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5.0 out of 5 stars
This Charming Novel, 4 Aug 2009
Wow. I read this book having never delved into a Marian Keyes before. I'm very glad I tried it.
This book covered so many important issues from every day life, including domestic violence and alcoholism, but without becoming too depressing. There were so many injections of humour to the story that it was impossible for it to get too dark. The balance of seriousness and realistic humour was absolutely perfect.
Using four different points of view, Keyes manages to tell a very rounded story, with insight into what a lot of characters are thinking. Though at first the switching between characters can be slightly confusing, it's easy to get used to, and after a while you become thankful for the change of scene.
Look out for Lola's entries, I found them both the most interesting and the most funny. There were so many things that she said that had me laughing out loud, yet she was still vulnerable and showed how much she had been hurt.
Overall this book gets a 10/10 from me for being completely entertaining and not once giving me reason to stop reading. It had me hooked from the very first page and I found it very difficult to stop reading and either get up off the couch and go to work or, at night, switch off the light and go to sleep. If you like staying up till all hours lost in fiction, I highly recommend This Charming Man. You haven't truly enjoyed a book until you've read it.