How Hard Can It Be?

How Hard Can It Be?

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"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 hysterical 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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250086082
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 25 cm

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Jul 25, 2018

Dealing with menopause - a husband trying to find himself and two teenagers while attempting to return to the job market where youth always wins keeps Kate busy! Some funny descriptions that we can all relate to about this time in her life and her dealings with her social media active kids and her attempt to return to her old job. Keeps you laughing but relating with her. She is forced to make some interesting decisions in her life.

ArapahoeChristineS Jul 20, 2018

I probably should have read the first one to help me be more invested in the characters, but this was mildly humorous. It was a light change of pace, but not very original.

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McAnnieG
Jun 12, 2018

It is not necessary to read book 1 before reading this book, but book 1 is so good it outshines book 2.

Kate Reddy, 49, finds herself returning to the investment firm she left 7 years ago now that her husband, Richard, is unemployed and back in school. Someone has to keep the family afloat.

Raising teenagers in a digital world presents problems not heard of a decade ago and it is easy to miss the signs of problems.

It is still a man's world and youth is prized in the investment industry until Kate's experience saves accounts from leaving the firm.

Menopause arrives in all of its gory mess adding to Kate's challenges.

Jack Abelhammer has never left Kate's heart. When they reconnect Kate has a lot of decisions to make; to put everyone else first, or choose a life with Jack.

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