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Getting Over It

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,035 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
Helen Bradshaw isn't exactly living out her dreams. She's a lowly assistant editor at GirlTime magazine, she drives an ancient Toyota, and she has a history of choosing men who fall several thousand feet below acceptable boyfriend standard. Not to mention that she shares an apartment with a scruffy , tactless roommate, her best girlfriends are a little too perfect, and the ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 24th 2001 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Aug 25, 2008 Gergana rated it really liked it
I gave four to this book for the great British humor which made me laugh not only once. It was a relaxing read, which will probably not be remembered for long though. A perfect girlish novel, no doubt. I might take another book of A. Maxted when I need an easy-going, and not engaging story to read. I think that many of us can find some similarities with the personality of Helen Bradshaw. It's interesting to encounter all her fears, thoughts, mistakes etc and learn from them- get over them. The d ...more
Nov 25, 2007 Kim rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Anna Maxted's! I really enjoy her clever wit and ability to express in words some of the feelings that we all share, but don't know how to articulate. She writes of real life and while I'm assuming that the primary audience for her books would be women in their 20s and 30s, I do think there is the potential for broad appeal. I feel like I grew up with her and I am always looking forward to her next book!
Jill Manske
Sep 12, 2013 Jill Manske rated it it was ok
This is the second Maxted book I've read and I'm seeing a pattern - or is it a formula? Selfish, self-absorbed, shallow working girl from a very dysfunctional family tries to sort out her love life, stumbling through several inappropriate relationships and alienating "her true love" until he sees through her snarky exterior to the potential within and they go off happily ever after. Hmmmph. It was ok for the first book. But to repeat the formula is like eating leftovers, not as good the second t ...more
Romantical Skeptic
Jul 05, 2013 Romantical Skeptic rated it liked it
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I struggled with this. 4 hearts because it was hilariously funny and there was a LOT going on (death in the family, serious trouble in a close friend's life, many hits and misses with some foolish men, anxiety at work, tumult with roommates, a sick cat at home)? Or 3 because the heroine acts like a serious wanker in every single one of her dealings with the hero and through all the other challenges in her life. Methinks 3.

She: A 26-y
Jessica Perez-Beardsley
Apr 26, 2016 Jessica Perez-Beardsley rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest books I have ever read. I had picked this up after my own mom passed away and it was literally scary how much I was feeling exactly what was written. It was as if someone had written about my life! I really laughed out loud with this one. This is the book that started my journey with reading everything on the list that Anna Maxted had written. Has not been a disappointing journey at all!
Jan 23, 2011 Becca rated it did not like it
I didn't enjoy this book at all. From reading the summary I thought it would be an enjoyable read but I was wrong. The plot disappointed me. It was blan and boring. I fell asleep every time I tried reading it. It was not humorous what so ever. One thing that was okay with this book is all the problems Helen goes through. Helen is the protagonist in the story. Her life is so complicated and hard to deal with. She deals with a getting rid of an AWFUL boyfriend, her fathers death, lacking ambition ...more
SF_Reads (Mod)
Jan 09, 2008 SF_Reads (Mod) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Someone looking for a beachy read
Enjoyable typical chiclit read. Girl meets love of her life, messes it up several times, but in th end it all works out ok. The characters are likeable and fairly believable. The author sets the typical storyline in the unusual setting of a 20something girl mourning the loss of her distant father. I got annoyed that around chapter 35 the main character suddenly became aware that she was playing to an audience but on the whole an enjoyable, if fluffy, read.
Aug 10, 2007 Krystal rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit
I've been working on reading this book for (what is for me) a long time. I begin reading a couple of pages, become disappointed and put it down again for a later time. I have finally just begun to get over the rough beginning, and am seeing this as an enjoyable read....

It was a ho hum book, although I did laugh out loud at some of the humor...very cheeky, as the heroine would say. I love Brit chick lit, just not overly fond of this one.
Kristina Jo
Dec 31, 2015 Kristina Jo rated it it was ok
I had a hard time starting this one, which is a little odd, since I've read this one before and that usually makes it easier to get through. Not this time. I just disliked the main character so much at the start of the book that I almost didn't finish. But Helen becomes a more mature character as the novel progresses, making her much less detestable and I made it through. It's hard to know how to rate this because people can't improve if they don't start out badly, but I have a hard time with pe ...more
MB (What she read)
I read this book many years ago. There's one scene that I've never forgotten; the one where she mourns her father by burning red candles and paper memories.

