Publication Date: June 5, 2018
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. 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?
I did not read Allison Pearson’s first book about Kate Reddy so I was unfamiliar with this character. That being said, you can read this book without having read the first one as it does hold up as a stand alone. In this sequel, Kate is approaching her 50th birthday and needs to return to work to support her family. She has two children, one in her teens the other, almost there, and a husband who is taking time off from working to better himself.
Kate is going through peri-menopause and is finding that it isn’t easy to return to work after having raised a family for the past 7 years. There were so laugh-out-loud moments in this book. Even though I am not near the age of Kate, I could put myself in her shoes. I am wondering however, if I were around that age, would I have found this book to work a bit better for me. I am not saying that this wasn’t a good book, I am simply feeling that I was not the correct target audience for it. It was a bit drawn out and I was getting a bit bored but I powered through. If I were to pick up Allison’s first book on Kate Reddy, I may relate to that a bit more.
I recommend this book for anyone in their mid to late 40’s+. I think that if you like a contemporary read with humor and realistic situations, you would enjoy this. For me, a late 30 year old already in the workforce with children, I couldn’t relate as much.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
I received an unsolicited ARC of this book from St. Martin’s press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press.