Getting Over It

Getting Over It

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Helen Bradshaw isn't exactly living out her dreams. She's a lowly assistant editor at GirlTime magazine, she drives an ancient Toyota, and she has a history of choosing men who fall several thousand feet below acceptable boyfriend standard. Not to mention that she shares an apartment with a scruffy, tactless roommate, her best girlfriends are a little too perfect, and the most affectionate male in her life--her cat, Fatboy--occasionally pees in her underwear draw.

Then Helen gets the telephone call she least expects: Her father has had a massive heart attack. Initially brushing off his death as merely an interruption in her already chaotic life (they were never very close, after all), Helen is surprised to find everything else starting to crumble around her. Her pushy mother is coming apart at the seams, a close friend might be heading toward tragedy, and, after the tequila incident, it looks as though Tom the vet will be sticking with Dalmatians. Turns out getting over it isn't going to be quite as easy as she thought.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 139.7 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 453.59g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 006098824X
  • 9780060988241
  • 964,476

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?I loved "Getting Over It! Its tone is so breezy and subversive, but with a heart of vulnerability. Helen is a fabulous character, and Maxted's handling of the emotional fallout of death is spot-on. Most important, "Getting Over It never loses its humor or its warmth -- a great achievement.? --Marian Keyes, author, "Watermelon and "Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married?"Getting Over It is a charming and compelling debut.?--Suzanne Finnamore, author of "Otherwise Engaged"There is nothing cocklewarming, or tearjerking, about "Getting Over It. It is far too witty, and clever, for that. Its protagonist's bad habits, moral weaknesses and drunked lapses are its greatest asset. Like Bridget Jones, it refuses to gloss over life's ordinary squalor; unlike Bridget, however, its heroine's traumas are serious, giving it an edge which makes her predecessor's worries seem laughably small. It's compelling, humane, and worryingly funny, and better written than many more 'literary' novels. The difference between Maxted's novel and her would-be peers is honesty." --"Evening Standard?Hip, readable, often poignant and always funny...Had Maxted published this sharp, witty tale...before the Bridget Jones phenomenon, Fielding's novel might have been noted as a pale comparison....a laugh-out-loud debut novel.? ---"Publishers Weekly
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13,562 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
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4 31% (4,166)
3 33% (4,500)
2 11% (1,433)
1 5% (615)
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