She decides to go home to Dublin And there, sheltered by the love of a quirky family, she gets better So much so, in fact, that when James slithers back into her life, he s in for a bit of a surprise.
MY THOUGHTS This was the first book by Marian Keyes that I ever read I read it quite some time after she had made a name for herself with Rachel s Holiday The first time I read Watermelon, and there have been several readings over the years, I was enamoured by Keyes writing Warm and witty, it was like sitting down and having a good gossip session with your best friend and a bottle of wine And did you hear about Claire.
No Well, James has only gone and left her, and with a brand new baby And you ll never guess who he left her for I haven t always liked all of Keyes books Rachel s Holiday being one in particular , but Watermelon I loved it THE AUTHOR Marian Keyes born 10 September 1963 is an Irish novelist and non fiction writer, best known for her work in women s literature She is an Irish Book Awards winner Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages She became known worldwide for Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes including domestic violence and alcoholism.
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com Opening LineI m sorry, you must think I m very rude We ve hardly even been introduced and here I am telling you all about the terrible things that have happened to me Claire thought she had the perfect life right up until her husband James announced that he didn t love her any and was leaving her for another woman He might have picked a better day to deliver this earth shattering news than directly after the birth of their first child Shocked, heartbroken and now packing some serious baby weight, Claire flees London and retreats back to her dysfunctional family in Ireland to regroup Claire s idea of regrouping is of course to take to bed and only emerge when the baby needs feeding or she runs out of liquor.
Eventually she does get out of bed, hitting her father s dusty stationary bike to work off the rage and inadvertently the pounds Yes her period of mourning has gone from devastation to depression to rage And then she goes about starting her life again Along the way one of her sisters drags home Adam, the cute, younger and obviously unobtainable man that honestly seems to be flirting with her Before long Claire has almost forgotten James, well not really but he s no longer her first waking thought and besides Adam has a really nice bum So then the story gets kinda predictable because of course James comes slinking back He has some interesting excuses for having his affair but now basically just wants everything to go back to the way it was Okay I have to talk about James, what an asshat I understand he is meant to the antagonist here but jeez It s not so much his character I am judging but that of the author deciding our heroine would actually be dumb enough to consider taking him back after the shit he pulled I mean he hasn t phoned once or even asked after his daughter, in fact doesn t even know her name and to top it all off he blames Claire for the fact that he had an affair And then Keyes continued to write him in such a way that he actually comes across a bit psycho, with moods changing on a dime yes she loves to use idioms and yet Claire still wants him in her daughter s life I would be doing everything I could to make sure he never had contact with her Anyways.
This was a super long book 614 pages which wouldn t have been an issue if the author had stayed on track As it was this could have been cut by about 200 pages as the heroine s silly see annoying inner dialogue prattled on with random off topic issues, spending 8 pages talking about the history off her parents liquor cabinet and other non related issues Some of her inner ramblings were funny but I ll be honest it got to the point where I was skimming just to get on with the actual story this continued for the entire 600 page read I did enjoy the sections where it was written as though the author heroine is talking directly to the reader However I still never got a real feel for her I also had a hard time believing that she was a new mother, her baby is such a non issue throughout this book, just part of the plot and then she remains in the background as an accessory while Claire goes about her binge drinking and depression at her parents house And with that in mind I would have to describe this as bitter chick lit because while it has its moments of humour its always with a harsh edge so that you re not so much laughing as cringing 380jb3.
5 Claire Has Everything She Ever Wanted A Husband She Adores, A Great Apartment, A Good Job Then, On The Day She Gives Birth To Their First Baby, James Informs Her That He S Leaving Her Claire Is Left With A Newborn Daughter, A Broken Heart, And A Postpartum Body That She Can Hardly Bear To Look AtShe Decides To Go Home To Dublin And There, Sheltered By The Love Of A Quirky Family, She Gets Better So Much So, In Fact, That When James Slithers Back Into Her Life, He S In For A Bit Of A Surprise View my full review on diaryofdifference.
com 2018 04 25 wate A lovely read Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors of all time The story of how I discovered Marian is quite funny, actually It was back in the days when I was a teenager and I was in love with the Gifted Series from Marilyn Kaye I have read only the first two books and I have asked my mum to bring me the rest of them there were six in total She came back with a book with an author that had a similar name, and here we are today I have read Watermelon a long time ago, but I have decided to share my thoughts with you now.
