I found this to be an unexpectedly good read on many levels. For one, the subject matter was much darker than I thought it would be. Two, the way Keyes allows the reader to glimpse more and more of Rachel, slowly twisting the way you see her from Rachel's own perspective to that of an outsider looking in on a drug addicts descent and subsequent rise from addiction.
The novel touched a lot of nerves for me, and some of the descriptions of what it is like to be an addict made me cry with recognition. A painful read, but one I am so glad I finished. However, I actually quite loved it. First of all, I have no sympathy for addicts and I am not even shameful about that.
I was raised surrounded by addicts. I find the behaviour selfish and irresponsible and just altogether frustrating. I spent my childhood by myself, This was not the light chick lit read that I was expecting, and as I started reading it, and getting more and more IRRITATED by this character's addiction and denial and self-destructive behaviour I spent my childhood by myself, raising myself and my brother, and dealing with violence, neglect, a lack of fundamental necessities As an adult, I now find that I am expected to take care of those people that were supposed to have taken care of me as a child.
I say all of this to put into context my reasons for really hating Rachel. Her predicament was just too familiar for my tastes. But I found myself inexorably drawn into her story. I couldn't put the book down. I was seriously absorbed. I HAD to find out how she was going to resolve her life. I HAD to know if she was going to come out of denial, if she was going to realize what a stupid beeyatch she was I really needed there to be resolution for this story. What's interesting is that this writer didn't make the process light and fluffy.
Rachel had a painful and slow road to recovery. I came to see why she had been such an idiotic idiot head! This book is what the genre of chick lit is supposed to be about: May 13, Miko rated it really liked it. Marian Keys is the novelist that I turn to for my fluff novels. Her books are fun, mindless, silly and sometimes shallow and I guiltily eat them all up! This one was different. It had the same qualities the other ones did, but this one, whether intentional or not, set itself apart from her other books. It has been years since I have actually read this book but it left an impression on me.
What I can be sure of though is that the emotional reaction I had to this character was surprisingly genuine and compassionate. Oct 27, Nina rated it it was amazing. I think Marian Keyes is probably the most underrated author in the chick-lit section. My first book by her was "Lucy Sullivan is getting married" and it took me 2 attempts to finish it. From there, enjoying "Rachel's Holiday" was easy. It's by far my favourite Marian Keyes book. If you've never read anything by her, I suggest starting with this one.
If you don't like it, I would think chances are slim you will change your mind reading the rest of them. Rachel's Holiday is Marian Keyes at her best. No other writer manages to combine the sad and the hilarious as well as she does, making you laugh and cry within the same paragraph. I'm not usually someone to try and guess how a story will end and find it much more enjoyable to just follow wherever the author leads me, but if you're not like me and you're looking for surprising twists and turns, then maybe this is not for you.
I read these books in my late teens, early twenties, and I can honestly say I learned a great deal about life and relationships especially what not to do ;. If you enjoy light-hearted entertainment, a special sense of humour but want more than a shop-o-holic piling up credit card debt or an office girl obsessing about her weight, Marian Keyes is your woman! Jul 21, Bex rated it really liked it Shelves: Rachel's Holiday was one of the best books I've read in a very long while.
It was one of those books that leads you to a place in a very humorous way, and then offers you the chance to review your own life in a way you might not have before. Rachel has just accidently overdosed, ended up in the hospital, and been railroaded by her family, roommate, and boyfriend into treatment. She can't believe that they think she has a problem, because, of course, she doesn't. Watching her come to grips with w Rachel's Holiday was one of the best books I've read in a very long while.
Watching her come to grips with what remains of her life in New York, seen in the flashbacks Rachel has during treatment, is both very funny and very sad. We see Rachel come to the realization of what and who she is. We also see the seduction of Lady Denial, and this is very powerful, subtle and eye-opening to the reader. Anyone who has "overdone" any substance may recognize themselves in the aftermath of papering over the wrongs and hurt feelings. All this in a book that is easy to read, mostly delightful, and very honest.
I read it in a day, couldn't put it down, and was sorry to see it end.
