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Rachel's Holiday, by bestselling British author Marian Keyes (author of Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married and Watermelon) , is a poignant, madcap story of life in the fast lane. Rachel Walsh (the wild younger sister of the heroine of Watermelon) is living in New York, working hard and playing harder. For Rachel, every night is a party, until she makes what she calls a stRachel's Holiday, by bestselling British author Marian Keyes (author of Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married and Watermelon), is a poignant, madcap story of life in the fast lane. Rachel Walsh (the wild younger sister of the heroine of Watermelon) is living in New York, working hard and playing harder. For Rachel, every night is a party, until she makes what she calls a stupid little mistake. If her overindulgence had only involved a little too much to drink and an attempt to write poetry, no one would have been alarmed. But the addition of a few sleeping pills adds up to what the hospital calls an overdose. Rachel's New York friends call it just plain stupid, and her loving family calls it a disaster. After the ER docs pump her stomach and her boyfriend dumps her, the Walsh clan hustles their wild child onto the first plane back to Ireland, where they've booked her into the Cloisters, a drug treatment center. Rachel would be the first to agree she needs a holiday, but she finds the Cloisters is no celebrity spa. In fact, it's definitely no holiday for Rachel to face hard facts, battle her demons, and get her life back on track. Rachel's Holiday is tough, tender and funny all at once, with a wild, wonderful love story to sweeten the mix....

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ISBN : 9780061840050
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Number of Pages : 592 Pages
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Rachel's Holiday Reviews

  • Rachel C.
    2019-04-05 00:31

    I picked this up thinking, "Great - a fun book about a girl named Rachel who goes on vacation." Except not so much. Turns out, her "holiday" (view spoiler)[is to rehab because she has serious substance abuse problems. But if you think this book sounds like a horrible downer, it's not (hide spoiler)]; Marian Keyes is terrifically funny and she makes Rachel a sympathetic character and narrator. The first person point of view is expertly employed to hide certain things from the reader, revealing them only as Rachel herself is forced to face the truth. (I'm not usually a fan of first person POV because it feels like sleight of hand or amateur hour all too often, but it's absolutely appropriate and effective here.)I'm glad I stuck with this book even after my initial assumption proved to be ludicrously wrong. This is one of those reads that makes you look at the world - and your own life - a little bit differently after you put it down. (It also made me consider getting a therapist to excavate my emotional baggage but I chickened out.)

  • Marie
    2019-04-04 01:58

    I waffled between five and four stars for all of ten seconds before deciding on five, simply because of my sheer inability to be rational about this novel. I fell in love with Rachel, and I have no idea why. If I hadn't picked this up at a library sale when my impulse control was at it's lowest, I wouldn't have it at all. There's literally nothing about this book, from the cover, to the genre, to the jacket copy to make me think I'd enjoy it, or that it was my kind of book. Because it really isn't.In fact, my first thought on opening the book on a whim a year after putting it on my shelf (not an uncommon phenomenon) was "oh, nice typeface." Rachel's story was convincing and compelling, if only because the reader is so well grounded in her mental state—she's all over the place emotionally and never seems to notice, but you still get a sense of who she really is under all the drugs. And even knowing that she's in more trouble than she thinks she is, Rachel's done a thorough job of hiding from herself, so as bad as it is, you're almost as shocked as she is when confronted.Even that wouldn't be enough to give in five stars in my mental rating system, but when Rachel is forced to remember her early childhood, I abruptly found myself in tears. I haven't connected so strongly to a character in I don't know how long. And I don't know why it's Rachel, either. If I were anyone in this novel, I'd be Margaret, the 'brownose' But for Rachel, I spent much of the second half of the novel in tears for her, and was so proud of her recovery. Bizarre, but this unexpected total empathy is exactly why I read, and I haven't experienced it for a while.

  • Laura
    2019-04-03 02:59

    This book was as awesome as I expected, based on Krystal's high praise of it. Watermelon was pretty good, but this was way better. I'm not sure if it's better than Lucy Sullivan though. I haven't read the author's essays apecifically about her alcholism, but I can only assume that she drew on some of her own experience with addiction to write this. It's fascinating to experience the transformation of Rachel with Rachel. To learn things as she learns them, to see her experiences through her eyes. In the first part of the book, she doesn't seem like some out of control crazy addict. Because you only really see her behavior as she sees it. Later you learn about how she really was acting, the things she was doing (as an Oh yeah, I kinda was that way retrospective), and it's eye opening. I'm not explaining this well, but I know what I mean. Just the way the author unveiled things for you and kept you in Rachel's head and state of mind was very well done.Also, in general, I really like the way the author can take what appears to be fun chick lit, and then all of a sudden it's like "whoa, serious life stuff happening here" - kinda like real life :)

