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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 a successful matchmaker, she hasn't quite fulfilled her own relationship dreams (her ex-fiancé, Nick, seems unlikely to progress from his job as Mr. 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." Though she's a successful matchmaker, she hasn't quite fulfilled her own relationship dreams (her ex-fiancé, Nick, seems unlikely to progress from his job as Mr. Elephant, children's party entertainer). So when her friends dare her to pick a man off the 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: to trust herself. Rueful and hilarious, Behaving Like Adults is a must-read novel of men and women growing up -- in spite of themselves.


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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 a successful matchmaker, she hasn't quite fulfilled her own relationship dreams (her ex-fiancé, Nick, seems unlikely to progress from his job as Mr. 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." Though she's a successful matchmaker, she hasn't quite fulfilled her own relationship dreams (her ex-fiancé, Nick, seems unlikely to progress from his job as Mr. Elephant, children's party entertainer). So when her friends dare her to pick a man off the 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: to trust herself. Rueful and hilarious, Behaving Like Adults is a must-read novel of men and women growing up -- in spite of themselves.

30 review for Behaving Like Adults

  1. 3 out of 5

    Jenny

    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. I kept reading. 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. 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. I kept reading. 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... it was too much for me to bare. But I'll probably pick it up again later because I really want to 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    The first three paragraphs are GREAT. The rest... is not. Cliched plot, cliched characters. It's been done before, and definitely done better.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    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 sleek cover art and because of the "tougher issues" addressed in the book. The book for the most part is a typical chick lit: a thirty year old successful woman in a glamorous job tosses aside her long time boyfriend/fiance for her own shallow insecurities. Having g 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 sleek cover art and because of the "tougher issues" addressed in the book. The book for the most part is a typical chick lit: a thirty year old successful woman in a glamorous job tosses aside her long time boyfriend/fiance for her own shallow insecurities. 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: rape, law suits, unwanted pregnancy, clinical depression, and adoption among others. 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. But she doesn't. 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 stigma as halitosis. It's as old-fashioned as going on a diet (as opposed to a detox). It suggests you have no sense of 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: Modern women don't believe in love. Believing in love carries roughly the same stigma as halitosis. It's as old-fashioned as going on a diet (as opposed to a detox). It suggests you have no sense of 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 her off to Happy Ever After. I know all that and yet I do believe in love. I apologize. But I can't help it. If 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, I 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." I love that.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Lucas

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Fortunately, I was pre-warned that this book was about a date-rape, and that's why I read it. 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 this book was about a date-rape, and that's why I read it. 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 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 was 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    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 work , he 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 .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 work , he 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 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. emotionally. Than Nick 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. Than turns out it was a false alarm and when she tells him he gets upset. You get drawn into Hollys family and friends lifes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Dines

    This book was really unimpressive, and it was hard to get into. I never got into it, even by the last page. Reading it to the finish was just an act of stubbornness. First of all, the characters did not seem believable at all. The main character, Holly, who also serves as the narrator, apparently runs her own business and owns a home, but she can lock herself up at home for weeks at a time without doing any work. She has a sister named Claudia who is a lesbian, and she has another sister who is This book was really unimpressive, and it was hard to get into. I never got into it, even by the last page. Reading it to the finish was just an act of stubbornness. First of all, the characters did not seem believable at all. The main character, Holly, who also serves as the narrator, apparently runs her own business and owns a home, but she can lock herself up at home for weeks at a time without doing any work. She has a sister named Claudia who is a lesbian, and she has another sister who is a psychoanalyst. She also has an ex-boyfriend Nick who has recently discovered that he is adopted. Her parents are happy and well-adjusted middle class Brits. She has a friend named Rachel who is an overweight party planner. Also, she employs a metrosexual man named Nige who is also a good friend. Between family and work drama, as well as a rape and a phantom pregnancy, you would think this book would become intriguing at some point, but it doesn't. It's really boring!

