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
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreFiction, Holiday, Christmas, Contemporary, Humor, Adult, Audiobook, Family, Adult Fiction, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews The Adults

  • Theresa Alan
    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...
  • Liz
    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
    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...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: that you’re going to be seeing Christmas book reviews so late (knowing how I review, probably in February or March), but when I take a vacation I really take a vacation and don’t log on/post reviews so it is was it is.Wow, this kind of has a low rating. It was also a mixed bag with my friends. But for me????? And you should totally trust me because . . . . I mean I ha...
  • Suzy
    Well, I didn’t hate it, but didn’t really like it either - hence the 2 ⭐️ rating. The description of this book sounded like something that would be really fun to read for the holidays. A divorced couple bringing their new significant others on a vacation all together so they could spend Christmas with their daughter. You know things will go wrong. And how about the book being described as “the most hilarious debut you will read this yea...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    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...
  • Jenna
    Solid and entertaining dysfunctional family dark comedy that is perfect for the holiday season! A great undemanding escapist read that does not insult the intelligence. This will be perfect airplane or vacation reading to help you endure your own family holiday gatherings, especially if they are dysfunctional too! Also highly recommended if you’ve been feeling a bit bummed that Liane Moriarty’s recent books haven’t quite lived up to Big Lit...
  • ☮Karen
    This was OK. I read it for the Popsugar Challenge question, the one about reading two books with the same title. So I still have to read and I hope it's better than this one. I did laugh out loud a couple of times here but struggled with the characterizations. The 2 guys were both babies, while both women seemed almost saintly in comparison. Claire was difficult to get to know, and her daughter Scarlet, while cute and precocious, was overshad...
  • Martie Nees Record
    My Rating: 3 ½ StarsGenre: General Fiction/MysteryPublisher: Random HousePub. Date: November 27, 2018Caroline Hulse’s novel is a dark comedy that had me laughing out loud more than once. Imagine the dysfunctional dynamics between divorced parents with a seven-year-old daughter. Both parents now have new live-in-partners. Now imagine all four adults (two who have never even met each other) going on a Christmas holiday together. The idea is tha...
  • Kristy
    Matt and Claire are no longer married, but both want to spend the Christmas holiday with their seven-year-old daughter, Scarlett. It's not quite clear whose idea it was, or how the whole thing came about, but suddenly Matt, Claire, their new partners, and Scarlett are spending a long weekend at the Happy Forest holiday park. Oh yes, and we can't forget that Posey, Scarlett's giant imaginary friend--a nearly life-size rabbit--is along for the ride...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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.
  • Katie Khan
    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...
  • debra
    3-4*s Enjoyable. Most def not LOL- sorta sad. Liz and Theresa Alan wrote v good reviews for this title.
  • Susie Wang
    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'...
  • Jeri
    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...
  • Ceecee
    ‘The most hilarious debut you will read all year’. Ok. So, I’m 25% in and I’ve not even raised a wry smile; at 50% not even a little titter by 75% I’m almost brain dead and cheesed off with the effort of finding the funny and by 100% I’ve expired with total boredom. Not a smirk, smile, titter, belly laugh or snort ( yes, not ladylike but sadly I’m a tad prone). Zip, zilch, nada, sweet Fanny Adams. Silly, utterly ridiculous premise a...
  • Erin
    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...
  • Charlotte Duckworth
    Funny, poignant, real - The Adults is a truly original book that made me laugh, cry and cringe in equal measure. I loved it.
  • Mel
    If you like all things cringeworthy, look no further for your next comedic read. Here is a dysfunctional, blended "family" which surely many of us can relate to: Matt and Claire are parents to Scarlett, a 7-year-old whose best friend is an invisible, giant, talking purple rabbit named Posey, who currently lives with Claire and her boyfriend Patrick, while Matt lives with his girlfriend Alex, seeing Scarlett only intermittently throughout the last...
  • Jen
    Divorced couple Claire and Matt decide to give their daughter a traditional family Christmas and reunite for a family vacation. They head to the Happy Forest holiday park for a week of Christmas fun. With their new significant others in tow, a shared house, an imaginary 6 foot bunny, and air thick with tension...what could possibly go wrong?! This story begins with a phone call to the police before going back to the beginning and slowly building ...
  • Janssen
    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It dragged in places but there were some surprisingly hilarious parts.
  • Anni
    Review postponed until publication date.
  • Cindy Wilkerson
    3.75 starsTHE ADULTS was right up my alley.I love reading about family dynamics.Matt and Claire used to be married but now they’re not. But they’ve decided to spend their Christmas holiday together, so they can both be with their daughter Scarlett, by renting a place and bringing their partners, Alex and Patrick. Oh, and Scarlett has an imaginary bunny named Posey.This book had drama as well as some funny moments, and I was pleasantly surpris...
  • Rebecca
    A divorced couple, Claire and Matt, want their 7 year old daughter, Scarlett, to experience a "normal" family Christmas holiday together ... with their respective partners, Patrick and Alex, also in attendance. Sounds thoughtful and very mature, right? But, alas, things are not as they seem and even though they are all adults, tension soon mounts between the characters -- including Scarlett's imaginary... and very tall... rabbit friend, Posey -- ...
  • Anne
    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, ...
  • Sonica
    Thank you, Penguin Random House Canada for my copy of this light and fun family drama. This title was published November 27, 2018.Four adults; two exe's, one child and one imaginary rabbit. A holiday lodge promising a Magical Christmas family experience. What could possibly go wrong?Claire and Matt are divorced and have each moved on with new partners. They both agree that this year, their daughter Scarlett should have a family Christmas with bot...
  • Linda
    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 ne...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook
    This had the exact type of premise that intrigues me, I love reading about families, especially when there’s secrets involved and add in a little dysfunction and I’m all in. It’s told from every single family members perspective and I loved getting to see how each of them interpreted the same situations differently, especially the darling girl, Scarlett. This was a really entertaining read if kind of ridiculous at times. The behavior of the...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    RATING: 4 STARS2018;Random House Publishing Group/Random House(Review Not on Blog)At first this book sounded interesting so I requested to read and review it. Then I as I reread the synopsis, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it anymore. I noticed that my eLibrary had a copy so I put a hold on it. When the hold came in, I decided, "what the heck?" Aaaaaaand, I really enjoyed this quirky story. It is a hard novel to put into one genre. It is a qui...