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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read!!!
this is an amazingly funny book! really is great, if your in any doubt buy it!! its worth it, it was the first marian keyes book and bought, and ive read is twice and its still great! you cant put it down you can really relate to poor old claire, and you really want to help her in her hour of need!! really is brilliant, go and buy!
Published on 25 July 2006 by Ruth Cannon

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Summer Holiday Read
After reading the raving reviews of this title I settled down to this book with anticipation, however it did not live up to its reputation. Although the characters were interesting and amusing at times, I felt that the story was simply drifting along, meandering - without actually reaching its destination. It is certainly readable, but it won't have you on the edge of...
Published on 8 Oct 2000 by Alison Chestnutt


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5.0 out of 5 stars Marian Keyes at her best!!!, 23 Jun 2004
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B. J. Burke "Proceeds go to CMA" (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book was the first book of Marian Keyes that I read and it opened up a whole new world for me. Since then I just can't get enough of the witty Irish novelist.
This book has a finely balanced amount of laughter, sadness, humour, romance and neurotic behaviour. It is a must read for all those who have problems with men, shoe addiction and relationships. You won't look back and after reading this, Marian Keyes will be your new best friend :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Summer Holiday Read, 8 Oct 2000
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Alison Chestnutt (Dungannon, Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
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After reading the raving reviews of this title I settled down to this book with anticipation, however it did not live up to its reputation. Although the characters were interesting and amusing at times, I felt that the story was simply drifting along, meandering - without actually reaching its destination. It is certainly readable, but it won't have you on the edge of your seat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars makes you think of your life, 11 Feb 1999
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I haven't finished it yet but every hour of the day i am trying to find even ten minutes to go on to the next page. Claire seems like a real character living next door to me and there are so many things i would like to say to her if she really lived next door. More comments in the end of the book. i can't wait...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read., 2 Mar 2014
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Mrs. Julie Holt "Julie Haigh" (West Yorkshire UK) - See all my reviews
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This was my first introduction to Marian Keyes' writing. A friend told me how she had enjoyed the book and gave it to me to read. What a refreshing change. This was hilarious and yet emotional at the same time. Clare's husband decides to tell her he's having an affair and leaving her-on the day she gives birth to their child! This is the story of how Clare sinks into the depths and comes out of it again. Told with loads of humour and lots of feeling too. A perfect holiday read. Great support material if you've been through a similar situation yourself. Marian Keyes is a great writer-even her author's note/acknowledgement has a few laughs in it. I have gone on to read many more of Marian Keyes' books and enjoyed them all.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a bit weak versus the other Marian Keyes books, 6 Sep 2009
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P. Brady (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I've loved all of the other Marian Keyes books. But this one was a bit weak.

The second half of the book didn't feel true to the characters and the arguments with the husband were inane! A let down to the strong, compelling character she began to create in the first part of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow, 12 Oct 2008
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A story of a woman's triumph through grief. As Claire is landed with a new born baby and a deserted husband, she's not quite sure what to do with herself. It seem's the only option is to go home to her quirky family. After she passes a few weeks of grief for her soon to be ex - husband, James, she meets her 18 year old sister's friend, Adam. He helps her through the worst time of her life and she finally comes to the decision that she doesn't need James anymore - that is until, he shows up. This book manages to capture the devestating and refreshing qualities of a broken marriage and how what may seem the worst thing in your life can also be the best.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love the book, can't stand its namesake food ...., 7 Feb 2002
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Watermelon is an excellent novel. The title comes from how big and bloated Clare feels after giving birth to her first child, shortly after which her husband James walks into her hospital room and says he is leaving her for their neighbor, whom she always thought was so nice. Devastated, Clare leaves London with her new baby to her family home in Dublin to try and make sense of what has happened and to grieve the loss of James.
Clare is lots of fun and full of (...), just like your real life friends. She doesn't have it all together despite being 30 and having a marriage and baby, and that's a relief. It makes her human, and seeing her struggle through a woman's worst nightmare in what should be a time of joy makes your heart ache even while Keyes' impressive writing style makes you laugh.
My only complaint is the Clare's selfish younger sister Helen who is apparently a beautiful goddess but sounds like a massive pain both here and in Rachels' Holiday. I hoped her character would develop a bit so she gets the slap she is begging for but it never happens. But I do like the other sister, Anna the Druggie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is brilliant, 18 Nov 1998
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After reading 'Lucy Sullivan is getting married' which was superb, I didn't think that Marion Keyes could have written another book which really made me smile. This book is a delight to read either on the tube or on holiday by the pool! It gets 8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best therapy a girl can get!, 22 Feb 2004
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L. Hopkin "louloulh" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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having read a number of other Keyes books (angels, lucy sullivan is getting married, last chance saloon...) i was dying to get stuck into this...and I wasn't disappointed! Having recently split up with a boyfriend and finding out that he was seeing someone new I 'did a Claire' and went home to mum and dad's for some cups of tea and sympathy and got well and trully stuck in to Watermelon finishing it in a day (a rareity for me). It was absolutely hilarious, laugh-out-loud stuff, and helped me leap out of my pit-of-depression with a big smile on my face. Marian Keyes is an excellent author and hits the mark yet again with this tender and witty book. You won't be disappointed, buy it now! I just hope the film version isn't long in coming...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Marian Keyes Book!, 30 Jun 2005
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Marian Keyes' first novel is (as are the rest) funny, romantic, extremely well written, easy to relate to and just plain enjoyable. Watermelon is a deliciously easy read with many laugh out loud moments and the odd tear here and there. A great start to a wonderful career of writing some of the best books on todays shelves.
Definately in Keyes' top 5 novels, the only criticism i can make (if any at all) is that the characters are not as well developed as in her later books. Doesnt detract from the story, just an observation . . . .this is one author thats just getting better and better!
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