The Adults

The Adults

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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“If Love, Actually and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation are your two favorite holiday movies, you’re going to love The Adults.”—Bustle NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE • “Sometimes a nasty family comedy is just what you need for the holidays.”—Entertainment Weekly 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. . . . Praise for The Adults “A delectable premise . . . Hulse skewers her characters uproariously, zeroing in on every quirk, and she humanizes them, too.”—Entertainment Weekly   “The ending is worth every page turned in this funny, redeeming wade through the rough tide of blended family.”—San Francisco Chronicle   “Caroline Hulse’s farcical debut is an ode to the big personalities and drama you find in families—unconventional and not.”—Real Simple   “This wry holiday novel will make you chuckle and remind you that nobody’s family is perfect. If you’ve ever sat through an awkward family dinner (who hasn’t?), you’ll relate so hard.”—HelloGiggles “Brilliantly funny.”—Good Housekeeping (UK) “Razor-sharp comedy.”—Sunday Mirror
Publisher: [S.l.]: Random House Publishing Group, 2018.
ISBN: 9780525511755
Characteristics: 368 p.
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MGBustillo Jan 26, 2019

An awkward holiday of a divorced couple and their new partners is further complicated when one is injured. Accident or revenge? Full of funny sarcasm and the usual pitfalls of past relationships, a biting commentary on the requirements of going up and becoming "an adult."

Jan 16, 2019

This could have been a screwball comedy written and produced in Hollywood in the 1940s.
Ex couple Claire and Matt think it would be a great idea to spend the Christmas holiday weekend all together in a lodge with their seven year old daughter and their new partners, Patrick and Alex, at the Happy Forest resort. Oh, and there is an imaginary rabbit, Posey, thrown into the mix.
All kinds of madcap adventures ensue including karaoke, a ride down the Splash Landings river, a burlesque dance class, a dead pheasant, and a Christmas Eve dinner with wine flowing freely. Alex, an alcoholic, succumbs to the drink and everything spirals out of control.
The climax occurs at the archery field where someone is shot. This is not a surprise. The novel begins with the emergency phone call to the police and it is interspersed with police interviews with the parties involved.
What is surprising is how entertaining it all is. This is a delightful treat. And now I can say that Posey is my second favorite invisible rabbit after Harvey.

multcolib_karene Jan 15, 2019

Looking for an entertaining read that revels in the messiness of relationships and family? Read this one!

Nov 06, 2018

We can all tell this is a recipe for disaster. A divorced couple (Matt & Claire) decides to spend Christmas with their daughter (Scarlett) and include their current partners (Alex and Patrick). Five people in a vacation cottage for five days. Oh, plus Scarlett's imaginary friend -- a five-foot bunny named Posey. From the beginning of the book we know that one of the men ends up getting shot by an arrow on the archery range. Police interviews are used in the book to give an additional POV to the story along with the viewpoints of Alex, Patrick and Scarlett. This book reminds me of a scaled down "Big, Little Lies" and I quite liked the magical realism that Posey adds to the story. An entertaining holiday read if you prefer snarky over sentimental. The cover is beautiful and quite drew me in as well.

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