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How Hard Can It Be?
How Hard Can It Be? | Allison Pearson
Kate Reddy is back! This is the follow-up to the international bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It, the novel that defined modern life for women everywhere. This time she's juggling teenagers, aging parents and getting back into the workplace, and every page will have you laughing and thinking: It's not just me. Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is fifty, but not in a good way. Fifty, in Kate's mind, equals invisibility. And with hormones that have her in shackles, teenage children who need her there but won't talk to her and ailing parents who aren't coping, Kate is in the middle of a sandwich that she isn't even allowed to eat because of the calories. She's back at work after a big break at home, because somebody has to bring home the bacon now that her husband Rich has dropped out of the rat race to master the art of mindfulness. But just as Kate is finding a few tricks to get by in her new workplace, her old client and flame Jack reappears - complicated doesn't even begin to cover it. This is a coming of age story for turning fifty. It's about so much more than a balancing act; it's about finding out who you are and what you need to feel alive when you've got used to being your own last priority. And every page will leave you feeling that there's a bit of Kate Reddy in all of us. As funny as Helen Fielding and Caitlin Moran, this is straight-up brilliant fiction about how to have it all and not end up losing yourself on the way.
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TheEllieMo
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If the question is “how hard can it be to finish this book?”, the answer was “very!!” I almost DNF‘d but I‘m stubborn and couldn‘t really believe it would end as badly as I feared.

It did.

#PannedBook2019 #DearDecember @Eggs

Eggs Oh dear 2mo
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Amiable
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Panpan

This book can be summed up in one word: Tedious. It‘s filled with offensive stereotypes about aging, and I can‘t believe anyone (either real or fictional) could be as dense and clueless and enabling as Kate, the main character. I‘m in the same stage of life as she is, but I found her actions to be completely ridiculous and far fetched. Absolutely mind-numbing slog to get through it. 😖

BarbaraBB Great review 😂. I read another forgettable book by her! 3mo
Amiable @BarbaraBB I believe this one is the sequel to the one you read! Horrible 3mo
TheSpineView 🤣🤣🤣 You know cats are royalty! Us humans just have not learned that! 3mo
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 1! This is installment #2 in the Kate Reddy series. It‘s made all kinds of lists: Best Book Club Choices, Best Books To Make You Laugh, What Women Born in the ‘70s Read, etc. Kate “re-enters” the job market after being a stay-at-home mom for a bit. Can she juggle teenage kids, a husband and his midlife crisis, ailing parents, and working again at the hedge fund she founded? #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

TheEllieMo I bailed on this one. It made my Worst Books Ever list ... 6mo
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Bookgirl
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this. British humor, middle aged woman dealing with perimenopause, obnoxious teenagers, loser husband, trying to get back into workforce that values youth. It‘s a recipe for a good book but this just felt tedious and boring, despite spot on insights. It was difficult to believe anyone would put up with the total douche bag who was her husband, or be so oblivious to her children‘s problems/faults. Almost a pan; some funny moments.

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Pandalibrarian
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Mehso-so

Finished listening to this last week. It was fun to catch up with Kate - I really liked the first book. I liked her naming of Roy for her memory, Perry for peri menopause, and I think there was a Catalina in there, too. While much of the book stretched the limits of my imagination, I liked pieces of it.

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TheEllieMo
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I have just bailed on a book for only the second time *ever*! I hate DNF‘ing. So not only do I hate the book because it wasn‘t very good, I hate it even more because it made me bail!! 😡

Naj I think the title might be the author challenging the readers to finish the book. Turns out, it can be pretty hard😂. Also, how have you bailed on only two books ever?! 11mo
TheEllieMo @Naj because I‘m stubborn and hate feeling like I‘ve been defeated?! 11mo
Naj @TheEllieMo I used to feel like that but some books are so atrociously bad it can be therapeutic to DNF them. Hope you love your next book! 11mo
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TheEllieMo
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Bailedbailed

I have been listening to the audiobook version of this, but it‘s so indescribably bad, I can not bear to continue it. Allegedly the lead character has to rejoin the workforce because of finances, but can still go to a Harley Street doctor for HRT, rather than go to the NHS like the rest of us. She‘s wholly unlikeable, whiny, over-privileged and self-absorbed. I‘m the same age as the her, and also menopausal, but I couldn‘t relate to her at all.

