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Book Rx: Your Monthly Reading Prescription | “How Hard Can It Be?” by Allison Pearson

By Julie Bond

Rx: “How Hard Can It Be?”

Prescribed by: Allison Pearson

Prescribed for: Perimenopausal women faced with aging parents, eye-rolling teens, and the inability to lose 10 lbs.

Side Effects: Uncontrollable laughter resulting in the need to urinate frequently.

Although “How Hard Can It Be?” is the sequel to the author’s bestseller, “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” you don’t need to have read the first novel to thoroughly enjoy this one.  This is Bridget Jones meets Erma Bombeck, laugh out loud funny.

Directions:  Kate Reddy is trying to return to the work force while raising teenagers, dealing with her aging parents and in-laws, and trying to figure out what is going on with her marriage.  Her husband is suddenly a health conscious narcissist, who is working on finding himself, rather than working on helping support their family. Throw in a house that is a money pit and one less than fully house-trained dog, and you have the makings of a hysterical, touching, gem of a novel, worthy of any female book club. When Kate refers to perimenopause as “Perry” for short and quips about “Roy,” the over-worked, myopic librarian in charge of all the information in her brain thus: “Eighteen months into the perimenopause and I regret to say that the great library of my mind is reduced to one overdue Danielle Steele novel” you can’t help but giggle and smile sympathetically.

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Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at ObsessiveBookFanatic@gmail.com

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