The Adults
The most hilarious debut you will read this year.Meet The AdultsClaire and Matt are divorced but decide what's best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a 'normal' family Christmas. They can't agree on whose idea it was, or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did - and it's too late to pull the plug.Claire brings her new boyfriend Patrick, a seemingly eligible Iron-Man-in-Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, their daughter, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He's a rabbit. Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Organized Fun activities, drinking a little too much after bed-time, oversharing classified secrets about their pasts and, before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends - where this story starts - with a tearful, frightened, call to the police...But what happened? They said they'd all be adults about this...If you loved The Break by Marian Keyes or raved about The Rosie Project - look no further than The Adults.

The Adults Details

TitleThe Adults
Author
ReleaseAug 23rd, 2018
PublisherOrion
Rating
GenreFiction, Holiday, Christmas, Family

The Adults Review

  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    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 to have balls. Add into the mix the daughter’s imagina 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 to have balls. Add into the mix the daughter’s imaginary rabbit friend who misinterprets what scientists do.There’s lots of thinking and second guessing going on here. Things we all wonder about get expressed on the pages. I found myself nodding a lot. Other than her choice of a man, I did find myself bonding with Alex. As a stepmother without her own kids, I remember those initial years of trying to figure out where I fit in. Hurse does a great job of expressing Alex. Of course, it doesn’t take long for things to start getting snarky. Members of mixed families will relate to how wrong it can go. It’s not laugh out loud funny, more dry humor. In fact, the publisher does a disservice to author and reader by calling the book hilarious. Hurse mixes her formats, police interviews, excerpts of brochures intermingled with regular storytelling. I liked the mixture, it kept things moving along at a brisk clip. I loved the ending, seeing how it all comes together. I can definitely recommend this book. Just know it’s more chuckles than tears streaming down your face from laughing (which is my definition of hilarious). My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    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 struggles of Alex, the woman who’s dating the father, Matt, and of Patrick, 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 struggles of Alex, the woman who’s dating the father, Matt, and of Patrick, the man who is dating the mother, Claire, is actually kind of sad. Alex is a scientist who doesn’t have kids, so she fumbles a lot trying to connect with Scarlett, the seven-year-old. During the book, Matt and Claire get their partners to agree to go away for a five-day weekend to celebrate Christmas at a lodge in the woods where there is archery, swimming, dance classes, golf, and so on. There is jealousy and misunderstandings and straight-up lies. Scarlett has long conversations with her invisible-to-everyone-but-her purple rabbit, Posey.Even if your parents never divorced and dated/remarried, even if you’ve never dated a divorced person with kids, you’ll be able to identify with the different characters, particularly perfectionist/competitive Patrick and the well-drawn Alex, who gave up alcohol when she realized she was drinking too much, only to go a little nuts with wine under the stress of living with Matt’s ex-wife and his daughter who thinks Alex, as a scientist, is a murderer of animals (Alex isn’t that kind of scientist, but seven-year-olds don’t always understand the world of scientific inquiry.) This is a good book. It’s just not funny. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES NOVEMBER 27, 2018. For more reviews, please visit: http://www.theresaalan.net/blog
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    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 pages and had me laughing, cringing, and smiling al 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 pages and had me laughing, cringing, and smiling all in one! :)The story takes off with a beginning scene of a dialogue between Alex and the ambulance. Someone has been shot by an arrow.... but once the ambulance says they're on their way... Alex stops responding. The story slowly takes off in this holiday getaway between this pack of "friends". I had trouble connecting to the storyline in the beginning and seemed a tad slow for my liking. I began to get more invested about 50-60 percent in.Overall, this was an entertaining domestic drama. I think it could have been a tad better if the plot had more spice/drama to it. I definitely enjoyed Hulse's writing style and look forward to what she publishes next! :)3.75 stars on this one for me.Thank you so much to Random House Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts.Publication date: 11/27/18Published to GR: 7/18/18
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  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    January 1, 1970
    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 with an honest review.
