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The Adults

A Novel
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A couple (now separated), plus their daughter, plus their new partners, all on an epic Christmas vacation. What could go wrong? This razor-sharp novel puts a darkly comic twist on seasonal favorites like Love Actually and The Holiday.

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Real Simple

“This debut is the whole package: realistic, flawed characters placed in an increasingly tense situation, resulting in a surprising, suspenseful novel.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Meet The Adults.

Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that it would be best for their daughter, Scarlett, to have a “normal” family Christmas. They can’t agree on whose idea it was to go to the Happy Forest holiday park or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did - and it’s too late to pull the plug. Claire brings her new boyfriend, Patrick (never Pat), a seemingly sensible, eligible from a distance Ironman-in-Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life, Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, who is seven, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a giant rabbit. Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Forced Fun Activities, drink a little too much after Scarlett’s bedtime, overshare classified secrets about their pasts...and before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this novel begins - with a tearful, frightened call to the police.

What happened? They said they’d all be adults about this....

Advance praise for The Adults

“Your worst-ever family holiday gathering can’t possibly be as painfully hilarious as the one in Caroline Hulse’s The Adults. I happily devoured this funny, insightful novel and believe you will, as well.” (Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement

“Such a breath of fresh air! Witty, intensely human, and (dare I say it) relatable.... This novel is the perfect comedy of errors.” (Katie Khan, author of Hold Back the Stars)

“A snappy writing style and changing viewpoints make the pages of this debut fly by as readers will want to know what happens next.” (Library Journal, starred review)

“Brilliantly funny.” (Good Housekeeping - UK)

“Razor-sharp comedy.” (Sunday Mirror)

“An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek tale of people who are the adults, after all.” (Booklist)

©2018 Caroline Hulse (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Clumsy first novel

Seems more like an aspirational classroom creative writing exercise, not quite ready for publishing, yet not without charm.

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Fun holiday read!

I love holiday reads! This one is a bit dark but still funny. Not Christmas with Kranks but still a smile and will keep holiday road rage to a minimum. Not a family listen but if you’re trying to do your regular commute and add holiday errands to the list at least this will keep you smiling 🦄

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