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The Other Side Of The Story
The Other Side Of The Story
Author: Marian Keyes
Life is a circle, and what goes around, comes around. Just ask a trio of unforgettable women in Marian Keyes's enchanting new novel ... Energetic, ambitious, and sexy, literary agent Jojo Harvey combines Jessica Rabbit's body with a mind like a steel trap. As if watching her back while on the corporate ladder and making million-dollar deals wasn...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060592066
ISBN-10: 0060592060
Publication Date: 3/1/2005
Pages: 606
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 271 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Other Side Of The Story on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I hit up the best place to score books, Goodwill, on the way home the other day and came across this book. I figured since I was in the midst of a Marian Keyes-a-thon I may as well pick this up (for $1!) and read it while I was in the Marian Mind. It's funny but it's like this book is the compolation of every single cliche' that romance or chick lit authors write about. First we start off with Gemma, her father leaves her mother (for - whom else - his younger secretary) and Gemma has to temporarily move home to help pick up her Mom's pieces. She harbors a taste for revenge for her former friend Lily whom, instead of "keeping an eye on" her newly exboyfriend for her in London, she ends up with him. Lily and Anton (Gemma's ex) have the perfect life with the perfect daughter. Lily's book is taking off to places Lily never even dreamed about and life seems perfect... too perfect. Lily is convinced revenge will come her way someday for stealing her friends man and looks for it around every corner. Jojo, Lily's agent is also look around corners... for her boss's wife. Her and her boss have been having an affair for months and she's just waiting for the bomb to go off - but first, she needs to make partner. See what I mean about cliche's? It's every one in the book. Life awakening experiences? Check. Near Death? Check. Heartache? Check. Happily Ever After? Check - and enough princes, princesses (one literal one) and wands to go around. I liked this book, it was fun and a perfect fluff read.
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Helpful Score: 2
My first Marian Keyes book and I enjoyed it very much. She has a quirky kind of humor that makes for enjoyable reading. The story line involves three women whose lives become entwined through events, both past and present. Jojo Harvey is a literary agent who discovers Lily Wright, who in turn becomes a best selling author with her first novel. Gemma Hogan is an event planner who knew Lily because she stole Gemma's boyfriend. Gemma has never forgiven Lily, wants Anton back, so sets out to become a best-selling author too, for revenge. The basis for Gemma's novel is the fact that her father has left her mother after 36 years of marriage and moved in with a woman just 2 years older than Gemma. It sounds complicated, but Keyes pulls it all together and weaves a fun and, at times, poignant story about love lost, found and hiding in odd places.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great Marian Keyes fun!
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Helpful Score: 1
It's a long read but worth it once you get into it. It's almost like three novels in one! The story was cute and it was interesting how the three characters lives were interwoven.
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Please note that this book is a mass market paperback. I purchased it in Ireland, so it was not printed in the US. Must have used the same ISBN on paperback in Ireland as Hardback in US.

Book was fantastic. Marian Keyes is one my my favorite authors!
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mrsteacher23 avatar reviewed The Other Side Of The Story on + 11 more book reviews
Another delightful, airy read by Marian Keyes. I read through this one in a flash, despite its length. Marian Keyes is a very clever writer and I even found myself literally laughing out loud through several passages in the book. I enjoy her characters who are hopeful, flawed, and easy to identify with and root for. I look forward to the next Keyes book that I will undoubtedly be reading fairly soon.
jessjoy avatar reviewed The Other Side Of The Story on + 34 more book reviews
I rarely write bad reviews. I feel like I rate everything a five! This could have been a great book! BUT... it really was slow starting and then once I got into the book and things were kinda making sense and picking up the end comes and it takes FOREVER! It was the most drawn out ending and then it just doesn't end at all in the way you would like. It was an utter disappointment. This was my first Keyes book, I suppose that I will have to give her another chance. I seriously hope that her other books are better than this one!
kdurham2813 avatar reviewed The Other Side Of The Story on + 753 more book reviews
Well at the beginning of this book, I was nervous I wasn't going to finish the over 600 page book that sat on my nightstand. Then it switched to another character's point of view.

The first one - Gemma - was way too whiny to start the book off. I know the order of the characters mattered due to the unveiling of the story, but I was really not liking this book in the beginning. By the time Keyes introduces the second two characters I am engulfed in their semi-connected stories and wondering how this will all end.

Upon completing - I would have to say in general I liked the book. I know that I am biased when it comes to books based on Britishness (sorry rooms) - never been a fan. But when I got beyond the language barrier I enjoyed how each character was entangled and affected by one another.

I would definitely recommend this but with hesitation to those who are not into the British things AND to those who are not into larger volume books!