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.