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I wasn't sure if I would like this. I decided to give it another chance. Not too long in the book I was laughing out loud and that does not happen to me that much so I decided to keep reading. Then something i totally did not expect happened. The rape. You don't expect it in a chick lit book. Anyways then when reading a bit more I thought O no, she is going to be nice to her rapist? I do not think I can read anymore, but I did keep on and glad I did. It took me ages to read, I am not sure why. Ma I wasn't sure if I would like this. I decided to give it another chance. Not too long in the book I was laughing out loud and that does not happen to me that much so I decided to keep reading. Then something i totally did not expect happened. The rape. You don't expect it in a chick lit book. Anyways then when reading a bit more I thought O no, she is going to be nice to her rapist? I do not think I can read anymore, but I did keep on and glad I did. It took me ages to read, I am not sure why. Maybe because of the small print, maybe the book itself was the cause, but when i was done I felt a bit sad. So that's a good sign. Going to give this book 8.5. thanks for sharing Rosie

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    i'm glad to say this book ended much better than it began...things taken more seriously, interesting events that occurred. pretty good, considering how frustrated i was early on. ------------------------------------------------------------- 2/5/2008...i'm becoming more unsatisfied/frustrated with maxted the more i read her. this one has some weird references to a possible date rape scenario, seems to minimize it, much in the way one of maxted's other books minimized the main character's anorexia. i'm glad to say this book ended much better than it began...things taken more seriously, interesting events that occurred. pretty good, considering how frustrated i was early on. ------------------------------------------------------------- 2/5/2008...i'm becoming more unsatisfied/frustrated with maxted the more i read her. this one has some weird references to a possible date rape scenario, seems to minimize it, much in the way one of maxted's other books minimized the main character's anorexia. it's too bad because otherwise her books are a lot of fun and funny too. i will finish it though and see where i end up....

  10. 4 out of 5

    Miss Michael

    Anna Maxted is my guilty pleasure. This was the third book I'd read by her. It's probably my least favorite, but I still enjoyed it. I pick up her books to laugh and get a happy ending, and Maxted delivered on both. One thing I appreciate about her books is that even though they are funny, they also have a serious undertone. I think that in this book she tackles something more difficult than in the other two books I'd read by her, and maybe that's why I didn't like it quite as much. Still worth Anna Maxted is my guilty pleasure. This was the third book I'd read by her. It's probably my least favorite, but I still enjoyed it. I pick up her books to laugh and get a happy ending, and Maxted delivered on both. One thing I appreciate about her books is that even though they are funny, they also have a serious undertone. I think that in this book she tackles something more difficult than in the other two books I'd read by her, and maybe that's why I didn't like it quite as much. Still worth picking up if you like chick lit.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Perez-Beardsley

    This one was hard to get through, not because it was bad, but because of the event that happened that shook the protagonist. Without giving too much detail, it was pretty serious...but yet the author found a way to keep humor around the situation, which is much like real life. Comedy doesn't stop because of something terrible has happened so kudos to the writer to keeping it light but yet serious with awareness at the same time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This is Anna Maxted’s third novel, and once again, she’s outdone herself. This time, her main character, Holly, is a successful, confident woman – that is, until she is sexually assaulted. Holly’s world is turned upside down, and the novel becomes about her journey back to her old self. Once again, Maxted had you multi-tasking while you read her books – you flip the pages, both laughing and crying.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lattimore

    I picked up this book from a free secondhand books stall expecting a fun but trashy read. It turned out to be a lot better than I expected - very easy to read and very light, chick-lit style but with some much more serious themes (rape, adoption, business freud etc.). Really enjoyed reading this!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    As the rating suggests, this book was okay. There is nothing special about it, the narrative wasn't riviting although it was interesting how the protagonist views and deals with her rape. Funny in places but overall not amazing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    James