Megabooks I hate whiny characters!! 11mo
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booklover3258
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Bailedbailed

Freebie that is 2nd in a series. I really need to do more research before picking free series books. I never read the first one so i was a wee tad lost when i started reading it. I made it to page 16 and stopped. Hated the story and the characters. Not worth my time reading this big book.

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janerzy
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Mehso-so

Kate Reddy is back - this time shows us how working mom does it all again, dealing with teenagers syndrome, aging parents, career comeback, and partner‘s midlife crisis. I can‘t relate to all this. But as all women in general juggling all the balls in life and thriving to make a statement or living, it‘s worth it to recognize that sometimes, we have the right also to choose life & love, not just duties. And the British humor is gravy ☺️ #katereddy

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BittersweetBooks
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Like most couples, our relationship has been held together by a common outlook on life, and by laughing at or despising those who don‘t share it 🤣

RaimeyGallant Nice quote. :) 1y
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Bevita
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Bailedbailed

I loved “I Don‘t Know How She Does It” and awaited this eagerly. Alas it did not speak to me and I only made it to page 73. The writing is witty and the problems (teenage sexting, supporting the family while the husband finds himself) are timely for this stage of my life. Whoever thought that 11-point font is a good idea for a middle-aged audience made a big mistake. I could hardly read it by nightlight and I bailed. Maybe another time.

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Sheryl63
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I found this to be a very witty novel. I had no idea that it was a follow-up. Kate was a hoot and I found myself LOL several times. I found myself relating to her in many ways. I loved her calling on ”Roy” for her memory lapses and then the footnotes at the end of the chapters when he recalled what she was trying to recall brilliant. This was a great read, and Ms. Pearson left it open-ended, so I wonder if we will be have more of Kate‘s escapades.

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C.Perone
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Oh Hi all!!!! Been a little preoccupied the last two weeks. My daughter left for the Army and it's been weird settling into a new normal of the empty nest. This book was actually a wonderful companion through this life change when I could settle myself to actually read lol (a little slow in the beginning, but not to its detriment)

I feel like I might have missed a LOT regarding @Trashcanman and the (non)toaster oven 😕😂

Wan.der.love Wishing you and your daughter an easy transition. Big thank you for her service 🙏🏻 also, that cover basically sums up Mondays 😉 2y
C.Perone @Wan.der.love omg, it does!😂 I love happy accidents😊 Thank you for your well-wishes and appreciation 😌🙏 2y
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C.Perone
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😂

CarolynM Counts me out then🙂 2y
C.Perone @CarolynM Me too 🤣 2y
CoffeeK8 Me three 2y
C.Perone @CarolynM @CoffeeK8 😊 I'm in good company then 2y
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C.Perone
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BookishTrish
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Today‘s mood

robinb I want to read this for the cover alone. 😊 2y
jillannjohn This cover! 2y
MellieAntoinette Ha! My life on a book cover! 2y
Reggie Lol. 2y
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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#13Books13Weeks ..., #MountTBRchallenge... The follow-up to I Don't Know How She Does It, Kate makes her return in How Hard Can It Be? for a LOL funny read! I found a couple of Kates parenting choices seriously lacking responsible parenting skills and I'm not sure the book needed to be almost 500 pages to tell the story but overall I enjoyed this book 😊

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Lola
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I really need to get back in the house and get ready for the week, but it‘s such a beautiful evening, I just want to stay on the deck and read. Like the chapter title says, just five more minutes...really enjoying this sequel to I Don‘t Know How She Does It. And tho‘ it‘s a sequel, I think this absolutely works as a stand-alone so don‘t stay away if you didn‘t read the first book.

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Litpixie
How Hard Can It Be? | Allison Pearson
Bailedbailed

This narrator is close to my own age, and I hate her so much that I'm unable to read past page 9.

