Few sequels beat the original, but How Hard Can It Be? does so hands down.
Kate Reddy’s comeback as a pushing-50 “Returner,” re-entering the workforce after a spell on the mommy track, is zesty, razor-sharp, and hilarious. With a robust absence of self-pity, she has defined the humiliating onset of “invisibility” that coincides with the onrushing pressures of parents, teenage kids, and a marriage gone flat, all while attempting to reinstate her perilous professional worth. It’s full of such quotable casual profundity on the female condition I couldn’t read it without a pencil to underline the abundance of great lines. Get ready for Kate!” —Tina Brown
Allison Pearson’s brilliant debut novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world. Called “the definitive social comedy of working motherhood” (The Washington Post) and “a hystericI al look―in both the laughing and crying senses of the world―at the life of Supermom” (The New York Times), I Don’t Know How She Does It introduced Kate Reddy, a woman as sharp as she was funny. As Oprah Winfrey put it, Kate’s story became “the national anthem for working mothers.”
Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as “sparkling, funny, and poignant…a triumphant return for Pearson.”
Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be? (From Goodreads)
Thank you BookSparks and St. Martins Press #Partner for the free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
I didn’t even know it was a sequel until I looked up the synopsis on Goodreads, So I guess it’s safe to say that it reads well as a stand alone, and also I am going to limit my review because now I’m not sure what’s spoilers and not.
This was a fun read, life is crazy, and wild, and when you’re the parent of teens it’s even crazier. I related to being the mother of “impossible teenagers”
The writing was catchy, and addicting, and I really breezed through it. I haven’t read (or watched) I Don’t Know How She Does It. But I imagine it was just as good, if not better than this one. I read this in between a couple of heavy thrillers, which is my favorite way to read books like this, since they really aren’t my favorite type of read.
I enjoyed the ending, I think it wrapped up well, with no lingering questions. If you are a fan of Women’s Lit/Chick Lit than this book is absolutely for you! It’s also a fun summer read!