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ah chick lit... people don't understand why I would like it, I think. I'm not a woman! I'm kind of austere and severe! I'm unromantic! But whenever I read something that really gets into the female experience, I find myself seeing how very much I am like a woman. Sometimes, as with Brene Brown's book on shame, I see how I feel disempowered and ashamed, while in this case, some of that was there, but here I resonated more with the protagonist's desire to please and make people happy while also be Ah chick lit... people don't understand why I would like it, I think. I'm not a woman! I'm kind of austere and severe! I'm unromantic! But whenever I read something that really gets into the female experience, I find myself seeing how very much I am like a woman. Sometimes, as with Brene Brown's book on shame, I see how I feel disempowered and ashamed, while in this case, some of that was there, but here I resonated more with the protagonist's desire to please and make people happy while also being suspicious of others. I find women attractive and fascinating, to some extent for whatever other reasons a man might find women attractive and fascinating, but also I want to "hear their voices"... and what better for that than a book written by a woman for women? One aspect of woman's experience that I don't know firsthand is that of a woman's instrumental use of romantic relationships (Holly uses Stuart to get rid of Nick), nor do I understand firsthand an actual rape experience or the fear of rape. The light tone of the book and Holly's attempt to live in the light-toned world (if that makes sense) was powerful against the fact of her rape, and this seems to have been very much on purpose in a good way (which is to say, "artistic"), and is to Anna Maxted's credit. Granted, I wouldn't necessarily always take Maxted's word that women are the way she portrays them. Of the women I do know, only one seems to "live in Maxted's world" or worldview, if that makes sense (although the reality of rape is a universal that they all acknowledge). But I think that mainly indicates my small social world. Maxted, a former Cosmopolitan editor, is writing to almost the same audience as Cosmopolitan, the same world, but perhaps to the more sensible and well-read inhabitants of it. Cosmopolitan is a fairly successful magazine, and isn't necessarily the only one like it, either. So a lot of women resonate with Maxted's book or something like it. If one of my friends seems to be somewhat of the same type, then that's a good sign that Maxted isn't just completely making things up. If I met a random woman, it might be helpful to predict that she might be like Maxted's characters, but most of the women I actually know would be badly predicted that way. (Probably best not to predict, eh?) At this time of night, I don't feel like going into great detail about Maxted's worldview, not much of whatever I might suppose is specifically female, by the way, just these quotes: "What could be more important than finding love?" p. 212 "I wasn't sure if this was true. And again, it sounded patronizing, along the lines of 'how marvelous!' As if Claudia had no legs and was running the marathon by spinning herself along in a wheelchair." p. 214 "You'd think with all the death, poverty, cruelty, torture, and misery in the world, angels would have more important tasks to fulfill than to inform Gloria where she'd dropped her storybook." p. 219 "Now, I'm convinced that your revenge on the people who wrong you is the certainty of their deep unhappiness, because I believe that is the root of evil." p. 335 "I don't believe suffering teaches you anything that you couldn't have learned in a pleasant, civilized alternative way." p. 338 "When you have children, Holly, you never relax again. You are forced to care about the state of the world." p. 339 To me, this book seems to be saying "Go on a date, have a good time, connect with people. If you don't, you'll be unhappy, and there's no reason to be unhappy." But it also says (I think the main message of the book, in its plot) "Face unpleasant realities or else." So, I guess, make feeling good your primary goal in life, and suck it up in the short term in order to feel good in the long run? The criticism I have of this book is the main one I have of Jane Austen books (is there any other chick lit as respectable as Jane Austen?) which is that there's so much more in this world to care about than marriage/"finding true love" (as in Jane Austen and this book) or the happiness of you (as in this book). In Jane Austen books, there's usually one character who's "the sensible one" and I always wish I could ask her "Why do you care about this world you live in? Maybe -- could you? -- care about something really important. Right now there are slaves on plantations in America, for instance. Or children losing fingers at English factories, for another example." (And Jane Austen herself had a social conscience in real life.) But that's it. That's all I can call her to, to be a hero to help end the suffering of other people. And I think that's a pretty potent criticism of "happyism", but happyism can shoot back, "Well, what would you do if there weren't any people to save? You'd have to value happiness then, right? So that's ultimate." I think there is something you only learn through suffering, something which makes you beautiful as a person, a beauty you will find useful in heaven (or some utopia, if you prefer). But I think for a lot of people, hearing a call to suffer sounds like a call to be devalued -- if you suffer, aren't you the object of pity, or the fodder for a joke, like someone with no legs "running the marathon by spinning herself along in a wheelchair"? It sounds like some kind of self-hate, rather than to see suffering as purifying, actually a form of self-love. So it's better for the Audience (Cosmo definitely has an Audience, it's being written *to* a certain kind of woman, and I feel that this book probably is the same way to some extent) to be affirmed and supported, rather than threatened with destruction (in a good but scary way). It's not the best, but it's the best most people can manage... or people can manage a lot better, but nobody expects it of them, no one shows them the way from where they are to where to go? The book says "Unhappiness is the root of evil", and I think that's true of a lot of positive evil, that is, "sins of commission", but happiness -- that is, a sense of well-being -- is especially suited to causing negative evil, that is, "sins of omission". If Holly and all her family and friends are happy, then for Holly, there's nothing more to life. She's made it... or she feels unhappy even then? But no, she has romantic love and friendship. She's happy. And while she's happy, she leaves to the angels such concerns as "the death, poverty, cruelty, torture, and misery in the world". No, unhappiness can't be the root of *all* evil. Happiness has its share to play. The proper response to the evil in the world is self-sacrifice, the outpouring of a person, self-giving, emptying yourself, draining yourself dry, finding the limit. You have to stop needing happiness, need to stop hoarding well-being, you have to be willing to die. This is the point of living in a world with suffering, to be made excellent inside, and the only adequate preparation for a life of beautiful happiness. Even in heaven, if you haven't learned to get over your addiction to a sense of well-being, you'll treat all the good of heaven as any addict treats an unlimited supply of a drug, mechanically, or animally (not the good kind of "animally" either), without gratitude. Ah, but, perhaps Maxted sees this. She's providing her young, single reader a path to get to a concern for the world as a whole, and that is parenthood (as in the last quote I listed). Parenthood is famous for getting people to give more of themselves than they thought they could. But her Audience is not ready for anything too deep, yet can be led gradually toward something like maturity (at least of the level of Holly's parents). She can't pull on them too hard or they'll bail, or not even buy the book. Maybe some women (or men) discover maturity through some other path than dating followed by motherhood (or fatherhood), but for the majority of her intended audience, Maxted is providing the best path to excellence one could hope to see actually put into practice.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Becca Wolf

