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The Adults
The Adults: A Novel | Caroline Hulse
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Two divorced parents. Their daughter. Their new partners. A family holiday...of sorts. What could possibly go wrong? Meet The Adults. Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that what's best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a "normal" family Christmas. They can't agree on whose idea it was to go to the Happy Forest Holiday park, 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 (never Pat), a seemingly sensible, eligible from a distance, Iron-Man-in-Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life, Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, who is seven, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He's a rabbit. Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Forced Fun activities, drinking a little too much after bedtime, oversharing classified secrets about their pasts and, before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this novel begins--with a tearful, frightened call to the police... But what really happened? They said they'd all be adults about this...
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LiteraryinLititz
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Good pick for #lmpbc, @kstadt929 ! I actually really liked this one in spite of the flawed characters and pretty outlandish plot. I felt the tone of the writing was just right and I like the way the story was interspersed with interviews. I felt very sucked into the story. I probably would not have liked it as much if I was the first reader, because part of the fun was chiming in to the indignant comments from @kstadt929 and @BennettBookworm 😋.

LiteraryinLititz In the mail to you next @Mem_ugh 2w
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I shared books for literature classes with my friends whenever possible, and reading the other commentary was half the fun! 2w
BennettBookworm Love it!! 2w
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JoyBlue
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“What are you thinking?“ Matt said. “You look thinky.“

🤔 😂

jb72 I just got this from the library and hope to start it next. 2w
JoyBlue @jb72 Hope you enjoy! 😀 2w
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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

Not bad/not great earns a so-so from me. The characters are certainly flawed (being generous here). Overall, the book wasn't as funny as I needed it to be in terms of either the book's events or providing a fun escape from reality. 😉

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Patchshank
The Adults: A Novel | Caroline Hulse

@aroc
I'm sorry. I forgot to post that I sent the book out. Did you ever get it? I lost the tracking number.

aroc Hi there! Sorry I got it! 1mo
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BennettBookworm
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I really enjoyed reading this for #lmpbc ! I agree with @kstadt929 that some of the characters were infuriating- your comments were so wonderful to read 😁 I still found myself hooked and wanted to stay up late reading tho ☺️ The little girl and her imaginary friend was definitely my favorite plotline; as an elementary teacher I found this spot on. Hope you enjoy it @LiteraryinLititz and @Mem_ugh ! Thanks @Kaylamburson for recommending this!

kstadt929 Wow that was a fast read! 😋 Glad you enjoyed! 2mo
Kaylamburson I'm so glad my recommendation made you want to read it! I loved the imaginary friend aspect and really thought it set it apart. 2mo
BennettBookworm @kstadt929 I know, haha! I got so excited! 2mo
BennettBookworm @Kaylamburson I totally agree! 2mo
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BennettBookworm
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Look what #bookmail just arrived! So speedy!! Excited to read this for #lmpbc 😄💌🖍 @kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz @Mem_ugh

LiteraryinLititz So exciting!! 3mo
kstadt929 Yay it got there early!! Hope you enjoy!! 3mo
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kstadt929
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Just shipped this out to you @BennettBookworm and it should arrive on Wednesday!!

@Mem_ugh wondering if you mailed out mine yet or when you plan to mail - I‘ll have to send you my new address for this one or next month!! 😁 #lmpbc

Mem_ugh I haven‘t sent yours out yet, I‘m a little behind, as usual 😂 I‘ll get it out to you by Saturday though 3mo
kstadt929 @Mem_ugh That‘s fine! 😁 3mo
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kstadt929
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book and I did enjoy parts, but others were so frustrating and unreal to me. There was a character I couldn‘t stand! I don‘t want to give too many details because my #lmpbc will be reading next, but it was between a pick and a so-so for me. @Mem_ugh @BennettBookworm @LiteraryinLititz

ShyBookOwl It's so hard for me to focus when I dislike a character. That's always a let down 😔 3mo
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kstadt929
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Really hoping to finish this #lmpbc pick in the next few days and get it shipped out before all the moving craziness begins!!! @Mem_ugh @BennettBookworm @LiteraryinLititz

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Lovesbooks87
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@Patchshank be on the look out for some book mail on Thursday. I sent the #LMPBC book out today!

