The Adults

The Adults A couple now separated Their daughter Their new partners One epic Christmas vacation What could go wrong This razor sharp novel puts a darkly comic twist on seasonal favorites like Love Actually

  • Title: The Adults
  • Author: Caroline Hulse
  • ISBN: The Adults
  • ISBN
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A couple, now separated Their daughter Their new partners One epic Christmas vacation What could go wrong This razor sharp novel puts a darkly comic twist on seasonal favorites like Love Actually and The Holiday.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 The A couple, now separated Their daughter Their new partners One epic Christmas vacation What could go wrong This razor sharp novel puts a darkly comic twist on seasonal favorites like Love Actually and The Holiday.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 Advance praise for The Adults Your worst ever family holiday gathering can t possibly be as painfully hilarious as the one in Caroline Hulse s The Adults I happily devoured this funny, insightful novel and believe you will, as well Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 368 pages Published November 27th 2018 by Random House first published August 23rd 2018 More Details Original Title The Adults ISBN 0525511741 ISBN13 9780525511748 Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Adults, please sign up

    Be the first to ask a question about The Adults

    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 12, 2018 Liz rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley My life has been going to hell in a handbasket clogged sewer line and flooded bathroom for starters , so I decided it was time for a comedy And I love dysfunctional family stories This isn t really a dysfunctional family It s two exes and their current partners and the daughter they share Matt, the ex husband managed to irritate me within pages What ever did Alex see in him Or Clare initially, for that matter Or maybe I just like men to have balls Add into the mix the daughter s imagina My life has been going to hell in a handbasket clogged sewer line and flooded bathroom for starters , so I decided it was time for a comedy And I love dysfunctional family stories This isn t really a dysfunctional family It s two exes and their current partners and the daughter they share Matt, the ex husband managed to irritate me within pages What ever did Alex see in him Or Clare initially, for that matter Or maybe I just like men to have balls Add into the mix the daughter s imaginary rabbit friend who misinterprets what scientists do.There s lots of thinking and second guessing going on here Things we all wonder about get expressed on the pages I found myself nodding a lot Other than her choice of a man, I did find myself bonding with Alex As a stepmother without her own kids, I remember those initial years of trying to figure out where I fit in Hurse does a great job of expressing Alex Of course, it doesn t take long for things to start getting snarky Members of mixed families will relate to how wrong it can go It s not laugh out loud funny, dry humor In fact, the publisher does a disservice to author and reader by calling the book hilarious Hurse mixes her formats, police interviews, excerpts of brochures intermingled with regular storytelling I liked the mixture, it kept things moving along at a brisk clip I loved the ending, seeing how it all comes together I can definitely recommend this book Just know it s chuckles than tears streaming down your face from laughing which is my definition of hilarious My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book flag 98 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Sep 26, 2018 Theresa Alan rated it really liked it review of another edition It s unfortunate that the publishers bill this as The most hilarious debut you will read all year This novel about a divorced couple with joint custody of their seven year old daughter who come together with their new boyfriend girlfriend is cute and fun, but I only chuckled once during the book Cute and fun are not the same thing as hilarious It sets up false expectations In fact, parts of reading about the struggles of Alex, the woman who s dating the father, Matt, and of Patrick, It s unfortunate that the publishers bill this as The most hilarious debut you will read all year This novel about a divorced couple with joint custody of their seven year old daughter who come together with their new boyfriend girlfriend is cute and fun, but I only chuckled once during the book Cute and fun are not the same thing as hilarious It sets up false expectations In fact, parts of reading about the struggles of Alex, the woman who s dating the father, Matt, and of Patrick, the man who is dating the mother, Claire, is actually kind of sad Alex is a scientist who doesn t have kids, so she fumbles a lot trying to connect with Scarlett, the seven year old During the book, Matt and Claire get their partners to agree to go away for a five day weekend to celebrate Christmas at a lodge in the woods where there is archery, swimming, dance classes, golf, and so on There is jealousy and misunderstandings and straight up lies Scarlett has long conversations with her invisible to everyone but her purple rabbit, Posey.Even if your parents never divorced and dated remarried, even if you ve never dated a divorced person with kids, you ll be able to identify with the different characters, particularly perfectionist competitive Patrick and the well drawn Alex, who gave up alcohol when she realized she was drinking too much, only to go a little nuts with wine under the stress of living with Matt s ex wife and his daughter who thinks Alex, as a scientist, is a murderer of animals Alex isn t that kind of scientist, but seven year olds don t always understand the world of scientific inquiry This is a good book It s just not funny Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES