How Hard Can It Be? (Kate Reddy, #2) by Allison Pearson

How Hard Can It Be? (Kate Reddy, #2)

Few sequels beat the original, but How Hard Can It Be? does so hands down. Kate Reddy's comeback as a pushing-50 "Returner,” re-entering the workforce after a spell on the mommy track, is zesty, razor-sharp, and hilarious. With a robust absence of self-pity, she has defined the humiliating onset of "invisibility" that coincides with the onrushing pressures of parents, teenage kids, and a marriage gone flat, all while attempting to reinstate her...

Details How Hard Can It Be? (Kate Reddy, #2)

TitleHow Hard Can It Be? (Kate Reddy, #2)
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Audiobook

Reviews How Hard Can It Be? (Kate Reddy, #2)

  • Maureen
    Kate Reddy is heading towards a significant birthday, and it's a birthday that she's not quite ready to embrace - it's the big 50!She's living in a large rambling home that requires the constant services of Polish builder Piotr, together with the never ending amount of cash being thrown at it. She has a husband who she's unable to communicate with, two teenage kids who have problems similar to most teens across the Western world, and also ageing ...
  • Debra
    How Hard Can It Be? is a sequel to "I don't know how she does it". I did not read the first book and I did not feel that I was missing anything but not having read that book first. This book worked very well as a standalone novel for me. Kate Ready is almost 50, she is returning to the workforce and finds herself having to lie about her age to be considered for employment. Her husband is distant and appears to be more into his self-help books and...
  • Melisa
    A rollicking good time!I’ve never met a book so quotable and hilarious! If Iwould have started highlighting while reading, my whole book would be glowing yellow right now. Kate Reddy is quickly approaching 50 and is dealing with everything that comes with it - trying to re-enter the workforce after years at home, body and memory changes, and family matters that come with children maturing into teenagers. For those of us who have aged with Bridg...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 fun and honest stars to How Hard Can It Be? ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ How Hard Can It Be is the sequel to Allison Pearson’s, I Don’t Know How She Does It, and while I have not read the latter, I felt there was enough backstory and character development here to read this as a standalone. I do plan to read IDKHSDI because it’s been acclaimed as the social comedy of working motherhood, and I already know I enjoy Pearson’s wit. Kate Reddy is seven ye...
  • Berit☀️✨
    5 ”50 Is The New 30” Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Kate! You are absolutely being added to my book BFF list! Not sure when the last time was I read a book with such a relatable character... Kate and I are almost the same age... our kids are about the same age going through the same things as are our parents.... such a wonderful book, filled with laughter, tears, and love...Kate is quickly heading towards her 50th birthday... she also needs to ree...
  • Liz
    Allison Pearson has written an “OMG, yes!” book. As in, she totally gets it. This book, about turning 50 and entering the age of invisibility, hits all the correct notes. It’s a real mix of comedy and drama, between dealing with perimenopause, teenagers, aging parents, a husband seeking to find himself at everyone else’s expense and the need to stay relevant in today’s business world. A book about needing to laugh so you don’t cry. I ...
  • Holly B
    3.5This one is about Kate, who is about to turn fifty. It starts out with some hilarious scenes of her dealing with her teenage daughter, Emily’s “social media mishap”. I learned what a “belfie” is. Hmm…not sure if that’s helpful, but good to know!She wants to return to work after being at home and that proves to be quite a hurdle to jump over. Her husband is going through a mid-life crisis of his own and is often seen biking around...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: Hard Can It Be? H.A.R.D. No one ever said being a mom was easy, but try being a mom pushing 50 who has been attempting to raise semi-functional humans and finds herself trying to re-enter the workplace thanks to a combination of a giant manchild of a husband who has decided riding his bicycle and taking classes is his new passion rather than going to a paying gig every day and an ol...
  • Stacey
    Bloody brilliant! In 2002 Allison Pearson wrote I Don’t Know How She Does It and introduced Kate Reddy. A working mother with young children. I loved it so much because Kate Reddy was me. I identified with everything.16 years later Kate Reddy is back! She is funny with a snappy wit. The kids are older and she has taken seven years off of work to care for them and aging parents and in laws. She and her husband, Rich have bought a house that need...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded up. So, I have a confession to make. I didn't realize How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson was a sequel to I Don't Know How She Does It when I started reading it. BUT, I don't think that mattered all that much.I really hope this book becomes a movie starring SJP. I loved the movie I Don't Know How She Does It and I think this book would also make a great movie (maybe even a better movie than a book??). This book does s...
  • Diane
    I don't normally read fiction, so, obviously, I am not in the target audience for this book, but I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway, so, here goes.I felt it was just a piece of fluff. Kate is nearing her 50th birthday, and the book is built around watching her try to keep 'all her balls in the air'. It felt like the storyline just skated over the thinnest surface of each issue facing her. Not really any depth.As an intelligent woman, Kate seems t...
  • Kristy
    Things have taken a bit of a turn for Kate Reddy--she's nearing 50, her husband has lost his job and spends most of his time cycling, and her kids are busy teenagers. With Richard out of work, Kate has to return to work. However, she finds that the financial community isn't welcoming to a woman on the cusp of fifty. When Kate decides to pretend she's seven years younger to enter the working world, she winds up working at the hedge fund she origin...
  • Susan Kennedy
    This was a good book. I really enjoyed it and sadly, related to a lot of it. With menopause looming in the near future, it was really fun to have her perspective on menopause and reaching fifty years of age. And then with the unhappy marriage and the teenagers to deal with as well, I found myself laughing and wanting to cry all the way through. I wasn't sure going in what I would think of this story. I laughed a whole lot through it and it was li...
