The Adults chosen for YOU magazine’s December Reading Group

Christmas doesn’t always go to plan and in Caroline Hulse’s The Adults, divorced couple Matt and Claire’s decision to spend Christmas together with their new partners, their daughter and her imaginary friend, Posey the rabbit, ends spectacularly. Set during the festive season and bursting with wit, it is the perfect pick for reading groups this December, and YOU magazine agree as they have selected The Adults for their reading group this month! YOU magazine’s John Koski called the debut an ‘edgy, seasonal comedy… By turns funny, toe-curling, touching and true, it is a useful reminder that, as tension rises over the mince pies, things could always be worse.’

The Adults was first published in the UK in hardback and ebook by Orion in August, followed by the paperback edition on 29th November 2018.

In the lead up to its US publication by Random House in November, The Adults, was also selected by Entertainment Weekly, LibraryReads and BookBub as one of their November reads, and featured on the Indie Next List as a December read.


Claire and Matt are divorced but decide what’s best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a ‘normal’ family Christmas with them all together.

Claire brings her new boyfriend Patrick, a seemingly eligible Iron-Man-in-Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, their daughter, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a rabbit.

Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Organized Fun activities, drinking a little too much after bed-time, oversharing classified secrets about their pasts and, before they know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends – where this story starts – with a tearful, frightened, call to the police…

But what happened? They said they’d all be adults about this…

Caroline Hulse spends most of her days writing, having fulfilled her dream of having a job she could do in pyjamas. She also works in Human Resources sometimes. She is openly competitive and loves playing board and card games. She can often be found in casino poker rooms. She lives with her husband in Manchester.

Find Caroline on Twitter at @CarolineHulse1.