Book Review: Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

This is my first book by the author. A number of my bookish friends really like her work and, in a bid to discover new authors I decided to try one of her books.

‘Grown Ups’ follows the Casey family, three brothers, their wives and children. Jessie, who is wife to Johnny the oldest of the Casey brothers is the family matriarch who pulls everyone together by frequently organizing family get-togethers and is loved for her generosity. On Johnny’s fiftieth birthday, Cara, wife to the second Casey brother Ed, has a concussion and blurts out secrets that affects almost everyone in the family. This threatens to tear the family apart and they all find themselves at different points where they have to decide what is really most important in their lives. This is a story about real people and real-life issues, love, betrayal, addiction, deceit, loyalty, commitment, forgiveness and healing.

This book started a bit slow for me, but I quickly got into it after a short while. What I loved the most about this story is the way the characters were written in such as a way that they seemed so real, realistic and were quite colorful. It also highlighted the complicated nature of love in marriage, how you can be married to someone for years and know the person well and yet not know the person at all. It was a thought provoking read and completely captured my attention until the end. However, 656 pages was just too long. I think this book would have had a bigger impact on me if it was shorter and better if some parts were cut nevertheless, I don’t regret the time I spent reading it.

I would definitely be reading more books by this author so watch out for more reviews from me. I recommend, as long as you are willing to commit to read so long a letter….

Rating: 4 Stars

Published: February 6, 2020

Pages: 656

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

The Author:

Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women’s literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. She became known worldwide for WatermelonLucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes including domestic violence and alcoholism.

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