This is a chick lit book about a woman left on her own right after she gives birth to her first child and then goes back to her parent s house to start her life over.
This is a story about bravely, love, family and all little things that will melt your heart.
Prepare to cry Actually, prepare to cry a lot, and don t say I haven t warned you.
A story that will stick with you for years after you ve read it The characters that will make you wish you met them and were their friends over and over again.
Blog Facebook Twitter Tumblr Instagram Pinterest What a Way to Start a Brand New Baby s Life Claire can t believe that the very day that she gives birth to her first child is the same day that her husband decides to leave her What Luck Marian Keyes pulls out all the stops in the development of the story and the characters Claire and her husband James have been married for a few years and are living in New York She thought things were going just great, then out of nowhere James announces that he s fallen for someone else and is leaving their home to move in the with the other woman Claire is devastated and decides to move back home to her family in Ireland Once she gets there, her parents and her sisters there are five girls altogether poor Dad try their best to help her deal with her abandonment and pitch in to help take care of the baby she even has to name her baby girl without James input So she s down but she s not out and after a bout of depression in which she terrorizes her family she finally decides to move on with her life and she leaves the house for the first time in weeks She meets Adam, one of her sister Helen s college classmates who although a little older than the average college student, is still a little young for her, but he s hot and she can t help being drawn to him and he seems to have a fondness for her brand new baby Claire is still heart broken over her husband s betrayal, but maybe she can find a way to see the good in mankind by befriending Adam Claire discovers a lot about herself, about her marriage and finds out the truth about her husband and comes to a crossroads and makes a decision about the way she s going to live her life and raise her daughter This is my first Marian Keyes novel and I was instantly swept up in Claire s personality and the humor that s infused in her books I especially enjoyed listening to the battles that would go on in Claire s head between the good vs evil masterfully done I was engrossed in every page and read it quickly and was sorry to have it end and then was so pleased to learn that there were books in this series I would like the chance to get to know the Walsh sisters better and I know that I ve found a favorite author in Marian Keyes.
This is chick lit, so you can t come in thinking it will be masterfully written That said, this was worse than most I picked it up because it was recommended and looked like a quick read It was even quicker than expected, because I was able to skip a huge portion of the angst at the beginning and jump directly to the climax The premise of the book is that Claire s husband announces his affair and their separation on the day that Claire has their baby The break up of her marriage leaves Claire in a state of depression where we plumb the depths of her soul for about 150 pages The plot is thin on the ground for this portion of the book, and we mostly hear about how dreadful she feels Fortunately, she has what must be the easiest newborn ever and apparently needs to spend little time actually caring for the baby Events proceed predictably, and at the risk of spoilers , she meets another man Finally, she is forced to choose between her marriage and the other man, but gasp perhaps she can t really recover either relationship The denouement of the book begins with chapter 24 If you get sick of the characters before you reach that point, but want to find out what happens like I did , I recommend skimming from that point on.
3,5 5 Mi estreno con Marian Keyes ha estado bien, pero quiz por las expectativas, cre a que ser a mejor Lo que se me ha hecho pesado en muchas ocasiones han sido los pensamientos de Claire, se alejaba tanto del tema en cuesti n que me perd a y me costaba volver a coger el hilo, aunque a otra persona puede que no le pase y que simplemente no era el momento para leer este tipo de historia, pero con la sinopsis me parec a una lectura perfecta para el verano Me ha parecido muy peculiar la familia Walsh, as que posiblemente siga conociendo las historias de las otras hermanas, as como otros libros de Marian que me han recomendado.
