- File Size: 439 KB
- Print Length: 432 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060090367
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (March 17, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000GCFX3Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Marian Keyes is the author of ten bestselling novels and two essay collections. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two imaginary dogs.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A delightful book! Watermelon is propelled by a charming heroine along a twisting, tumbling journey, peopled by a cast of quirky characters and sparkling with Keyes' unique voice." -- Nora Roberts
"A grand first novel...a hilarious treatise on love's roller coaster...A candid, irresistibly funny debut an d perfect -- --Kirkus
"A lot of laughs and sassy girl talk." -- Kansas City Star
"An eccentric romantic comedy...[full of] wicked humor." -- New York Times Book Review
"An eccentric romantic comedy...full of wicked humor." -- --The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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To say that Claire's life was turned upside down would be an understatement. Taking herself and her baby from London to Dublin was the first step toward creating her new life. Staying in the family home with her parents and two younger sisters did little for her self-esteem, however, and for days and weeks, she languished in the bed, often forgetting to get dressed.
Her younger sisters, Anna and Helen, were annoying distractions...to Claire and to this reader, but their voices did add a bit of humor to Watermelon (Walsh Family Book 1) . Themes of betrayal, relationships, and family dynamics kept the story interesting, although it moved rather slowly for most of the story.
I was rooting for Claire, as she struggled to come to terms with the major changes in her life, and I enjoyed the internal monologues she carried on in a rather comic and snarky voice. The story is narrated from her first person perspective, and it was a funny voice indeed.
Would Claire manage to create a new life for herself? Would she find love again? And what would happen when James finally wanted to see her? Could his rather unexpected suggestions arouse her to take charge of her own life?
I recommend this story to those fascinated by family drama and issues of female empowerment, but don't expect a fast-paced narrative or a plot that leads to any major conclusions. A fun, light read can be enough on some days, though. I liked this conclusion that Claire arrived at toward the end of the book, as she began to reclaim her life:
"When happiness makes a guest appearance in one's life, it's important to make the most of it. It may not stay around for long and when it has gone wouldn't it be terrible to think that all the time one could have been happy was wasted worrying about when that happiness would be taken away?"
A 4 star read.
The book begins on a horrifying happenstance: Claire has just given birth to a beautiful, healthy daughter, and as she lies basking in the afterglow, her slime of a husband, James, enters her hospital room to tell her that: 1) he is in love with another woman; and that 2) he is therefore leaving Claire. Just like that. No muss, no fuss. With a beginning like that, it's hard to imagine where to go from here, but Keyes manages to pick Claire up by the scruff of her neck, shake her off, and move her and her newborn back to Dublin from London, where she had been living with James.
Once in Dublin, Claire runs the gamut of emotions, from not showering for a week to crying nonstop for 24 hours to yelling and screaming to becoming the "antichrist" to her large, extended and very strange family. Yet we love her more on every page. And we want so much for Claire to "sort herself out," as the Brits say.
Will Claire sort herself out? Will James come back and grovel? If he does, will Claire take him back? Will her parents ever break free of their strange and abominable daughters? It's all answered in the book, in prose that is so completely fresh and witty, so very funny, that the reader almost forgets that there is actually a real story here, and a good one at that.
It's nice to know that Keyes only got better with time, because this, her first novel, is just about perfect, and I'm glad to know that it wasn't a flash in the pan!
It had a new spin on humor. I liked how Claire had names for her subconscious personalities. Claire was a good character most of the time. At one point I wanted to smack her because of how blind she was to the truth of what was happening in her life with James. Thankfully Claire wised up. There were also lots of funny little sayings. Claire's family was interesting. Helen was spoiled, Anna didn't seem to stand up for herself, Claire's dad was a push over, and the mother was all over the place. Marian did a good job of creating a dynamic family. By the end I was scared the book was going to end badly, but the ending was good. I wanted to read more when it ended to find out what happened to Claire.
The only reason I couldn't give the book five stars was because it took me almost a 100 pages to get into it. The story seemed to drag along until about then and after that I couldn't stop reading it.
Top international reviews
This is actually my 1st time reading one of her novels (*insert shocked gasps here*)
And I'm delighted to find she writes as she speaks.
It's very chatty, and liable to rambling, but I love it.
