Getting Over It
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
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
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.
Anna Maxted, like Marian Keyes, writes chick lit with depth.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
I think my major issue was that the main character seemed so self absorbe ...more
A lot of things about Helen Bradshaw bugged me (mostly relating to her love life and t ...more
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
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
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
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
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