Este es mi primer chick lit y he quedado bastante satisfecha Y es que ten a algo de prejuicio por el g nero y este libro me lo ha curado La narraci n es bastante gil y apenas si decae sobre la mitad del libro para recuperarse r pidamente La virtud de la escritora de este libro, radica en hacerlo cercano con su personaje principal, Clare, uno puede sentirse identificada con varias actitudes, sentimientos e inseguridades Lo que m s me gust es como retrata estas situaciones cotidianas con una narrativa con un humor c nico, muy bien puesto y empleado Tambi n logra muy buenos personajes, entra ables, y en su car cter muy humanos, como la protagonista Este primer libro, mi primer libro de Marian Keyes, me ha dejado con ganas de volver a leer a esta autora.
Marijanu i njenog mu a Tonija upoznala sam 2002 godine na sajmu u Njujorku I zaprepastila se Pa, oni znaju pone to da ka u na srpskom Misterija je brzo re ena, Marijanin brat o enjen je Beogra ankom Ljiljanom i otud poznavanje i srpskog jezika i kulture, a bogme i hrane Po povratku u Beograd, odmah sam krenula da itam Lubenicu, totalno se zaljubila u Marijanino pisanje i nagovorila svog izdava a da odmah kupimo prava za pet Marijanin knjiga i poslu ao me je A onda su Marijana i Toni do li u Beograd da se Marijana dru i sa svojim itaocima Porodica Vol iz Marijaninih knjiga veoma podse a na na njenu I ona ima bra u i sestre Ukupno ih je petoro dece u porodici i veoma su vezani i rasejani svud po svetu Kasnije sam je ponela sa sobom kod drugog izdava a ali su uspeli da je izgube zbog nemara i lo ih korica Toni me je glede jednih korica boja ljivo priupitao A to su ove nove korice tako crne i mra ne, jel ova knjiga izdava a asocira na 11 septembar I tako se Laguna do epala autorke Marijane duhovite tekstove mo ete itati i na njenoj veb stranici 1 Stars Watermelon follow s our protagonist Claire as she is left by her husband James for her downstairs neighbour, about 2 minutes after giving birth to their daughter She soon after takes her newborn child back to her eccentric family so she can lick her wounds in the comfort of her old home and thus meets a new younger man named Adam To say Claire is an embarrassing wet drip of woman is putting it lightly She spends 40% of this way too long novel in a depression slump where she neglects her new born child to sulk and drink and sulk and sleep and then drink some Instead of going through some momentous montage scene of getting her shit together and realizing she s an empowered single mom that doesn t need a horrible man in her life The author decides the only way to get over one man is under another literally My god feminist writing at work here people I m fine with romance but not when it is the pivotal turning point that makes the character change her ways and get out of her depression Why couldn t it be her dysfunctional but loving family or her NEW BORN CHILD that made her wake up and realize that the world doesn t stop spinning because of one horrible man The new love interest for our lead was no improvement from her husband He was just as controlling but in entirely different way but none the less bossy He was the type of man that tells you what s good for you like how have you been able to properly take care of yourself without him telling you how to do so kind of bastard When a man tells me whats best for me, I want to punch him in his face I m adult woman I m quite aware whats best for me I don t need your commentary from the peanut gallery James her ex husband was written not just as insufferable but like an actual sociopath A pathological liar, that was manipulative, bitter, and just kept forgetting he had a daughter like literally every second was like oh ya, I have her I guess It was a really weird character choice the author made because now I m questioning our protagonists intellect because she married a crazy person like psych ward crazy Like keep an eye on your kid because she s got his genes so look out for prolonged bed wetting and her killing the house pets in your future BECAUSE YOU MARRIED A STRAIGHT UP LUNATIC The lead character was such a weak insecure woman that you couldn t even be satisfied with her triumphant I don t need you in my life attitude in the end because it took about a thousand people telling her that her husband is a manipulative asshole to get her there It wasn t even her in the end that realized he was horrible it was everyone telling her to wake the fuck up and have some self respect And then she was all oh maybe I should defend myself Like nope took you way too long to get to this point, I no longer care you weak willed sad excuse for a woman It was like pulling fucking teeth to get this character to do anything that involved her using her back bone Which made it so lack luster in the end when she finally stood up for herself If you want to read a book about thousand pages too long revolving around a weak willed woman running from one man into the arms of another because she s has no ability to take care of herself may I suggest Watermelon by Marian Keyes You ll love it.