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  • Hysterically Funny!

    Amy comes from an Irish family of five children now all grown up and, with a much extended family, she has to find time for her children, other people's children, her elderly parents, her wild and wonderful array of friends alongside a manic PR job which entails spending 2 days of her working week in London. The characters are fabulous creations and frighteningly true to life, warts and all. I have been working my way towards this one in my tbr list and the wait was sooo worth it! From family disasters in Ireland to scandals in the UK capital, Amy lives her life at a flat-out pace. Welcome to the world of every working mother, although I'm not sure they have the same madness. Marian Keyes is an author who always gives great value in her novels; they suck you in, chew you up and spit you out having filled you full of laughter and tears. She injects her writing with humour and pathos and in The Break she has excelled herself. Weirdly, I find I read her books in an Irish accent - hers, having watched her on Strictly's It Takes Two spin-off and I find she writes as she talks! This is a packed read, lurching from hysterically funny to sobbing sadness in a heartbeat, but oh so worth the emotional cost.. I loved each and every word and wouldn't have missed it for anything. Highly recommended reading! I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my original, honest and unbiased review.

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  • Enjoy the craic

    Marian Keyes has said that storytelling in Ireland is a competitive sport. If so, she's a pro. She writes about smart, sassy, damaged women torn between a couple of "ridey" (great word) blokes, and the ups and downs that follow. While this is a romance, she also touches on serious issues such as Alzheimer's and access to abortion. The book crackles with wit, and features an array of interesting characters such as the family matriarch who becomes an overnight sensation via an internet vlog. Though childless herself, she writes with tenderness about children and their rearing. She has said that her books must have an upbeat ending; she would rather not get published than write a sad one. But to have one predetermined robs the book of credibility. She even writes an epitaph assuring us all is well with her characters some years in the future. If this makes Keyes and her readers happy, it left me feeling dissatisfied as the story moved on to its predictable conclusion. So, an enjoyable and undemanding read.

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  • Superficial

    2.5 Stars This was my first Marian Keyes book and it will probably be my only Marian Keyes book. I just couldn't get past the banality of the whole thing - from the plot to the characters it all felt somehow like a huge waste of my time. I did manage to finish it but it was almost car crash reading to be honest as we lurch from one unappealing scenario to another. One thing that really bothered me was the use of euphemisms and language in the book - swearing doesn't bother me but Amy's almost childlike references to acts of carnality as "Riding" really did bother me. I have no problem with books that deal with topics such as adultery or abortion but here they are almost trivialised and it did make for eye rolling reading on occassion. The basic premise where Hugh wants a break from his marriage to Amy is a promising start. Although, it does set up immediately that this is a couple that really are incapable of communicating properly - otherwise why would his grief leave him feeling so trapped? Still, the book started out quite humorously as it introduced the larger family and the set up to the big Break. So much so, I was sure I was going to really love this book - sadly after about 5 chapters the sheen dissipated and I realised that Amy is particularly self-obsessed and facile and definitely donning the mantle of the "wronged woman". All of the characters behave in very stereotypical ways if I'm being honest. Now normally I would say that stereotypes exist because they are universal truths but somehow it just feels lazy on the pages of this book. You can predict how every character will react in every given situation and men are certainly given a tough ride in this book - they are either inept or complete neanderthal idiots. Amy moans that some of her friends fall in to the AMAB camp but if their world is populated by creatures such as described in this book then I'm not surprised in the slightest. The Break is an unedifying take on life that tried hard to be funny but doesn't achieve much beyond a wry, uncomfortable smirk from time to time. With no real plot of character depth stretched over 500+ pages it is a challenge to finish it but at least you can pick it up and put it down very easily so it is good for filling a 30 minute lunch break.

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  • The Break

    I am a big fan of Marian Keyes, have read all her books and loved many of them. This one however I didnt love so much, its ok but not great.

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  • The break

    I have been a fan of Marian's books for more than 20 yeas, but not this one. Unlikeable main character, unpalatable subject matter. It took all my self control to finish this book.

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