    the first half was insanely bad, the second half was surprisingly ok

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rosa

    Despite having one of the ugliest covers ever recorded in the annals of chick lit (I'm talking about the pink one), this is one good book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elusive

    ‘Behaving Like Adults’ is darker than the cover would lead you to believe. It tells the story of Holly, the boss at a dating service agency called Girl Meets Boy. Her own relationship has failed as she views her ex-fiance Nick as immature. To get a fresh start and hopefully meet the man of her dreams she goes on a date with a guy named Stuart and the unthinkable happens. The book incorporates the heavy subject of rape and it is written very realistically and explored in-depth. After Holly’s horri ‘Behaving Like Adults’ is darker than the cover would lead you to believe. It tells the story of Holly, the boss at a dating service agency called Girl Meets Boy. Her own relationship has failed as she views her ex-fiance Nick as immature. To get a fresh start and hopefully meet the man of her dreams she goes on a date with a guy named Stuart and the unthinkable happens. The book incorporates the heavy subject of rape and it is written very realistically and explored in-depth. After Holly’s horrible experience, she’s completely stunned and her mind hasn’t quite registered what had happened. She’s in denial, she’s shocked, she tries to rationalize the situation, she doesn’t know if it counts as rape, she questions her decisions etc. She feels violated yet ashamed of what had occurred to her. The author does a great job at portraying her reactions and describing her thoughts. It felt very real and it’s all too easy to sympathize with Holly. At times she even blames herself and while that is obviously not her fault, it’s realistic. Throughout the book, we get to see how the crime changes her thoughts and behaviour as well as how she learns to move on and not blame herself for it. Despite his few appearances, the author successfully portrayed Stuart as the rapist and horrible person he is. His dialogues, the way he said things and how he behaved towards Holly after that night left me without a doubt that he’s a lowlife. At the same time, he behaved like a completely normal person during their date (for the most part) and that showed that true evil can be very well hidden. Basically this dark subject matter was the main focus in the whole story and while it was morbid, it didn’t detract from other parts of the book which were funny or sarcastic or witty. The author also covered Holly’s working life in detail, hence I understood how the day-to-day operation was like at the office, what her job entailed, how she paired people up and how she attracted clients. I enjoyed reading about Holly checking out the applications from interested people and reading their answers to the prepared questions. However, I didn’t like that at first Holly constantly rejected people based on her own judgment. It was ridiculous and as noted in the book itself, the dating agency wasn’t created to help Holly find The One for herself. I liked Holly – she was funny and sarcastic. I liked that she was good at managing the company (despite some of her poor judgments) and how she cared for her kitten Emily. It was frustrating to read about her choosing to keep the rape a secret. I understand it’s not something that’s easy to talk about (and that’s an understatement) but it would have been better if she’d trusted someone enough to confide in them instead of bottling up her feelings. It was also frustrating knowing that she likes Nick yet constantly reminds herself of his bad points while simultaneously reminiscing about the past. However, I appreciated the several flashbacks – they were convincing and needless to say, I rooted for them to get back together. Nick was somewhat childish but he actually came across as more mature than Holly. He was also incredibly hilarious as well as caring and patient. Despite being upset about Holly leaving him, he didn’t overreact. He was very supportive of Holly throughout the story. He believed in her in every way possible. The two of them also had chemistry, both in the past and present. The minor storylines about Holly’s sisters were engaging, namely Claudia’s sexuality and Issy’s suspicion that her husband Frank is cheating on her. Claudia was likeable. She was sensible, good at dishing out advice and quick to take action. It would have been great if the book was told from her perspective. Issy’s the smart one and I liked how she analyzed people and situations. The ending was really sweet and funny. It concluded the story perfectly and overall, I enjoyed reading this book very much.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Robin Reynolds / October Woman