  • Jayci
    2019-04-13 23:39

    Whatever Mairan Keyes is selling....I'm buying. Rachel's Holiday was wonderful and touching. It is a talent to take subjects that are so seriouse and bring laughter and humor to them. What a quirky, fun sense of humor Marian must have. This book delved into the world of addicts. It was honest, insightful, and very human. I felt a great attatchment to Rachel (the heroin). I would laugh with her, and then find myself crying over her heartache. I think I understood her. She had a lot of similar feelings and thoughts that I sometimes have.--It's hard to live in this world, when you want to please everybody.--I couldn't put this book down, and yet I knew that I didn't want to come to the last page. Really great.

  • Jayne
    2019-04-08 06:39

    (From my book blog) I really hate the term “chick lit,” don’t you? It is utterly dismissive and totally misleading. Take a look at this book cover. It looks like chick lit. It was written by a woman. IT MUST BE FLUFFY AND RIDICULOUS, RIGHT?No. No it is not. This book is devastating. I know she wasn’t the first one, but I blame Sophie Kinsella and her godawful Shopaholic books with their stupid pink covers for starting the whole chick lit thing. Have I mentioned that I really fucking hate those books? I hate them so much that my hatred of them is totally derailing this review. I’ll get back to them eventually.Rachel’s Holiday came very highly recommended by my friends Jana and Ali, both of whom mentioned that this was one of the few books that has been with them many years, through various moves, bookshelf cleanouts, etc. Both of their copies were falling apart. They said it was amazing. And it WAS.As you may have guessed, the leading lady is Rachel, an Irish 20-something living the party life in New York. In the first few pages, she overdoses on pills and has to get her stomach pumped. Through a “huge misunderstanding,” she is deemed a drug addict and sent back to Ireland for rehab.That’s all I want to say about the plot, because one of the great pleasures of this book is the way it unfolds. It’s written in first person from Rachel’s POV, and seeing her life fall apart through her eyes is insane. It’s soul-crushing. You think everything is going just fine, and then Marian Keyes slips in these little bombs. Remember when you took 10th grade English and you studied Poe and your teacher talked to you about unreliable narrators? And you never thought you would ever talk about that sort of thing again unless you were a huge nerd like me? Well, saddle up and get ready to check your facts, because we are talking about unreliable narrators RIGHT. FUCKING. NOW. It makes the whole book ten times more interesting than a regular story of transformation and growth and all that shit.I would not expect that “soul-crushing” and “maddeningly addictive” would describe the same book, but here we are. I furiously texted Jana while I was on a fucking treadmill at the gym, where I was running and also reading Rachel’s Holiday on Kindle. I was texing Ali “OH MY GOD DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?” while I was trying to read and cook dinner at the same time (Warning: Do not try this at home unless you want a shitty dinner).So, yeah, I loved this book. I give it an A++++++++. I worship Marian Keyes for proving that chick lit (or, alternately, a book written by a woman for a largely female audience) doesn’t have to suck.

  • Philippa 'Nef'
    2019-03-27 01:49

    This book was not at all what I was expecting... I thought it would be light, fluffy and trivial and what I got in reality was a horrible glimpse into the mirror of addiction and saw myself staring back.Rachel's Holiday follows 27 year old Rachel who lives in New York and parties like there's no tomorrow... until there almost isn't one. She's shipped off back to Ireland by her loopy family, where she finds herself in a drug treatment centre. I found this to be an unexpectedly good read on many levels. For one, the subject matter was much darker than I thought it would be. Two, the way Keyes allows the reader to glimpse more and more of Rachel, slowly twisting the way you see her from Rachel's own perspective to that of an outsider looking in on a drug addicts descent and subsequent rise from addiction.The novel touched a lot of nerves for me, and some of the descriptions of what it is like to be an addict made me cry with recognition. A painful read, but one I am so glad I finished.

  • Miko
    2019-04-11 00:36

    Marian Keys is the novelist that I turn to for my fluff novels. Her books are fun, mindless, silly and sometimes shallow and I guiltily eat them all up! This one was different. It had the same qualities the other ones did, but this one, whether intentional or not, set itself apart from her other books.It has been years since I have actually read this book but it left an impression on me. Maybe it’s because I went into it with such low expectations as far as depth or content, I can’t be certain. What I can be sure of though is that the emotional reaction I had to this character was surprisingly genuine and compassionate. I’m not saying its Pulitzer material, but it’s worth taking a second look at whether or not you have a disposition for “chicklets”.

