Book review: How hard can it be? By Allison Pearson

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Can I just say that I absolutely LOVED Allison Pearson’s besteller “I don’t know how she does it”.

I thought it was written with such feeling and when it was made into a movie I didn’t begrudge the usual inaccuracies that accompany the book-to-movie journey.  It was brilliantly written and I think Kate Reddy is a woman that so many could relate to.

Well, Kate is back!

Sequels are always full of expectation and can dissapoint at times but this one is a huge exception.  I could not put this down and the book felt like a long and overdue catchup with an old friend.

The book allows one to just continue where we left off at the end of the “I don’t know how she does it” even though many years have passed.  Kate is 49, her husband is unemployed and training to be a Counsellor, her children are in their teens and addicted to social media and her mother and parents-in-law are elderly and frail.  She is the epitome of a member belonging to the sandwich generation.

To generate an income, Kate decides to return to work.  She was a successful Fund Manager in the first book and goes back to the original company she left years ago.  She feels it necessary to give herself a new age (42) and pretend she’s new to the company.

Kate has plenty of challenges – non-communicative husband and kids, a mother-in-law with alzheimers, a house that is falling down and then one day an e-mail arrives from Jack…….

I loved the way Kate dealt with things.  Her attitude to peri-menopause, lunchtime lipo, her daughter’s shocking selfie and her mother’s phonecalls about anything from house decorating to her incontinent dog.  It isn’t necessary to have read the first book to enjoy the second – I’m sure many will love Kate, no matter which book you find her in.



8 Comments on “Book review: How hard can it be? By Allison Pearson

    • You won’t regret it!
      Reading the first one will give some history about Jack but you can catch up with the sequel easily.
      I needed a fun read with the hectic start of this year and this was a perfect book for it!


  1. Why have I never heard of this book (or author) before?!? Thanks so much for sharing–I’m always in for a fun, can’t-put-it-down book. I’ve just added to my Goodreads must read list. Hope you’re having a great week, Anthea!



    • It really is a fun read and Kate is a character that so many will relate to. The movie was good but didn’t match the first book (although it starred Sarah Jessica Parker and she was so brilliant as Kate).
      Hope your week has been good. My Mom is out of the hospital so I’m super happy 🙂


  2. I know OF the first book but I’ve never read it – or seen the movie. This sounds like a fantastic read though, and that’s awesome you really loved the sequel. Sequels can definitely be hit or miss for people!



    • Yes – sequels are always tricky and I was prepared for this. Enjoying it more than the first book was a pleasant surprise.
      I felt I needed a fun read and this was perfect!


    • I also needed something lighthearted and this was brilliant!
      If you read it, I’d love to know what you think 🙂


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