NOVEMBER 27, 2018 For reviews, please visit flag 92 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jul 18, 2018 Kendall rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, netgalley approved 4 adults 2 ex s 1 child 1 imaginary purple rabbit Posey 1 holiday vacation trip A magical Christmas to never forget.Ok haha I don t know about everyone but me taking a vacation trip with my ex sounds like an absolute st show lol This was quite the story Caroline Hulse explores relationships in a clever and sassy way in this story Can we ever really be civil with our ex s Caroline Hulse s voice effortlessly flows across the pages and had me laughing, cringing, and smiling al 4 adults 2 ex s 1 child 1 imaginary purple rabbit Posey 1 holiday vacation trip A magical Christmas to never forget.Ok haha I don t know about everyone but me taking a vacation trip with my ex sounds like an absolute st show lol This was quite the story Caroline Hulse explores relationships in a clever and sassy way in this story Can we ever really be civil with our ex s Caroline Hulse s voice effortlessly flows across the pages and had me laughing, cringing, and smiling all in one The story takes off with a beginning scene of a dialogue between Alex and the ambulance Someone has been shot by an arrow but once the ambulance says they re on their way Alex stops responding The story slowly takes off in this holiday getaway between this pack of friends I had trouble connecting to the storyline in the beginning and seemed a tad slow for my liking I began to get invested about 50 60 percent in.Overall, this was an entertaining domestic drama I think it could have been a tad better if the plot had spice drama to it I definitely enjoyed Hulse s writing style and look forward to what she publishes next 3.75 stars on this one for me.Thank you so much to Random House Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts.Publication date 11 27 18Published to GR 7 18 18 flag 83 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Jan 08, 2019 Kelly and the Book Boar rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs, dysfunction junction, most wonderful time of the year, read in 2018, you had me at hello, pretty on the outside Find all of my reviews at that you re going to be seeing Christmas book reviews so late knowing how I review, probably in February or March , but when I take a vacation I really take a vacation and don t log on post reviews so it is was it is.Wow, this kind of has a low rating It was also a mixed bag with my friends But for me And you should totally trust me because I mean I haven t been told I suck turtles in like MONTHS now guys.Fir Find all of my reviews at that you re going to be seeing Christmas book reviews so late knowing how I review, probably in February or March , but when I take a vacation I really take a vacation and don t log on post reviews so it is was it is.Wow, this kind of has a low rating It was also a mixed bag with my friends But for me And you should totally trust me because I mean I haven t been told I suck turtles in like MONTHS now guys.First off, it starts with a 911 call reporting someone has been shot WITH AN ARROW Ummmm yes please Also, reminiscent of the hen party gone bad in In A Dark, Dark Wood But this one promised it would be darkly funny so not really the same Whatever My brain makes connections the way it wants I ve given up trying to fight it In case you aren t aware, the premise here is that Claire, Matt and their daughter Scarlett oh and Scarlett s best pal Are going to have a combined Christmas with Claire s boyfriend Patrick and Matt s girlfriend Alex It s the epitome of co parenting and as Clark once said it s sure to be the hap hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny Fucking Kaye Or as Matt says If barking royals like Prince Andrew and Fergie can manage it, we should be OK We re all normal, right Okay, so The Adults had like my FAVE.O.RITE things 1 Seriously Nothing makes me feel like I m not so fucked up like reading about other people who are not so fucked up either wait, that s not right Or it shouldn t be, but much like the Griswolds or the McAlister s these people put the FUN in dysfunction They aren t perfect, but they re trying their best 2 For realz Christmas is my crack Normally I d have like eleventy thousand photos to prove how much Christmas spirit I barf out all over my house in the form of overly decorated trees in every room, but I seem to only have this one I think I spent way hours spending money I don t have and actually doing the decorating this year than admiring my handiwork Also, I did things like read in my Christmas jammies And watched traditional Christmas movies And hung out with this horrible little psycho who can only sleep upside down because he is part vampire And also publicly shamed myself sending my family members photos like these Who let s this happen Garbage humans, that s who.Anyway, all that non reviewing nonsense is to let you know that maybe I was just in the right place at the right time for this, but whatever the case was I absolutely loved it ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Hey, at least I gave you a decent Instagram pic for once since you got a shitty bit of nothing in this write up flag 46 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Jun 19, 2018 Ova Excuse My Reading rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 2018, netgalley Full review on my blog4 adults 2 ex s 1 child 1 imaginary rabbit 1 holiday lodge Magical Christmas time What could possibly go wrong In this witty little contemporary drama, Hulse explores relationships in an enjoyable way Can we really stay civilised with our ex partners I really liked this book Everyone needs a friend like Posey Adults too Full review soonThanks to publisher and NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange with an honest review flag 31 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Babydimps Suzy