Patchshank I got it! Super excited to start it this weekend. 3mo
Lovesbooks87 @Patchshank yay! I was going to ask if you got it. I lost the tracking number and couldn't track it! 3mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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Divorced couple Matt and Claire go on holiday together with their daughter, AND new significant others. What could go wrong?
Well, it ends with a call to the police!

#LiteraryLuck Day 18 Awkward reads

TheSpineView That book was a funny, quirky read. 3mo
vkois88 Oh boy lol... sounds like a fun adventure! 3mo
Paperback.Propensity @vkois88 It's pretty funny! 3mo
Paperback.Propensity @TheSpineView Yes, I enjoyed it. 3mo
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Josiedlove
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💯👢👠🥿👟👜🛍

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Lovesbooks87
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This was between a pick and so-so for me. Not something that I normally read. Not going to say much about it because it is my #LMPBC book. Can't wait to hear what you guys think about it!

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Lovesbooks87
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Time to get this next round of the #LMPBC started!!!

aroc Woot woot! 3mo
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kstadt929
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✔️ New bookmark (made by my husband on Shutterfly)
✔️ New book (picked by my #lmpbc group)
Off we go! 😁 @Mem_ugh @LiteraryinLititz @BennettBookworm

BennettBookworm Happy Reading!! 3mo
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Josiedlove
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This Peach Crown Royal is smooth... Yeah I couldn‘t resist & wait, why not??? I like it more then the Apple Crown Royal... 🥃🤷🏻‍♀️

#peachcrownroyal #ilikethepeachtaste #mynewsippingdrink #moveoverciroc #readingandsipping #theadults #carolinehulse

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Josiedlove
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Itchyfeetreader
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Mehso-so

I think this was supposed to be a comedy and yet I found parts of it profoundly sad. A divorced couple and their new partners plus seven year old Scarlett and her imaginary rabbit friend away together for Christmas. WhT could possibly go wrong? None of the characters are particularly pleasant although some more sympathetic than others

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Itchyfeetreader
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Fourth flight in six days. Pretty tired but for a fair bit of reading done! This book is very well written but I feel like I want to scream with some of the carrying on from the apparently grown adults in this one. The kid talking to her imaginary giant rabbit friend is as mature.... (also night flight should sleep but have a star is born and the favourite on inflight entertainment... decisions decisions)

AlaMich Three words: noise cancelling headphones. That is all. 4mo
saguarosally Did you get to experience what the locals are calling just a bit more than a dusting of snow? 4mo
RadicalReader Love your ereader case I have the same one for my iPad 3mo
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Jemgirl2014
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Not sure how to categorize this one. I guess it's a comedy. It made me laugh and I found the scenes between little Scarlett and her imaginary bunny rabbit friend to be especially endearing. The ending is so weird and over the top though. Since I was entertained throughout the book I will give it a "pick"rating.

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kstadt929
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Alright guys, you know the drill! Tell me your thoughts!! 😁 @LiteraryinLititz @Mem_ugh @BennettBookworm I hope it‘s okay I added The Adults to my stack too?? #lmpbc

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BennettBookworm Yay!!! Round 5! I am SO cool with the repeat of The Adults! That‘s my top pick and I won‘t pick that for my own book, and my second is Horse Dancer. The other two sound too scary for me so hopefully @LiteraryinLititz and @Mem_ugh like one of those 😁 4mo
LiteraryinLititz Great choices! My top 2 are The Adults and the Louise Penny. I tend to find her books a little gentler than the typical thriller because of the charming people from Three Pines. But it‘s totally ok with me not to do mystery/thrillers this round! 4mo
Mem_ugh @BennettBookworm @kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz I‘m so excited for round 5!! I‘ll put up my choices tonight, sorry for being MIA! I think of these choices I‘d would go for The Adults or The Nature of the Beast 4mo
BennettBookworm So pumped! 4mo
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HazeltheDog
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The Adults was a fun quick read. A divorced couple want to make the best Christmas for their child and what could go wrong when you both bring your current significant other plus one imaginary rabbit? Family holidays are so joyful!