    When I picked up this book to read, I wasn't really sure what it was about and I didn't bother reading the jacket copy. I knew it would be chick lit, you can tell that by the cover. And I enjoy the genre. In fact, I've been so immersed in paranormal the last couple of years I've come to crave contemporary stories, be they chick lit or straight out romance. The way I see it, there are two varieties of chick lit. You have the fluffy stories with the silly young heroine who goes through life making When I picked up this book to read, I wasn't really sure what it was about and I didn't bother reading the jacket copy. I knew it would be chick lit, you can tell that by the cover. And I enjoy the genre. In fact, I've been so immersed in paranormal the last couple of years I've come to crave contemporary stories, be they chick lit or straight out romance. The way I see it, there are two varieties of chick lit. You have the fluffy stories with the silly young heroine who goes through life making a series of funny mistakes which often lead to hijinks and misunderstandings. Usually she grows a little as a person, though sometimes over the course of a series she never seems to really learn anything (yes, I'm talking about you, Rebecca Bloomwood). Then you have the stories that still include a lot of humor but have a little more depth to them, a heavier subject matter, and a heroine who faces real and serious adversity (not to belittle addiction to shopping since that can certainly cause real and serious problems for people, so don't glare at me Becky). The heroines in these stories definitely grow as a person, and often do some soul searching along the way. Behaving Like Adults falls into the second category. Holly is 29, fun and breezy, and loves love. She owns and operates a dating agency, where her life's work is to make perfect matches for other people. She and her long time fiancee, Nick, bought a house together but never actually set a wedding date, and after breaking up, are still living together (though sleeping in separate rooms) in that same house three months later. When Holly dips her own toes into the dating world, she goes out with Stuart, who has applied to the dating agency and seems on paper to be too good to be true. And sure enough, he's a caddish jerk and the date is a bust. But when Holly needs a date for an agency event, she gives Stuart a second chance. And that second date turns into a nightmare that leaves Holly questioning the validity of love, the goodness of the human race, and doubting her abilities and instincts for matchmaking. I'm not going into detail about that date, but if you read further you are likely to figure it out, so be warned that this could be a SPOILER ALERT. There is a great supporting cast in Holly's sisters and friends. As Holly sank deeper and deeper into her own thoughts and began pulling away from socializing, work and her friends, there were times where I sort of wanted to shake her and say “Talk to them! Tell someone about what that jerk did to you!” But she has a hard time believing that she didn’t bring her problems onto her self and putting the blame on Stuart rather than just on herself. The narrative is in the first person from Holly's point of view, but the author does a good job of conveying the supporting character's personalities, so you feel as if you get to know them pretty well and know what they are thinking and feeling also. There was just one tiny niggling detail that bothered me. Twice there is reference to calling 911. But do they use 911 in England? I thought the emergency services number there was 999 or something like that. Did the publisher's change it to 911 for us ignorant American readers? If so, I'm insulted. Towards the end of the book, I cried. Literally. That doesn't happen very often when reading a book. I am definitely be adding Anna Maxted to my list of authors whose back lists I need to hunt down and read. (I bought this book new. Because the cover jumped out at me.)

