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Getting Over It

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  9,985 ratings  ·  188 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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Gergana
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
Romantical Skeptic
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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...more
Becca
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
Krystal
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.
Kim
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!
Donna
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..
Roberta
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
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...more
Jill Manske
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
Erika
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
Fanficfan44
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...more
Erin
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...more
Kim
Feb 21, 2009 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Shama
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.)
Sierra
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...more
Melissa Ward
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...more
Abigail Hillinger
Hmmm.

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...more
Ivana
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...more
Amy
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 yes....one parent wasn't perfect, one...more
EmilyP
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.
Christina
Nov 03, 2013 Christina added it
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...more
Lindsay green
After having lost her father to a heart attack, Helen's world crashes down. Well, her life has never been perfect anyway. After all, she has a menial job at a woman's magazine, drives an old Toyota, has had her share of bad boyfriends, lives with the roommate from hell, her mother is the mother of all drama queens, her friends always seem to be perfect, and her cat, Fatboy, is the only man in her life. While she tries to deal with her mother's grief, Tom -- a charming veterinarian -- sweeps Hele...more
Jennifer
I would actually rate this 3.5 stars. It was chick lit with a little more seriousness to it. It was interesting to see how the main character dealt with grief and how her relationships changed because of it. It was realistic to me in that often when you're upset about something else, you take it out on those close to you. It also seemed realistic how each of the characters dealt with it differently - how it snuck up on them sometimes and they were needy in different ways. I liked that how in the...more
Barbara
"I never was a daddy's girl and now I never will be." It is 353 pages into the book before Helen realizes this and that she isn't a mommy's girl, either, so she has grown up the lonely, only child in a marriage of two people who can only make room in their hearts for each other. She races from one mad clubbing night to another, picking up and being discarded by men who treat her as she allows. The death of her father gives her the room, and finally, a reason, to ask questions, and so her life ap...more
Samantha
Moan, moan moan, whinge whinge, whinge. That's all I got from this book. The protagonist is 26, yet she acts and sounds like she's 14. Well it's very sad that her dad dies, this book is all about her and how her mum doesn't understand her (boo hoo and fancy that, her mum is dealing with her own grief and won't deal with her daughter's teenage hissy fits), then she finally gets together with the flatmate she fancies but then loses interest ( fgs), fancies her best friend's bf and then finally get...more
Joan
Bloated. A pretty good short story is hidden somewhere inside this 400 page book. Again, I apparently don't really have a sense of humor, because this book was touted as "hilarious." At no point in the book was I tempted to respond with more than a very slight smile. the constant attempts to incite a little "sexual tension" with constant references to who is "shagging" whom and mechanical descriptions of recreational sexual encounters left me wondering what connections the author has with the re...more
Merredith
This is the story of a woman whose dad dies, and the year after that. She wasn't very close with him, so she didn't think it'd affect her, but it did. In the subsequent year, she has to learn how to cope, deal with her life, and 'grow up.' This is set in england, and it was very reminiscent of Bridget Jones, only about more important subjects. Death, taking care of a parent, job, domestic violence... It was still chick lit-ish, but a more serious type. This is my second book by this author, Anna...more
Chrissie
I really liked this book. I'd read reviews comparing it to Bridget Jones' Diary and thought it would be a nice palate cleanser after my recent spate of serious reads. It was much better! The story follows a 20-something in London working at a women's magazine and her circle of friends as they deal with all kinds of things, from getting evicted to abuse to a parent's death. This book somehow managed to be snarky and fluffy while still dealing with serious issues in a non-cliched manner. I'll be l...more
Loreal
I wanted something kind of light. I was very satisfied with this. I believed the characters and it was worth the recreational time I spent on it... Pros: Just that. A lot of times when I read books, I wish the character would do something different or try to imagine the character a bit different from how they were intended to be portrayed, but I didn't really do that in this book. I was satisfied with the character and the way that we didn't always know what she was going to do.. Cons: It was a...more
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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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