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The Adults

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  3,290 ratings  ·  652 reviews
The most hilarious debut you will read this year.

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Claire and Matt are divorced but decide what's best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a 'normal' family Christmas. They can't agree on whose idea it was, or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did - and it's too late to pull the plug.

Claire brings her new boyfriend Patrick, a seemin
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published August 23rd 2018 by Orion
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Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

My life has been going to hell in a handbasket (clogged sewer line and flooded bathroom for starters), so I decided it was time for a comedy. And I love dysfunctional family stories. This isn’t really a dysfunctional family. It’s two exes and their current partners and the daughter they share. Matt, the ex-husband managed to irritate me within pages. What ever did Alex see in him? Or Clare initially, for that matter? Or maybe I just like men to have balls. Add into the mix the daughter’s imagina
Theresa Alan
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s unfortunate that the publishers bill this as “The most hilarious debut you will read all year.” This novel about a divorced couple with joint custody of their seven-year-old daughter who come together with their new boyfriend/girlfriend is cute and fun, but I only chuckled once during the book. “Cute” and “fun” are not the same thing as “hilarious.” It sets up false expectations. In fact, parts of reading about the struggles of Alex, the woman who’s dating the father, Matt, and of Patrick, ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 adults + 2 ex's + 1 child + 1 imaginary purple rabbit Posey + 1 holiday vacation trip= A magical Christmas to never forget.

Ok... haha I don't know about everyone... but me taking a vacation trip with my ex sounds like an absolute s..t show lol. This was quite the story!!

Caroline Hulse explores relationships in a clever and sassy way in this story. Can we ever really be civil with our ex's?

Caroline Hulse's voice effortlessly flows across the pages and had me laughing, cringing, and smiling al
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Apologies that you’re going to be seeing Christmas book reviews so late (knowing how I review, probably in February or March), but when I take a vacation I really take a vacation and don’t log on/post reviews so it is was it is.

Wow, this kind of has a low rating. It was also a mixed bag with my friends. But for me?????

And you should totally trust me because . . . .

I mean I haven’t been told I suck turtles in like MONTHS now guys.

Ova - Excuse My Reading
Full review on my blog

4 adults. 2 ex's. 1 child. 1 imaginary rabbit. 1 holiday lodge. Magical Christmas time.

What could possibly go wrong?

In this witty little contemporary drama, Hulse explores relationships in an enjoyable way. Can we really stay civilised with our ex-partners? I really liked this book.

Everyone needs a friend like Posey. Adults too!

Full review soon..

Thanks to publisher and NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange with an honest review.
Babydimps (Suzy)
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, I didn’t hate it, but didn’t really like it either - hence the 2 ⭐ rating.

The description of this book sounded like something that would be really fun to read for the holidays. A divorced couple bringing their new significant others on a vacation all together so they could spend Christmas with their daughter. You know things will go wrong. And how about the book being described as “the most hilarious debut you will read this year?” What doesn’t sound awesome about that?! That sentence alo
Martie Nees Record
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: General Fiction/Mystery
Publisher: Random House
Pub. Date: November 27, 2018

Caroline Hulse’s novel is a dark comedy that had me laughing out loud more than once. Imagine the dysfunctional dynamics between divorced parents with a seven-year-old daughter. Both parents now have new live-in-partners. Now imagine all four adults (two who have never even met each other) going on a Christmas holiday together. The idea is that the little girl can spend Christmas day with both of
Solid and entertaining dysfunctional family dark comedy that is perfect for the holiday season! A great undemanding escapist read that does not insult the intelligence. This will be perfect airplane or vacation reading to help you endure your own family holiday gatherings, especially if they are dysfunctional too!
Also highly recommended if you’ve been feeling a bit bummed that Liane Moriarty’s recent books haven’t quite lived up to Big Little Lies in your view - this has a strong “Moriarty at h
Matt and Claire are no longer married, but both want to spend the Christmas holiday with their seven-year-old daughter, Scarlett. It's not quite clear whose idea it was, or how the whole thing came about, but suddenly Matt, Claire, their new partners, and Scarlett are spending a long weekend at the Happy Forest holiday park. Oh yes, and we can't forget that Posey, Scarlett's giant imaginary friend--a nearly life-size rabbit--is along for the ride too. Claire has brought Patrick, a fellow lawyer, ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
REALLY loved this funny and heartfelt story about two readjusted families who attempt to spend Christmas together and act like adults. We are all fine now! Well not so much and it's brilliant. Full review for the blog tour.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: available
3-4*s Enjoyable. Most def not LOL- sorta sad. Liz and Theresa Alan wrote v good reviews for this title.
Katie Khan
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a breath of fresh air! I found the writing witty and offbeat, the characters human and relatable... reading THE ADULTS by Caroline Hulse felt like spending time with old friends, albeit a distinctly dysfunctional group!

I love stories where what can go wrong, does go wrong – and this novel is the perfect comedy of errors.

I must confess I’ve had a bit of a lull in my women’s fiction and book club fiction reading recently, and have been enjoying more YA and fantasy. This has totally re
Susie Wang
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty sure I said this in my updates, but this book is very similar to Big Little Lies. Especially structurally. It has two timelines, one from before, which is the main storyline; one from after, which mainly consists of interviews with the police.

