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Book Review: Watermelon by Marian Keyes

Watermelon is the first novel of Irish chick lit writer Marian Keyes. The story revolves around Claire, who at the start of the book, gives birth to her first child. On the same day, her husband James announces that he is leaving her for another woman. Heartbroken and frightened, the new mother with day-old baby in tow leaves London and goes home to her quirky family in Dublin, where she begins to confront the fact that the perfect life she thought she had is now in shambles.

I’ve always liked Marian Keyes. The first-ever Chick Lit book I ever read was written by her — Sushi for Beginners. It remains to be one of my favorites. Watermelon does not quite compare to Sushi.

Sushi for Beginners grabbed me from the very first page. Watermelon doesn’t get exciting until maybe Chapter 23. That’s 252 pages I had to wade through before the good stuff began. That can’t be good. But when it did get exciting, it continued to be so until nearly the end of the novel.

One of the things that stirred me up about this book was how some people can be so manipulative and how easily the manipulated person believes the lies that the manipulator feeds them. It’s unbelievable, really. And if you’re a spectator, the manipulated will seem like such an idiot. However, when you’re in the situation, it’s not so simple. I’ve been there. Manipulators are cunning spin doctors. They can turn a story around so much that you’ll begin to doubt even yourself. Even the smartest can be reduced to fools by manipulators. It’s a good thing Claire realizes what she needed to realize just in time.

My favorite character in this book is Claire’s infuriating younger sister Helen. She always made me laugh.

Rating: 2.5/5

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April 3, 2010 at 1:04 am 4 comments


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