I love how even Claire's internal thoughts and emotions are given life; they talk to each other and jockey for position in her head.
The story is brutally real (no Mills & Boon-ness here!), and tragically funny. The story should be really sad, given poor Claire's fall from grace. But it's dotted with humour which had me giggling like a fool.
Is it perfectly written without mistakes? No.
Is it going to appeal to everyone? What person does?
Do I care? Not a jot.
I'm going to be reading a lot more books by this lady.
Poor Claire… with her marriage in tatters, a newborn baby and a body that she doesn’t recognize as her own she catches the next flight back home to Dublin to her dysfunctional family. Here we are first introduced to the Walsh family! What a family they are!
I read some reviews before starting where people have remarked on Marian’s ramblings throughout the book but I really liked this, I liked reading Claire’s inner thoughts and musings and getting an insight into each character of the family and stories from their childhood. It always helps me to set the scene and picture it! But I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea!
Back in Dublin, Claire takes refuge to her bed to recoup only to fend for her baby daughter, here we witness Claire at her lowest, going through what you can only describe as mourning, and the stages from sadness to anger.
Thankfully Claire pulls through and takes back control of her life, no longer feeling worthless and knowing she and her daughter deserve better than James.
Here she meets Adam, a friend of her sister Helen; Adam is younger, shy and very very cute! Adam takes an interest in Claire and they hit it off from their first meet. After bumping into each other away from her family you could clearly see an interest for them both. I felt that the attention from Adam was exactly what Claire needed to give her the confidence and the boost to feel like her again.
I guess I should speak about James at some point…! We hate him by the way, what a horrible man… I won’t spoil for you with what happens between Claire and James, as you know from the synopsis James does return to Claire most probably realizing that the grass isn’t always greener. Few scenes when he returned made me angry which shows how well Marian writes her characters, James was written very cleverly the way he could change Claire’s confidence in herself. Anyway enough about James!
I liked the ending of this story, it wasn’t exactly how I imagined it planning out, the story is a little predictable so the end part did throw me but that’s what’s great about Marian Keyes, she always does like to keep you on your toes.
Despite the sad storyline and the situation Claire was in, the story was full of humour and comical moments which I really enjoyed. I cannot wait to get started on reading the rest of the books from the Walsh family.
In Watermelon there's far too many conversations with the main character, Claire, talking to herself. When other characters are involved, the book improves.
The plot is quite simple- Claire is giving birth to her daughter, with her husband James present. James then tells Claire he is leaving her for another woman and Claire returns to the family home in Ireland in shock. The storyline revolves around the months of Claire coming to terms with her 'loss' and what happens next. As with all Keyes' books there's a good deal of humour, paralleled with heartbreak. The comical moments are what this author is renowned for. She's a talented writer, with sharp wit. This is worth reading but as I mentioned, her books get better.
The book has a looot of inner dialogue, which may not be for everyone, but I found it very funny. I always think Marian has the best “plots” of all the chicklit writers, while still not having too dumb and simple characters.
A great read if you want something fun and slightly lighthearted, an easy read.
I read this book about 9-10 years ago and fell in love with it. As I was traveling in New Zealand, I left it to the travellers book collection for other people to enjoy.
I couldn't seem to find it anywhere after that and was starting to wonder if I had the wrong name or made it up. 😂
I truly enjoy reading every book by Marian and I am so looking forward to reading the break and any others that some out in the future. Keep em coming Marian! Keep em coming!!
This my first experience of the Walsh family and I fell head over heels with them. As soon as Claire arrives home to her Mammy the fun starts, despite Claire being in so much agony u don't feel depressed or sad as the book is so full of life.
I haven't laughed out loud at a book in a long time but I did with Watermelon, especially when Claire goes to the doctor and he makes the comment about having sex again!!!
Anna and Helen are great characters but the mum and dad are just so loveable and comical, especially the dad when he has to have a word with Claire about her moods and rages and not letting her mum watch her programmes!!!!
I re-read this book as soon as I'd finished and I recommend everyone to keep a copy handy, sheer brilliane
I tried hard to wade my way through this dross but found myself skipping pages to try and get a good bit.
I was a big Marian Keyes can and ignored the reviews but I wish I'd heeded them