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azulaco
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This book was an entertaining quick read. I especially liked the conversations between Scarlett and her imaginary friend Posey. But OMG, no one in this novel deserved to have a loser like Matt inflicted on them. Run, Alex, run!

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BookishMarginalia
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It took me several rereadings to make sense of that sentence. The culprit: an errant comma (and a clumsily written sentence). 🤦🏻‍♀️ Be still, my inner grammar nazi!

Crazeedi Sometimes we just have to.... things like this drive us crazy... 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Ack! So confusing! 4mo
Kodak2057 Ok I read this as her being unable to help because of dragging her mental etc etc but is it supposed to be that she was unable to avoid dragging her blah blah blah? Lol 4mo
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BookishMarginalia @Crazeedi @Clare-Dragonfly @Kodak2057 I thought initially that she couldn‘t offer help... but no. She‘s in a spa, by herself, and she can‘t help thinking about how she started dating her boyfriend! I‘m telling you, that comma is doing bad things there! 4mo
Kodak2057 Omg no lol 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly The next sentence is a fragment, too. 😐 4mo
Kar2b Wow... I would‘ve used a different word altogether. I‘m not a fan of writers trying to pull off complicated sentences when easier ones can be used. 4mo
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BookishMarginalia
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“Being always right... was usually more of a comfort than it felt like this weekend.” #Truth 😂😂😂

Tove_Reads Unrelated, but did your amazing swap package reach its destination? 4mo
BookishMarginalia @tove_reads Yes, according to tracking 👍🏼 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Relatable! 😂 4mo
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BookishMarginalia
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I think I may have lost my book to #BonBonCat! 🤷🏻‍♀️ #CatsofLitsy

gradcat Yes, I think you have, but oh! how Bon Bon deserves a good read...Litsy cat love 🐈😻😍 4mo
Crazeedi I ❤️❤️ Bon Bon!! 4mo
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BookishMarginalia
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#BonBonCat keeps me company as I read 💜💜💜 #CatsofLitsy

Crazeedi Your fur baby is beautiful, I had a kitty a few years ago who looked a lot like yours...I miss her so much. 4mo
Soubhiville I 💙 those crossed eyes! 4mo
Aussie4paws Really beautiful kitty💕 4mo
BookishMarginalia @Crazeedi 💜💜💜 @Soubhiville @aussie4paws Thanks! He‘s such a good purrer too! 4mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Ah, to read a classic or pick up a bestseller, that is the age-old reader‘s question. Me? I say read both! (Though even as a lit major I have never been able to bite into Joyce‘s Ulysses —insert shudder here)

cariashley Haha agreed, I wish I HAD read it, but have no interest in actually reading it 😆 4mo
Octoberwoman I tried to read Ulysses once. I think I made it 30 pages in. 4mo
BookishMarginalia @cariashley Me too! @Octoberwoman That‘s about 25 pages more than me 4mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Sounds like an interesting life skill: Matt “dealt with complicated thoughts like he dealt with his post,” by stuffing it into little nooks and crannies and forgetting about it.

