This is the first book I've read by Marian Keyes and I really enjoyed it. I could really relate to a lot of the things that Claire was feeling as far as being confused about her husband who cheated on her and the new guy she finds in her life. It was very witty and funny. The ending was something different than I expected, but I was still pleased with how things turned out. I'd highly recommend this book. =)
This is my first Marian Keyes read. The best thing about this book for me was the way the author had with her words. She writes very well, and draws you in easily. I appreciated that. And I really enjoyed how she made her secondary characters, Claire's family-to be specificly, so lively and funny and very warm personalities. Even when they were being silly or mean or whatever other emotion, the characters wrapped around me like a warm blanket. The only reason this novel isn't a favorite of mine is because of Claire's situation with her husband. I could not like the storyline or how she developed it and its conclusion. While it ended well, I wanted more from the plot. But I am glad I tried Marian Keyes. I may read another.
Watermelon was great plane reading! I've now read 2 of Marian Keyes' books, and I've had similar reactions: I expect 'light and fluffy' chick lit, but her stories always seem to dig a little bit deeper, deal with issues more realistically, and give me more satisfaction than other books in this genre. I also find myself annoyed with the flightiness and weakness of her characters sometimes, but they seem to come out stronger on the other end - as Claire did at the end of this book. I think that's a testament to her writing and understanding how real people might behave when faced with crappy situations in the real world.
Phyllis B. reviewed Watermelon (Walsh Family, Bk 1) on
Not too bad a book. Just a little strange how the author is constantly writing what the main character is thinking - more than usual. That part was a little annoying. The book itself was pretty predictable in alot of ways but the characters in the book were very interesting.
At twenty-nine, fun-loving, good-natured Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to her first baby, James visits her in the recover room to inform her that he's leaving her. Clarie is left with a beautiful newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a body that she can hardly bear to look at in the mirror.
In the absence of any better offers, Claire decides to go home to her family in Dublin. To her gorgeous man-eating sister Helen, her soap-watching mother, her bewildered father.. And there, sheltered by the love an (albeit quirky) family, she gets better. A lot better.
In fact, so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of a surprise.
February the fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me...I can only assume the two events weren't entirely unrelated.
Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to their first baby, James informs her that he's leaving her. Claire is left with a newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a postpartum body that she can hardly bear to look at.
She decides to go home to Dublin. And there, sheltered by the love of a quirky family, she gets better. So much so, in fact, that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of a surprise.