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  • Babydimps (Suzy)
    January 1, 1970
    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 year?” What doesn’t sound awesome about that?! That sentence alo 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 year?” What doesn’t sound awesome about that?! That sentence alone should have been my first clue that it would be just the opposite. All of the characters were unlikeable and the story was boring to me. I really wanted to laugh out loud! I didn’t even giggle. Although Scarlett was a bratty kid, I liked her (and Posey - her 5 foot tall imaginary rabbit friend). Mainly because I love reading kids’ POV in books. A lot of people enjoyed the dark humor. I guess it just wasn’t for me. I still have lots of December to end the year on a positive note! Thank you to NetGalley, Random House and Caroline Hulse for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    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 Little Lies in your view - this has a strong “Moriarty at h 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 Little Lies in your view - this has a strong “Moriarty at her best” vibe.
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  • Martie Nees Record
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating: 3 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 that the little girl can spend Christmas day with both of 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 that the little girl can spend Christmas day with both of her parents. Good intentions, but even in theory, it sounds like a disastrous plan. So, what exactly did go wrong? Well, for starters the book opens with an emergency phone call because one of them has been shot with an arrow. This is how you will meet “The Adults,” which is a clever debut novel about a blended family vacation. You will need to read the book to learn who was shot and if he/she survives. But, I can tell you that the group rents a lodge in a Christmas themed village. The place is geared towards families with young children. There are many fun activities. Make that forced fun for the unhappy adults. Hulse’s writing is razor sharp, especially around the child’s imaginary rabbit friend that never leaves her side. Many of the activities must be canceled because they don’t make safety helmets with ear holes for a rabbit. You can visualize where this is headed. The story is filled with rabbit tongue in cheek subplots. (Spoiler) When her dad’s girlfriend kills a pheasant (to put it out of its misery while dying) the girl is convinced her imaginary playmate will be the next murdered animal. This sets up all sorts of satirical scenes. Think of the movie “Harvey,” and throw in a tad of “Watership Down.” I enjoyed the author’s array of writing styles. In-between the narrations by the five, (or six if you count the rabbit), you will also read police interviews as well as most of the village’s brochure. It is a prose that is similar to, “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” but on silly pills. Is this just another family Christmas novel? Nope. This is a snappy, not sappy, holiday book that will be on sale in time for Christmas. I would buy it as a gift just for the annoying singing Christmas trees alone.I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at:https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...https://books6259.wordpress.com/https://twitter.com/NeesRecordhttps://www.facebook.com/martie.neesr...
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    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 too. Claire has brought Patrick, a fellow lawyer, 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 too. Claire has brought Patrick, a fellow lawyer, a seemingly rational guy who loves Scarlett and is training for an Ironman. And Matt has brought Alex, his scientist girlfriend, who is skeptical about the whole affair. Suddenly the group is jammed into a small lodge, subject to the whims of a mercurial seven-year-old (and her pretend rabbit), and stuck doing a variety of "fun family activities." It's no wonder that this all leads to an event so horrific that the police are called. This book was an odd one, as if it couldn't decide to be serious or funny. It starts out with a call to the police, so we know that someone has been shot at archery, but we don't yet know who. Then things unfold from the beginning of the holiday, slowly building back up to the incident. Interspersed with the characters' narratives are bits and pieces of the police's discussion with various people at the holiday park involved with the shooting. It's interesting, but it's a little disconcerting: partial mystery/partial character-driven novel/partial "humorous look at family fun gone wrong." Unfortunately for me, I didn't find a lot of the book all that fun. Yes, I could see the humor in some of the situations, but honestly, a lot of it just made me uncomfortable. Perhaps it's being a child of divorce myself. Maybe too much hit close to home. I felt the most for poor Alex, who was tortured by Scarlett (and that darn fake bunny) and then forced to witness her boyfriend in a series of cozy moments with her ex. Patrick was slightly insane, Claire too good to be true, and Matt, honestly, an infuriating wuss for most of the book. As everyone got more and more tired of each other, I would have had a feeling of doom reading this even without knowing someone gets shot. You just know no good can come of this. Now, yes, there is some dark humor here, and I did laugh at times. There are definitely some funny places. But I think Scarlett and Posey were supposed to be more funny than they were (I've been that kid angry at her parents for divorcing, but man, Scarlett was really irritating sometimes). When you really only feel for one of the characters (Alex), it's hard to stay invested in the book. Luckily, things improved a bit closer to the end, and I found myself getting a more into the story. Still, I couldn't help but find things a bit implausible and frustrating at times, and I really longed for more of the hilarity the book promised. Overall, this is a quick read, and it has its funny, crazy moments. Still, the characters are tough to feel invested in and sometimes the plot was almost too zany and stressful for me. I liked this one, but didn't love it. 3+ stars. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and LibraryThing in return for an unbiased review (thank you!). Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • debra
    January 1, 1970
    3-4*s Enjoyable. Most def not LOL- sorta sad. Liz and Theresa Alan wrote v good reviews for this title.