  20. 3 out of 5

    Kristi

    Another great read from Anna Maxted. Despite the creeptastic cover art, there's a lot to like between the covers. It's chick lit with less shopping and shoes and more heart. Characters are given time and space to grow, and instead of insipid magazine interns, you get businesswomen with enough quirks and flaws to make them intriguing and human. It's not a thrill-a-minute page turner, or a happily every after romance - it's more like hanging out with friends over a span of time. The subject matter Another great read from Anna Maxted. Despite the creeptastic cover art, there's a lot to like between the covers. It's chick lit with less shopping and shoes and more heart. Characters are given time and space to grow, and instead of insipid magazine interns, you get businesswomen with enough quirks and flaws to make them intriguing and human. It's not a thrill-a-minute page turner, or a happily every after romance - it's more like hanging out with friends over a span of time. The subject matter is serious, but the tone stays light, which makes a potentially horrible topic into a compelling story.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Lynn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am a connoisseur of chick lit. I've read a bunch, and every so often, when I'm in an airport, and the only books I've brought with me to read were non-fiction and sometimes a bit weighty, I buy another one. It was down to this one and one by Marian Keyes, and I've read one of the latter's before so I figured, what the hell, and picked up this one. It's standard fare except except for one event that drives the novel and is unusual to find in light, fluffy fare. A rape happens within the first 7 I am a connoisseur of chick lit. I've read a bunch, and every so often, when I'm in an airport, and the only books I've brought with me to read were non-fiction and sometimes a bit weighty, I buy another one. It was down to this one and one by Marian Keyes, and I've read one of the latter's before so I figured, what the hell, and picked up this one. It's standard fare except except for one event that drives the novel and is unusual to find in light, fluffy fare. A rape happens within the first 70 pages (don't feel like I'm giving anything away since it's near the very beginning). This takes the chick lit book which the back markets it as (I believe that the back of the book mentions a bad guy and bad dates) and kind of makes it weird. It turns it into A Novel, which may strive for meaning over entertainment. It never fully dumps the light tone and it becomes increasingly weird to see someone try to process the event and what follows with a light tone. I get what the author's going for with the tone following the character's process (at first it's denial and then no big deal), but it didn't come off well, and I hate to give points for trying. The gritty details of dealing with the crime are woven in with martini and boy drama and friend drama and I get that it's probably that way in life, but within a span of 5 pages, or at least, these sets of 5 pages, it just feels icky and false. Anyway, the book was not what it was marketed as, and the catalyst for much of the book's plot is handled in a weird way. I'll give it some credit for being unique within the genre, but I don't know that I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a light read. Or maybe any read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Grey