I hope we see another book about this family Watermelon was the first so I can see how Rachel is doing. This is a definate keeper! Aug 06, Quintin Merwe rated it it was amazing. This has been my favorite of all the Marian Keyes books I have read thus far! It is truly amazing to see how all her characters go through the toughest times or sometimes find themselves in the funniest situations. The best being when both emotions happen in the same scene! The story line is once again done brilliantly, from start to finish.
Her books have become synonymous 'glued to the hands with butt on the seat' gut wrenching, tear jerking because of the funny bits and riveting brilliance. The story of Rachel is a tale that one can identify with, even if you don't use drugs or drink excessively; this based on the ignorance and stupidity that most of us experience at some point in our lives, and silly as it might sound this book was also in a sense motivational. I don't personally have the same exact issues as Rachel, but we all have our little addictions that most of us don't even know about or choose not to admit.
The book really gets the veil lifted even if for just short intervals and because on some level one identifies with the characters, you feel the emotion so much more. For anyone that says this book did nothing for them, my response to them would be that, in my opinion, you are just more in denial than the rest of us! This is a MUST read! Nov 29, Rowena rated it it was ok. It was interesting and most definitely entertaining but I felt that she pigeonholed Rachel's character to an irritating degree.
The psychological analysis of Rachel's childhood was far too pat and I didn't believe that she could so readily accept her tenure as an addict. I enjoyed this book mainly for MK's typical sharp wit and rollicking anecdotes but overall I believe that this novel of hers is my least favorite.
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En ese primer libro, Marian Keyes hablaba del abandono y la soledad, y en este se centra en las adicciones, especialmente en las drogas. Es un personaje maravilloso. Toch weer een fijn boek om te lezen, maakt me erg nieuwsgierig naar de andere delen. Nu tijd voor de read-a-thon!
May 29, Jenna rated it it was amazing. This book was recommended as a future book in my book club. We were looking for a light read. All the reviews showed this was about Rachel in rehab and did not sound light hearted at all. You never thought that might be a problem to find a book and not want to buy it or share one copy between 10 women, did ya? So, we decided on a different book. The next week I spotted this at my favorite English book store and did not put it down for the This book was recommended as a future book in my book club.
The next week I spotted this at my favorite English book store and did not put it down for the next 4 days. This book is hilarious. It is totally inappropriate for a conservative book club. It is flooded with fbombs and SEX scenes. The book starts with Rachel not thinking she is a druggie. I LOVED that she did not think she should be put in the groups of addicts at rehab like everyone else. The rest of the book flashes back to her pre-rehab life hot SEX.
It's too bad we are not having any more kids I could name a little boy Luke after the "real men. Jan 13, Faith rated it really liked it Shelves: First I thought Rachel's Holiday was a shallow book, because Rachel was so shallow in the beginning of the book. Just like an other Bridget Jones, just that she takes drugs on top of everything else. That is, she was a woman who cared about nothing but men and her looks. Well, but Marian Keyes certainly managed to get some depth in her book. The book developed as Rachel developed.
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In the beginning I thought just like Rachel that the putting of her in a rehab center was some kinda mistake. I thou First I thought Rachel's Holiday was a shallow book, because Rachel was so shallow in the beginning of the book. I thought her problems weren't very serious. I think Keyes really managed to describe drug addiction, its reasons and recovering from it. The whole process, of which I definitely only had a vague idea. Marian Keyes isn't crap really!
I really wanna read more about Rachel and her sisters. View all 9 comments. Jan 25, tara rated it really liked it. This was my favourite book for so long. Marian you make me laugh and cry. Rachel's Holiday was the best of the series! Jul 30, Ria Lize rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just wanted to read romance.
You know, in that care-free chick-lit way, since I've had dissatisfaction towards the ending of other books recently. You probably don't trust me. I've been throwing 4 and 5 stars around like it's Christmas. But I feel it's like Christmas, because I've suddenly been opened to a whole new genre that's not UF or PNR, and suddenly, everything is new and fresh and wonderful.
So did I get romance with Rachel's Holiday? Not really- not in the way I wanted. In I just wanted to read romance. In fact, if I wanted to read romance, reading this book could possibly the worst way to go. Because Rachel's Holiday was about a woman who suffered from a drug addiction. I've seen no mention of a love interest, since the blurb mentions she was dumped by "a boyfriend she adores".