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Litpixie
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Starting my weekend reading early.

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Loric
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Such a fun series! #thestruggleisreal, #yupimthere.... Lovers of Emily Griffin and Sophie Kinsella will enjoy! Thanks @StMartinsPress

Nute I just passed this up at Target this evening, because I wasn‘t sure that I would like it. Maybe I‘ll return there tomorrow to purchase. 2y
Loric @Nute it was a fun and easy read... much like a Kinsella novel. If you decide to go back, I hope you enjoy it! There is a second book which I will read as well! 2y
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MandaChittles
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An absolute hoot. Love the witty, clever banter of the main character, particularly her inner monologue.
Some elements I struggled to believe, handsome millionaire please???? But overall I could believe the daily grind of survival and so pleased to see this perspective being published.

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Lauren.Archer
How Hard Can It Be? | Allison Pearson
Bailedbailed

I loved the first book, this one I could not get into. I have been reading it for four days and can‘t seem to get past page 75. Time to move on.

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Lauren.Archer
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Going to start this one...since it is due soon at the library.

Sharpeipup Love the title. (edited) 2y
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Gingermint2000
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Kate Reddy is trying to keep her home and work life going smooth without going insane.
A great read.

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Librarylady
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So excited to meet up with Kate Reddy again. Both of us have older kids now and are entering a different stage of life. I‘m hoping I love her as much in this book as I did in I Don‘t Know How She Does It

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MrsV
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Was very surprised to find this in the nail today. I‘ve never won any giveaways before! Maybe it will start a new trend!

Thanks @StMartinsPress

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Jeanne_S
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Pickpick

Good.

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mcipher
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Should be reading: Orphan Train for book club. Or the other 3 books I‘ve started and put down. Actually reading: the tagged book. Anyone else in the same boat? #shouldbereading #actuallyreading

Graywacke Hate that. Hate “shoulds” in reading for fun, but still they seem to happen. 2y
mcipher @Graywacke Not that it‘s a bad book, it‘s just not what I want! 2y
britt_brooke Nope! That‘s why I‘m terrible at book clubs and no longer belong to one. But, I enjoyed Orphan Train. 😉👍🏻 2y
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mcipher @britt_brooke I love the book club people and talking about books, so I can deal with occasional enforced reading. And now that I‘ve gotten going with it I am enjoying the book, which I wouldn‘t have read on my own, so that‘s a bonus. 2y
britt_brooke @mcipher Glad you‘re enjoying it! 2y
MinDea That is me all the time! When I "have" to read something I don't want to! 2y
mcipher @MinDea It‘s so hard! I suck at buddy reads because of it. But I‘m still up for House of Leaves and I will win at that one, dammit. 2y
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Rhondareads
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Loved her first book can‘t wait to read this one.😁Reading raves.

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Texasmama83
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#howhardcanitbe? Released today! Grab for a great laugh and great beach read!

Alfoster Oh yes, SO funny!😍 2y
RadicalReader @Texasmama83 love the book description on here “ she‘s in the middle of a sandwich she‘s unable to eat because of the calories” 1y
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Lola
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So excited for this one! I LOVED her first, I Don‘t Know How She Does It-so relatable for me 😂

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JHSiess
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"I never thought I would look back on that time with affection, let alone longing, only suddenly I think how exciting it was. It tested me in a way that nagging kids to do their homework, cooking nine meals a week & getting a man to do the gutters-the wearisome warp and weft of life-never does. Can you be a success as a mother? People only notice when you‘re not doing it right." #HowHardCanItBe #13InThree #NetGalley #VacationReading? @Samplergal

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wanderinglynn
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#bookmail + #wordslinger42giveaway mail! Can‘t wait to get this awesome print framed!

Thanks @wordslinger42 😀

tammysue Love that poster! Congrats! 2y
Vertabrain World Without End is one of my favorite books!! 2y
wordslinger42 Yay!! I'm so glad it got there 😊 2y
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wanderinglynn
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I finally won a GR giveaway!

Apparently this is a sequel of sorts. Did anyone read the first one, “I Don‘t Know How She Does It”? If so, what did you think?