rated it it was ok review of another edition Well, I didn t hate it, but didn t really like it either hence the 2 rating The description of this book sounded like something that would be really fun to read for the holidays A divorced couple bringing their new significant others on a vacation all together so they could spend Christmas with their daughter You know things will go wrong And how about the book being described as the most hilarious debut you will read this year What doesn t sound awesome about that That sentence alo Well, I didn t hate it, but didn t really like it either hence the 2 rating The description of this book sounded like something that would be really fun to read for the holidays A divorced couple bringing their new significant others on a vacation all together so they could spend Christmas with their daughter You know things will go wrong And how about the book being described as the most hilarious debut you will read this year What doesn t sound awesome about that That sentence alone should have been my first clue that it would be just the opposite All of the characters were unlikeable and the story was boring to me I really wanted to laugh out loud I didn t even giggle Although Scarlett was a bratty kid, I liked her and Posey her 5 foot tall imaginary rabbit friend Mainly because I love reading kids POV in books A lot of people enjoyed the dark humor I guess it just wasn t for me I still have lots of December to end the year on a positive note Thank you to NetGalley, Random House and Caroline Hulse for my ARC in exchange for my honest review flag 27 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Dec 01, 2018 Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 reading challenge, favorite reads of 2018, major family malfunction, on vacation, reviewed Solid and entertaining dysfunctional family dark comedy that is perfect for the holiday season A great undemanding escapist read that does not insult the intelligence This will be perfect airplane or vacation reading to help you endure your own family holiday gatherings, especially if they are dysfunctional too Also highly recommended if you ve been feeling a bit bummed that Liane Moriarty s recent books haven t quite lived up to Big Little Lies in your view this has a strong Moriarty at h Solid and entertaining dysfunctional family dark comedy that is perfect for the holiday season A great undemanding escapist read that does not insult the intelligence This will be perfect airplane or vacation reading to help you endure your own family holiday gatherings, especially if they are dysfunctional too Also highly recommended if you ve been feeling a bit bummed that Liane Moriarty s recent books haven t quite lived up to Big Little Lies in your view this has a strong Moriarty at her best vibe flag 22 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 27, 2018 Martie Nees Record rated it really liked it review of another edition My Rating 3 StarsGenre General Fiction MysteryPublisher Random HousePub Date November 27, 2018Caroline Hulse s novel is a dark comedy that had me laughing out loud than once Imagine the dysfunctional dynamics between divorced parents with a seven year old daughter Both parents now have new live in partners Now imagine all four adults two who have never even met each other going on a Christmas holiday together The idea is that the little girl can spend Christmas day with both of My Rating 3 StarsGenre General Fiction MysteryPublisher Random HousePub Date November 27, 2018Caroline Hulse s novel is a dark comedy that had me laughing out loud than once Imagine the dysfunctional dynamics between divorced parents with a seven year old daughter Both parents now have new live in partners Now imagine all four adults two who have never even met each other going on a Christmas holiday together The idea is that the little girl can spend Christmas day with both of her parents Good intentions, but even in theory, it sounds like a disastrous plan So, what exactly did go wrong Well, for starters the book opens with an emergency phone call because one of them has been shot with an arrow This is how you will meet The Adults, which is a clever debut novel about a blended family vacation You will need to read the book to learn who was shot and if he she survives But, I can tell you that the group rents a lodge in a Christmas themed village The place is geared towards families with young children There are many fun activities Make that forced fun for the unhappy adults Hulse s writing is razor sharp, especially around the child s imaginary rabbit friend that never leaves her side Many of the activities must be canceled because they don t make safety helmets with ear holes for a rabbit You can visualize where this is headed The story is filled with rabbit tongue in cheek subplots Spoiler When her dad s girlfriend kills a pheasant to put it out of its misery while dying the girl is convinced her imaginary playmate will be the next murdered animal This sets up all sorts of satirical scenes Think of the movie Harvey, and throw in a tad of Watership Down I enjoyed the author s array of writing styles In between the narrations by the five, or six if you count the rabbit , you will also read police interviews as well as most of the village s brochure It is a prose that is similar to, A Visit from the Goon Squad, but on silly pills Is this just another family Christmas novel Nope This is a snappy, not sappy, holiday book that will be on sale in time for Christmas I would buy it as a gift just for the annoying singing Christmas trees alone.