How Hard Can It Be?
Kate Reddy is back! The follow-up to the international bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, the novel that defined modern life for women everywhere. This time she’s juggling teenagers, ageing parents and getting back into the workplace, and every page will have you laughing and thinking: It’s not just me.
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Kate Reddy is counting down the...more
She's living in a large rambling home that requires the constant services of Polish builder Piotr, together with the never ending amount of cash being thrown at it. She has a husband who she's unable to communicate with, two teenage kids who have problems similar to most teens across the Western world, and also ageing parents and all the relevant problems that come wi ...more
Kate Ready is almost 50, she is returning to the workforce and finds herself having to lie about her age to be considered for employment. Her husband is distant and appears to be more into his self-help books and bike riding than he is in her or their marriage. ...more
I’ve never met a book so quotable and hilarious! If I
would have started highlighting while reading, my whole book would be glowing yellow right now.
Kate Reddy is quickly approaching 50 and is dealing with everything that comes with it - trying to re-enter the workforce after years at home, body and memory changes, and family matters that come with children maturing into teenagers.
For those of us who have aged with Bridget Jones, you will appreciate this tale equally.
How Hard Can It Be is the sequel to Allison Pearson’s, I Don’t Know How She Does It, and while I have not read the latter, I felt there was enough backstory and character development here to read this as a standalone. I do plan to read IDKHSDI because it’s been acclaimed as the social comedy of working motherhood, and I already know I enjoy Pearson’s wit.
Kate Reddy is seven years older and about to turn the big 5-0. Her children are now ...more
Kate! You are absolutely being added to my book BFF list! Not sure when the last time was I read a book with such a relatable character... Kate and I are almost the same age... our kids are about the same age going through the same things as are our parents.... such a wonderful book, filled with laughter, tears, and love...
Kate is quickly heading towards her 50th birthday... she also needs to reenter the workforce, because hubby Rich has decided to take a two year ...more
Allison Pearson has written an “OMG, yes!” book. As in, she totally gets it. This book, about turning 50 and entering the age of invisibility, hits all the correct notes. It’s a real mix of comedy and drama, between dealing with perimenopause, teenagers, aging parents, a husband seeking to find himself at everyone else’s expense and the need to stay relevant in today’s business world. A book about needing to laugh so you don’t cry.
I have not read the first book in the series and didn’t feel lik ...more
This one is about Kate, who is about to turn fifty. It starts out with some hilarious scenes of her dealing with her teenage daughter, Emily’s “social media mishap”. I learned what a “belfie” is. Hmm…not sure if that’s helpful, but good to know!
She wants to return to work after being at home and that proves to be quite a hurdle to jump over. Her husband is going through a mid-life crisis of his own and is often seen biking around in lycra.
I enjoyed it for the most part. I felt it was a bit to ...more
How Hard Can It Be? H.A.R.D. No one ever said being a mom was easy, but try being a mom pushing 50 who has been attempting to raise semi-functional humans and finds herself trying to re-enter the workplace thanks to a combination of a giant manchild of a husband who has decided riding his bicycle and taking classes is his new passion rather than going to a paying gig every day and an old “fixer upper” of a house that has morphed into s ...more
16 years later Kate Reddy is back! She is funny with a snappy wit. The kids are older and she has taken seven years off of work to care for them and aging parents and in laws. She and her husband, Rich have bought a house that needs a lot more fixing up than they realized. Rich is n ...more
“What are the words you’d use to describe the fact that women take care of the young and the old, year in, year out, and none of that work counts as skills or experience or even work? Because women are doing it for free it is literally worthless.”
A bit predictable and a tad long, but still relevant and often hilarious. Kate’s inner thoughts are zingers and I read on just to see what predicament she would get up to next. There is a scene in a ...more
So, I have a confession to make. I didn't realize How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson was a sequel to I Don't Know How She Does It when I started reading it. BUT, I don't think that mattered all that much.