AmyG Congrats! 2y
wanderinglynn Thanks @AmyG 😀 2y
Reviewsbylola 🎉🎉🎉 2y
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JoScho Yay!!! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
wanderinglynn Thanks @JoScho 😀 2y
Lola Luck you! I loved the first and am really looking forward to this one. 2y
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LMJenkins
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I have the sweetest foot warmer tonight! #catsoflitsy #havingahardtimegettingintothisbook

Reviewsbylola I like how he is staring you down. 😂 2y
DebinHawaii Cute! 🐱❤️ 2y
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Redy2trvl
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Hoping this glass of wine will help me hit my stride with this book. Feeling guilty that I haven‘t finished it since it is an ARC. A glass - maybe bottle of wine makes everything easier. Right???? I mean seriously, how hard can it be?

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Rissa1
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I received this ARC in exchange for a review. I liked Kate, Ben and Emily felt real, and I despised Richard. I would say this was a 3🌟 book. #HowHardCanItBe #GetReddy

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Rissa1
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Alabama and I are at odds. She thinks my copper colored, leaf lights, are a toy for her. Not happening Cat!!! #naughtykitty #catsifLitsy

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Rissa1
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My favorite place to chill. Music,and a book, with warm lighting, who could ask for more?

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Texasmama83
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There are many aspects to this book that I can‘t relate too.But the things that I can relate to I couldn‘t stop laughing!The battle of the chin hairs is a constant battle.Once I‘ve killed them,I swear to god the come by two‘s as if to cast revenge for the fallen soldiers that were plucked from their posts the day before.I think that women who can relate to the main character more,they will really enjoy this book. #GetReady#HowHardCanItBe?

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Rissa1
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Every single time Richard enters the room, I want to scream at him. #HowHardCanItBe #GetReddy

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Rissa1
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" Not unhappy is not the same as Happy."

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Rissa1
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It is true, George Clooney's smile dies reach his eyes before his mouth. #GetReddy #HowHardCanItBe

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Rissa1
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I am so annoyed with the husband. #GetReddy #HowHardCanItBe @StMartinsPress

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MyBookSwapClub
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I'm fuming....there is nothing wrong with chick lit...take it by a person who is obsessed with self help! It just chills you :) i love her books...but please don't put us down, even by an unlikeable character in your book :) #JustSaying

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Rissa1
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I received my new bookmark today! It is beautiful!!! #HowHardCanItBe #GetReddy #beautifulbookmark

DivineDiana Wow! 2y
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Rissa1
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Belfie #FlagBum, my daughter is only 6 and I already dread the teenage years. #GetReddy #HowHardCanItBe

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Texasmama83
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#HowHardCanItBe? With a new chaise lounge chair in my room to enjoy my books! This isn‘t hard at all!! 🤣😂😂 I am enjoying parts of this book. The one liners are making me laugh! I love it when a book makes me laugh. Such a relaxing day, I‘ll probably finish this today! #GetReady

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Alfoster
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This book made me laugh out loud! Kate is on the cusp of turning 50 and dreads “old age.” Her marriage is suffering and her teens are secretive and rebellious. This is an incredibly humorous sequel to Pearson‘s first novel about Kate Reddy and her attempts to navigate life in the digital age!

C.Perone Can‘t wait to read this one! Loved the first💜 2y
Alfoster @C.Perone I didn‘t read the first one but she is hilarious! 2y
C.Perone Oh, you should! Very good read! 2y
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Alfoster @C.Perone Yes, good call! I love her sense of humor! 2y
C.Perone I do too! I‘m a firm believer in poking fun of everyday life😁 2y
CSeydel Is this the same author as “I Don‘t Know How She Does It”? I enjoyed that one. 2y
Alfoster @CSeydel Yes! I‘m sorry I missed that one! I‘ll read it now! I was laughing so hard!😍 2y
jdenslow I'd love to catch up with Kate! I didn't know this was out there. 2y
Alfoster @jdenslow Yes, got it as an ARC on NetGalley! 2y
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