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at flag 18 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Kristy rated it liked it Shelves a real book wow, librarything, arc, fiction, random house, read in 2018 Matt and Claire are no longer married, but both want to spend the Christmas holiday with their seven year old daughter, Scarlett It s not quite clear whose idea it was, or how the whole thing came about, but suddenly Matt, Claire, their new partners, and Scarlett are spending a long weekend at the Happy Forest holiday park Oh yes, and we can t forget that Posey, Scarlett s giant imaginary friend a nearly life size rabbit is along for the ride too Claire has brought Patrick, a fellow lawyer, Matt and Claire are no longer married, but both want to spend the Christmas holiday with their seven year old daughter, Scarlett It s not quite clear whose idea it was, or how the whole thing came about, but suddenly Matt, Claire, their new partners, and Scarlett are spending a long weekend at the Happy Forest holiday park Oh yes, and we can t forget that Posey, Scarlett s giant imaginary friend a nearly life size rabbit is along for the ride too Claire has brought Patrick, a fellow lawyer, a seemingly rational guy who loves Scarlett and is training for an Ironman And Matt has brought Alex, his scientist girlfriend, who is skeptical about the whole affair Suddenly the group is jammed into a small lodge, subject to the whims of a mercurial seven year old and her pretend rabbit , and stuck doing a variety of fun family activities It s no wonder that this all leads to an event so horrific that the police are called This book was an odd one, as if it couldn t decide to be serious or funny It starts out with a call to the police, so we know that someone has been shot at archery, but we don t yet know who Then things unfold from the beginning of the holiday, slowly building back up to the incident Interspersed with the characters narratives are bits and pieces of the police s discussion with various people at the holiday park involved with the shooting It s interesting, but it s a little disconcerting partial mystery partial character driven novel partial humorous look at family fun gone wrong Unfortunately for me, I didn t find a lot of the book all that fun Yes, I could see the humor in some of the situations, but honestly, a lot of it just made me uncomfortable Perhaps it s being a child of divorce myself Maybe too much hit close to home I felt the most for poor Alex, who was tortured by Scarlett and that darn fake bunny and then forced to witness her boyfriend in a series of cozy moments with her ex Patrick was slightly insane, Claire too good to be true, and Matt, honestly, an infuriating wuss for most of the book As everyone got and tired of each other, I would have had a feeling of doom reading this even without knowing someone gets shot You just know no good can come of this Now, yes, there is some dark humor here, and I did laugh at times There are definitely some funny places But I think Scarlett and Posey were supposed to be funny than they were I ve been that kid angry at her parents for divorcing, but man, Scarlett was really irritating sometimes When you really only feel for one of the characters Alex , it s hard to stay invested in the book Luckily, things improved a bit closer to the end, and I found myself getting a into the story Still, I couldn t help but find things a bit implausible and frustrating at times, and I really longed for of the hilarity the book promised Overall, this is a quick read, and it has its funny, crazy moments Still, the characters are tough to feel invested in and sometimes the plot was almost too zany and stressful for me I liked this one, but didn t love it 3 stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher and LibraryThing in return for an unbiased review thank you Blog Twitter Facebook Google Instagram flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 06, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing review of another edition REALLY loved this funny and heartfelt story about two readjusted families who attempt to spend Christmas together and act like adults We are all fine now Well not so much and it s brilliant Full review for the blog tour flag 14 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2018 debra rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves available 3 4 s Enjoyable Most def not LOL sorta sad Liz and Theresa Alan wrote v good reviews for this title flag 13 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 07, 2018 Katie Khan rated it it was amazing This book is a breath of fresh air I found the writing witty and offbeat, the characters human and relatable reading THE ADULTS by Caroline Hulse felt like spending time with old friends, albeit a distinctly dysfunctional group I love stories where what can go wrong, does go wrong and this novel is the perfect comedy of errors.I must confess I ve had a bit of a lull in my women s fiction and book club fiction reading recently, and have been enjoying YA and fantasy This has totally re This book is a breath of fresh air I found the writing witty and offbeat, the characters human and relatable reading THE ADULTS by Caroline Hulse felt like spending time with old friends, albeit a distinctly dysfunctional group I love stories where what can go wrong, does go wrong and this novel is the perfect comedy of errors.I must confess I ve had a bit of a lull in my women s fiction and book club fiction reading recently, and have been enjoying YA and fantasy This has totally reinvigorated my love for the genre flag 13 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 27, 2018 Skye marked it as to read review of another edition Dnf I m 144 pages in of 403 and nothing s really happened yet I thought it d be a funny, quick Christmas read, but I don t find it funny and I m just kind of bored Not for me flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Sandra Deaconu rated it liked it review of another edition Am i r s de c teva ori i am apreciat c situa ia este descris cu realism Chiar s au sim it stinghereala personajelor, efortul lor de a se n elege, nu doar de a se tolera, i toate r ut ile pe care le au inut doar pentru ei Mie nu mi a pl cut prea tare, dar, n general, nu mi plac filmele i c r ile despre mul i oameni care se str ng n