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Review: How Hard Can It Be?

Title: How Hard Can it Be?

Series: Kate Reddy #2

Author: Allison Pearson

Release Date: June 5th, 2018

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: Allison Pearson's brilliant debut novel, I Don't Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world. Called "the definitive social comedy of working motherhood" (The Washington Post) and "a hysterical look―in both the laughing and crying senses of the world―at the life of Supermom" (The New York Times), I Don't Know How She Does It introduced Kate Reddy, a woman as sharp as she was funny. As Oprah Winfrey put it, Kate's story became "the national anthem for working mothers." Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as "sparkling, funny, and poignant...a triumphant return for Pearson." Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

My Review: A humorous look at motherhood, working, aging and juggling it all. Although I am not quite at the same age as Kate, and my child is under a year, rather than teenagers, I found I could still relate to what she was going through. This book was hilarious and I liked Kate as a character. She was relatable and entertaining. The story was well paced and well written. I hadn’t read the first book in the series but this work perfectly well as a standalone too.

*I received this book from Booksparks and St. Martins Press in exchange for an honest review*

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