Anna Maxted, like Marian Keyes, writes chick lit with depth.
Jun 16, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
Fun.. Easy read, some parts laugh out loud funny... Definitely chick lit and just what I needed.. I enjoyed it very much and found myself rooting for Helen..
Apr 24, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2015
This book is marvelous. It has a perfect balance between humor and heart and entertained me thoroughly! I found the main character to be very relatable. At times, I thought the book dragged on a little bit but I also cram read it all in about four days when maybe it should have been spaced out a little more, so that may have been my fault. Overall, it's just a feel-good book. I knew it wouldn't completely break my heart or wouldn't make me have to over analyze what was happening which I liked--i ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Elusive rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
‘Getting Over It’ is primarily about dealing with the death of a loved one. Helen finds it difficult to move on after her father’s sudden death despite never really being close to him. However, she isn’t able to fully express her feelings about it.

I’d expected a light read with the theme of death as the foreground but it was actually a major part of the story. The author handled the topic realistically, showing how Helen focuses on caring for her mother and in the process, ends up neglecting to
Apr 11, 2012 Roberta rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, chicklit
Martedì scorso dovevo scegliere un nuovo libro, dopo aver terminato, nel weekend di Pasqua, sia Jane Eyre che A Start in Life. Normalmente il passaggio a un nuovo libro per me non è un problema, in quanto ho una lista, una specie di prospettino mensile che normalmente - per pigrizia fondamentalmente - seguo abbastanza fedelmente. Capita però che ogni tanto il libro previsto non mi convinca al 100%. In questo caso era Desperate Remedies di Thomas Hardy, e ha rischiato di essere sostituito da un l ...more
Kathy Hiester
Mar 11, 2011 Kathy Hiester rated it it was amazing
Helen, a twenty six year old single girl, leads a rather standard life for a young Brit. She shares an apartment with a guy she has adored since forever her cat called Fatboy. She's in a long term relationship. She's an assistant for an editor from hell and at night she has a full active social life with her fun-loving friends.

Suddenly everything is turned upside down. She breaks up with her abusive boyfriend but has second thoughts even though she knows that he has and probably will continue t
Nov 20, 2012 Erika rated it really liked it
I didn't want this fun book to end. When reviewers said it was hilarious, I initially questioned their standards, before I actually read it, of course. Helen, the main character, is so REAL. Well, despite the fact that she lives in London and I live in the Midwestern United States, she is the one woman in ChickLit that I felt wasn't pawning over Fendi and Gucci (she can't afford that, get real!). Readers watch Helen struggle with issues we all can relate with: loss of a loved one, not knowing ho ...more
I picked up Anna Maxted’s Getting Over It because the cover looked interesting in part, but also because I am constantly admonishing my kids to “get over it” or “suck it up” so I connected to the title. I struggled with this book, but I can’t entirely say why. I will admit to skimming somewhere in the middle out of sheer desperation. I don’t really get the blurb on the cover – “Hilarious” -USA Today. Hmmm, not so much, no.

I think my major issue was that the main character seemed so self absorbe
Jun 02, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
Chick lit has slowly won me over with stories like this. Although the basics are formulaic (girl works at a magazine, girl has glamorous friends, girl's love life is a mess), this is the first one I've read that has dealt with something serious -- the death of a father. While Becky Bloomwood would no doubt argue that being a "shopaholic" is a legitimate problem, its triviality is obvious when compared to grief.

A lot of things about Helen Bradshaw bugged me (mostly relating to her love life and t
Feb 21, 2009 Kim rated it liked it
Recommends it for: women who have lost someone close to them
Ah, this could have been so much better. It's really difficult not to compare it (unfavorably) to Bridget Jones. The main reason I picked it (and the main thing I liked about it) was that it discussed in a very realistic way what it's like to lose someone in your life, to try and go on and deal with your pain while the rest of the world goes about their business like nothing happened, and especially how difficult it is to try and manage your own grieving process while at the same time being resp ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Shama rated it really liked it
Wow, I was thinking this would be a light summer read and happy but there were some serious themes in here that made me really emotional and were quite heavy. The dysfunctional parent/child relationships and never feeling like you're good enough really hit home for me. But still, really funny writing and clever characters who sound like cliches but actually have more depth to them than you'd expect and also evolve over the course of the book (in some cases.)
Jun 26, 2012 Sierra rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I read a bunch of mixed reviews before reading it, although I read enough to convince that any self-respecting lover of the genre would add this to her reading repertoire. Many reviews compared it to Bridget Jones' Diary, as it came out in the same era--but Getting Over It is snappier and darker.

