Behaving Like Adults: A Novel by Anna Maxted

By Anna Maxted

Meet Holly, the sunny twenty-nine-year-old proprietor of lady Meets Boy, a relationship provider should you are "beautiful within and out." although she's a successfulmatchmaker, she hasn't rather fulfilled her personal courting desires (her ex-fiancé, Nick, turns out not likely to development from his activity as Mr. Elephant, kid's occasion entertainer). So while her neighbors dare her to select a guy off the pinnacle of the pile, she's game.

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

Rueful and hilarious, Behaving Like Adults is a must-read novel of guys and ladies transforming into up -- despite themselves.

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I hemmed and hawed, nearly gave it to her, and then I kept it. Good grief! Every time I saw it lying unused on the kitchen table, I felt like Judas. The guilt killed me, I had to buy her the aromatic essential balm to restore my faith in myself. Nick slammed into the house halfway through. Stuart kicked the kitchen door shut. I was too frightened to scream. There were a million thoughts going through my head and nothing at all. It was like I wasn’t even there. I was aware of being jolted, of my arms being held above my head, but mostly I was out of myself.

When I bought Rachel a priceless bottle of Decléor face oil for her birthday, I was twitching, I so badly wanted to keep the free tube of antifatigue eye contour gel that came with it, but it felt shoddy, swindling her out of her bonus gift. I hemmed and hawed, nearly gave it to her, and then I kept it. Good grief! Every time I saw it lying unused on the kitchen table, I felt like Judas. The guilt killed me, I had to buy her the aromatic essential balm to restore my faith in myself. Nick slammed into the house halfway through.

It was cosmetic. Who, I thought, is this person, really? Is he thrilled or is he pretending to be thrilled? He is an actor, his métier (as he’d say) is deceit. Nige can recite “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” and make it sound like a sonnet. All the world is a stage for him. I’ve watched him when he thinks he’s alone. He’s like an unread book, inanimate. He needs an audience to be alive. Which means that everything he says or does is an act. I stopped smiling. “Success. Hooray. Wonderful. ” Nige sat down, disappointed.

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