This book is one terrible mess, which is surprising because it s written by a bestselling author I mean, the dialoguedoes she really think people talk like that And what was up with all those boring email sections, which did nothing to add to the story Plus, all the main characters are super annoying, especially the parts concerning the main character s job The most obnoxious part of the story is the plot twist which happens about 200 pages into the book I m fairly certain that everyone must know what the twist is about 50 pages into the story, and the rest of the pages leading up to the shocking twist are painful Why did I keep reading this book Anna Walsh Is Officially A Wreck Physically Broken And Emotionally Shattered, She Lies On Her Parents Dublin Sofa With Only One Thing On Her Mind Getting Back To New York New York Means Her Best Friends, The Most Fabulous Job In The World And Above All, It Means Her Husband, AidanBut Nothing In Anna S Life Is That Simple Any Not Only Is Her Return To Manhattan Complicated By Her Physical And Emotional Scars But Aidan Seems To Have Vanished Is It Time For Anna To Move On Is It Even Possible For Her To Move On A Motley Group Of Misfits, An Earth Shattering Revelation, Two Births And One Very Weird Wedding Might Help Anna Find Some Answers And Change Her Life Forever I d have to put this book in my list of top ten favorites of all time I picked up the book on tape version at the library and immediately fell in love with Marian Keyes I had to get the print version to enjoy the story again, and I am not usually one to re read books because there are so many others on my to read list After reading this most engaging novel, I felt compelled to read all of Keyes other books, most of which were wonderful as well This one remains my favorite of hers, however I think it is several steps above the chick lit category The story is both hysterically funny and extremely poignant I loved getting to know the Walsh sisters and bits and pieces of their various stories, so I was delighted to learn that there were other books that had different Walsh sisters as the main character.
I like how Anna s story is revealed a little bit at a time, and the intermittent flashbacks that help us learn about her relationship to Aiden I fell in love with him right along with her and felt endeared to him throughout the story I sobbed at the end it was such a touching and satisfying conclusion I enjoyed this book so much that I have given it as a gift to several of my friends Highly recommended I m having a love affair with Keyes at the moment Started with Lucy Sullivan gets married loved it hiccuped with Watermelon not so much then on to Rachel s holiday rivaled Lucy s story and now, this one Anybody out there is Anna s story Keyes was on point in this book, Anna was heartbreakingly familiar When I realized where her story was heading I was a bit angry, as I was already in love with Anna and Andy as a couplehow could Keyes do this to me It was the delicate way that Keyes wove Annas story that made me keep reading through my anger I love how in each of these story about this family, one sisters life story, or segment of their life, is explored, and then you kind of get updates in the following sisters story It s a nice way for the stories to continue I m trying not to give too much away, mostly cause I know Laura has this marked as to read There were many moments in the books where I just paused and was wowed by Keyes ability to turn a phrase, or make a moment so recognizable and emotional One of my favorite quotes cause I have felt this way before is Funnily enough, I wasn t that keen on butterflies It was a hard thing to admit because everyone loves butterflies and not liking them is akin to saying you don t like Michael Palin, or dolphins or strawberries But to me, butterflies were slightly sneaky all they were were moths in embroidered jackets And, yes, moths were creepy and their flapping wings made a nasty papery sound but at least they were honest they were brown, they were dull, they were stupid flying into flames at the drop of a hat All in all, they hadn t much going for them but they didn t pretend to be anything other than what they were its not really a pivotal quote, but I liked it This was my first Marian Keyes book, so I haven t read the others about the Walsh sisters I think I have a hard time getting into a lot of books, it usually takes the first 100 pages before I care about the book Once I hit the turning point in the novel around chapter 25 it was un put down able Seriously, I read the majority of the book on Sunday afternoon about 300 pages.
I enjoy Anna, there is a lot that I can relate to about her under the surface She is a PR Account Executive, I ve worked in the PR field not on the account side for about five years and the things she would complain about made me giggle because I could totally see it.
Watching Anna remember February 16th was heartbreaking, watching her recovery would break my heart one minute and have me laughing out loud the next page Definitely a good read, now I think I need to read Watermelon so I can experience of the other Walsh sisters Only Helen and Rachel were discussed a lot in Anybody Out There Why I will never read this book The verdict is in.
As I wandered down to my local coffee shop the other morning, I couldn t help noticing a little pile of books somebody had put on the footpath, part of a clearing up A motley collection, if ever I saw one, was my professional assessment Over the next couple of days the pile got smaller Somebody took the book on Twenty two ways to improve the feng shui of your lavatory And Things you can do with bonsai plants if you have a front loader Even the Booker Prize winner went missing Eventually all that was left was Marian Keyes Anybody Out ThereApparently not, Marian Apparently not.
This was the first book by Marian Keyes that I ve read, and it made me see why so many people like her She does a great job of keeping you guessing what has happened to Anna throughout the first 200 or so pages, until its finally revealed how she got her injuries and what has happened to Aidan Normally I might say that a book this long was a bit overdone and could ve been cut back on, but I loved every page of it I was crying by the ending This book really pulled me into the story and made me feel for Anna so much.
I mentally classify most novels into one of two broad categories Literature or Crap Within the Crap category there are several further levels books with negligible literary attributes like no plot, no character development, poor writing, etc.
ehh hmmm Twilight fall into the Watching TV category because reading one of these books is the intellectual equivalent and takes the same amount of effort as sitting through a TV show Marian Keyes books definitely do not fall into the Literature category because they don t offer much in the way of new insights or artistic use of language, but as far as Crap goes, they are pretty high quality They are extremely funny and the writing is surprisingly GOOD I definitely couldn t write that well while maintaining such a complexity of characters and plot lines for 600 pages That s for sure Her books are belittlingly labeled as chick lit , forever dooming serious readers to deny having enjoyed them But thinking about it, and in an effort to justify my own enjoyment, the whole chick lit phenomenon is remarkably anti feminist Why is there no equivalent nomen for books about traditionally testosterone y topics like war, fist fights and cars dick lit or prick lit are two possible suggestions no vulgar than chick lit mind you Personally, I d much rather lose myself in a book about a peaceful topic like human relationships romantic, familial or professional and the beauty industry, than something bloody and violent The fact that I am capable of losing myself in 600 pages about cosmetics, a topic that I know absolutely nothing about and have no interest in, is testament to the quality and pace of the writing and the story Three stars instead of four because, without giving anything away, parts of the theme were really depressing.
My best friend recommended this and I have to thank her for it A lovely book, I remember crying my eyes out so I often had to put it down, get a grip and then go on Easily read even though I hadn t read the first 3 books of the Walsh Family series If you enjoyed books by Ahern or Kinsella then you will love Keyes style