    Hmmm this is a difficult one. Bit of a conundrum here as, on the one hand, Anna Maxted is a highly skilled writer. Her descriptions are fun and interesting and dialogue is good - ticking all the right boxes for an interesting read. However - big HOWEVER - this book was extremely boring. I was wondering if this is evidence that the best technical writers don't necessarily write the best stories. As far as plot goes, something happens in the beginning - then nothing very much happens at all - just p Hmmm this is a difficult one. Bit of a conundrum here as, on the one hand, Anna Maxted is a highly skilled writer. Her descriptions are fun and interesting and dialogue is good - ticking all the right boxes for an interesting read. However - big HOWEVER - this book was extremely boring. I was wondering if this is evidence that the best technical writers don't necessarily write the best stories. As far as plot goes, something happens in the beginning - then nothing very much happens at all - just pages and pages and pages of dialogue between characters who are well defined, but who don't add much to the plot. This is not a page turner, in fact I skipped chunks of it just so I could get to the end. The plot was messy, opportunities were missed and it was twice as long as needed to be. The main character - Holly - was flawed and made stupid decisions which was slightly unrealistic and very infuriating, but I didn't mind too much as I like imperfect heroines. The leading man was a knob - I didn't want her to end up with him. He was literally useless. The other characters - work colleagues, sisters, parents - were mostly pointless. There are dozens of dead chapters in this book where nothing happens and the plot isn't moved forward. The shape is all wrong. It doesn't build from the first few chapters, it declines. The pace was slow and meandering. It was just weird. Anyway, I've been loaned another of Maxted's books, so I'll give her one last shot ! If it's more of the same, I'll leave it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Ugh, I really like Maxted's books as she's the master of jaw-dropping surprises and dark-tinted chick lit. They're sooo addicting especially since her characters are either making achingly bad decisions or plot bombs are dropping in every chapter. But I just couldn't make it through this book. The main problem? It was surprisingly hard to follow. Not in terms of the plot but just that I couldn't follow the main character's train of thought at all. It's written in first person but it somehow mana Ugh, I really like Maxted's books as she's the master of jaw-dropping surprises and dark-tinted chick lit. They're sooo addicting especially since her characters are either making achingly bad decisions or plot bombs are dropping in every chapter. But I just couldn't make it through this book. The main problem? It was surprisingly hard to follow. Not in terms of the plot but just that I couldn't follow the main character's train of thought at all. It's written in first person but it somehow manages to come across as a stream-of-consciousness writing style. A typical paragraph felt like, "I was talking to Claudia as she was filing her nails but she looked sad and I remembered the time that I was tap dancing with my mother isn't it funny how our relationships glisten like a tea pot I couldn't believe that Nige was still talking about his audition he looked cheeky as he was wearing a white suit ooh look at that dog over there isn't it cute I'm so sad about what happened but I will never tell anyone deep within my soul I need coffee and the rain fell down, pitter patter." I mean, this isn't exactly how she wrote, but it's how it came across. Something just didn't click here. I even put it down, picked it up, rinse, repeat, a number of times. But I just couldn't make it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    I loved this book. I love Anna Maxted. I love that she makes me laugh on almost every page. Anna Maxted is always sharp, wry, snarky, and clever and that comes through well here. As with a previous book by Maxted, this one was longish in the plot department, but I was happy about that because it meant more for me to read. Yes! That's how good the writing is. Character-wise, Maxted takes time for her heroine to figure people out around here, from her boyfriend who has some childish qualities to hi I loved this book. I love Anna Maxted. I love that she makes me laugh on almost every page. Anna Maxted is always sharp, wry, snarky, and clever and that comes through well here. As with a previous book by Maxted, this one was longish in the plot department, but I was happy about that because it meant more for me to read. Yes! That's how good the writing is. Character-wise, Maxted takes time for her heroine to figure people out around here, from her boyfriend who has some childish qualities to him (is that good? Can a person live with that?) to one of her best friends, who has a bunch of annoying habits but in the end proves herself. Maybe Holly, the main character, could have asked herself why she'd judged people before, but I think she does through her growth. The story is great and it's wrapped around a very real and horrifying event (rape), and doesn't try to make excuses for Holly in that other people have had much more violent things happen to them. Holly gets that. And what I like here is that even though bad things happen to people, Holly figures out that everyone has to deal with them their own way, and everyone's experience is different. So, loved this book, laughed all the way through, would read it again.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Sarcomical

    i'm not completely sure if i want to give this 2 stars or 3. it was easy reading, like a beach book, except it was quite a bit longer than most of those and also covered some pretty serious material. i love her conversational text and the humor - a few times i did laugh actually out loud just a tiny bit. (nothing ridiculous, just a little heh-heh of course - don't judge me). i enjoyed the beginning and end, but felt like i was struggling a bit through the material in the middle and wasn't as exc i'm not completely sure if i want to give this 2 stars or 3. it was easy reading, like a beach book, except it was quite a bit longer than most of those and also covered some pretty serious material. i love her conversational text and the humor - a few times i did laugh actually out loud just a tiny bit. (nothing ridiculous, just a little heh-heh of course - don't judge me). i enjoyed the beginning and end, but felt like i was struggling a bit through the material in the middle and wasn't as excited to pick it up. some things that happened during this part of the book caused me some eye rolls. i am sure some people may have some strong reactions to the way she covers some very personal and negative subject matter, which from what i understand was a disappointment to some people who have read more of her novels. still, i feel compelled to give some of her other material a go, as i enjoy her style and think every once in a while a little chick lit can a nice break.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Dawn Ryan

    For me, the story turned out to be secondary to the psychology of the characters. This book made me notice that i often read the action and conversations more closely, but skim through the thought processes. The reason i noticed is because when i went to do that (during a conversation that was interrupted for a pages-long mental soliloquy) it didn't work. Initially that was annoying, but i came to LOVE this book for just those trains of thought. Holly's thoughts and feelings seemed amazingly rea For me, the story turned out to be secondary to the psychology of the characters. This book made me notice that i often read the action and conversations more closely, but skim through the thought processes. The reason i noticed is because when i went to do that (during a conversation that was interrupted for a pages-long mental soliloquy) it didn't work. Initially that was annoying, but i came to LOVE this book for just those trains of thought. Holly's thoughts and feelings seemed amazingly real, perfectly in synch with many i've had myself! I decided the author must have been through such a thing herself, to have it down so complexly, and yet (having recently come through a different trauma myself) i was *still* stunned at how someone could get it all down with such clarity after the fact, b/c of the so often accompanying mental fog & patches of amnesia. I was very surprised at the depth of & level of perception in this story!

