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Watermelon Paperback – 2 Jun 1997

4.2 out of 5 stars 148 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (2 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749324791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749324797
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,227,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marian Keyes begins Watermelon with a rather inauspicious romantic opening when the heroine's husband leaves her for Denise from the flat downstairs the day their first child is born. Claire, the deserted wife and mother, returns to her family in Dublin and, after going through the required stages of "Loss, Loneliness, Hopelessness and Humiliation", begins to feel much better--so much better that when James tries to win his way back into her affections, he gets more than he bargained for.

The author's style is too blunt and her setting too suburban (with its all-too-human heroine struggling to keep her sanity, tend to her new-born baby, fight it out with siblings and begin to love again) to be a traditional romance, but there is enough chemistry and mystery to keep you guessing in the lip-smacking Watermelon--a dish that may not fill you up but will certainly give you a taster of Marian Keyes' work, of which there is much to sample, including Lucy Sullivan is getting Married, Rachel's Holiday and Last Chance Saloon. --Nicola Perry

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'fabulously funny'
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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!
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

This was a recommendation from a friend and I have not read any of Marian Keyes's other books, so I cannot compare it to her other work; all I can say is what I thought of this particular one.

If I'm honest, when I read the first few chapters I had mixed feelings. Marian has written this book in first person, which is great, but the way she addresses the reader so often is very strange. But in a good way, I might add.
It is just something new to get used to, and it makes her writing style very unique. (Well, I haven't come across another book as yet that talks so much to you, the reader, so personally.) It is as if you are in a room with Claire Webster, having a nice girly chat with her about everything. As I said, it took me a couple of chapters to get used to this style of writing but once I had, I loved it. It really makes you connect with the character.

So, about the story itself. Well, It's about a young woman called Claire Webster and the book opens with her giving birth to her first child with husband James. But it all goes downhill from there for poor Claire. James then leaves after admitting to an affair and leaves Claire to deal with the fact that she now has a newborn baby to look after and no husband. She returns home to Ireland to stay with her family and grieve over her loss. Everyone rallies around and we meet most of her family; Mum, Dad, and two of her sisters Helen and Anna. Time goes on and she begins to come through the ordeal when a guy comes along to throw her emotions into turmoil. I wont spoil it by saying what happens but at some point James returns but he isn't as apologetic as maybe he should be.
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The joy of Marian Keyes is that she can make you belly-laugh and leak tears on the same page. No, not everyone is like Claire, but everyone has experienced some of the things she has to deal with, and the whole idea of this book is to go with her as she grows up and changes to become a different person; whilst we have a good time of it reading about her and the rest of the Walshes. Who are, incidentally, real, human, funny and awful caricatures at the same time! No, its not cutting edge fashionable literature, but it is imaginitive storytelling how it should be.
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I totally loved this book! I was hooked by the end of chapter one! I previously read angels in this series and a couple of others by the same auther and this has to be the best by far! Although I did feel like jumping into the book and shaking James till his head fell off! What a really nasty person! How Claire didnt slap him I will never know!

I would seriously recomend this book for anyone wanting a night in and a laugh! Do not go out in public and read this book, its too embarrassing when you laugh out loud!
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Watermelon was the 1st book from Marian Keyes that I read and from the first chapter I was absaloutly hooked. The characters are warm and real and the story is fantastic. Marian has such a fantastic way of writing that captivates you from the very start. I cannot recomend this book or this authour highly enough.
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This is the first MK book I've read, I've had it for ages sitting on the shelf, however I really loved MK style of writing and was quite funny. Loved the story also and the madness of Claire's family. After reading a quarter of the book, I could not put it down, I had to find out how it ended. Can't wait to read more books from this writer.
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This book begins with possibly one of the most depressing story lines I have ever read. It begins with introducing us to the main character Claire who is in hospital having given birth to her first child when her husband anounces that he is about to leave her and their newly born baby.
This book details Claire's life from the moment realization sets in, to moving home,her first time alone with her baby and moving to Irland to live with her parents and rather strange sisters.
It is well written and I would expect little less then this from such a telented writer. The tale seems as though it will never end, the torture the main character is experiencing, what she puts her self through and how she pulls her self through. It is packed with emotions, hopes, dreams and memories.It is a book all broken hearted women can identify with and a book that all men should read if they want to understand what breaking up really means.
A heart renching tale of love, hate, revenge, needs and wants. Although it seems impossible due to the nature of the storyline, this book is very complelling and funny to read. It will make you laugh out loud and sob your heart out all in the same page.
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Watermelon was my first Marian Keyes book. My best friend gave it to me when I was in hospital. This book means a lot to me. Not because I can relate to the story much but because of how the author writes. Once I start one of her books I can't stop. She involves you completely in the story. The family that feature in the book are amazing and Watermelon focuses on one of the five sisters in the family. There is a book on every sister and they are all unique and brilliant in their own way. It doesn't matter which book you start with as the author is very clever in how she introduces all of the sisters in each book. Angels, Anybody Out There, Rachel's Holiday and The Mystery of Mercy Close are the other books on the sisters. Get reading!
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