For me this book was a little rocky at first but then I got into it.
Modern women don't believe in love. Believing in love carries roughly the same stigma as halitosis. It's old-fashioned as going on a diet (as opposed to a detox).
..........I know all that and yet I do believe in love.
With her first two irresistible novels, Anna Maxted won the hearts of readers everywhere. Now, in Behaving Like Adults, she introduces us to twenty-nine-year-old Holly, the sunny, optimistic owner of Girl Meets Boy, a dating service for those who are "beautiful inside and out." She's ambitious- and successful-with her matchmaking, but she hasn't quite fulfilled her own relationship dreams (her ex-fiancé, Nick, seems unlikely to progress from his job as Mr. Elephant, children's party entertainer). So when her friends dare her to pick a man off the top of the pile, she's game.
But in one awful evening the perfect-on-paper Stuart turns out to be a thorough cad, and Holly's belief in the goodness of humanity takes a hit. How can she make good matches when she can no longer trust her ability to read people? What does this mean for her business-and her romantic future? Holly's friends and colleagues are drawn into the complicated drama of her life, while Holly learns her most important lesson: to trust herself.
A must read of Anna Maxted's many fans, Behaving Like Adults is a rueful and hilarious novel of men and women growing up - in spite of themselves.
This is a duplicate of a book that I have not read yet, but I have loved everything i have read by this author, I call her books serious chick lit because they always contain some serious element that often makes one teary eyed, but follows it up with something hilariously funny.
This is not my favorite Maxted novel but I dutifully read it to the end. Somehow the plot and writing style never really captured my interest. It may have been my state-of-mind----I think I was looking for a little more comic relief.
I really really loved this book. In some small way, it helped me on my journey as an adult wondering when I'm going to get it together (evidently never). Although the book deals with a serious topic, it remains conversational and easy to read.
Definitely not your typical chick-lit that I usually am drawn to. Though there are several witty and entertaining characters, the core of the story deals with the serious issue of date rape and the aftermath. The author does an excellent job of drawing you into Holly's life as she tries to cope with her experience while trying to maintain a sense of normalcy in her life. Though she stumbles along the way, she proves to herself that she is a survivor.
Several sub-plots involving Holly's sisters, parents and friends that I found intriguing as well.