Lindy I once lived with someone who dealt with mail that way. I found unopened envelopes all over the place, including mail for other people that had been misdelivered to our place. 🤪 4mo
LeahBergen @Lindy That gives me immediate anxiety 😆😆 4mo
Lindy @LeahBergen I found her behaviour baffling, but it was a lesson for me that everyone doesn‘t do things the same way as was done in my family. 4mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Good morning, dear Littens! This one is due back at the library in a couple of days, so let‘s see if I can get it read 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

MommyOfTwo Love that mug! 4mo
Zelma I keep picking that up at the library and putting it back. I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of it. 4mo
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mrozzz
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A dysfunctional, blended "family": Matt & Claire are parents to Scarlett, a 7yo best friend to a talking rabbit, who lives w/ Claire & her boyfriend Patrick, while Matt lives w/ his girlfriend Alex, seeing Scarlett intermittently during the year. Hoping to spend another Xmas as a family Matt suggests a trip to Happy Forest Lodge with Claire, Scarlett +their new partners. The ensuing story answers the question: "What could go wrong?" again & again.

IamIamIam That looks like a Christmas story I can finally relate to!!! Lol, stacked it!! 5mo
mrozzz Right?? @IamIamIam soooo relatable! 5mo
Erinreadsthebooks I LOVE this book! 5mo
mrozzz It was wildly entertaining @Erinreadsthebooks 😊 5mo
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ontheBL
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The Adults by Caroline Hulse from Random House is an interesting book. I think the title is a bit ironic because most of the characters act anything but on their blended Christmas family holiday. Also someone gets shot with a bow and arrow.
https://onthebl.org/2019/01/18/theadults-by-carolinehulse/

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Erinreadsthebooks
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There's something special about crazy people who put themselves in dysfunctional situations and hope for the best, knowing there's no way shit's not going to hit the fan. I'm starting to think those ridiculous characters are in the books I love the most. I loved this laugh-out-loud funny, snarky look at a blended family's holiday vacation. Patrick's quirks and the conversations between Scarlett and her imaginary friend had me rolling. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Erinreadsthebooks
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I'm loving this book so far. Scarlett is seven and already has her dad's girlfriend's number. "Prison Sensibilities" ??

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Kaylamburson
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I read 72 books in 2018

A few stand-outs:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Landline
Little Fires Everywhere
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda
You Think It, I'll Say It
The Woman in the Window
Autoboyography
Lean In
Love and Other Words
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer
The Kiss Quotient
Hurricane Season (spring '19 release!)
The Adults

I'd love to hear your favorites from the year!

BennettBookworm Epic list! Thanks for sharing! 6mo
Kaylamburson Thanks, @BennettBookworm ! Definitely fantastic reads in the list! 6mo
Marina_h Little Fires Everywhere really surprised me last year. I didn't expect much but ended up really enjoying it! 5mo
Kaylamburson Yes! I loved it much more than her first book. @Marina_h 5mo
RadicalReader @Kaylamburson loved landline read that in four days couldn‘t have been more enjoyed by a book. One book I really enjoyed last year and highly strongly recommend for its catapult chapters of how you‘re intrigued to find out more from the last sentence of the chapter is 5mo
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ontheBL
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Enjoying a cozy fire and reading.

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TheNerdyProfessor
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This was my first audiobook. Overall, I enjoyed the experience but definitely prefer reading over listening. This book was light hearted and comical - it lacked depth but was a fun, easy read. I could easily see this becoming a movie. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Lauren.Archer
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Pickpick

Perfect read for this time of year. I love a multi-POV. This feels a lot like The Nest another great read.

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Lauren.Archer
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This is how I plan to spend most of my day today. This week is going way to fast.

peaknit I‘m curious about this one! 6mo
Ruthiella I know! It‘s already Thursday!😨 6mo
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ontheBL
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I love snuggling with Beau by the fire... She hates the fire. I bribed her with lots of treats to get the picture. She's safely staring down the mean fire as I type. Gonna snuggle in to read!

https://onthebl.org/2018/12/26/fire/

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kstadt929
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Wow @CrowCAH I cannot thank you enough for your generous #Jolabokaflodswap package!!! I love it all SO much!! The chocolates look amazing (I‘ve only had the milk chocolate oranges before and I love chocolate with mint so I can‘t wait to try them!) and I‘ve been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it!! It was so nice of you to include an extra gift ❤️ Thank you THANK YOU so much for everything! Merry Christmas 🎄

CrowCAH Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁You‘re very welcome; I had fun shopping for your gifts!!! ALL chocolate is good ☺️ 6mo
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Curvybookgirl
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The twelve books of Xmas. Ok I know it should start on the day itself but I couldn‘t wait to start sharing my 12 books. Some I have finished and some I am currently reading or about to read. Some are festive others are not. This first one is festive and explores the scenario of a blended family sharing Christmas together for the sake of their daughter. I loved this book!! You have to ask yourself who are the adults??

