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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (June 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718149122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718149123
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 921 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #627,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It takes real talent to make a reader laugh and cry ... the story will stay with you long after you've read the last page Heat --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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The lives of four very different women have been shaped—and battered—by one charming man. . . .

Ireland's debonair politician Paddy de Courcy—the "John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin"—has captured tabloid headlines and the imagination of his country with his charm and charisma. But the crushed hearts he's left behind him reveal more about his character than his winning, votegetting smile. Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia have all suffered from his selfishness and cruelty. But with Paddy's political star ascending, the time is finally ripe for redemption . . . and perhaps a bit of revenge.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Emma L. Elsey on April 1 2009
Format: Paperback
Couldn't put this down. But having said that, it was darker than Marian's usual lighthearted and funny novels - and I wasn't expecting that - so it wasn't the uplifting and amusing read I was used to.

Whilst I found all of the characters entertaining and actually liked Lola's style of conversation, I found the domestic abuse and alcoholism/depression a little depressing. It was also sad to see so many women without the self-esteem to deal with people and life. Although this may just be closer to reality than I would like...

However, the book was written very empathically with all the entertaining twists and turns of a usual Marian Keyes.

Recommend, but be prepared with a hanky.

Also, read my first Sophie Kinsella (Remember me) in the same period Remember Me?. It's a much lighter style, easier to read (intellectually and emotionally) and a better choice for a 'fun' read.
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Marian Keyes delivers another fantastic novel that is laugh out loud funny while at the same time is gritty and moving. I absolutely loved this book and had a really hard time putting it down. Regardless of the heavier subject matter, there was just enough humor to make the grittier details tolerable. I loved Lola's character who made me laugh out loud and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next with her and as much as the details were difficult to read, I found Marnie's character eye opening and I was suddenly in the mind of a character whose motivations I was unable to relate to, but through Keyes' prose, I cared enough to have compassion for.

I'm not sure I loved the ending, but it might just have been disappointment that I was coming to the close of the book. Although I enjoyed how it all came together in the end, I'm not sure it was enough, which I'm afraid is all I can say without ruining the ending!

Lola's character written as diary short form didn't bother me in the least, although I have read some reviews that found it unsettling. My girlfriend started the book after I read it and she too commented on this, finding it distracting and a little annoying. I liked how the different voices and typeface separated the characters.

I have to rate this as a 5 star based on how much I thought about this book when I wasn't reading it, how much I HAD to keep reading to find out how it would end, and how it made me laugh, cry and think about issues I normally wouldn't have the opportunity to ponder while reading chick lit. Thank you Marian Keyes for delivering another fantastic book!
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When I started reading this book, i found the first hundred pages written in a "diary" style and i found it really annoying. It didn't get any better for the POV of that character, Lola. The other characters in the book were written with a "normal"style when it was their turn to tell the story. i.e.: Might have been better if consistent. But not. Even wrote dialogue in annoying style and not consistent either. Also, noticed each character different typeface.... Anyway, that aside, this is a bit different from her usual books. Not as light hearted. It deals with domestic abuse and alcoholism so it could be a bit triggery if you've got easily-pushed buttons on those subjects. However, i found her storytelling from the points of view of those particular characters very realistic and sometimes harrowing which means she did a good job. Makes you wonder if she's either been there or known someone close that has. If not, then she's done extensive research and done it well.

The three main characters, Lola, Marnie and Grace are all well drawn out. The man they each have in common, Paddy, is not so well explained. He's more than "charming but flawed", he turns out to be a real bastard but we don't really find out what made him that way. He lost his mother at age 15 and seemed to have a cold, unfeeling father but there really is no detail and he was a bastard even as a very young man. Lola's adventures were quite funny once you got your head around the awful style and even then i tended to read those bits a bit fast because i found it tedious and overdone. I wish she'd have had the dialogue bits in "normal" speak at least. That's where it seemed the most inconsistent and hard to read.
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As in all of Ms. Keyes books, I hated putting it down, and didn't want to read it while nodding off in case I missed anything, and wished we could just chain her to a desk and FORCE her to keep writing day and night, and...
I found the tougher subjects of the book actually a little disturbing. The characters' minds are bafflingly frustrating.
However the book was a good read, the characters, especially Lola, very likeable. I think Paddy was too one dimensional and should have been fleshed out a little more. In reality, even evil jerks have some redeeming qualities - not so Paddy.
Ms. Keyes is getting more confident to delve into the more taboo topics, and I'll keep looking for her titles but I hope she also continues to give us the fun, young romps as she has in the past.
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