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The most hilarious debut you will read this yearMeet The AdultsClaire and Matt are divorced but decide what's best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a 'normal' family Christmas They can't agree on whose idea it was or who said they should bring their new partners But someone did and it's too late to pull the plugClaire brings her. 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 doThere 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

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New boyfriend Patrick a seemingly eligible Iron Man in Waiting Matt brings the new love of his life Alex funny smart and extremely patient Scarlett their daughter brings her imaginary friend Posey He's a rabbit Together the five or six of them grit their teeth over Organized Fun activities drinking a little too much after bed time over. 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 onpost reviews so it is was it isWow 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 guysFirst 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 FAVEORITE 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 whoAnyway 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

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Sharing classified secrets about their pasts and before you know it their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this story starts with a tearful frightened call to the policeBut what happened They said they'd all be adults about thisIf you loved The Break by Marian Keyes or raved about The Rosie Project look no further than The Adult. My Rating 3 StarsGenre General FictionMysteryPublisher 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 heshe 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 Suad 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 aloneI received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest reviewFind all my book reviews at


10 thoughts on “The Adults

  1. says:

    It’s unfortunate that the publishers bill this as “The most hilarious debut you will read all year” This nov

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    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 c

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    4 adults 2 ex's 1 child 1 imaginary purple rabbit Posey 1 holiday vacation trip A magical Christmas to never forgetOk 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 uite the story Caroline Hulse explores relationships in a clever and sassy way in this

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    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

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    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 th

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    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 enjoy

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    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 en

  8. says:

    This was OK I read it for the Popsugar Challenge uestion the one about reading two books with the same title So I still have to read and I hope it's better than this one I did laugh out loud a couple of times here but str

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    My Rating 3 ½ StarsGenre General FictionMysteryPublisher 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 littl

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    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 uite 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 alon