acela i loc i n care nu se nt mpl mai nimic Speram ca asta s fie diferit , dar a fost doar OK Merge pentru perioada asta n care nu ne st g ndul l Am i r s de c teva ori i am apreciat c situa ia este descris cu realism Chiar s au sim it stinghereala personajelor, efortul lor de a se n elege, nu doar de a se tolera, i toate r ut ile pe care le au inut doar pentru ei Mie nu mi a pl cut prea tare, dar, n general, nu mi plac filmele i c r ile despre mul i oameni care se str ng n acela i loc i n care nu se nt mpl mai nimic Speram ca asta s fie diferit , dar a fost doar OK Merge pentru perioada asta n care nu ne st g ndul la chestii serioase De fapt, poate fi citit oric nd, pentru c atmosfera s rb torilor nu este deloc pregnant E o lectur foarte u oar , se cite te repede i te face s te ntrebi dac tu ai avea r bdarea lui Alex Recenzia aici flag 12 likesLike see review Sep 04, 2018 Jeri rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves first reads Wow, this was so much better than I figured it would be You have two parents, Carrie and Matt, both divorced from each other, their shared child, Scarlett, and their new mates, Patrick and Alex, all going on holiday together Yes, I said TOGETHER Now, this would all be fine and dandy if they got along or at least had met each other for than short tiny visits in passing Now, imagine being stuck in a house with your partner s ex and how uncomfortable that can be, especially in a new relati Wow, this was so much better than I figured it would be You have two parents, Carrie and Matt, both divorced from each other, their shared child, Scarlett, and their new mates, Patrick and Alex, all going on holiday together Yes, I said TOGETHER Now, this would all be fine and dandy if they got along or at least had met each other for than short tiny visits in passing Now, imagine being stuck in a house with your partner s ex and how uncomfortable that can be, especially in a new relationship Plus, you throw in the child, which always would love to see their parents back together and things be better than they were Now, that s not all the curveballs being thrown in this book for these two pairs When they arrive, Patrick discovers a popular girl from his high school days is there too so requests a cabin close to her The fun holiday ends with a desperate call to police because someone has been shot with an arrow.I spent most of this book trying to figure out the details of the arrow incident Like who was shot, by whom and why But don t stress, it will all be revealed in the end At one point, I laughed out loud so hard, my husband looked at me like I had lost my sanity for a moment I will let you read the book and figure out where that particular moment comes in Needless to say, this book was most enjoyable and not nearly as gut wrenching and sour grapes I had feared it to be.I won an ARC by the publisher Random House through the First Reads program here on flag 6 likesLike see review Jun 24, 2018 Erin rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves contemporary fiction, netgalley arcs When I first stumbled upon the description of this book, my first thought was that I absolutely HAD to read it I mean, a holiday consisting of a formerly married couple and their new partners, what could go hilariously wrong What I got though, was not what I expecting I couldn t warm to any of the characters, except for maybe Scarlett, and I didn t get see the humour I guess this one just wasn t me cup of tea Thank you to Caroline Hulse, Orion Publishing Group, and NetGalley for an ARC When I first stumbled upon the description of this book, my first thought was that I absolutely HAD to read it I mean, a holiday consisting of a formerly married couple and their new partners, what could go hilariously wrong What I got though, was not what I expecting I couldn t warm to any of the characters, except for maybe Scarlett, and I didn t get see the humour I guess this one just wasn t me cup of tea Thank you to Caroline Hulse, Orion Publishing Group, and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 15, 2018 Charlotte Duckworth rated it it was amazing review of another edition Funny, poignant, real The Adults is a truly original book that made me laugh, cry and cringe in equal measure I loved it flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Mel rated it liked it Shelves giveaways arcs If you like all things cringeworthy, look no further for your next comedic read Here is a dysfunctional, blended family which surely many of us can relate to Matt and Claire are parents to Scarlett, a 7 year old whose best friend is an invisible, giant, talking purple rabbit named Posey, who currently lives with Claire and her boyfriend Patrick, while Matt lives with his girlfriend Alex, seeing Scarlett only intermittently throughout the last 3 years Hoping to finally spend another Christma If you like all things cringeworthy, look no further for your next comedic read Here is a dysfunctional, blended family which surely many of us can relate to Matt and Claire are parents to Scarlett, a 7 year old whose best friend is an invisible, giant, talking purple rabbit named Posey, who currently lives with Claire and her boyfriend Patrick, while Matt lives with his girlfriend Alex, seeing Scarlett only intermittently throughout the last 3 years Hoping to finally spend another Christmas as a family, Matt suggests doing just that planning a trip out to Happy Forest Lodge with Claire, Scarlett, and their new partners The ensuing story answers the question What could go wrong again and again and again The first few pages detail an emergency call Alex placed in response to one of the guys being shot on the archery course on Christmas Eve, and the rest of the book details the haphazard geniality over the week before that led up to the dire injury Following the POVs of Patrick, the obsessively anal rule follower and hopeful Ironman, Alex, the practical, oft humorless non drinking scientist, and Scarlett, the