How can that be? So, what happened was, instead of reading a nice light romance, I spent most of the book pissed off at Luke. He should be with her during the lowest time of her life. Even after discovering the horrors of her betrayal and her disloyalty, I was still determined to be pissed of at him. Yes, I find that I am disgustingly loyal to my main characters.
In fact, it was more like weeping. I actually considered rating this 3 stars, because what I wanted was to read a book that would make me laugh, but what happened was the entire time I was reading, the tears just wouldn't stop. Until it was about finished.
I mean, why would I rate a book that made me cry to much so high? Thinking more carefully, this book really was something. There has to be something special about a book that has touched me so deeply. So, this shall be the 5-star book not because it made me laugh so hard, but because it had made me cry so hard.
It wasn't because it was particularly sad, but maybe because I feel as though I'd been with Rachel through her worst. It more than made up for my expectations because my recent reads just didn't satisfy me enough. Rachel's Holiday's way of handling everything and the resolution just made me satisfied. Actually, I was horrified when I was close to the ending--you know, view spoiler [if the epilogue didn't happen, I would be horrified and traumatised for sure.
Come on, she's got to be with Luke! Don't judge this book by its cover, it has depth. It may even change your life, you never know. It touches of issues of feelings of inferiority, being broke and unemployed and not knowing your direction in life. Rachel's story is one of heart-break, healing and finding your own personal success, and has personally, wormed its way into my heart. Este es mi segundo libro de Marian Keyes, siguiendo la saga de la familia Walsh. En esta segunda entrega, que creo que se puede leer sin estar siguiendo la saga, la autora cambia el tono, mas no el estilo, respecto a su entrega anterior.
View all 4 comments. Apr 04, Sharon rated it it was amazing. I have read this book so many times, marian writes about serious subjects and yet manages to inject humour into each serious situation and who better than the Walsh family, lots of Irish sisters each with their own traumas see other books and upsets supported by an amazing Irish mammy who cant cook and has her own amazing wit! And a daddy who just wants a bit of peace but has no chance of getting it! The walsh's are the type of family we all probably have or wish we had!
Rachaels story tackles I have read this book so many times, marian writes about serious subjects and yet manages to inject humour into each serious situation and who better than the Walsh family, lots of Irish sisters each with their own traumas see other books and upsets supported by an amazing Irish mammy who cant cook and has her own amazing wit!
Rachaels story tackles drug abuse but it is the journey we go on along with rachael that is so moving and handles so very well that it feels as if you have been through it yourself even if you haven't You will always remember this book! Marians demands by fan's for 'Helens story' and "more please Thats how good they are and the rest of her books are just as good!
Cannot praise her enough! Feb 18, Lisa rated it really liked it. Rachel is living in New York and has no idea that her drug problem is completely out of control until she accidentally overdoses and finds herself back in Ireland in a rehab centre.
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Why is she here? She only does a few recreational drugs, doesn't she? This is the story of Rachel's journey to accept her drug addiction and start on the road to recovery. It is so interesting and written with the dark humour and excruciating honesty that Marian Keyes employs in all her novels - this book got under my s Rachel is living in New York and has no idea that her drug problem is completely out of control until she accidentally overdoses and finds herself back in Ireland in a rehab centre.
It is so interesting and written with the dark humour and excruciating honesty that Marian Keyes employs in all her novels - this book got under my skin! I loved it the first time I read it and I loved it the second time I read it too A brilliant insight into what people go through when dealing with addiction combined with an excellent story, feisty humour and honest delivery. Being inside Rachel's head was so painful at times- why can't she see what's happening! A brilliant read and highly recommended. Feb 24, Hildy rated it really liked it.
Pero, en una de esas, se le va la mano, y tras una noche de excesos se atiborra de tranquilizantes para dormir a pierna suelta y empezar fresca una nueva jornada laboral. Account Options Sign in. Claire se queda sola Familia Walsh 1. Marian Keyes November 8, More by Marian Keyes See more. A funny new novel from international bestselling author Marian Keyes about Irish beautician Stella Sweeney who falls ill, falls in love, then falls into a glamorous new life in New York City. When her dream life is threatened, will she rally to reclaim love and happiness?
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