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Getting Over It

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  14,229 Ratings  ·  238 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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Jul 22, 2008 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
Jill Manske
Sep 12, 2013 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
Nov 25, 2007 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!
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
"But faint lady never won fair knight. Well actually she always won fair knight, but these days knights are lazier and ladies more proactive. "

I like how this book is not a sugar-coated romance. Helen continues to pursue Tom despite the ups and downs of the relationship. I admire her courage for not giving up on it and keep trying. The quote above basically explains the character of Helen.

The author also depicted the grief process of a person really well. The five stages of grief (Kubler-Riss gr
Romantical Skeptic
Apr 26, 2013 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
Jan 02, 2011 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
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book immensely. The main character draws you right in and it had lots of dramatic twists and empathetic characters. It almost seemed too close to life, the kind of relationship drama and little things that can cause misunderstandings. It is for that reason I am keeping it at 3 stars. I really liked it but the characters weren't uplifting- just human! Full disclosure I read it in my hostel and 40 pages had been ripped out so I may revise later.
Jul 23, 2007 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.
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Jul 02, 2007 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 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 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..
Johan Ander
Jag blev rekommenderad boken då jag själv förlorat min far i hjärtinfarkt och personen tyckte att det kanske kunde ge mig vissa insikter. Det var inte så tokigt tänkt men mitt problem blev istället främst att boken är väldigt tjejig. För en kille som inte tycker att längden på klackar, samt vem som tillverkar vilket smin är det viktigaste som finns så blir det en rätt trist bok. Är man inte heller intresserad av vilken typ av kjol som ger snyggast ben så blir det än mer trist. Tragiskt att huvud ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
this is the second time I gave Anna Maxted a chance, and only because it was free, and my friend said it was a silly but funny read. I didn't find that to be the case. The characters are so annoying and unlikable that I finally couldn't stand to spend any more time with them and quit halfway through. I have enjoyed books with unlikable characters doing interesting things, or likable characters doing boring things, but I couldn't hang with unlikable characters doing boring, stupid things.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, this is a Pecan Sandies of a book: you can't help liking it and finishing it, even if you feel slightly sick after eating the whole box. Maxted is sometimes (though not always) very funny, and you care about her characters (even if they are a bit cartoonish), and some parts are unexpectedly moving. So take it on a long flight and do not feel guilty. That is what long flights are for. You can read Jane Austen when you get home.
May 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, just ugh. Sorry, this was just awful
Christine Bibro
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Funny, touching, insightful.
Kim Payne
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The story and the characters were hilarious, and the writing was amazing! Had a good laugh.
Thank you Anna Maxted for this amazing book!
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Purple Iris
Mar 13, 2017 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 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 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 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
Gracie Fuller
Feb 15, 2017 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 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
Jun 07, 2012 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 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 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
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
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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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“We sit in silence, drinking hot chocolate and contemplating the act that death is a monstrous affront to the living and shouldn't be allowed.” 6 likes
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