precocious child relying on the help of her imaginary friend to reunite her parents and push Alex out of all their lives, Hulse s sweet and uncomfortable novel led me through a predictable, albeit entertaining romp through a well tended resort in the back woods of the UK Would recommend as a palate cleanser between heavier reads flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Shelley rated it really liked it review of another edition This had the exact type of premise that intrigues me, I love reading about families, especially when there s secrets involved and add in a little dysfunction and I m all in It s told from every single family members perspective and I loved getting to see how each of them interpreted the same situations differently, especially the darling girl, Scarlett This was a really entertaining read if kind of ridiculous at times The behavior of the family ranged from appalling to mildly amusing The wri This had the exact type of premise that intrigues me, I love reading about families, especially when there s secrets involved and add in a little dysfunction and I m all in It s told from every single family members perspective and I loved getting to see how each of them interpreted the same situations differently, especially the darling girl, Scarlett This was a really entertaining read if kind of ridiculous at times The behavior of the family ranged from appalling to mildly amusing The writing was solid and it was fairly fast paced making it an easy read, this would actually be perfect to read over the holidays to escape your own crazy family I loved this novel as it s fresh, smart and intriguing The writing is captivating and the characters are flawed and selfish in their own way some than others and yet, I couldn t help liking them Full of surprises and twists that turned the novel into a soap opera, this novel made me laugh A gripping and enjoyable story about dysfunctional families and bonds that are too strong to be destroyed flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Jen rated it liked it review of another edition Divorced couple Claire and Matt decide to give their daughter a traditional family Christmas and reunite for a family vacation They head to the Happy Forest holiday park for a week of Christmas fun With their new significant others in tow, a shared house, an imaginary 6 foot bunny, and air thick with tensionwhat could possibly go wrong This story begins with a phone call to the police before going back to the beginning and slowly building up to the reason for the phone call Told in multi Divorced couple Claire and Matt decide to give their daughter a traditional family Christmas and reunite for a family vacation They head to the Happy Forest holiday park for a week of Christmas fun With their new significant others in tow, a shared house, an imaginary 6 foot bunny, and air thick with tensionwhat could possibly go wrong This story begins with a phone call to the police before going back to the beginning and slowly building up to the reason for the phone call Told in multiple perspectives, we get insight into everyone s thought processes At times dark, at times humorous, this was a campy take on family and being an adult For me, The Adults was 5 stars Thank you randomhouse for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Janssen rated it liked it Shelves 2019, best sellers I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book It dragged in places but there were some surprisingly hilarious parts flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 11, 2018 Susie Wang rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary, standalone, netgalley I m pretty sure I said this in my updates, but this book is very similar to Big Little Lies Especially structurally It has two timelines, one from before, which is the main storyline one from after, which mainly consists of interviews with the police.At the beginning of the story, we re told that someone, he, has been shot, and Alex called for an ambulance But she soon stopped responding after making sure the ambulance was on its way If you ve read Big Little Lies, you ll know by know why I I m pretty sure I said this in my updates, but this book is very similar to Big Little Lies Especially structurally It has two timelines, one from before, which is the main storyline one from after, which mainly consists of interviews with the police.At the beginning of the story, we re told that someone, he, has been shot, and Alex called for an ambulance But she soon stopped responding after making sure the ambulance was on its way If you ve read Big Little Lies, you ll know by know why I m saying it s got similar structures.As for the story itself, I really enjoyed it It s actually pretty entertaining even though it seems to deal with intense stuff I liked how the characters all had their own distinct personalities, and I see how their characteristics come into play when it comes to the plot The conflicts are realistic if you consider their personalities.Again, as I ve said in my updates, I don t like Patrick But I could see some people, maybe people who share his views on life, liking him and taking his side That s what I think it s great about this book We actually get to see different perspectives And I can understand if someone has a different view on the whole thing than me Logically, there s no one who s definitely in the wrong in the incident Though I expect people would all take sides and choose a team, so to speak.That being said, I still think this book could have been a lot better if there were just a bit spice I like a family drama with thicker plots Also, the humor had some room for improvements There were funny moments, but I could see how the whole book could have been humorous Being light hearted would have made this book just a little enjoyable flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2018 Anni rated it really liked it review of another edition Review postponed