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.
Some women of fifty may go through a stage in life where they just can’t articulate themselves as they used to. This can be put down to what we call ‘menopausal fog’ which makes us walk into a room then completely forget why. Words desert us, as we desperately grasp for the vocabulary which we once had, and know is still there hidden deep within our frazzled brains.
So, it’s very refreshing to read about a woman approaching fifty who can articulate exactly how she feels exquisitely, with laugh out loud humour.
Kate Reddy is fast approaching the big ‘5 0’ , she is married to Rich. who is going through his own mid-life crisis and has two teenage children. Her son hardly ever looks up from his phone, and her daughter finds herself in a position where a particular body part is displayed to the World via Facebook
I loved how she referred to her brain as ‘Roy’ the dithery librarian who desperately hunts out information for her in a vast room of knowledge. Sometimes she will ask Roy the name of an acquaintance only to be told where she has left her glasses.
A cleverly written book which portrays the horror of the menopause, the hardships of returning to work as a forty-nine-year-old, and having to care for elderly parents who are becoming increasingly frail. However, the humour throughout this book makes it into a highly enjoyable, hilarious read.
The characters are so well portrayed that they could belong to members of your own family and Kate is purely adorable.
A book for all women because the subject matter is so often shunned and needs to be talked about more openly, and because we all need a really good laugh now and again.
The book was kindly sent me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Allison Pearson was born in South Wales. She is a columnist and feature writer for the Daily Telegraph. Allison’s first novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, was an international bestseller; translated into 32 languages it was made into a movie of the same name. Oprah Winfrey called the book ‘A Bible for the working mother’. Allison lives in Cambridge with her family and two poodles. You can find her on Twitter @allisonpearson