This book is charming and easy to read, the perfect tonic to this absurdly grey February
I adored this book. LOVE LOVE LOVED it.
Funny, touching and so beautifully written, with a twist that knocks you off your feet
Susan is a fantastic character, who you end up loving deeply by the end
Insightful, funny and incredibly entertaining. Haywood has created a character who is both irritating and intriguing in equal measure and I bloody loved her!
Susan Green is an independent and endearingly prickly woman whose life is spiralling out of control. You're gonna love her.
Brilliantly acerbic . . . told with the wit and intelligence of a modern Jane Austen
I fell in love with the warm, feminist heart of this novel
Warm, uplifting, funny and bittersweet
Haywood's novel is humorous and reveals the vulnerability of someone who believes she's above all that. It poses the question: do we ever really have control over anything in our lives?
One of the best books I've ever read, purely for the main character Susan - one of the best, most likeable, quirky, funny characters in any book I've ever read. I couldn't have been sadder for this book to end. I don't want to give anything away but if you're going through any change in your life, not really sure what you're doing or feel a bit lost, this is the book for you.
Refreshingly different and often unpredictable, yet providing enough hope to keep the reader turning pages
A witty tale of a unique and unforgettable woman who is learning to love and be loved. It is a quirky, warm and entertaining read which certainly packs an emotional punch.
An original, engaging and totally believable character
The trend for "up lit" continues to make its mark, in titles including Sarah Haywood's debut The Cactus (rigid, lonely-but-doesn't-realise woman in her 40s falls pregnant and is forced to make connections; great cover)
An immense pleasure . . . I loved this novel very much
If you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, then you'll love The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. Quirky, funny, compelling, you can't help but love, and cheer for, the main character Susan
Sarah Haywood's charming, funny, poignant debut, The Cactus, is that rare gem, a story of womanhood and motherhood that is never reductive and seldom predictable
An ideal read for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Quirky, poignant and extremely readable
There's been a trend for 'difficult' female protagonists ... but set-in-her-ways Susan is difficult in her own unique way
Legal battles, lapses of logic and the joys and fears of motherhood are explored in this astute, funny and moving novel of a woman learning how to let go
A warm, witty portrait of a woman finally creating the family she deserves
Read it if you loved Eleanor Oliphant
Fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine will love The Cactus ... wonderfully funny and astute
Hilarious and endearing ... anchored by the splendid character of Susan
Glorious...it twists and turns through human nature wonderfully. Like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Rosie Project ... a book you just want to read at any opportunity.
I think everyone recognises a little bit of themselves in Susan
A heartfelt and charming story of one woman's transition from a solitary, orderly existence to a messy life full of love.
A brilliantly comic novel about the flawed, controlling and utterly endearing Susan, who, while engaging in a family feud with her feckless brother, embarks unwittingly on a journey of personal enlightenment
A very readable, often funny tale of how sometimes we think we have life under control, but really, that's just impossible; it's better to just go with the flow and actually enjoy ourselves along the way. A very useful life lesson.
A very compelling and enjoyable read
Best cover. Kick-ass feminist, quirky story within. The definition of win-win.
Gloriously funny and poignant, The Cactus introduces us to Susan Green, a 45-year-old woman who's seemingly in-control life begins to unravel in a very messy and, er, prickly way. You will love her.
Wise, witty and introspective The Cactus is a terrific debut that cannot fail to move you ... candid and warm
Equal parts intelligent, funny and devastating, Haywood breathes life into an unlikely heroine in a bold, emotionally-charged debut.
If, like me, you never stopped to think what a child born of The Rosie Project's Don Tillman and Bridget Jones might be like, there's one way to find out. Read Sarah Haywood's The Cactus. Meet Susan Green. She doesn't understand how funny she is, which is delicious.
A brilliant read
The Cactus will be compared to Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine...there is terrible poignancy
Heartfelt and funny, this big-hearted debut will delight fans of The Rosie Project.
A joyful, funny and very insightful story. Incredibly well written and wonderfully imagined. Effortlessly entertaining with captivating observatoins.
'Funny, compelling, well-written...for fans of Marian Keyes who demand a bit of grit in their comic writing'