The Adults by Caroline Hulse

The Adults

A couple, now separated. Their daughter. Their new partners. One epic Christmas vacation. What could go wrong?This razor-sharp novel puts a darkly comic twist on seasonal favorites like Love Actually and The Holiday.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, ...


Details The Adults

TitleThe Adults
ISBN9780525511748
Author
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreFiction, Holiday, Christmas
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Reviews The Adults

  • Liz
    2018-11-12
    My life has been going to hell in a handbasket (clogged sewer line and flooded bathroom for starters), so I decided it was time for a comedy. And I love dysfunctional family stories. This isn’t really a dysfunctional family. It’s two exes and their current partners and the daughter they share. Matt, the ex-husband managed to irritate me within pages. What ever did Alex see in him? Or Clare initially, for that matter? Or maybe I just like men ...
  • Kendall
    2018-07-18
    4 adults + 2 ex's + 1 child + 1 imaginary purple rabbit Posey + 1 holiday vacation trip= A magical Christmas to never forget.Ok... haha I don't know about everyone... but me taking a vacation trip with my ex sounds like an absolute s..t show lol. This was quite the story!! Caroline Hulse explores relationships in a clever and sassy way in this story. Can we ever really be civil with our ex's? Caroline Hulse's voice effortlessly flows across the p...
  • Theresa Alan
    2018-09-26
    It’s unfortunate that the publishers bill this as “The most hilarious debut you will read all year.” This novel about a divorced couple with joint custody of their seven-year-old daughter who come together with their new boyfriend/girlfriend is cute and fun, but I only chuckled once during the book. “Cute” and “fun” are not the same thing as “hilarious.” It sets up false expectations. In fact, parts of reading about the struggle...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    2018-06-19
    Full review on my blog4 adults. 2 ex's. 1 child. 1 imaginary rabbit. 1 holiday lodge. Magical Christmas time. What could possibly go wrong?In this witty little contemporary drama, Hulse explores relationships in an enjoyable way. Can we really stay civilised with our ex-partners? I really liked this book. Everyone needs a friend like Posey. Adults too!Full review soon..Thanks to publisher and NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange wit...
  • Katie Khan
    2018-06-07
    This book is a breath of fresh air! I found the writing witty and offbeat, the characters human and relatable... reading THE ADULTS by Caroline Hulse felt like spending time with old friends, albeit a distinctly dysfunctional group!I love stories where what can go wrong, does go wrong – and this novel is the perfect comedy of errors.I must confess I’ve had a bit of a lull in my women’s fiction and book club fiction reading recently, and hav...
  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-07-06
    REALLY loved this funny and heartfelt story about two readjusted families who attempt to spend Christmas together and act like adults. We are all fine now! Well not so much and it's brilliant. Full review for the blog tour.
  • Jeri
    2018-09-04
    Wow, this was so much better than I figured it would be! You have two parents, Carrie and Matt, both divorced from each other, their shared child, Scarlett, and their new mates, Patrick and Alex, all going on holiday together. Yes, I said TOGETHER! Now, this would all be fine and dandy if they got along or at least had met each other for more than short tiny visits in passing. Now, imagine being stuck in a house with your partner's ex and how unc...
  • Charlotte Duckworth
    2018-04-15
    Funny, poignant, real - The Adults is a truly original book that made me laugh, cry and cringe in equal measure. I loved it.
  • Susie Wang
    2018-07-11
    I'm pretty sure I said this in my updates, but this book is very similar to Big Little Lies. Especially structurally. It has two timelines, one from before, which is the main storyline; one from after, which mainly consists of interviews with the police.At the beginning of the story, we're told that someone, he, has been shot, and Alex called for an ambulance. But she soon stopped responding after making sure the ambulance was on its way. If you'...
  • Anni
    2018-01-10
    Review postponed until publication date.
  • Anne
    2018-08-13
    I absolutely love this book! It's such a fresh and funny, yet poignant and so well developed story and I was hooked as soon as I read the blurb.It's Christmas. The time for families and goodwill and when you are the parents of a seven-year old daughter you really want to make sure that she has a great time. However, if you are the separated parents of a seven-year old daughter, and you both have new partners, what do you do? Well, in this story, ...
  • Linda
    2018-07-24
    Some books really boil down to "Here are some characters; here's how they're related. Put them in a situation where they can't avoid each other, and watch the sparks fly!" The Adults: A Novel is an enjoyable example of this genre, as a formerly married couple book a Christmas trip to a theme park/resort that includes their young daughter (and her imaginary rabbit) and their new partners. The story is told through multiple perspectives, but neve...
  • Clare
    2018-08-17
    With thanks to Netgalley and Orion fit for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Congratulations to Caroline Hulse for her debut books The Adults.Divorced couple Claire and Matt wanted to spend christmas with their daughter seven year old Scarlett. Claire and Matt decided to spend five days at the Happy Forest Holiday Park with their respective partners Alex and Patrick. Scarlett was accompanied by her invisible friend Posey a 5ft pu...
  • Pgchuis
    2018-07-09
    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.This was an easy and amusing read about a Center Parcs type holiday during which one member of the party is shot by an arrow during an archery session. The party consists of 7 year old Scarlett, her divorced parents (Matt and Claire) and the divorced parents' new partners, Alex and Patrick. Scarlett is also accompanied by her imaginary rabbit friend Posey, whom I could have done wit...
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    2018-07-31
    Although I'm used to writing longer reviews, this is definitely going to be a shorter one. For once, I really left writing it too late and.. apart from the bullet points I wrote down, I honestly don't remember all that much about this story? Which does say something, doesn't it?I'm going to start with the thing I loved most. Scarlett's POV and her imaginary rabbit! Reading the POV of a kid is so much fun and I honestly looked forward to it all th...
