Not my favourite Keyes novel, but a fun read nonetheless. The main problem is that it takes the book quite a while to reach cohesion. The individual storylines of the three women - Lisa, Ashling, and Clodah (who no one ever seems to call "Princess" - are mildly interesting, but until they actually start interacting with eachother and with others, the story doesn't really hold together. Once it does, though, it picks up speed. The book description is a little bit misleading, as there's certainly no bonding between the three of them and not much bonding between the two of them, plus the end result is that some un-bonding actually occurs.
I picked this book up on a recommendation and for the life of me I just couldn't get into it. I read the first 100 pages or so and it just didn't do it for me. Although I've heard great reviews about this author, she just wasn't for me.
I really enjoyed this book...it's the first I've read by Keyes and I already have requested another...if you like chick lit books that are funny and entertaining, you need to read this book! Some parts made me laugh out loud! :) -Mirah W.
Defintely engaging and fun to read, keeps you wondering when you'll have time to sit back down and finish this 564-page book.
Three strong characters with intertwining stories look for happiness and success in the 90s in Ireland. This book captured the career world of magazines in the 90s in a pop culture background of comedy clubs and throws in modern issues such as homelessness and the growing economic success of Ireland. But, it's not a weighty read, it's just edgy enough to keep it realistic.
There's a couple of love stories going on here, with some torrid affairs to make it interesting, but its not just another romance novel.
I'll be looking for something else from this author.
I read "Watermelon" by Marian Keyes before I read this one and I have to say that I liked this one much less. Honestly, it's rare that I have to struggle so much just to get through a book. It's set in Ireland and while that's all well and good, a lot of the language is very different which makes it kind of choppy to me. I felt that it dragged a lot through the beginning/middle and there was definitely more than one time that I thought about just quitting. I thought "Watermelon" was so funny and I really didn't see much of that humor in this book. Not a fan.
Another hit by Marian Keyes. Once again she creates characters who are real, the good and the bad. Follow Lisa, Ashling and Clodagh as they face changes, some due to their own choices, and learn from these changes.
This Prada-wearing magazine editor thinks her life is over when her "fabulous" new job turns out to be a deportation to Dublin to launch Colleen magazine. The only saving grace is that her friends aren't there to witness her downward spiral. Might her new boss, the disheveled and moody Jack Devine, save her from a fate worse than hell?
Ashling, Colleen's assistant editor, is an award-winning worrier, increasingly aware that something fundamental is missing from her life -- apart from a boyfriend and a waistline.
Clodagh "Princess" Kelly
Ashling's best friend, Clodagh, lives the domestic dream in a suburban castle. So why, lately, has she had the recurring urge to kiss a frog -- or sleep with a frog, if truth be told? As these three women search for love, success, and happiness, they will discover that if you let things simmer under the surface for too long, sooner or later they'll boil over.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Hard-nosed, bitch-goddess London fashion editor Lisa Edwards was certain her "fabulous" promotion would mean more A-list parties, society page photos, and jet-setting jaunts to the fall collections.
Instead, she's being deported, Prada wardrobe and all, to supremely un-chic Dublin to launch Colleen magazine. Her assistant editor, over-organized world-class worrier Ashling Kennedy, however, is thrilled with her new job . . .until she discovers it comes with a very high price tag: Lisa Edwards. And then there's Ashling's oldest, dearest chum, Clodagh "Princess" Kelly, who seems to have achieved true happily-ever-after suburban fairy tale bliss but lately has this irresistible urge to kiss a frog. The chances of three such diverse, equally unsatisfied women bonding would be remote anywhere except in staid Dublin town, "the magazine version of Siberia." And once they do, they're going to start shaking things up in print and out of it especially when Colleen's rumpled, moody, wickedly attractive head honcho Jack Devine is tossed into the mix.
True to Ms. Keyes writing, this book will keep you laughing. Very good book : )
Hard-nosed bitch goddess London fashion editor Lisa Edwards was certain her fabulous promotion would mean more A-list parties, society page photos, and jet-setting jaunts to the fall collections. instead, she's being deported, Prada wardrobe and all, to supremely un-chic Dublin to launch Colleen magazine. her assistant editor, over-organized world-class worrier Ashline Kennedy however, is thrilled with her new job until she discovers it comes with a high price tage: Lisa Edwards.
If you liked the Diary of Bridget Jones, this is along the same lines.
Fashion editor, Lisa Edwards, is expecting her promotion to bring her to more fabulous parties, photo ops and runway collections, but instead finds herself being sent to Dublin to start a new magazine. Quel nightmare! Assistant editor Ashling Kennedy is thrilled with the new venture, until she learns she'll be dealing with Edwards. As Ashling learns to navigate a start-up magazine with the editor from hell, she's also trying to keep up with her dear friend Clodagh and keep her own head on straight around the terribly attractive boss, Jack Devine. Lots of fun and worth the read.