until publication date flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Cindy Wilkerson rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, adult 3.75 starsTHE ADULTS was right up my alley.I love reading about family dynamics.Matt and Claire used to be married but now they re not But they ve decided to spend their Christmas holiday together, so they can both be with their daughter Scarlett, by renting a place and bringing their partners, Alex and Patrick Oh, and Scarlett has an imaginary bunny named Posey.This book had drama as well as some funny moments, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Scarlett and Posey Sometimes 3.75 starsTHE ADULTS was right up my alley.I love reading about family dynamics.Matt and Claire used to be married but now they re not But they ve decided to spend their Christmas holiday together, so they can both be with their daughter Scarlett, by renting a place and bringing their partners, Alex and Patrick Oh, and Scarlett has an imaginary bunny named Posey.This book had drama as well as some funny moments, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Scarlett and Posey Sometimes children can take a backseat in novels, but Hulse makes Scarlett s storyline just as important as the other characters In fact, they were my favorite bit.The duo brought heart I will say that this didn t give me the Christmas feels like I was expecting It s of a story that just happens to take place over the Christmas holiday, vs a Christmas story If you re looking for something that dives into family dynamics, and gives you the Christmas feels, I highly suggest Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 02, 2018 Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves own a copy, christmas A divorced couple, Claire and Matt, want their 7 year old daughter, Scarlett, to experience a normal family Christmas holiday together with their respective partners, Patrick and Alex, also in attendance Sounds thoughtful and very mature, right But, alas, things are not as they seem and even though they are all adults, tension soon mounts between the characters including Scarlett s imaginary and very tall rabbit friend, Posey things begin to go awry and chaos ensues In fact, A divorced couple, Claire and Matt, want their 7 year old daughter, Scarlett, to experience a normal family Christmas holiday together with their respective partners, Patrick and Alex, also in attendance Sounds thoughtful and very mature, right But, alas, things are not as they seem and even though they are all adults, tension soon mounts between the characters including Scarlett s imaginary and very tall rabbit friend, Posey things begin to go awry and chaos ensues In fact, the story opens with this shocking scenario who was shot with an arrow and why Gasp This rolicking, ticking time bomb of a tale would be a perfect lighter read for the busy holiday season While I was amused by much of the story line, I would not call it hilarious However, while reading, I could totally picture how the story would play out on the big screen and could see it being fun and entertaining in that type of media I received an advance copy of this book All opinions are my own.Location England flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Simona Stoica rated it liked it review of another edition S rb torile n familie sunt complicate, mai ales dac ai apte ani, p rin ii t i au divor at, iar noii lor parteneri se tem de o eventual reconciliere specific filmelor Hallmark Nu te ajut nici Posey, cel mai bun prieten, un iepure uria i mov, convins c noua iubit a tat lui t u este un om de tiin malefic, care vrea s l ucid n vacan a de Cr ciun, un weekend de cinci zile la Happy Forest.Ingrediente pentru o atmosfer magic o sesiune nfrico toare de karaoke, competi ii exagerat S rb torile n familie sunt complicate, mai ales dac ai apte ani, p rin ii t i au divor at, iar noii lor parteneri se tem de o eventual reconciliere specific filmelor Hallmark Nu te ajut nici Posey, cel mai bun prieten, un iepure uria i mov, convins c noua iubit a tat lui t u este un om de tiin malefic, care vrea s l ucid n vacan a de Cr ciun, un weekend de cinci zile la Happy Forest.Ingrediente pentru o atmosfer magic o sesiune nfrico toare de karaoke, competi ii exagerate, alcool sc pat de sub control , dans burlesc, amintiri nostalgice, un fazan pierdut, o iubire din tinere e, copii indiferen i, Ironman, o scrisoare de dragoste ce poate rivaliza cu cea scris de Rachel pentru Ross 18 pagini i un telefon dat la Salvare Adul ii tia este o poveste de sezon Nu te impresioneaz prin stil sau personaje profunde, dar nici m car nu ncearc Spulber mitul p rintelui perfect , te amuz i te relaxeaz prin situa ii absurde, aproape imposibil de gestionat, iar la final are curajul s i arate c oamenii se pot schimba, c adul ii sunt iresponsabili i imaturi, ignor nd cli eele de care te temi dup primele capitole Fun read flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2018 Anne rated it it was amazing review of another edition I absolutely love this book It s such a fresh and funny, yet poignant and so well developed story and I was hooked as soon as I read the blurb.It s Christmas The time for families and goodwill and when you are the parents of a seven year old daughter you really want to make sure that she has a great time However, if you are the separated parents of a seven year old daughter, and you both have new partners, what do you do Well, in this story, those parents arrange for one big happy family hol I absolutely love this book It s such a fresh and funny, yet poignant and so well developed story and I was hooked as soon as I read the blurb.It s Christmas The time for families and goodwill and when you are the parents of a seven year old daughter you really want to make sure that she has a great time However, if you are the separated parents of a seven year old daughter, and you both have new partners, what do you do Well, in this story, those