Review: How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson


Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as “sparkling, funny, and poignant…a triumphant return for Pearson.”

Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?


A rollicking good time!

I’ve never met a book so quotable and hilarious! If I would have started highlighting while reading, my whole book would be glowing yellow right now.

Kate Reddy is quickly approaching 50 and is dealing with everything that comes with it – trying to re-enter the workforce after years at home, body and memory changes, and family matters that come with children maturing into teenagers.

For those of us who have aged with Bridget Jones, you will appreciate this tale equally.

This is a sequel to I Don’t Know How She Does It (there’s a film with the same title featuring a Sarah Jessica Parker) but it worked great as a stand-alone.

By the way: So glad that I now know what a “belfie” is – that’s one less term me and my old self has to look up in urban dictionary.

A giant thank you to Marissa at St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this book!


  1. Lovely review of a fantastic book, Melisa! I still chuckle when I think about some of this!

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