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Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine
Author: Anna Quindlen
It's an otherwise ordinary Monday when Meghan Fitzmaurice's perfect life hits a wall. A household name as the host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break -- but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike.  In an instant, it's the end of an era, n...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780812977813
ISBN-10: 0812977815
Publication Date: 4/24/2006
Pages: 280
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 167 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed Rise and Shine on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I found this book captured my interest and held it to well that I read it through in one day. For anyone who has a sibling they love but has chosen a different career lifestyle than thier own this will prbably hit a cord. I enjoyed all the laughs, tears and balance Anna Quindlen had to offer. Look forward to reading more of her work.
bookaddicted avatar reviewed Rise and Shine on + 125 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is the first work by Quindlen I have read and really enjoyed it. Her wit coupled with her observations about life in New York City and the upper classes and/or famous were sarcastic, snarky and probably true. The story is about two sisters, each facing a new crossroad in their life - dealing with loss and new beginnings at the same time. There are lines that will have you laughing out loud. And the more somber moments are not that bleak that they bring the story down. A very evenly paced novel.
Donura avatar reviewed Rise and Shine on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This is the first book of Ms. Quindlen's that I have read and it pulled me in immediately. Anyone who has a sister can relate to the way she shows the dramatic differences between siblings and yet the things that bind them. This is really two stories that blend just as families do. Meghan and Bridget have a deep bond as two sisters that lost their parents early and stayed close into adulthood even though their careers and personal lives took very different directions. It is the unexpected turns in our lives that try us the most as both of these sisters find out. A quick and memorable read.
reviewed Rise and Shine on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I was intrigued by the beginning but didn't find enough meat in the rest of the story to quench my appetite. I found this to a disappointment based on the other Anna Quindlen books I've read and felt that it was gimicky, although it was a quick read and I was able to wrap it up rather quickly.
reviewed Rise and Shine on + 68 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The hearwarming story of two sisters orphaned at a young age. They are inseparable until one morning when the elder sister's life hits a wall. She is a star who does the unthinkable on the air and this story revolves around the repercussions of that fateful morning. Rise and Shine is a tribute to the bond of sisterhood. There are times when you will laugh out loud. This story is written with the sould of brevity and yet it says it all. I loved it!
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reviewed Rise and Shine on + 582 more book reviews
Read 133 pgs, and still not interested. Don't like the main character, and it's the uninteresting sister who is telling the story. Blah, blah, blah...
reviewed Rise and Shine on
Enjoyable, somewhat predictable, but a good read.
reviewed Rise and Shine on + 7 more book reviews
Quindlen is a talented writer, it is her writing, more than the story, that stays with you.
reviewed Rise and Shine on + 6 more book reviews
Interesting characters, Anna Quindlen is a favorite author and I haven't read a book of her's I wouldn't recommend.
fullybooked avatar reviewed Rise and Shine on + 61 more book reviews
Quindlen not in typical good form. Worth quoting: "Sisters tend to get stuck in their roles and they don't always know how to get out of them Sometimes we just wind up doing the things of which we're capable, whether we like them or not."
reviewed Rise and Shine on + 32 more book reviews
Her writing is easy to get into. I found that I was not satisfied at the end. The story just did not get "fleshed out" enough for me.
doryfish77 avatar reviewed Rise and Shine on + 7 more book reviews
Rise and Shine was a quick and easy read for me, and while I enjoyed it, I did not love it. At times the writing did not appeal to me as the author interjects long descriptive segments into conversations or interactions between characters. While the author has an obvious gift for painting the picture of her characters and setting, this detracts from the story for me.

As far as the plot, it held my interest throughout the book. I enjoyed the obvious bond between sisters in this book, even though at times I disliked how both sisters acted; which overall made the book seem more real. However, some pieces of the story felt unrealistic to me, most poignantly the idea that a news anchor would have been persecuted to the extent that Meghan was considering the circumstances. I also didn't find any of the characters to be particularly likable, with the exception of Leo.

Having said all that, I would recommend the book, but wouldn't list it as a favorite. I enjoyed the story even if I didn't love it.
reviewed Rise and Shine on + 2 more book reviews
Loved the New York-ness of it, and the characters. A fun and memorable read.
reviewed Rise and Shine on + 8 more book reviews
Was disappointed in this book. It dragged along so slowly that I could not finish it. I wanted to see what the outcome was going to be,but because it was such a tedious read, discovering the ending became unimportant. I liked the characters but I felt that what could have been said with a single page of text took three or four pages. Liked a couple of her other books but definitely not Rise and Shine.

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Meghan Fitzmaurice (Primary Character)
Bridget Fitzmaurice (Primary Character)
Irving Lefkowitz (Major Character)
Leo Grater (Major Character)
Maureen (Average Character)
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