  • Katie Khan
    January 1, 1970
    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 have been enjoying more YA and fantasy. This has totally re 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 have been enjoying more YA and fantasy. This has totally reinvigorated my love for the genre ❤️
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  • Jeri
    January 1, 1970
    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 uncomfortable that can be, especially in a new relati 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 uncomfortable that can be, especially in a new relationship. Plus, you throw in the child, which always would love to see their parents back together and things be better than they were. Now, that's not all the curveballs being thrown in this book for these two pairs. When they arrive, Patrick discovers a popular girl from his high school days is there too so requests a cabin close to her. The "fun" holiday ends with a desperate call to police because someone has been shot with an arrow.I spent most of this book trying to figure out the details of the arrow incident. Like who was shot, by whom and why. But don't stress, it will all be revealed in the end. At one point, I laughed out loud so hard, my husband looked at me like I had lost my sanity for a moment. I will let you read the book and figure out where that particular moment comes in. Needless to say, this book was most enjoyable and not nearly as gut-wrenching and sour grapes I had feared it to be.I won an ARC by the publisher Random House through the First Reads program here on Goodreads.
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  • Charlotte Duckworth
    January 1, 1970
    Funny, poignant, real - The Adults is a truly original book that made me laugh, cry and cringe in equal measure. I loved it.
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    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 family ranged from appalling to mildly amusing. The wri 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 family ranged from appalling to mildly amusing. The writing was solid and it was fairly fast paced making it an easy read, this would actually be perfect to read over the holidays to escape your own crazy family. I loved this novel as it’s fresh, smart and intriguing. The writing is captivating and the characters are flawed and selfish in their own way – some more than others – and yet, I couldn’t help liking them. Full of surprises and twists that turned the novel into a soap opera, this novel made me laugh. A gripping and enjoyable story about dysfunctional families and bonds that are too strong to be destroyed.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    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 up to the reason for the phone call. Told in multi 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 up to the reason for the phone call. Told in multiple perspectives, we get insight into everyone’s thought processes. At times dark, at times humorous, this was a campy take on family and being an “adult”. For me, The Adults was ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. Thank you @randomhouse for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Susie Wang
    January 1, 1970
    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've read Big Little Lies, you'll know by know why I 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've read Big Little Lies, you'll know by know why I'm saying it's got similar structures.As for the story itself, I really enjoyed it. It's actually pretty entertaining even though it seems to deal with intense stuff. I liked how the characters all had their own distinct personalities, and I see how their characteristics come into play when it comes to the plot. The conflicts are realistic if you consider their personalities.Again, as I've said in my updates, I don't like Patrick. But I could see some people, maybe people who share his views on life, liking him and taking his side. That's what I think it's great about this book. We actually get to see different perspectives. And I can understand if someone has a different view on the whole thing than me. Logically, there's no one who's definitely "in the wrong" in the incident. Though I expect people would all take sides and choose a team, so to speak.That being said, I still think this book could have been a lot better if there were just a bit more spice. I like a family drama with thicker plots. Also, the humor had some room for improvements. There were funny moments, but I could see how the whole book could have been more humorous. Being more light-hearted would have made this book just a little more enjoyable.