  • Joanne Robertson
    OMG I loved Kate Reddy the first time around but this time she really has become my absolute idol! I adored I Don’t Know How She Does It (NOT THE FILM! STAY WELL AWAY FROM THAT ONE!) and that iconic scene with the mince pies has always stayed with me. I can verify from personal experience that it was a very realistic reflection of the busy working mum. I once spent 6 months avoiding recipe requests for the “best brownies anyone had ever taste...
  • Amanda
    What a brilliant story and a fabulous author! I absolutely loved this book. The main character, Kate Reddy is fast approaching 50 and has two teenagers, a lovable dog and a self-centred husband going through a midlife crisis. This was one of the funniest books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The descriptiveness of the ageing process for a woman in her 40's is so accurate and oh my gosh, at times, so hilarious! Apart from wanting to give he...
  • Lauren
    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.Although not my usual genre, I had heard many good things about Allison's previous book 'I Don't Know How She Does It', and so decided to enter the giveaway for 'How Hard Can It Be?'. I'm delighted I won as I loved this book! (I will now definitely be seeking out the first one to read too). Although this is a continuation of 'I Don't Know...', it stands by itself as well and I wasn't confused...
  • Rachel Wallace
    3.5 StarsThis chick-lit / contemporary fiction, the sequel to I Don’t Know How She Does It earned 3.5 Stars from me. SUMMARYKate Reddy is back! When I Don’t Know How She Does It left off, Kate had moved her family to Yorkshire and left her job to focus on her family. As How Hard Can It Be begins, her husband, Richard, has decided to have a mid life career change and has taken two years off work to train to be a counselor. In need of a steady ...
  • Abby Watson
    How Hard Can It Be? Turns out, very.I just couldn't get in to this book at all, I found it really scatty! It has had such strong positive reviews so I imagine that perhaps the main reason I didn't like it / couldn't take to it is because I can't relate to it? Side note, the voice of Roy really annoyed me. I skipped over those parts.(2.5 stars - it's not bad, just not for me)Thanks to Netgalley for my free copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Brooke (Brooke's Books and Brews)
    As much as I love thrillers, I also really love books that make me laugh. This book made me laugh out loud multiple times. Kate Reddy’s take on raising a family, aging gracefully, and attempting to reenter the workforce is so realistic and full of humor. It’s a very dry humor though but I really enjoyed it. The story is told from Kate’s point of view. She is older than me but I still found her to be very relatable. She is fast approaching 5...
  • Toni
    4.5 Strong, Smart Women STARS Kate is currently 49, but will soon turn that "f-word" every woman dreads. Plus she's experiencing life's turmoils simultaneously it seems. An unemployed husband trying to re-find himself through cycling, therapy while ignoring his household duties. Two teenage children who delight at testing their independence boundaries while snickering at their Mom's technology naivete. Kids, you love them with all your heart whil...
  • Amy
    How Hard Can it Be is the sequel to How Does She Do It and I haven’t read the first book, but had no problem jumping in. Kate Reddy is fast approaching fifty and she’s not happy about it. She’s about to renter the workforce after several years spent raising her kids (who are now teenagers) and she’s struggling to find a job where she’s not considered past her sell date. Even though Kate is older than me I found her to be super relatable...
  • Tracey Madeley
    The book has been compared to Bridget Jones which is unfortunate as it raises expectations the book does not fulfil. Unlike Bridget the Kate is married and there is a good use of technology and social media right from the start. However, it is the distress of the teenage daughter that is interesting, not the mother’s reaction, trying to pacify her and undo the damage.Again unlike Bridget, Kate is approaching her 50th birthday and worried about ...
  • Odette Knappers
    Wat is dit een geweldige roman!Net zo veel humor als in haar eerste boek, Hoe krijgt ze het voor elkaar. Overigens heerlijk verfilmd met Sarah Jessica Parker, echt een aanrader, boek én film ;)Het hoofdpersonage in dit boek zit in een situatie waar ik mezelf nog niet in vind (net als bij het eerste), maar toch is het enorm herkenbaar, omdat ik het zo voor me zie dat heel veel dingen die in dit boek gebeuren mij ook zullen/kunnen overkomen of dat...
  • Julie
    I do barely remember reading the original Kate Reddy novel by this author, many moons ago. Now Kate Reddy is back. Her kids are teenagers, her husband it busy riding his bike and ignoring her and the elderly parents are causing problems of their own. Her 50th birthday is fast approaching and so Kate finds herself shuffling all of her family round, as she has to head back into the workplace which is full of colleagues who are half her age.Being th...
  • Anne
    I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I'm not sure if it's because I'm in a different phase of life (toddlers not teens) or because I haven't read the first book, but I really struggled to get through this book. There are some funny scenes but overall I found it very predictable with both revelations at the end being obvious very early on.
  • debra
    I'm giving this 5*s because of how much I enjoyed listening to it, how often it made me smile out loud, and just because ...Kelly(and the Book Boar), Liz, and Reading Between Wines wrote real reviews for you to read. PS The book opens with two quotes- one from Shakespeare and the other from Whoppi Goldberg. I respect the author's discernment and ability to respond to both. ; ))
  • Sue
    I had no idea when I started this book that it was book 2 in a series. This was such a fun book to read that I definitely need to get book 1 in the Kate Reddy series on order. (From my experience, it's no problem to read these books out of order.)In her late 40s with two teenage kids and a husband who has quit his job and is trying to 'find himself', Kate has decided that its time to go back to work. Her kids, especially her daughter, are horribl...
  • Andrea
    This book spoke to me. And had me spontaneously laughing, enough to get odd, uncomfortable stares from other customers in the coffee shop. I wished it would go on and on. So now I must reread it immediately. Bravo Allison Pearson! & the audiobook is FLAWLESS