Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

How Hard Can It Be?

by Allison Pearson

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Family Drama Humour (fiction) Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on How Hard Can It Be?

An absolute belter of a novel, amusing, poignant, and hugely entertaining. This is a follow-up to the bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, however it could be read without prior knowledge of Kate Reddy's earlier life. Kate herself is fast heading towards 50 and invisibility, life however refuses to listen and keeps setting devious traps. I don't believe that you have to have passed or be nearing 50, to be a parent or even a woman, to be captivated by this tale of family drama. Allison Pearson writes with a witty, exceedingly realistic pen and I found myself nodding along, both smirking and wincing as I read. How Hard Can It Be captures life, proper gutsy, difficult, yet wonderful life, and while making you smile, also makes you think, I loved it. 

Liz Robinson

How Hard Can It Be? Synopsis

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 she's caught between her traitorous hormones, unknowable teenage children and ailing parents. She's back at work after a break, 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, her old client and flame Jack reappears - complicated doesn't even begin to cover it...

Win a copy of Where We Belong and a  Fortnum & Mason Hamper!

Win a copy of Where We Belong and a Fortnum & Mason Hamper!

Closing date: 19/06/2020

Where We Belong by Anstey Harris is "is almost too gorgeous for words, thoughtful and full of emotion, it’s a simply wonderful story that connected to my heart and soul." Liz Robinson, Expert Reviewers. We have a very exciting giveaway, not only do we have a copy of this book up for grabs we have a Fortnum & Mason hamper to go with it! This draw is open only for UK residents currently in the UK and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. The draw closes on 19th June 2020. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

Enter Now

How Hard Can It Be? Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

If you want something a bit light hearted and very funny then this is the book for you. Full review

Hannah Ward

Funny and for some of us we can totally relate to this. A midlife crisis is no joke but the author brings this beautifully to life. Full review

Jane Brown

This book really touched a nerve. It was like holding a mirror up against my own life in a lot of respects. Totally loved it! Full review

Amanda O'Dwyer

How hard can it be to return to the workplace at nearly fifty? Well Kate is about to find out, and her already chaotic life is set to get a whole lot worse! Full review

Vicky-Leigh Sayer

Funny but heartbreakingly real, written for us and about us- a deserved success for Allison Pearson. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Kate Reddy and her family. Full review

Carrie Jones

How Hard Can It Be? Press Reviews

`Made me laugh, wince, shudder and shed a tear!' SOPHIE KINSELLA

`Revolutionary ... Both funny and unflinching' ELIZABETH DAY, Daily Telegraph

`As sharp and witty as ever ... hugely enjoyable' Daily Mail

`How Hard Can It Be? is that rare thing: a sequel that matches and even surpasses the original' Daily Telegraph

`Once again, countless women will recognise themselves ... Pearson has a gift' The Times

`Filled with smart insights into ageing parents, female friendships, tricky family dynamics and failing marriages ... Kate makes good company' New York Times

`Ms. Pearson writes with great wit and verve' Wall Street Journal

`Pearson features menopause as nearly its own character in this laugh-out-loud yet all too realistic romp through midlife concerns about aging, sexual appeal, careers for older employees, and family care issues. Spot on' Library Journal, Starred Review

`Brilliantly well observed' INDIA KNIGHT

`Written with a light touch and verve ... Pearson makes a sharp point about the lack of value and status that society places on the onerous job of a stay at home mother ... in these pages, there is a raw honesty' Financial Times

`Sparkling, funny and poignant, this is a triumphant return for Pearson and hopefully not the last we will hear of Kate' Daily Express

`It is this relatable quality of Pearson's story, along with laugh-out-loud zingers on nearly every page, that makes this sequel shine. How Hard Can It Be? is witty, current and a good reminder that age can be a trump card, even if you need reading glasses to see the deck' Washington Post

`Few sequels beat the original, but How Hard Can It Be? does so hands down ... zesty, razor-sharp and hilarious. It's full of such quotable casual profundity on the female condition I couldn't read it without a pencil to underline the abundance of great lines. Get ready for Kate!' TINA BROWN, magazine editor and bestselling author

`Funny, heart-breaking, wise and delightful' SOPHIE HANNAH

If you loved this, you might like these...

After the End
A Day Like Any Other
My Lies, Your Lies
My Lies, Your Lies

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008150556
Publication date: 26/07/2018
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008150525
Publication date: 21/09/2017
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008150556
Publication date: 26th July 2018
Author: Allison Pearson
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Humour, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Allison Pearson

Allison Pearson is an award-winning journalist. A founder member of BBC 2's 'Late Review', she broadcasts regularly on TV and radio. Her novel I Don't Know How She Does It became an instant bestseller.

More About Allison Pearson

More Books By Allison Pearson

Cover for How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson
Cover for I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson
Cover for I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson
View All Books By Allison Pearson

Share this book