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  • Anni
    January 1, 1970
    Review postponed until publication date.
  • Cindy Wilkerson
    January 1, 1970
    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 surprised at how much I enjoyed Scarlett and Posey. Sometimes 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 surprised at how much I enjoyed Scarlett and Posey. Sometimes children can take a backseat in novels, but Hulse makes Scarlett’s storyline just as important as the other characters. In fact, they were my favorite bit.The duo brought heart. I will say that this didn’t give me the Christmas feels like I was expecting. It’s more of a story that just happens to take place over the Christmas holiday, vs a Christmas story. If you’re looking for something that dives into family dynamics, and gives you the Christmas feels, I highly suggest Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    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 -- things begin to go awry and chaos ensues. In fact, 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 -- things begin to go awry and chaos ensues. In fact, the story opens with this shocking scenario ... who was shot with an arrow and why? Gasp. This rolicking, ticking-time-bomb of a tale would be a perfect lighter read for the busy holiday season!While I was amused by much of the story line, I would not call it "hilarious." However, while reading, I could totally picture how the story would play out on the big screen and could see it being fun and entertaining in that type of media. I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.Location: England
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    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, those parents arrange for one big happy family hol 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, those parents arrange for one big happy family holiday. Mum, Dad, young Scarlett and the new bloke and the new woman, and also the imaginary purple rabbit called Posey. A recipe for disaster? Maybe ....The story opens on Christmas Eve with the transcript of a telephone call to the emergency services. Someone has been shot, but the reader doesn't know who, and doesn't know who the shooter is. From there, this incredibly clever author takes us back to a few weeks before Christmas where Matt, the almost-adult father of Scarlett tells Alex, his new girlfriend that they will be spending Christmas in a holiday village with his ex and her new partner.From here, the reader gets to know each of the characters, and how they feel about the forthcoming holiday, including Scarlett and her faithful invisible friend Posey. Of course the holiday is not all plain sailing, but each of the adults do their best to get on. It's often fraught and sometimes embarrassing, but oh, it's so well observed. This author's ability to get into the mindset of each of her characters is just wonderful. The dry, razor-sharp wit in the writing, along with the often quite emotional thoughts of young Scarlett really does make for a fabulous read.Interwoven throughout the story, there are police statements, taken from witnesses of the shooting mentioned at the beginning of the book. This adds a depth to what could be just a family drama, with a sense of whodunnit and suspense added to the story. I loved this book, it's a quick and easy read, and one that I was loathe to set aside. What a great new voice in fiction, I'm so looking forward to seeing what Caroline Hulse comes up with next.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    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 never from either of the ex-couple whose relationship 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 never from either of the ex-couple whose relationship forms nexus of their association. Instead, we understand events as the new partners see them, with all the anxieties of watching someone they love fall into familiar patterns with their ex. We also have chapters from the perspective of the daughter, who misunderstands some things and understands others far better than her parents realize. Also woven through the book are flash forwards to notes from an investigation of a shooting between two of the adult characters—we know from the start that things will NOT go smoothly. Though of course, the reader won't know exactly how the shooting happened until the rest of the plot catches up.This is an enjoyable book for a light read. Everything resolves neatly in the end. Some of the characters are a bit insufferable, but the conflict is necessary. Also, a reader will quickly suss out how very English the book is, as the vocabulary and Christmas traditions are regional.I received an advance reader copy from Random House through a Goodreads Giveaway.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    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 Hulse, Orion Publishing Group, and NetGalley for an ARC 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 Hulse, Orion Publishing Group, and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Simona Stoica
    January 1, 1970
