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How Hard Can It Be?

Narrated by: Poppy Miller
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

Kate Reddy is back! This is the follow-up to the international best seller I Don't Know How She Does It, the novel that defined modern life for women everywhere. This time she's juggling teenagers, aging parents and getting back into the workplace, and every minute will have you laughing and thinking: it's not just me.

Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is 50, but not in a good way. Fifty, in Kate's mind, equals invisibility. And with hormones that have her in shackles, teenage children who need her there but won't talk to her and ailing parents who aren't coping, Kate is in the middle of a sandwich that she isn't even allowed to eat because of the calories.

She's back at work after a big break at home, because somebody has to bring home the bacon now that her husband, Rich, has dropped out of the rat race to master the art of mindfulness. But just as Kate is finding a few tricks to get by in her new workplace, her old client and flame Jack reappears - complicated doesn't even begin to cover it.

This is a coming-of-age story for turning 50. It's about so much more than a balancing act; it's about finding out who you are and what you need to feel alive when you've got used to being your own last priority. And every sentence will leave you feeling that there's a bit of Kate Reddy in all of us.

As funny as Helen Fielding and Caitlin Moran, this is straight-up brilliant fiction about how to have it all and not end up losing yourself on the way.

©2017 Allison Pearson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

Praise for I Don't Know How She Does It: "I can't think of a woman who wouldn't want this book." (India Knight)
"I love Kate Reddy...her tale made me cry twice, and laugh often." ( The Independent on Sunday)
"The kind of book you fall in love with - a grown-up novel that is hilarious, heartbreaking and brimming with the bittersweet tang of all our lives." (Tony Parsons)
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Life's Rollercoaster

I couldn't resist this having enjoyed 'I Don't Know How She Does It'
Great characters. So many of life's realities in this one is what makes it so enjoyable.
I laughed out loud. Great narration Poppy, would love you to read more!
Thanks Allison for making all the crappy bits of life feel so normal!

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Way too obvious

So predictable! Write a long list of all the bad things that might happen to someone in their late forties and chuck it all in. Then make it all ok. Because that’s what happens right?
Narrator accents appalling too. I actually quite hated Kate by the end.
It’s a shame as I loved her other book I read (don’t know how she does it)

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You will not be disappointed...

Hilarious, moving, spot on. If you enjoyed the first book, you will love this one even more

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Loved it....

Completely relatable. Witty, fun and well written. I couldn’t get enough of it and didn’t want it to end.

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Poor Volume Control

This book was rendered almost un-listenable for me. The volume was really erratic, with the narrator shouting and dropping her voice at intervals, necessitating constant adjustment of the volume control. Very irritating!

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a witty take on life as 50 year old mother

loved this book which captured the trials of life as a working mother in her 50's coping with menopause, tricky teens, useless husband, needy in-laws & an old flame!
not intellectual but fun!
great narration from Poppy Miller

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laugh out loud funny

I thought it was brilliant, it was everything that was going on in my head! I wish my family would read it0 but they probably still wouldn't get it!!!

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fantastic book I highly recommend it

The character was a very likeable strong woman facing challenges we can all identify in a no nonsense way. A fantastic refreshing read .

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Made me both laugh out loud and smile poignantly

This is a funny, and at times poignant account of a woman’s approach to mid- life. Some aspects of the story are hilarious and I find myself having my own conversations with my own ‘Roy’. There were aspects, though, particularly at the beginning when I found Kate such a frustrating victim in her approach to her work and family that I found myself feeling quite cross. Some of her mishaps became a little predictable as she would inevitably be the all giving self maligning victim in a situation. She gets there in the end, but I did want to give her a good shake and tell her to ‘wake up’ sometimes. Overall a good read and I would definitely recommend it.

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You are not alone!

Excellent follow on story to I Don't Know How She Does It, about a hard working mum struggling to juggle home and work lives. How Hard Can It Be follows the same amusing and sadly all too relatable narrative of Kate Reddy who now has troublesome, teenage children, a husband trying to go off and find his true self and a need to go back to work despite being, gasp, perimenopausal and nearly 50.

Read this if you want a light hearted, funny read with a dose or reality chucked in for good measure.