Behaving Like Adults: A Novel by Anna Maxted

By Anna Maxted

Meet Holly, the sunny twenty-nine-year-old proprietor of woman Meets Boy, a courting carrier in the event you are "beautiful inside of and out." although she's a successfulmatchmaker, she hasn't particularly fulfilled her personal courting desires (her ex-fiancé, Nick, turns out not likely to growth from his task as Mr. Elephant, kid's social gathering entertainer). So whilst her buddies dare her to choose a guy off the pinnacle of the pile, she's game.

But in a single lousy night, the likely ideal Stuart seems to be a completecad, and Holly's trust within the goodness of humanity takes a success. What does it suggest for her company and her romantic destiny if she will not belief her skill to learn humans? Holly's buddies and associates are drawn into the advanced drama of her existence, whereas Holly learns her most vital lesson: to belief herself.

Rueful and hilarious, Behaving Like Adults is a must-read novel of guys and ladies becoming up -- even with themselves.

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I lay there like a helpless twit. I had no idea how to defend myself. So I focused elsewhere. I’m a coward when it comes down to it. I don’t like to get hurt. I see it in Emily when she has to get her injection. At first she’s all scratch, wriggle, and hiss— not ssssssssss like a snake, a cat’s hiss is more venomous, hhaaaaaaaaaaach! And then survival instinct numbs her and she goes limp. I never liked it when she gave up. I preferred her to bite me; I hated to see the end of hope. Then I did it myself, and I understood her.

She liked the idea that we were modern, a club that cool young things (her words, I assure you) could belong to without feeling like losers. She loved that we weren’t grimly focused on churning out husbands and wives, that we also catered to those who were interested in making new friends or—self-conscious little snigger— landing a shag, and perhaps it reflected on the difficulty that successful, wealthy, would I say, young men and women, what with their starry high-flying careers, found meeting people naturally.

Trauma is for idiots. I suppose optimism is a survival skill. When I arrived home, the day after party night, with my new pink sweater and saw Manjit’s girlfriend’s car parked in the drive, my optimism ran away, and I couldn’t blame it. Everything about Manjit’s girlfriend grates. ” And she is, although not in the way she thinks. ) Her car is a green Beetle. You can hear its approach from neighboring counties. It’s as much a statement as a shiny red Porsche. She makes me feel guilty, and I don’t feel guilty that easily.

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