  • Hilary Mortz
    2018-01-22
    When feckless man-child Matt persuades his girlfriend Alex to spend Christmas at a slightly worthy but over-the-top country activity centre along with his fabulous ex-partner Claire, their 7 year old daughter, Scarlett and the uptight Patrick (Claire’s new ‘punching over his weight’ boyfriend), Alex is full of foreboding. And she has every right to be - it’s obvious that Matt isn’t completely over Claire; young Scarlett has taken her pa...
  • Anni
    2018-01-11
    The unlikely but entertaining scenario of this novel has two couples spending Christmas together with each other's ex-partner at an organised activity centre, along with the young daughter of one of the divorced pair. What could possibly go wrong?The title is an ironic indication of how the ‘grownups’ regress into infantile behaviour, when the tense atmosphere of close proximity (plus excess booze) reveals their shared insecurities, resentmen...
  • Grace J Reviewerlady
    2018-08-17
    Well, what a Christmas break!! Note to self: however you celebrate yuletide, don't do it like this ...Matt and Claire used to be married; they have a daughter, seven year old Scarlett. These days, Claire's new partner Patrick lives with them whilst Matt moved in with his girlfriend, Alex. So whose bright idea was it that they all head off to a 'fun' park to spend Christmas together? Either no-one knows - or nobody's owning up!I love Christmas! Ha...
  • Jennifer
    2018-10-31
    Loved this book!! I never knew what was going to happen next. What could go wrong when exes decide to spend Christmas together with their seven year old daughter, their partners and an imaginary purple rabbit at the Happy Forest Holiday Park??? The answer to that is lots and lots and lots could go wrong!!! There's burlesque dancing for a seven year old, a pheasant who happens to be in the wrong place, staking of old high school classmates, and la...
  • Kayo
    2018-09-30
    Nice heartwarming family-type read. Great to spend an afternoon. Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
  • Helen (TBC)
    2018-09-11
    3.5 - 4 stars Your live in boyfriend asks you along to a Christmas Centre Park type holiday with his ex wife, her partner and his daughter Scarlett (who btw seems to hate you) .. what could go wrong?This is an entertaining funny read and I especially loved Scarlett's role and the conversations with her imaginary friend and confidant Posey (A giant purple rabbit with a touch of attitude). The expected awkwardness of such a trip is brilliantly port...
  • Denise
    2018-08-12
    I would say it's kind of a cross between Big Little Lies, The Rosie Project and The Good Girl, with unlikable characters, who do stupid stuff during a Christmas get away. It could make a decent book discussion.
  • Erin
    2018-06-24
    When I first stumbled upon the description of this book, my first thought was that I absolutely HAD to read it. I mean, a holiday consisting of a formerly married couple and their new partners, what could go hilariously wrong??!! What I got though, was not what I expecting. I couldn’t warm to any of the characters, except for maybe Scarlett, and I didn’t get (see) the humour. I guess this one just wasn’t me cup of tea. Thank you to Caroline...
  • Agi
    2018-08-12
    "The Adults" introduce us to Matt and Claire, their daughter Scarlett and her imaginary 5 foot tall purple rabbit Posey. Nothing wring here, right, except for the fact that Matt and Claire are ex - spouses and they both have new partners, Alex and Patrick. Still nothing wrong, right? Up to this moment, when Matt comes up with this super - dooper great idea (he had good intentions. He thought only about Scarlett!) of spending the entire Christmas ...
  • Nancy Baker
    2018-10-30
    So the last book I read I cried throughout the story and on this one I laughed while I shook my head and said, "This isn't going to end well". Two ex's (Matt and Claire) decide to share the holidays together with their 7-year daughter (Scarlett) and each of their now "significant others" (Patrick -- NEVER Pat, and Alex - not Alexandria). Matt tells Alex that it was his ex-wife's idea to spend the holidays together in the mountains, but he forget ...
  • Janet
    2018-08-04
     I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Two divorced parents. Their daughter. Their new partners. A family holiday...of sorts. What could possibly go wrong?Meet The Adults.Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that what's best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a "normal" family Christmas. They can't agree on whose idea it was to go to the Ha...
  • Janet
    2018-08-04
     I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Two divorced parents. Their daughter. Their new partners. A family holiday...of sorts. What could possibly go wrong?Meet The Adults.Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that what's best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a "normal" family Christmas. They can't agree on whose idea it was to go to the Ha...
  • Becca ☾☁︎⋆ (PrettyLittleMemoirs.com)
    2018-09-26
    I would pick up any book that was for fans of The Rosie Project. I truly devoured those books and thought this little slice of fiction would be no exception! So, first and foremost, Claire and Matt are a divorced couple. They have a daughter together, Scarlett, who really is a little star among the pages. They want her to have a life as normal as possible, and in doing that, a perfect Christmas that runs along the line of normalcy. They don't kno...
  • Jeri
    2018-09-18
    Wow, this was so much better than I figured it would be! You have two parents, Carrie and Matt, both divorced from each other, their shared child, Scarlett, and their new mates, Patrick and Alex, all going on holiday together. Yes, I said TOGETHER! Now, this would all be fine and dandy if they got along or at least had met each other for more than short tiny visits in passing. Now, imagine being stuck in a house with your partner's ex and how unc...
  • Maggie
    2018-09-11
    Christmas is the perfect time for families to get together, but in this time of fractured families & parents finding new partners combining them doesn't sound like a great idea. However, somehow Matt manages to get Alex to agree to spending Christmas in a holiday park with Claire, his ex & her partner Patrick, so that his seven year old daughter Scarlett can spend Christmas with both her parents.Scarlett has not taken her parent's split very well...