weekend to celebrate Christmas at a lodge in the woods where there is archery, swimming, dance classes, golf, and so on There is jealousy and misunderstandings and straight up lies Scarlett has long conversations with her invisible to everyone but her purple rabbit, Posey.Even if your parents never divorced and dated remarried, even if you ve never dated a divorced person with kids, you ll be able to identify with the different characters, particularly perfectionist competitive Patrick and the well drawn Alex, who gave up alcohol when she realized she was drinking too much, only to go a little nuts with wine under the stress of living with Matt s ex wife and his daughter who thinks Alex, as a scientist, is a murderer of animals Alex isn t that kind of scientist, but seven year olds don t always understand the world of scientific inquiry This is a good book It s just not funny Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES NOVEMBER 27, 2018 Forreviews, please visit 4 adults 2 ex s 1 child 1 imaginary purple rabbit Posey 1 holiday vacation trip A magical Christmas to never forget.Ok haha I don t know about everyone but me taking a vacation trip with my ex sounds like an absolute s..t show lol This was quite the story Caroline Hulse explores relationships in a clever and sassy way in this story Can we ever really be civil with our ex s Caroline Hulse s voice effortlessly flows across the pages and had me laughing, cringing, and smiling al 4 adults 2 ex s 1 child 1 imaginary purple rabbit Posey 1 holiday vacation trip A magical Christmas to never forget.Ok haha I don t know about everyone but me taking a vacation trip with my ex sounds like an absolute s..t show lol This was quite the story Caroline Hulse explores relationships in a clever and sassy way in this story Can we ever really be civil with our ex s Caroline Hulse s voice effortlessly flows across the pages and had me laughing, cringing, and smiling all in one The story takes off with a beginning scene of a dialogue between Alex and the ambulance Someone has been shot by an arrow but once the ambulance says they re on their way Alex stops responding The story slowly takes off in this holiday getaway between this pack of friends I had trouble connecting to the storyline in the beginning and seemed a tad slow for my liking I began to getinvested about 50 60 percent in.Overall, this was an entertaining domestic drama I think it could have been a tad better if the plot hadspice drama to it I definitely enjoyed Hulse s writing style and look forward to what she publishes next 3.75 stars on this one for me.Thank you so much to Random House Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts.Publication date 11 27 18Published to GR 7 18 18

  • Kindle Edition
  • 416 pages
  • The Adults
  • Caroline Hulse
  • English
  • 28 December 2017

About the Author: Caroline Hulse

Caroline Hulse spends most of her days writing, having fulfilled her dream of having a job she could do in pyjamas She also works in Human Resources sometimes.She is openly competitive and loves playing board and card games She can often be found in casino poker rooms, and wishes other people would want to play Cluedo for money.She lives with her husband in Manchester, UK, where the two are captive to the whims of a small, controlling dog.he Goodreads database with this name.


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