parents arrange for one big happy family holiday Mum, Dad, young Scarlett and the new bloke and the new woman, and also the imaginary purple rabbit called Posey A recipe for disaster Maybe.The story opens on Christmas Eve with the transcript of a telephone call to the emergency services Someone has been shot, but the reader doesn t know who, and doesn t know who the shooter is From there, this incredibly clever author takes us back to a few weeks before Christmas where Matt, the almost adult father of Scarlett tells Alex, his new girlfriend that they will be spending Christmas in a holiday village with his ex and her new partner.From here, the reader gets to know each of the characters, and how they feel about the forthcoming holiday, including Scarlett and her faithful invisible friend Posey Of course the holiday is not all plain sailing, but each of the adults do their best to get on It s often fraught and sometimes embarrassing, but oh, it s so well observed This author s ability to get into the mindset of each of her characters is just wonderful The dry, razor sharp wit in the writing, along with the often quite emotional thoughts of young Scarlett really does make for a fabulous read.Interwoven throughout the story, there are police statements, taken from witnesses of the shooting mentioned at the beginning of the book This adds a depth to what could be just a family drama, with a sense of whodunnit and suspense added to the story I loved this book, it s a quick and easy read, and one that I was loathe to set aside What a great new voice in fiction, I m so looking forward to seeing what Caroline Hulse comes up with next flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 24, 2018 Linda rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways Some books really boil down to Here are some characters here s how they re related Put them in a situation where they can t avoid each other, and watch the sparks fly The Adults A Novel is an enjoyable example of this genre, as a formerly married couple book a Christmas trip to a theme park resort that includes their young daughter and her imaginary rabbit and their new partners The story is told through multiple perspectives, but never from either of the ex couple whose relationship Some books really boil down to Here are some characters here s how they re related Put them in a situation where they can t avoid each other, and watch the sparks fly The Adults A Novel is an enjoyable example of this genre, as a formerly married couple book a Christmas trip to a theme park resort that includes their young daughter and her imaginary rabbit and their new partners The story is told through multiple perspectives, but never from either of the ex couple whose relationship forms nexus of their association Instead, we understand events as the new partners see them, with all the anxieties of watching someone they love fall into familiar patterns with their ex We also have chapters from the perspective of the daughter, who misunderstands some things and understands others far better than her parents realize Also woven through the book are flash forwards to notes from an investigation of a shooting between two of the adult characters we know from the start that things will NOT go smoothly Though of course, the reader won t know exactly how the shooting happened until the rest of the plot catches up.This is an enjoyable book for a light read Everything resolves neatly in the end Some of the characters are a bit insufferable, but the conflict is necessary Also, a reader will quickly suss out how very English the book is, as the vocabulary and Christmas traditions are regional.I received an advance reader copy from Random House through a Giveaway flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Donna Hines rated it really liked it Shelves library holds, borrowed library books Sometimes I wonder about titles of novels especially in this case because these adults acted like children who needed reprimanding.Welcome to the world of the divorced in which the original couple broke off and now we have a whole group of misfits fighting over one another.It all began with Matt and Claire and the idea that they could possibly get together with their daughter Scarlett 7yo for what s dubbed a normal family christmas.Oh sure, what could go wrong with their new partner Sometimes I wonder about titles of novels especially in this case because these adults acted like children who needed reprimanding.Welcome to the world of the divorced in which the original couple broke off and now we have a whole group of misfits fighting over one another.It all began with Matt and Claire and the idea that they could possibly get together with their daughter Scarlett 7yo for what s dubbed a normal family christmas.Oh sure, what could go wrong with their new partners at the Happy Forest Holiday Park with archery, spas, and so much WTH Even Posey the imaginary bunny can t help them get out of this mess with dating scenarios, drinking binges, and good ol fashioned drama.Well they said they d be adults but it was like acting out the adult roles with a few chuckles but not quite as hilarious as one might hope.Lets just say something drastic occurs near the end resulting in police action and it takes everyone to cover it up and come together as adults Can they just once prove they are worthy of this title Hmmm flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Laura Rash rated it liked it review of another edition This wasn t quite what I expected by reading some reviews It had some funny and quirky moments but it also struck me as quite sad for Scarlett with her imaginary rabbit friend I thought maybe the funny moments might eventually lead to some deeper thoughts or a light hearted ending but it didn t quite get there flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed


    About “Caroline Hulse

    882 thoughts on “The Adults

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *