With her first two irresistible novels, Anna Maxted won the hearts of readers everywhere. Now, in Behaving Like Adults, she introduces us to twenty-nine-year -old. Meet Holly, the sunny twenty-nine-year-old owner of Girl Meets Boy, a dating service for those who are “beautiful inside and out.” Though she’s. Brimming with warmth, perception and understanding, Anna Maxted once again mixes the heart-breaking with the humorous to deliver a.
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Elephant, children’s party entertainer. So when her friends dare her to pick a ma Meet Holly, the sunny twenty-nine-year-old owner of Girl Meets Boy, a dating service for those who are “beautiful inside and out. So when her friends dare her to pick a man off bebaving top of the pile, she’s game. But in one awful evening, the seemingly perfect Stuart turns out to be a complete cad, and Holly’s belief in the goodness of humanity takes a hit. What does it mean for her business and her romantic future if she can no longer trust her ability to read people?
Holly’s friends and colleagues are drawn into the complicated drama of her life, while Holly learns her most important lesson: Rueful and hilarious, Behaving Like Adults is a must-read novel of men and women growing up — in spite of themselves. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Behaving Like Adultsplease sign up.
BEHAVING LIKE ADULTS by Anna Maxted | Kirkus Reviews
Lists with This Mxated. Jan 10, Jenny rated it liked it Shelves: Had to stop reading this book because it was bumming me out. Anna Maxted has a knack for weaving totally serious and depressing topics into her pink covered lady books.
Which is cool, you know. Convincing the world that chick lit isn’t just fluff and all. But the main character gets raped in the beginning of this book. Okay, I can deal with that.
But her struggle with herself to decide if she can apply the R word to what happened to her, and vacillating between thinking it’s her Had to stop reading this book because it was bumming me out. But her struggle with herself to decide if she can apply the R word to what happened to her, and vacillating between thinking it’s her fault or not, and not telling anyone But I’ll probably pick it up again later because I really want behafing know what happens to her.
But it isn’t a book for right now. So I guess chick lit can be serious fiction, because this book totally affected me. Feb 26, Maxtex rated it did not like it.
Cliched plot, cliched characters.
Behaving Like Adults by Anna Maxted
It’s been done before, and definitely done better. Jun 10, Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it Shelves: Until recently I have shunned “chick lit” but I also don’t believe in completely ignoring a genre because of personal prejudice. I chose to read this book for two conflicting reasons that in themselves sum up the book beautifully: The book for the most part is a typical chick lit: Having g Until recently I have shunned “chick lit” but I also don’t believe in completely ignoring a genre because of personal prejudice.
Having given him the heave-ho she realizes that there are men worse than hers and this realization nearly destroys her business, friendships and self esteem. In the end those around her conspire to get her back on her feet and together with her one true albeit not perfect love.
Had the book only been about that plot I would have tossed it aside. Instead Maxted tosses at her shallow and self absorbed protagonist a variety of issues: For all of this crap that Holly is faced with I wish I could say that she follows the title of the book and behaves like an adult. She repeatedly makes things worse for herself by hiding from the unpleasantries of her life. While at times these scenes are poignant and understandable, after awhile I had to side with Holly’s friends and coworkers at their frustration with her behavior.
So why did I keep reading it? I read it for Nick, Holly’s much maligned boyfriend and sometimes fiance. The only thing I could figure out is why he kept taking her back but people are stupid about love in real life so I can’t quibble. Nick for all of Holly’s bitching and moaning is actually the more mature of the two.
BEHAVING LIKE ADULTS
bbehaving Aug 11, Jennifer rated it liked it Recommends it for: Chick-lit with English wit. The first paragraph of the book got me, hook, line, and sinker: Modern women don’t believe in love.
Believing in love carries roughly the same aults as halitosis. It’s as old-fashioned as going on a diet as opposed to a detox. It suggests you have no sense behving irony, and you like Meg Ryan films the traditional sort.
A modern woman cannot accept that Father Christmas is a fraud and persist in believing that one sunny day her dark handsome destiny will appear in a puff of Fahrenheit and haul h The first paragraph of the book got me, hook, line, and sinker: A modern woman cannot accept that Father Christmas is a fraud and persist in believing that one sunny day her dark handsome destiny will appear in a puff of Fahrenheit and haul her off to Happy Ever After.
I know all amxted and yet I do believe in love. But I can’t help it. Adhlts you like Chick-lit and English wit, then you should like this. It does deal with a pretty serious topic, as noted in other reviews, but overall it’s just a cheeky good read. It’s actually quite funny and had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.
I definitely enjoyed her writing style enough to seek out other books by this author. I did, however, feel rather disheartened by the serious subject matter as I wasn’t expecting it and had picked this up hoping for a good ol’-fashioned escapist and entertaining fluffy read.
Still, I would recommend it, just for lines like this: But mainly, Beaving can’t forgive her for coming to our house and saying in front of the cat, ‘Whenever I see an animal charity I walk straight past it. Mar 20, Carrie Lucas rated it liked it.
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To view it, click here. Fortunately, I was pre-warned that this book was about a date-rape, and that’s why I read beaving. There were many lines in Anna Maxted’s book that really rang true for me, being a rape survivor myself. Holly starts to disconnect from her life and becomes extremely irresponsible after the assault. She also starts hating on her good from Nige, just because he is a guy.
Until she really starts to process the rape and realize what she’s doing. These anecdotes I felt were portrayed correctly. However, I f Fortunately, I was pre-warned that daults book was about a date-rape, and that’s why I read it.
However, I felt she twisted in way too many issues into a single book, and it became very unbelievable. Honestly, the entire time I wanted her to hate Nick for walking in when she was bring raped and not stopping it even though it mxted natural for him to assume they were having consensual sex. She wasn’t mad enough to be a rape survivor.
Her emotions were way too light. It’s like she took a couple therapy session’s and everything was better. That’s not really how it works, and it’s dangerous to write in such a way that makes family and friends of survivors assume this is true. Sep 29, Georgiann Hennelly rated it liked it. This book was a little different than i expected it to be It,s set in London. Holly is the twenty nine year old owner of Girl meets Boy a dating service for those who are beautiful inside and out.
Though she,s a success at match making her own love life is a disaster. Her ex fiance still lives in the house with her that they bought together. He doesn,t really workhe has a job as an elephant for childrens parties once in awhile. His parents are rich and they treat him like a child.
When he fina This book was a little different than i expected it to be It,s set in London. When he finally moves out, Holly goes out on a date with one of the clients of the dating service.
And the guy rapes her. Its all down hill from there. Than Behavong her ex finds out he was adopted and decides to find his birth mum.
His adoptive parents are all upset. Holly has a pregnancy scare, at which point she asks Nick to marry her.