It took me a few chapters to really get into this book, but once I did I couldn't put it down. It was very entertaining - funny at points, sad at others. I was a little disappointed in the ending, though. Everything was wrapped up nicely, but it all happened within one or two chapters. It was almost too abrupt of an ending.
The blurb compares this book to Bridget Jones, but it's far more mature. The characters have more depth and complexity, and while it's very funny in parts, it's also quite serious and even sad in others. I picked this up as a quick, light read and was surprised at how much more it had to offer. Great find.
Quite good chick-lit centering around a three friends from Ireland who have stayed close after moving to London. When one is stricken with Hodgkin's Disease, he challenges the other two to live each day as if they had but six months left.
Keyes' characterizations are wonderful, the three friends and the others in their lives become alive in the pages. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Best friends Tara, Katherine, & Fintan have survived heartbreak & endless giddy nites out on the town. But now they are all in their 30's - with only Fintan have a "love life" - it seems they'll never locate the exit door out of the "last chance saloon"
I kept reading how good this book was so I finally got it. I ended up being very dissapointed. Tara is the only character that gives life to this book but she still couldn't carry it. The story was too tangled and blah and Katherine is one of the worst characters I have came across in my reading. I also hate books that end in very neat and tidy in less than a chapter.
Actually my favorite so far from this author. It's story and characters seemed deeper to me; you delve into their thoughts and feelings and issues from the past, but in a sometimes hilarious and/or painful way. I loved the underwear drawer, the boys, and the toast!
Although this was a cute book, not nearly as enjoyable a read as many other of Marian Keyes' books. The characters were not as likeable; I found i really did not CARE what happened to them. It picked up at times, but generally, was just a so-so read.
My sister brought this book up from down under, Australia. A different style of storytelling, choice of turning a phrase is unique, this story about 3 sisters was OK, but I'm trading it off for one I want to keep.
No writer can tell a hilarious & moving story about the great truths of love, life, and friendship quite like Marian Keyes. Each of her internationally bestselling novels introduced a heroine so real, she felt like a long-lost friend. Now Keyes delivers her best novel yet...Last Chance Saloon.
Another fun read from Larian Keyes. You'll enjoy it!
One of the very first chick lit books I ever read, and I remember wishing I could hang out with Tara, Katherine, and Fintan.
From Publishers Weekly
Imagine Bridget Jones in a Jacobean revenge drama, a sort of 'Tis a Pity She's Single -- that's the flavor of this entry in the urban unmarried female angst sweepstakes. This time, the protagonists are two London women who grew up together in the small, repressive Irish town of Knockavoy. Tara, a computer analyst, lives with Thomas, a bitter and miserly high school geography teacher. Afraid to live on her own, she is willing to overlook the fact that Thomas ignores her birthday, constantly monitors her eating habits and insults her friends under the guise of being "honest." Katherine Casey, an accountant for an advertising agency, wears boring suits, has a hyperorganized underwear drawer and brushes off all advances, including those of attractive advertising account executive Joe Roth. As they turn 31, each woman is full of suggestions for improving the other's life and full of excuses for doing nothing about her own. That begins to change when Fintan O'Grady, their gay pal and fellow Knockavoy refugee, falls ill with a mysterious disease. As their paths are crisscrossed by a self-centered Irish actor named Lorcan Larkin, Fintan emotionally blackmails Tara and Katherine into making long-needed changes. Keyes (Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married) effectively describes the young women's searches for autonomy and love, but her flippant, arch tone is less effective when recounting the more grim stories of Fintan and Lorcan. In addition, some of the repartee, perhaps fresh when the book was originally published in Great Britain in 2001, already seems shopworn. The Knockavoy refugees are a sympathetic trio, however, and their deftly plotted saga is likely to appeal to fellow singletons.