Book Review for THE ADULTS by Caroline Hulse
THE ADULTS by Caroline Hulse
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A humorous look at a family holiday.
THE ADULTS is one of those books you sit down and just revel in the quirkiness and amusing situation which is playing out in front of you. Hulse captures the feelings of the characters in a way which allows the reader to truly get to know this unique family.
First of all, this book is insane in the best possible way. The premise is completely nuts but works on so many levels. The author weaves together an entertaining tale with complicated relationships and one-of-a-kind characters. However, where this book really stood out for me was with Scarlett. This seven-year-old is the most honest and wonderful part of the story. It is in part to how she interacts with her imaginary friend Posey, but the way the author captures this character hit home with me. The adults within this book are fine, but Scarlett was the star for me.
All in all, THE ADULTS was a completely unexpected book. I laughed a lot. I enjoyed the warm and tender moments between various characters throughout. It was honestly the holiday book I always wanted but never knew.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Meet The Adults.
Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that it would be best for their daughter, Scarlett, to have a “normal” family Christmas. They can’t agree on whose idea it was to go to the Happy Forest holiday park, 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 (never Pat), a seemingly sensible, eligible from a distance Ironman in Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life, Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, who is seven, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a giant rabbit. Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Forced Fun Activities, drink a little too much after Scarlett’s bedtime, overshare classified secrets about their pasts . . . and before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this novel begins—with a tearful, frightened call to the police.
What happened? They said they’d all be adults about this. . . .
About the Author: Caroline Hulse spends most of her days writing, having fulfilled her dream of having a job she could do in pajamas. She also works in human resources sometimes. She is openly competitive and loves playing board and card games. She can often be found in casino poker rooms. She lives with her husband in Manchester, England.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Random House (November 27, 2018)
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