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Subject: Marian Keyes
Date Posted: 4/19/2008 11:33 AM ET
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I got Sushi for Beginners and I have been trying to read it. It got about 80 pages in and I am still not very interested. Does it get better? I kind of feel like quitting and moving on. Are all her books like this? I also got The Other Side of the Story and Rachel's Holiday cause it seemed like everyone thought her books were great....  I haven't read either of those, hopefully they are better...

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 1:01 PM ET
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It definitely gets better.  My favorite Marian Keyes is Rachel's Holiday. 

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 6:09 PM ET
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i recently read "rachel's holiday" and really enjoyed it...but struggled a little to get into it for the first 50-80 pages.  i have "sushi for beginners" in my TBR pile...hope you end up enjoying it.

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 7:27 PM ET
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It's funny because I am also reading Sushi for beginners and I am ready to give up. I did read watermelon and it took me a long time to get into it but eventually it got good. So hopefully sushi will get better also
Date Posted: 4/19/2008 9:18 PM ET
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Well at least I am not alone... :) It just seems to be dragging, and I am having trouble caring about any of the characters. I guess I don't understand why this author is so popular when her books are so hard to get into.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 2:15 PM ET
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Sushi for Beginners is actually the only Marian Keyes book I could get through. I actually liked it quite a bit once I finished it, but you're right, it does take some slogging to get through. I actually liked the end much more than the beginning, so I recommend finishing it.

That said, I gave up on the only other Marian Keyes book that I bought because I couldn't get into it. I also can't understand how she's so popular when her books seem like such a chore to get through.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 8:38 PM ET
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This is interesting to hear. I think I own just about all of her books, but have yet to read any of them. I'm surprised to hear that it takes so long to get into one of her books with her being such a popular chick lit author. I would have expected them to grab you right from the beginning.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 10:59 PM ET
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I found Sushi for Beginners a little difficicult to get into, but really liked it by the time I finished. I think that was my first Marian Keyes book. Then I read Angels, which I loved. I went back and read Watermelon, which is my least favorite of the Walsh sisters book, with Rachel's Holiday being my absolute favorite. I liked the Other Side of the Story okay, but if it were the first one of her books I read I don't know that I'd feel the same way. I just love her though. I've even read her non-fiction, and I pretty much only read fiction.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 10:59 PM ET
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I found Sushi for Beginners a little difficicult to get into, but really liked it by the time I finished. I think that was my first Marian Keyes book. Then I read Angels, which I loved. I went back and read Watermelon, which is my least favorite of the Walsh sisters book, with Rachel's Holiday being my absolute favorite. I liked the Other Side of the Story okay, but if it were the first one of her books I read I don't know that I'd feel the same way. I just love her though. I've even read her non-fiction, and I pretty much only read fiction.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 11:00 PM ET
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hmmm, I don't know why that posted twice.

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 12:42 PM ET
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hmmm, I'm reading The Other Side of the Story and just not loving it like the others.  I read Angels first and then Watermelon and really enjoyed both.

I'm about to give up on Other Side of the Story...I'm over 150 pages in!

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 12:55 PM ET
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I LOVED Watermelon, but that was the only one I've read of hers so far, and I think I have all the rest.  If I loved it, I'm guessing I'll probably love the rest!

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 7:47 PM ET
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My favorite books of hers are Watermelon and Last Chance Saloon. I haven't enjoyed many of her other books. unfortunately.  The same thing has happened with Jane Green-loved the first few books, and liked each successive book less. That's why I wait for the library to get them now instead of buying hardcovers.

 

Sherry

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 12:03 AM ET
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Ok, so now I'm more than 200 pages in and I am liking it (The Other Side of the Story)....I'm gonna stick it out....

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 2:37 AM ET
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I had the new ARC of The Charming Man due out in June and I just couldn't get into it.

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 3:01 PM ET
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Mary,

I'm sorry to hear her upcoming book isn't that good. I'll definitely wait for the library.

 

Thanks,

Sherry

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 11:57 PM ET
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I loved Rachel's Holiday and Last Chance Saloon. Though I did find it hard to get started on both. Good luck to you!