    Sărbătorile în familie sunt complicate, mai ales dacă ai șapte ani, părinții tăi au divorțat, iar noii lor parteneri se tem de o eventuală reconciliere specifică filmelor Hallmark. Nu te ajută nici Posey, cel mai bun prieten, un iepure uriaș și mov, convins că noua iubită a tatălui tău este un om de știință malefic, care vrea să-l ucidă în vacanța de Crăciun, „un weekend de cinci zile” la Happy Forest.Ingrediente pentru o atmosferă magică: o sesiune înfricoșătoare de karaoke, competiții exagerat Sărbătorile în familie sunt complicate, mai ales dacă ai șapte ani, părinții tăi au divorțat, iar noii lor parteneri se tem de o eventuală reconciliere specifică filmelor Hallmark. Nu te ajută nici Posey, cel mai bun prieten, un iepure uriaș și mov, convins că noua iubită a tatălui tău este un om de știință malefic, care vrea să-l ucidă în vacanța de Crăciun, „un weekend de cinci zile” la Happy Forest.Ingrediente pentru o atmosferă magică: o sesiune înfricoșătoare de karaoke, competiții exagerate, alcool „scăpat de sub control”, dans burlesc, amintiri nostalgice, un fazan pierdut, o iubire din tinerețe, copii indiferenți, Ironman, o scrisoare de dragoste ce poate rivaliza cu cea scrisă de Rachel pentru Ross (18 pagini) și un telefon dat la Salvare.„Adulții ăștia!” este o poveste de sezon. Nu te impresionează prin stil sau personaje profunde, dar nici măcar nu încearcă. Spulberă mitul „părintelui perfect”, te amuză și te relaxează prin situații absurde, aproape imposibil de gestionat, iar la final are curajul să îți arate că oamenii se pot schimba, că adulții sunt iresponsabili și imaturi, ignorând clișeele de care te temi după primele capitole. Fun-read.
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    This wasn’t quite what I expected by reading some reviews. It had some funny and quirky moments but it also struck me as quite sad for Scarlett with her imaginary rabbit friend. I thought maybe the funny moments might eventually lead to some deeper thoughts or a light hearted ending but it didn’t quite get there.
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  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    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 purple boy rabbit with a tag by his bum that said ma 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 purple boy rabbit with a tag by his bum that said made in China.I knew I would be in for a treat when the book began with the transcript of a 999 call Alex made calling for an ambulance. A man was lying unconscious, bleeding heavily after being shot by an archery arrow..The story was told from the POV of Scarlett, Matt`s partner Alex, a scientist and finally Claire`s partner Patrick a barrister. The most interesting characters in this book were Alex and Patrick who felt like the outsiders in the cottage.Alex seemed a little cold and as a scientist was apt to over analyse things. The incident with the injured partridge reminded me of a scene in Everyone Loves Raymond. Although she was an intelligent woman she seemed to put up with Matt who was a man baby who was seemed to still love his ex Claire. She was jealous of Claire who seemed like the perfect housewife always cooking. She was also upset because Scarlett disliked her and would talk to Posey about her under her breath.I liked Patrick the middle aged barrister with two teenagers from his first marriage. Patrick knew he was boring and felt like he punching above his weight with the attractive Claire. Patrick was into to health and fitness and was entered into an iron man contest but was too scared to tell Claire. During the holiday he felt annoyed that Matt insisted in calling him Pat.My favourite characters were Scarlett and Posey. Scarlett and Posey disliked Alex because they thought she was a scientist who tested on rabbits. After the partridge incident Posey became scared and said he would be careful around her. I found the Posey thing fascinating because he was intelligent and astute about the adults.I enjoyed the interviews with the employees of Happy Forest after the incident, it was interesting how strangers perceive things. The circumstances of archery incident was surprising, definitely not what I was expecting. I thought the plot was funny and the perfect book to start my countdown to Christmas 2018. I look forward to reading more from Caroline Hulse in the future.
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  • Pgchuis
    January 1, 1970
    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 without. It was difficult during the narrative to wor 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 without. It was difficult during the narrative to work out when Scarlett and Posey were communicating in Scarlett's head and when she was speaking aloud, and the final scene when Posey leaves for good went on far too long.I enjoyed this story, which was told from the perspectives of Alex, Patrick and Scarlett (occasionally in a voice a little too old for a seven year old). There were chapters interspersed throughout where the police carried out interviews into the shooting and these contained some clever misdirection. The ending was a little ridiculous, but just about convinced, and the author was very hard on her male characters - my only other quibble would be what either Claire or Alex had ever seen in Matt.