At the beginning of the story, we're told that someone, he, has been shot, and Alex called for an ambulance. But she soon stopped responding after making sure the ambulance was on its way. If you've read Big Little Lies, you'll know by know why I
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Wow, this was so much better than I figured it would be! You have two parents, Carrie and Matt, both divorced from each other, their shared child, Scarlett, and their new mates, Patrick and Alex, all going on holiday together. Yes, I said TOGETHER! Now, this would all be fine and dandy if they got along or at least had met each other for more than short tiny visits in passing. Now, imagine being stuck in a house with your partner's ex and how uncomfortable that can be, especially in a new relati ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
When I first stumbled upon the description of this book, my first thought was that I absolutely HAD to read it.
I mean, a holiday consisting of a formerly married couple and their new partners, what could go hilariously wrong??!!

What I got though, was not what I expecting. I couldn’t warm to any of the characters, except for maybe Scarlett, and I didn’t get (see) the humour.

I guess this one just wasn’t me cup of tea.

Thank you to Caroline Hulse, Orion Publishing Group, and NetGalley for an ARC
Charlotte Duckworth
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny, poignant, real - The Adults is a truly original book that made me laugh, cry and cringe in equal measure. I loved it.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
If you like all things cringeworthy, look no further for your next comedic read. Here is a dysfunctional, blended "family" which surely many of us can relate to: Matt and Claire are parents to Scarlett, a 7-year-old whose best friend is an invisible, giant, talking purple rabbit named Posey, who currently lives with Claire and her boyfriend Patrick, while Matt lives with his girlfriend Alex, seeing Scarlett only intermittently throughout the last 3 years. Hoping to finally spend another Christma ...more
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This had the exact type of premise that intrigues me, I love reading about families, especially when there’s secrets involved and add in a little dysfunction and I’m all in. It’s told from every single family members perspective and I loved getting to see how each of them interpreted the same situations differently, especially the darling girl, Scarlett.

This was a really entertaining read if kind of ridiculous at times. The behavior of the family ranged from appalling to mildly amusing. The wri
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Divorced couple Claire and Matt decide to give their daughter a traditional family Christmas and reunite for a family vacation. They head to the Happy Forest holiday park for a week of Christmas fun. With their new significant others in tow, a shared house, an imaginary 6 foot bunny, and air thick with tension...what could possibly go wrong?! This story begins with a phone call to the police before going back to the beginning and slowly building up to the reason for the phone call. Told in multi ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-sellers, 2019
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It dragged in places but there were some surprisingly hilarious parts.
Dec 27, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Dnf! I'm 144 pages in of 403 and nothing's really happened yet. I thought it'd be a funny, quick Christmas read, but I don't find it funny and I'm just kind of bored. Not for me.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review postponed until publication date.
Cindy Wilkerson
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, adult
3.75 stars

THE ADULTS was right up my alley.
I love reading about family dynamics.
Matt and Claire used to be married but now they’re not. But they’ve decided to spend their Christmas holiday together, so they can both be with their daughter Scarlett, by renting a place and bringing their partners, Alex and Patrick. Oh, and Scarlett has an imaginary bunny named Posey.

This book had drama as well as some funny moments, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Scarlett and Posey. Sometimes
A divorced couple, Claire and Matt, want their 7 year old daughter, Scarlett, to experience a "normal" family Christmas holiday together ... with their respective partners, Patrick and Alex, also in attendance. Sounds thoughtful and very mature, right? But, alas, things are not as they seem and even though they are all adults, tension soon mounts between the characters -- including Scarlett's imaginary... and very tall... rabbit friend, Posey -- things begin to go awry and chaos ensues. In fact, ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! It's such a fresh and funny, yet poignant and so well developed story and I was hooked as soon as I read the blurb.

It's Christmas. The time for families and goodwill and when you are the parents of a seven-year old daughter you really want to make sure that she has a great time. However, if you are the separated parents of a seven-year old daughter, and you both have new partners, what do you do? Well, in this story, those parents arrange for one big happy family hol
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Penguin Random House Canada for my copy of this light and fun family drama. This title was published November 27, 2018.

Four adults; two exe's, one child and one imaginary rabbit. A holiday lodge promising a Magical Christmas family experience. What could possibly go wrong?

Claire and Matt are divorced and have each moved on with new partners. They both agree that this year, their daughter Scarlett should have a family Christmas with both of them, in an effort to normalize their separat
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Some books really boil down to "Here are some characters; here's how they're related. Put them in a situation where they can't avoid each other, and watch the sparks fly!" The Adults: A Novel is an enjoyable example of this genre, as a formerly married couple book a Christmas trip to a theme park/resort that includes their young daughter (and her imaginary rabbit) and their new partners.

The story is told through multiple perspectives, but never from either of the ex-couple whose relationship
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fairly dismal holiday fare about a divorced couple who decide to spend Christmas together with their new partners for the sake of their daughter. The parents were incredibly clueless about the girl's imaginary friend which manifested the minute they told her they were splitting up. All the characters were varying degrees of obnoxious. It was especially hard to understand why either woman had a relationship with the childish Matt. At least I had some sympathy for the tagalong partners.
Laura Rash
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This wasn’t quite what I expected by reading some reviews. It had some funny and quirky moments but it also struck me as quite sad for Scarlett with her imaginary rabbit friend. I thought maybe the funny moments might eventually lead to some deeper thoughts or a light hearted ending but it didn’t quite get there.
Donna Hines
Sometimes I wonder about titles of novels especially in this case because these 'adults' acted more like 'children' who needed reprimanding.
Welcome to the world of the divorced in which the original couple broke off and now we have a whole group of misfits fighting over one another.
It all began with Matt and Claire and the idea that they could possibly get together with their daughter Scarlett (7yo) for what's dubbed a 'normal' family christmas.
Oh sure, what could go wrong with their new partner
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