They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but I have to hold my hands up and say I picked this one up in an airport because it had the name Rachel in it! I'm not fussy when it comes to genres and authors, I love reading so much I'll literally read anything (unless of course it's compulsory to my uni course and then it becomes harder to read than if it were in a foreign language!).
"'How did it end up like this? Twenty-seven, unemployed, mistaken for a drug addict, in a treatment centre in the back arse of nowhere with an empty Valium bottle in my knickers...'
Meet Rachel Walsh. She has a pair of size 8 feet and such a fondness for recreational drugs that her family has forked out the cash for a spell in Cloisters - Dublin's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She's only agreed to her incarceration because she's heard that rehab is wall-to-wall jacuzzis, gymnasiums and rock stars going tepid turkey - and it's about time she had a holiday.
But what Rachel doesn't count on are the toe-curling embarrassments heaped on her by family and group therapy, the dearth of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll - and missing Luke, her ex. What kind of new start in life is this?"
I've heard lots of good things about Marian Keyes before so I was expecting this to be a good read. I have to be honest though I didn't really enjoy this book at all.
I found Marian's style of writing didn't hook me in like most authors I've read before and I even found myself a little bored toward the middle of the whopping 600+ page story that I thought could have been told in far fewer. Over describing scenes and encounters (almost rivalling Tolkein, though his mega in-depth descriptions I enjoyed!) left me feeling like large chunks of the book are just setting the scene. She spends a lot of the story hopping backwards and forwards between past and present too, which is usually something I enjoy in a book (see Labyrinth by Kate Mosse) but this one felt disjointed and slow going.
2/3 or so into the book I found myself absolutely despairing with the main character - I don't want to give too much of the plot away if you plan to read this but... - let's just say her "realisation" right near the end could have come a lot sooner and, in my opinion, not taken anything away from the story.
Whilst this will not be on my list of favourite reads, there were a few moments where I may have let out a little giggle or shed a tear or two - so it's not all bad! And, despite all the things I didn't like, I actually thought the underlying premise of the story was pretty good.
Have you read this or any other Marian Keyes books? Are you a fan? ♥
*I purchased this book with my own money and was not asked to review it. All opinions are 100% my own.