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GerardtheBookworm
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Take divorced couple, a shared custody of their daughter, add in the new partners and throw in step families and an imaginary bunny who all decide to go on holiday together at a winter lodge and you have recipe for disaster. From a shooting incident, petty jealousies, and pole dancing kids, this is sure to be a sitcom than a book.

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sophierayton
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Yay!!! This is a great book. Think, Liane Moriarty - but British! Funny, insightful, plot-driven. Just great, and especially great for Christmas as that's when it's set.

Kaylamburson Great comparison!!! Definitely has Moriarty feels! 6mo
TheLibrarian I also enjoyed this book! 6mo
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Kaylamburson
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I really enjoyed the ticking time bomb that was THE ADULTS. Would you survive a holiday "retreat" with your new love, your ex, your ex's new lover, your kid, and her imaginary friend? I think anyone would agree that's hell on earth, but it sure makes an entertaining read! The chapters are that perfect "just one more" length. This is more a character exploration than anything else, but I've never read a chick-lit book in that style. So good!

Cinfhen This was my #featuresAHoliday for #booked2018 and it was light enough without being too cheesy!!! 6mo
Kaylamburson Yes, that's perfect! Definitely light without too much cheese. @Cinfhen 6mo
Cinfhen Meant to say, your tree is beautiful ❤️ 6mo
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Kaylamburson I wish it was my tree! It's actually where I was babysitting last night 😂. But I have a small 5 ft tree this year that I'm super proud of!! @Cinfhen 6mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! I‘m sure your tree is equally wonderful 💚❤️ 6mo
Kaylamburson Haha, thank you!! I'll post a picture with my tree soon, too! @Cinfhen 6mo
RadicalReader @Kaylamburson can‘t wait to read this book have it on hold for me at the library and many more waiting on my for later list since I can only have 30 on my list at a time I keep my for later list filled for when I pick up those that are waiting so next time I‘ll always have more neat things to pick up 5mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY! This fun, dysfunctional family read is out today!!!

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/the-adults-caroline-hulse/

Brooke_H Clever cover! 7mo
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Kaylamburson
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I received this ARC on Wednesday before leaving on my family Thanksgiving weekend, and it was perfect thinking! What happens when an ex- husband and ex- wife try to make Christmas special for their daughter, so they go on a joint vacation with their new partners?
I'm already enthralled!

RadicalReader @Kaylamburson love the plot of this book cannot wait to check it out myself 5mo
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Rhondareads
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A comedy of errors a vacation for the whole family meaning the divorced couple and their new significant others under the same roof sounds heavenly 😂

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TorieStorieS
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I had a lot more fun reading this blended family drama than I expected! And though it‘s a bit early for a Christmas read, this one fits the bill for the #Booked2018 challenge for #FeaturesAHoliday ... although I guess that could have been the Hocus Pocus book too! But honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed this one more- I laughed and Posey is my favorite!!

Cinfhen I used the same book for this prompt! It was light and fun. 7mo
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen Thanks!! I really enjoyed it much more than I expected to!!! I 💜 Posey!!! 7mo
Cinfhen Scarlett and Posey got on my nerves 😩😬 7mo
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen I can definitely see why!!! 🐰 7mo
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TheSpineView
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It was and wasn't what I expected. I knew things would go horribly wrong but I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. Despite being predictable the characters were flawed in the best sort of way. Scarlett and Posey add that extra element of fun to the plot. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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