I really hope this book becomes a movie starring SJP. I loved the movie I Don't Know How She Does It and I think this book would also make a great movie (maybe even a better movie than a book??). This book does seem like a good standalone, but maybe I shouldn't have w ...more
I felt it was just a piece of fluff. Kate is nearing her 50th birthday, and the book is built around watching her try to keep 'all her balls in the air'. It felt like the storyline just skated over the thinnest surface of each issue facing her. Not really any depth.
As an intelligent woman, Kate seems to have blinders on regarding the disturbing behavi ...more
I wasn't sure going in what I would think of this story. I laughed a whole lot through it and it was like I was one of her named nuances just along for t ...more
Although not my usual genre, I had heard many good things about Allison's previous book 'I Don't Know How She Does It', and so decided to enter the giveaway for 'How Hard Can It Be?'. I'm delighted I won as I loved this book! (I will now definitely be seeking out the first one to read too). Although this is a continuation of 'I Don't Know...', it stands by itself as well and I wasn't confused by the story at any point.
Even though I'm 22 yea ...more
Kate Reddy is 49 now. Her children from book one are teenagers. Her husband is re-training as a therapist after he lost his job as an architect. Kate has been spending the last seven years raising her family and renovating a country house. To maintain their lifestyle, Kate must find a high-paying job since her hubby has two years to go in his training. She returns to her investment firm in the city after lying about her age (now 42) and accepting a junior po ...more
She is subsequently successful at getting a job at an investment company of which she used to be the owner, but nobody recognizes her because there's been a complete turnover in perso ...more
I just couldn't get in to this book at all, I found it really scatty! It has had such strong positive reviews so I imagine that perhaps the main reason I didn't like it / couldn't take to it is because I can't relate to it?
Side note, the voice of Roy really annoyed me. I skipped over those parts.
(2.5 stars - it's not bad, just not for me)
Thanks to Netgalley for my free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This chick-lit / contemporary fiction, the sequel to I Don’t Know How She Does It earned 3.5 Stars from me.
Kate Reddy is back! When I Don’t Know How She Does It left off, Kate had moved her family to Yorkshire and left her job to focus on her family. As How Hard Can It Be begins, her husband, Richard, has decided to have a mid life career change and has taken two years off work to train to be a counselor. In need of a steady income, the family moves back to London and Kate searc ...more
This one attracted me because there are so few books about older women that promise to be fun instead of dreary Problem Novels. I know what the problems of being old are, thank you. I don’t need to read fiction about it.
So Kate Ready is 49, almost fifty (which seems young to me, but still pr ...more
Being the same age myself, I could understand her position ...more
And had me spontaneously laughing, enough to get odd, uncomfortable stares from other customers in the coffee shop. I wished it would go on and on.
So now I must reread it immediately.
Bravo Allison Pearson! & the audiobook is FLAWLESS ...more
The story is told from Kate’s point of view. She is older than me but I still found her to be very relatable. She is fast approaching 50 and has found herself the sole breadwinner for the fam ...more
Again unlike Bridget, Kate is approaching her 50th birthday and worried about going back into the workplace. Her idea that she cou ...more
Kate is currently 49, but will soon turn that "f-word" every woman dreads. Plus she's experiencing life's turmoils simultaneously it seems. An unemployed husband trying to re-find himself through cycling, therapy while ignoring his household duties. Two teenage children who delight at testing their independence boundaries while snickering at their Mom's technology naivete. Kids, you love them with all your heart while counting the minutes until they leave for colleg ...more
This was a quick DNF.
Simple, extremely mediocre, and stirring up drama (in a simple life even-- you're a normal wife in a normal family doing normal shit and acting like it's a big deal) and writing about the absolute nothings on people that don't even matter much in the book, this book is straight up annoying. Super unimpressive, redundant, and so obvious about woes, worries, stretch marks, gained weight, may I go ...more