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Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married [Paperback]

Marian Keyes
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By Roberta
I chose this title for my review for two reasons. One, after reading half the book, I started to check for some indication that it was printed on recycled paper so there might be some environmental redeeming quality to this book to make up for the unremarkable literary quality. Alas, there was none! Two, the author gave Lucy (in an attempt to make her more sympathetic) a history of depression and describes an occasion where finding a single lost mitten made her cry for the lonely companion mitten. I can only imagine Lucy's mental state in envisioning the forests cleared so this book could be printed.
The basic plot is similar to "Bridget Jones'Diary" but the execution falls very much short. I bought it because it was billed as a book fans of Bridget Jones would like, NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!. I actively disliked each and every character. The male character I disliked least is obviously the one she will end up with, although it doesn't say much for his taste that he likes Lucy. The author apparently never met a cultural stereotype she didn't like or feel the need to exploit. The Irish characters are drunken layabouts. The Scottish character is mean.
The story dragged a great deal and was so boring that I gave up on it. I read several hundred pages but couldn't bring myself to finish it. This was the first novel I had read by this author and, needless to say, will be the last.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Marian Keyes Sept. 22 2003
By ada
I have read Sushi for Beginners, and The Last Chance Saloon. Those are better, with more sympathetic characters. This book really dragged in the middle. It picked up for me after I visualized Lucy as a child of an alcoholic and understood the issues that causes. As others have reviewed, you can tell by the first 50 pages who she ends up with. It's too bad that the book drags out this conclusion for so long. Don't start with this as your first Marian Keyes, as it may then be your last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucy is Great June 14 2003
"Lucy Sullivan is getting married" by Marian Keyes is a great book! Ms. Keyes gives the reader a great plot, characters that reader wants to read more about and most of all she deals with real life and not some fantasy life that is found in many "Chick-Lit" books that you see today. This is a great book for summertime or anytime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked better than Watermelon June 9 2002
After reading Watermelon, I decided I had to give Marion Keyes other books a try. I am not disappointed with Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married. In fact, I like it more. Keyes' at time monotonous first-person style in Watermelon is under control in Lucy Sullivan, and the characters are more fleshed out. For example, I did not quite believe that Claire's husband in Watermelon could really exist in real life but the object of Lucy's desire, the incredibly self-centered Gus, was entirely believable (I think I may have dated him myself). I found Lucy's depression and low self-esteem utterly realistic. At times I was exasperated with her-I wanted to shake her out of the poor choices she was making. However, it's been my experience that it's the characters I want to yell at most that I find the most endearing by the end. Definitely pick up this book this summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! June 7 2002
What can I say? I initially picked up this book because the title struck me as funny, but after I started reading the book, I could barely put it down. Few books have to ability to capture the essence of the main character the way that Keyes did. I honestly could see myself as Lucy, feeling what she felt, doing what she did.
Let's be honest. All us girls have the tendency to fall for the wrong guy time and time again, which is why Lucy is so endearing to us. She was normal. She had roommates that she like to party with, and friends at work to commiserate with. She even had family drama to work out. She even had the very best friend in the world, Daniel, who is what we all want our best guy friend to be.
I truly reccommend this book to every girl who this that she might be the only one who is struggling to find love, and just to anyone who wants a fun and light read. Keyes definitely knew what she was doing, adn I wish to see LUCY SULLIVAN in a theatre soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Lucy June 6 2002
My mom, knowing how picky I am about the books I read, took a chance and bought LUCY SULLIVAN IS GETTING MARRIED for me. Unsure of any book I didn't hand-pick myself, I waited a couple weeks before submersing myself in the hilarious, intriguing, and touching life of Lucy Sullivan. Soon I was consumed by a multitude of feelings for this character, ranging from anger at her alcoholic father and dead-beat boyfriends, to complete empathy with her routine and boring job. Overall, the novel is one of the best I have ever read; endearing and sweet, suspenseful and maddening. I could not put it down and before I even finished I had another Marian Keyes novel already bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Know Why, But I Love Lucy May 25 2002
Lucy Sullivan can be very annoying. She's too lazy to do her laundry, too dumb to realize her father is an alcoholic, and too ungrateful to appreciate the people who treat her nicely. But there is something about this vulnerable Irish girl plugging away at a dead-end job in London, sharing alcoholic binges with workmates and roommates that touched me. Maybe it was her desperate need to be loved, her witty repartee with herself and others, or just the universal quest to find that special person that touched me, but by book's end I was screaming for it not to end. I wanted more of Lucy, Daniel, Karen, Meredia, Megan, Charlotte, and even Gus. . . well, maybe I'd had enough of Gus.
We first meet Lucy when she and her co-workers are about to visit a fortune teller. One glance into her crystal ball and the fortune teller sees marriage for Lucy within 18 months. But Lucy has no prospects having just broken up with Stephen because he treats her too nice. At first skeptical, but becoming hopeful as her two workmates have their fortunes come true, Lucy eagerly picks up the first man she meets at a party and tags him the future Mr. Lucy Sullivan. Too bad he has no home, no money, no job, nothing but a loud mouth and lots of nerve. But Lucy is in love and defends the loathsome Gus to everyone including her best friend Daniel. When Gus disappears, Daniel becomes intimate with her roommate, and a new man comes into the office, things get even funnier. Light but touching, sensitive and emotional, LUCY SULLIVAN IS GETTING MARRIED is sure-fire entertainment for all lovers of British chick lit.
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