AT LAST, SOMETHING WORTH STAYING IN FOR . . . THE LATEST NO. 1 BESTSELLER FROM MARIAN KEYES
'Magnificently messy lives, brilliantly untangled. Funny, tender and completely absorbing!' GRAHAM NORTON
'SUCH a treat. Like reading the cleverest cream cake of words' CAITLIN MORAN
MEET JESSIE, CARA AND NELL.
Married to brothers Johnny, Ed and Liam Casey.
Three very different women tied to three very different men.
Every family occasion is a party - until the day the secrets spill out.
PLAYTIME IS OVER.
BUT WHERE ARE THE GROWN-UPS?
'Comic, convincing and true. Grown Ups has an almost Austenesque insight into character. Keyes knows how to make serious issues relatable - and get a few grownup laughs, too' GUARDIAN
'Hilarious, alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking. I loved everything about it' DAILY MAIL
'You may have written the best book of your career' CHRIS EVANS, VIRGIN RADIO
'Superb. Warm-hearted, wise and highly entertaining' OBSERVER
'Keyes at her best: capturing everyday voices with humour and empathy with writing that you'll devour in a weekend. Just pure and simple joy' STYLIST
'I loved every word. I will be missing those gorgeous vibrant characters for many weeks to come' LIANE MORIARTY, bestselling author of Big Little Lies
'Messy, tangled complex humans who reminded me that few of us ever really sort our lives out at all' JOJO MOYES, bestselling author of Me Before You
'Her best yet. Charming, funny and poignant, but also profound, heartbreaking' NINA STIBBE, bestselling author of Reasons to be Cheerful
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A master of the everyday dramedy, Marian Keyes outdoes herself with this ambitious saga centred on an Irish family thrown into increasing turmoil. For all the quirks of the Casey clan, however, any reader can relate to these familial foibles and longstanding skeletons in the closet. Right down to its wry title, Grown Ups chronicles the inevitable vagaries of love and marriage, and the looming life milestones that prove almost too difficult to bear. Yet the tone remains brisk and conversational throughout, with plenty of shady banter and lovely poetic touches as Keyes animates this true-to-life procession of distinct personalities.
Keyes's comical and engaging outing (after The Break) dissects the breaking point of the Caseys, a close-knit extended family in present-day Ireland. After Cara hits her head at her brother-in-law Johnny's 49th birthday party, she blurts out various secrets that have been plaguing her family, causing a chain reaction to ripple through the guests. Socially conscious, artistic sister-in-law Nell realizes she and Liam Johnny's immature and shady youngest brother didn't really know each other before getting hitched. Nell's mutually drawn to her dynamic nephew, Ferdia, Johnny's 22-year-old stepson. Johnny is handsome and charming but insecure. He's married to Jessie, a successful businesswoman with imposter syndrome, and he betrays Jessie's trust by surreptitiously meeting with an old lover with whom he and Jessie used to be close. In the months before the party, Cara struggled with bulimia, and her husband, Ed, the middle brother, threatened to leave Cara if she didn't seek treatment, and Cara, a hotel receptionist, regrets agreeing to look at Jessie's finances, which leave her privy to Jessie's chronic overspending and Johnny's secret. Keyes not only manages to keep this potentially unwieldy cast under control, she delivers a character-based plot that's emotionally honest and resolves in ways that feel authentic. There's a lot going on here, and it all pays off with dividends.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
This book has taken me on a personal journey I couldn’t imagine. I’m putting it out there, this is officially my favourite book. Real, raw and remarkable storytelling. It’s a must read!
Jury’s out with this 1
I haven’t finished this book yet. But felt compelled to review it now.
Sadly from the reviews and the book description, Grown ups promised good things. However, so far it hasn’t delivered. The biggest put off at the moment is there are so many damn characters! When you think you’ve got your head around 1 character, you’re introduced to another. And it’s off putting because I can’t get into the book.
And just as I’m getting my head around the characters, I’m hit with the sheer boredom of this section of the book...the only thing that could redeem Grown ups in my opinion is if it picks up and also introduces humour very soon!
Oh what a drag... and BOOM
This book has been the biggest head-wreck! So many names to remember and the time line really made it confusing!
I felt like I was fighting to get through and suddenly it was worth it! For that this book will be remembered.