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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Marian Keyes book. May 23 2002
By Lizzie
Yet again Marian Keyes is back to her girl is single, girl looks for guy, but ends up with all the wrong men in the world. Now don't get me wrong I am a sucker for storys like this..
Lucy is your typical young woman who is looking for all the things that single women do. Someone to be there, someone to love and someone that she can have fun with. When she goes with her friends from work to see a fortune teller and there is where the lady tells her that Lucy will be getting married soon, but the problem is that Lucy is single.
Lucy then has her fair share of bad dates and bad men.
Lucy's roomates Karen and Charlotte were a riot to read about. I just wanted to strangle Karen for being such a terrible person towards Lucy. Lucy's work friends Megan, Merdia and Jed were a riot to, thou there wasn't too much mentioned about them.
Daniel the knight in shining armor for Lucy. Always there to help her out and be there for when he can. He was a really great person. there were times when I just wanted to go and tell Lucy to wake up and smell the coffee about him.
Overall since this was Marian Keyes second novel it was good, not as good as some of her later books, but she is talented writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not Keyes' best May 13 2002
Having read two of Keyes' novels previously, I had expected nothing less than the best from Keyes. Her wit, and writing skills usually make for a fascinating read. While Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married is definitely a good novel, of the Chick Lit variety, it is not an exceptional one.
Where Rachel's Holiday boasted hilarity and excellent character development, Lucy Sullivan was a bit lacking. Mind you, a bit lacking for Marian Keyes is better than your average Chick Lit book. However, this novel was slightly better than an average chick lit book, making it a bit of a disappointment from Keyes.
I still laughed out loud, and enjoyed reading Lucy Sullivan but it was a bit trite. I found the characters were much more one-dimensional than in her later novels. The plot was less sophisticated, more predictable and generally more chick lit-esque.
Keyes is a fantastic writer, and even this book is enjoyable, it's just not up to par.
Strangely enough, I would still recommend this book to first time Keyes readers. Only to tell you that it gets even better after this. If you started with Lucy Sullivan and follwed with her others, I think it would be a much better sequence--- you would notice the improvement in her writing since having written Lucy Sullivan.
So, don't let this review discourage you in any way from reading Keyes. She is a talented writer, with a gift for prose and character development, this novel just does not accentuate those aspects well enough. I have yet to read Last Chance Saloon, and Watermelon, but both Rachel's Holiday and Sushi for Beginners are both excellent. I will be reading everything by Keyes that I can get my hands on.
Enjoy, and first time Keyes readers, if you find this too light and fluffy, don't be discouraged from reading Keyes, pick up Rachel's Holiday and you'll understand what all the fuss is about!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Marian Keyes
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2003 by ada
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucy is Great
"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... Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by M. E. Newell
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked better than Watermelon
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. Read more
Published on June 9 2002 by S. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
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. Read more
Published on June 7 2002 by "cacrot99"
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Lucy
My mom, knowing how picky I am about the books I read, took a chance and bought LUCY SULLIVAN IS GETTING MARRIED for me. Read more
Published on June 6 2002 by Lauren Standlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting!
This is the first Marian Keyes' book that I have read, and I can't wait to get into "Rachel's Holiday" next!!
Published on May 21 2002 by Heather Toohill
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Heart Wrenching
Lucy Sullivan's character appeals to many women because of her low self esteem and seemingly ordinariness. Read more
Published on May 20 2002 by M. Pak
4.0 out of 5 stars Love that Brit humour!!
I did see similarities between this book and Bridget Jones simply because they're both full of eccentric British humor. Read more
Published on April 10 2002 by WinneratLife
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Lucy!
I loved this book.
After reading it I wanted to know more, like a 'Lucy Sullivan 2.' Not that there needed to be more, but I missed her after I read it. Read more
Published on April 2 2002 by "lau218"
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