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  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    January 1, 1970
    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 the time.As far as the writing goes - and accordingl 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 the time.As far as the writing goes - and accordingly my reading - it definitely went fluently. Switching POV's made the story interesting and held my attention throughout.Also the way the book starts with a future event and then goes back to everything leading up to it: definitely something that grabs my attention every time! Add to that the occasional flash forward to interrogations and.. well, you keep getting more and more curious as to what exactly happened.Or.. That's what you're meant to feel anyway. Me? I didn't really feel the suspense or the curiosity at all in this one. The characters? They didn't interest me either. Apart from Scarlett, they mostly got on my nerves. Patrick and Matt really did the best job at that. The first for having - excuse my language - a stick up his butt and the latter for being a huge fail at communicating with his other half. I felt sorry for Alex a lot of the time and.. actually dislike how everything turned out at the end.All in all, this story simply didn't grab me. It frustrated me more than anything else. It was an okay read, but there are so many things I would've liked differently.2 / 5
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com I absolutely loved how The Adults makes you feel like you're right there on holiday with this dysfunctional family, as they try to muddle their way through an awkward, too-close-for-comfort family holiday in somewhere that I imagine to be like Centerparcs, but SO Christmas-themed-it-hurts! Think a LOT of forced 'magical festive fun' for the whole family to 'enjoy'... except things are falling apart fast!From reading the very first page I assumed this would be Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com I absolutely loved how The Adults makes you feel like you're right there on holiday with this dysfunctional family, as they try to muddle their way through an awkward, too-close-for-comfort family holiday in somewhere that I imagine to be like Centerparcs, but SO Christmas-themed-it-hurts! Think a LOT of forced 'magical festive fun' for the whole family to 'enjoy'... except things are falling apart fast!From reading the very first page I assumed this would be moresort of a mystery story, where the reader can piece together what happened to the 'male' who needs an ambulance in the first scene. However, it's much more about the family drama and relationships between the characters - though the 'emergency incident' does play a big part, of course - and I was compeltely fine with that. I didn't at all mind the lack of focus on the mystery (for once) because the story is so entertaining and fun to read.Caroline Hulse has a way of making you feel like you could be reading about so many 'normal' families who are doing their best to spend Christmas (an often-fraught time  of year, in terms of family, at the best of times) together for the sake of little Scarlett (who I have to say, I kind of disliked, despite her only being a child!).I'd really recommend this funny read; it's got some mystery in there to keep you hooked and I loved the funny (and fraught) dynamics between the characters - so entertaining!Many thanks to Orion for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Hilary Mortz
    January 1, 1970
    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 parents’ break up very badly and spends much of her time talki 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 parents’ break up very badly and spends much of her time talking to Posey, her imaginary friend - a wise cracking street-smart giant purple rabbit - and poor insecure Patrick is completely out of his depth. What could possibly go right, and why on earth did any of them agree to go there in the first place?At the start we find out that simmering resentments have, not surprisingly, got out of hand between them all and one of the house party has been shot, perhaps fatally. Who is it, what happened and why? And so the scene is set for a hilariously great blockbuster of a read.I really loved this book. It is genuinely funny all the way through. The characters are brilliant (especially Posey the rabbit) and I can’t wait to read more from Ms Hulse.Many thanks to NetGalley, to Orion and to the author for allowing me to read and review this lovely book.
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  • Anni
    January 1, 1970
    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, resentments and guilty secrets. As soon as the Monopoly board a 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, resentments and guilty secrets. As soon as the Monopoly board appears we know it is all going to end in tears. The characters are well drawn with their individual flaws and foibles which made them endearingly believable (although I’m somewhat ambivalent about Posey - the purple rabbit imaginary friend belonging to the daughter).This hugely enjoyable comedy, bordering on farce by the end, would make an excellent sitcom episode.Thanks to the publisher for the ARC via NetGalley.
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