How Hard Can It Be?

How Hard Can It Be?

Book - 2018 | First U.S. edition.
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Look, I was doing OK. I got through the oil spill on the road that is turning forty. Lost a little control, but I drove into the skid just like the driving instructors tell you to and afterwards things were fine again, no, really, they were better than fine.

Kate Reddy had it all: a nice home, two adorable kids, a good husband. Then her kids became teenagers (read: monsters). Richard, her husband, quit his job, taking up bicycling and therapeutic counseling: drinking green potions, dressing head to toe in Lycra, and spending his time--and their money--on his own therapy. Since Richard no longer sees a regular income as part of the path to enlightenment, it's left to Kate to go back to work.

Companies aren't necessarily keen on hiring 49-year-old mothers, so Kate does what she must: knocks a few years off her age, hires a trainer, joins a Women Returners group, and prepares a new resume that has a shot at a literary prize for experimental fiction.

When Kate manages to secure a job at the very hedge fund she founded, she finds herself in an impossible juggling act: proving herself (again) at work, dealing with teen drama, and trying to look after increasingly frail parents as the clock keeps ticking toward her 50th birthday. Then, of course, an old flame shows up out of the blue, and Kate finds herself facing off with everyone from Russian mobsters to a literal stallion.

Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

Hilarious and poignant, How Hard Can It Be? brings us the new adventures of Kate Reddy, the beleaguered heroine of Allison Pearson's groundbreaking New York Times bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250086082
1250086086
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 25 cm

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don_johns
Feb 19, 2019

This book was very engaging. Witty, funny, tragic, and solemn; much like life.

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mjk236sb
Jul 25, 2018

Dealing with menopause - a husband trying to find himself and two teenagers while attempting to return to the job market where youth always wins keeps Kate busy! Some funny descriptions that we can all relate to about this time in her life and her dealings with her social media active kids and her attempt to return to her old job. Keeps you laughing but relating with her. She is forced to make some interesting decisions in her life.

ArapahoeChristineS Jul 20, 2018

I probably should have read the first one to help me be more invested in the characters, but this was mildly humorous. It was a light change of pace, but not very original.

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McAnnieG
Jun 12, 2018

It is not necessary to read book 1 before reading this book, but book 1 is so good it outshines book 2.

Kate Reddy, 49, finds herself returning to the investment firm she left 7 years ago now that her husband, Richard, is unemployed and back in school. Someone has to keep the family afloat.

Raising teenagers in a digital world presents problems not heard of a decade ago and it is easy to miss the signs of problems.

It is still a man's world and youth is prized in the investment industry until Kate's experience saves accounts from leaving the firm.

Menopause arrives in all of its gory mess adding to Kate's challenges.

Jack Abelhammer has never left Kate's heart. When they reconnect Kate has a lot of decisions to make; to put everyone else first, or choose a life with Jack.

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Feb 19, 2019

don_johns thinks this title is suitable for 35 years and over

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