  27. 3 out of 5

    Angela Hatrick

    Despite some the reviews I've read on this, I was impressed with this book. I grabbed it for some light, humorous reading, a chick-lit book that I could just drown myself in but I love the way it was done. It definitely took on some of the more serious topics and did it well. It was still light reading but I feel that it was done in a matter that made me want to keep reading and not want to put it down! When tackling serious topics, it was still humorous and made out to be a journey in a women's Despite some the reviews I've read on this, I was impressed with this book. I grabbed it for some light, humorous reading, a chick-lit book that I could just drown myself in but I love the way it was done. It definitely took on some of the more serious topics and did it well. It was still light reading but I feel that it was done in a matter that made me want to keep reading and not want to put it down! When tackling serious topics, it was still humorous and made out to be a journey in a women's life to overcome the after-effects of rape and to come to terms with what is actually referred to as rape. The internal struggles she has, I saw alot of of them in my own world regarding different issues!

  28. 3 out of 5

    Allison

    This book was very different than what I had anticipated. It was emotionally unsettling at parts & sometimes I wasn't sure if I could continue with how the protagonist was dealing (or not dealing) with events in her life. I thought of Manjit. In his early twenties, Manjit suffered from clinical depression. Nick, trying to be helpful, had suggested that going for a run in the park might help. Wasn't exercise good for depression? No, replied Manjit. Exercise was good if you merely felt a bit lo This book was very different than what I had anticipated. It was emotionally unsettling at parts & sometimes I wasn't sure if I could continue with how the protagonist was dealing (or not dealing) with events in her life. I thought of Manjit. In his early twenties, Manjit suffered from clinical depression. Nick, trying to be helpful, had suggested that going for a run in the park might help. Wasn't exercise good for depression? No, replied Manjit. Exercise was good if you merely felt a bit low. "If I went for a run in the park," he added, "I'd just be running in the park, depressed."

  29. 3 out of 5

    Snickerdoodles

    What with the quirky cover and the synopsis provided behind the novel, I had no blooming idea what a serious topic I was to be presented with in the next few pages. I don't think I've ever been mislead in this sense by a book before but I did not much mind the change of subject, in my honest opinion. I'm definitely all for soppy, happily-ever-after endings but I sort of found it super rushed in this story. What a hell-hole the victims go through and that wasn't particularly depicted that well, I What with the quirky cover and the synopsis provided behind the novel, I had no blooming idea what a serious topic I was to be presented with in the next few pages. I don't think I've ever been mislead in this sense by a book before but I did not much mind the change of subject, in my honest opinion. I'm definitely all for soppy, happily-ever-after endings but I sort of found it super rushed in this story. What a hell-hole the victims go through and that wasn't particularly depicted that well, I believe. It was sort of touched upon just like an egg-white emulsion is superficially brushed upon a waiting pastry. I'd still state the fact that I enjoyed the book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Merredith

    Anna Maxted, the chick lit author who always likes to take it darker with an issue. This book's issue was date rape. Our main character is a happy woman who always wears pink and runs a dating agency, when one night she is date raped. While also going through a divorce with another guy. Issues pile up and she keeps things inside. This book tries to sort out people's thoughts and guilt about whether date rape is real rape, and what bottling things up inside can do to rot your life. As you can ima Anna Maxted, the chick lit author who always likes to take it darker with an issue. This book's issue was date rape. Our main character is a happy woman who always wears pink and runs a dating agency, when one night she is date raped. While also going through a divorce with another guy. Issues pile up and she keeps things inside. This book tries to sort out people's thoughts and guilt about whether date rape is real rape, and what bottling things up inside can do to rot your life. As you can imagine, it's a bit depressing and yet the ending, which i won't give away, seems incomplete. I did like this book, but I didn't love it to what I think it had the potential to be. Still, a good read.

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