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Getting Over It

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  12,956 Ratings  ·  226 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

Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 24th 2001 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Jul 22, 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!
Romantical Skeptic
Apr 26, 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
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
Jan 02, 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
Jul 23, 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.
SF_Reads (Mod)
Jul 02, 2007 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.
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!
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..
Purple Iris
Mar 17, 2017 Purple Iris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I did not love this one. The main character was a little too dumb and other characters were a bit too caricaturale. The thing with Tina is one example. The story line would have been stronger if she had been more developed as a chaarcter. Marian Keyes tackled it much better in This Charming Man. Lots of bodily functions and references to excretions. I mean, obviously they're part of life, but they appear often enough in this book that I noticed. Not sure I need a description of when a characters ...more
Jan 20, 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
Feb 04, 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
Feb 26, 2017 Kelly rated it really liked it
Okay it is chick lit and I will still admit that I recently read it. It is very much like revisiting Bridget Jones and I am sure that I won't remember the characters' names and all of it in a year or so but I will remember that it was funny and I enjoyed it.

About a British 20-something looking for love and she is a little goofy and a little unorganized but very likeable. Book tackles a couple serious issues but still overall a happy book. My favorite line from the book is when the heroine is de
Lee Zapata
It was kinda hard for me to follow. The story became interesting towards the end.
Dec 27, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it
What a great read! I enjoyed this book immensely! I plan on reading what ever books this author has written.
Gracie Fuller
Feb 15, 2017 Gracie Fuller rated it it was amazing
This book made me realize that I love authors with a sense of humor. It totally changed my genre interest and I'm thankful because I read more light hearted books now. Such a sweet escape.
Kathy Hiester
Oct 20, 2010 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
Dec 17, 2016 Shanna rated it liked it
There were a lot of things that made me laugh through the book but I just couldn't stand Helen.
Jun 07, 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
Jan 29, 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
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 01, 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
Jun 04, 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
Dec 31, 2015 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
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
Jul 06, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
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Shelves: 2013
On the back of this book, it quotes Cosmo saying "Move over, Bridget Jones." I have to agree, I tried to read Bridget after seeing the movies (which I love), and it was so clumsy and awkward. I was so disappointed.

This read like an actual novel, dealt with real issues (death, domestic violence, emotions) but still kept a relatively light ambiance. I was only a little disappointed when the book ended with the syrupy sweet happy ending, but this might be because I am currently looking for validat
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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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