Clarissa Cruz
May 23, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Behaving Like Adults

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Anna Maxted
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

At first glance, Maxted’s heroines fit the chick-lit template: They’re successful, attractive London gals with a gaggle of friends prone to Rupert Everettesque scene-stealing. Then they get hit with a Big Issue — anorexia or a parent’s death — which often brings a movie-of-the-week heaviness. Behaving starts off similarly, with professional matchmaker Holly surviving a rape. But the preachiness is offset by the lovability of the characters — particularly Holly’s unpolished yet wise parents, who make Bridget Jones’ nattering mum seem cartoonish in comparison.

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