Many reviews said it was too snarky and they stopped reading after a few pages. Well, this is a wonderfully snarky book and some people don't like snark--I get that. The story and the
Melissa Ward
Apr 13, 2011 Melissa Ward rated it it was ok
Anna Maxted - Getting Over It
Regan Books, 2000

This book is a great read for someone who has recently lost a close friend or family member. Maxted captures the not-so-pretty reality of getting over a loss, and a complicated one at that. The dynamics of the main character Helen Bradshaw's relationship with her father make his death a bit confusing. She, at first, doesn't feel strongly effected by his death, but rather her annoying, overbearing mother. We discover with her, deep into the story, tha
Abigail Hillinger
Jun 19, 2007 Abigail Hillinger rated it liked it
Shelves: lite-lit

I originally read this book when I was 21 and at the time was obsessed with it. Then I read Anna Maxted's other books and didn't like them nearly as much.

Now that I've reread it, I'm kind of surprised at how much my taste in books has changed.

All right, there was a lot to this book that I liked: dealing with grief and the anger we feel toward the person who was died (whether through unresolved issues, anger with the death itself, etc), inability to cope with said grief and anger, and tryin
May 27, 2015 Whitney rated it it was amazing
This is possibly my favorite book of all time. In fact, it most certainly IS my favorite book. It's literally falling apart because I've read it over and over and over again. I got it when I was 14 and now more than a decade later - I still enjoy reading it. It's truly hilarious - especially the bar scene! I recommend every man or woman to pick up this book and read it from cover to cover.
May 14, 2016 Becky rated it liked it
One of my best friends gave this to me about ten years ago when we were both heavy into the British Chick Lit. I tried to start it, but I couldn't stand the protagonist Helen for her selfishness and stupidity. Gradually, Maxted's narrative and tone won me over as Helen also grew into an adult, not a spoiled generation Y brat. I knew how the book would end by the third chapter and didn't enjoy the writer's tendency to lump dialogue into a paragraph nor long drawn out spoiled brat hissy fits that ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Wave rated it it was amazing
At first I thought it was about break ups etc! but the cover seemed better than that in a crazy way! I borrowed from the library, never heard of Anna and I do regret that! Amazingly written, well at least for me. Nice sense of humour, not boring at all. And the best part was, there are people whose life actually do turn up side down like yeah, I would recommend it!
Jan 12, 2012 Ivana rated it really liked it
OK, I have to admit that I am one of those people who feel a certain "shame", for lack of a better word, for reading something like this. I usually read "serious" books (Dostoyevski, Kundera, Mario Vargas Llosa, just to name a few). So, this book is not in my usual repertoire.
However, having said this, I just loved this book. I picked it up one day on my way to the beach, and I absolutely wanted something easy, light to read, and entertaining. I read it while at the beach, and there were parts
Mar 17, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
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Oct 04, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
I grabbed this book on a whim figuring it would be a quick, light read.
I really enjoyed the story so much more than I expected. I was never a fan of Bridget Jone's Diary and I saw that it was compared to that several times, so I was ready to just give it 20 pages and see how it went.
Definitely a "chick" book, but I what I realy enjoyed were all the outside relationships that she grew, lost and learned to accept for what they were. Mainly the acceptance that parent wasn't perfect, one
May 21, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Perfect post-school brain candy. Definitely one of those romantic comedies where you want to yell at the couple "ugh guys use words instead of guessing what the other is thinking, then you can make out!" But whatever, I was laughing nearly the whole time.
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Anna Maxted is a bestselling author based in North London, England. Born in 1969, she is married to fellow author and journalist Philip Robinson and they have three young sons. She writes female contemporary fiction which is viewed to be at the high end of the chick lit market. Anna Maxted read English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge, before becoming a journalist. She is former Assistant E ...more
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