  • Wicked Incognito Now
    2019-04-13 02:56

    This was not the light chick lit read that I was expecting, and as I started reading it, and getting more and more IRRITATED by this character's addiction and denial and self-destructive behaviour....I thought that I HATED this book.However, I actually quite loved it. First of all, I have no sympathy for addicts and I am not even shameful about that. I was raised surrounded by addicts. I find the behaviour selfish and irresponsible and just altogether frustrating. I spent my childhood by myself, raising myself and my brother, and dealing with violence, neglect, a lack of fundamental necessities....all things that have led me to be an adult that is decidedly NOT SYMPATHETIC to addiction.As an adult, I now find that I am expected to take care of those people that were supposed to have taken care of me as a child. I'm supposed to be sympathetic to liver failure, emphysemia, financial ruin, and constant RELAPSES and it's just too much.I say all of this to put into context my reasons for really hating Rachel. Her predicament was just too familiar for my tastes.But I found myself inexorably drawn into her story. I couldn't put the book down. I was seriously absorbed. I HAD to find out how she was going to resolve her life. I HAD to know if she was going to come out of denial, if she was going to realize what a stupid beeyatch she was....I really needed there to be resolution for this story.What's interesting is that this writer didn't make the process light and fluffy. Rachel had a painful and slow road to recovery. Her process of denial was EXCRUCIATING for me, but I came to understand her. I came to see why she had been such an idiotic idiot head!This book is what the genre of chick lit is supposed to be about: painful productive growth. I loved it.

  • Nina
    2019-04-02 03:59

    I think Marian Keyes is probably the most underrated author in the chick-lit section.My first book by her was "Lucy Sullivan is getting married" and it took me 2 attempts to finish it. From there, enjoying "Rachel's Holiday" was easy. It's by far my favourite Marian Keyes book. If you've never read anything by her, I suggest starting with this one. If you don't like it, I would think chances are slim you will change your mind reading the rest of them.Rachel's Holiday is Marian Keyes at her best. No other writer manages to combine the sad and the hilarious as well as she does, making you laugh and cry within the same paragraph.I'm not usually someone to try and guess how a story will end and find it much more enjoyable to just follow wherever the author leads me, but if you're not like me and you're looking for surprising twists and turns, then maybe this is not for you.I read these books in my late teens, early twenties, and I can honestly say I learned a great deal about life and relationships (especially what not to do ;).If you enjoy light-hearted entertainment, a special sense of humour but want more than a shop-o-holic piling up credit card debt or an office girl obsessing about her weight, Marian Keyes is your woman!

  • Bex
    2019-04-17 07:44

    Rachel's Holiday was one of the best books I've read in a very long while. It was one of those books that leads you to a place in a very humorous way, and then offers you the chance to review your own life in a way you might not have before. Rachel has just accidently overdosed, ended up in the hospital, and been railroaded by her family, roommate, and boyfriend into treatment. She can't believe that they think she has a problem, because, of course, she doesn't. Watching her come to grips with what remains of her life in New York, seen in the flashbacks Rachel has during treatment, is both very funny and very sad. We see Rachel come to the realization of what and who she is. We also see the seduction of Lady Denial, and this is very powerful, subtle and eye-opening to the reader. Anyone who has "overdone" any substance may recognize themselves in the aftermath of papering over the wrongs and hurt feelings. All this in a book that is easy to read, mostly delightful, and very honest. I read it in a day, couldn't put it down, and was sorry to see it end. I hope we see another book about this family (Watermelon was the first) so I can see how Rachel is doing. This is a definate keeper!

  • Quintin Merwe
    2019-04-10 06:39

    This has been my favorite of all the Marian Keyes books I have read thus far! It is truly amazing to see how all her characters go through the toughest times or sometimes find themselves in the funniest situations. The best being when both emotions happen in the same scene! The story line is once again done brilliantly, from start to finish. Her books have become synonymous 'glued to the hands with butt on the seat' gut wrenching, tear jerking (because of the funny bits) and riveting brilliance. The story of Rachel is a tale that one can identify with, even if you don't use drugs or drink excessively; this based on the ignorance and stupidity that most of us experience at some point in our lives, and silly as it might sound this book was also in a sense motivational. I don't personally have the same exact issues as Rachel, but we all have our little addictions that most of us don't even know about or choose not to admit. The book really gets the veil lifted even if for just short intervals and because on some level one identifies with the characters, you feel the emotion so much more. For anyone that says this book did nothing for them, my response to them would be that, in my opinion, you are just more in denial than the rest of us! This is a MUST read!

  • Rowena
    2019-04-19 00:55

    While MK writes in her usual hilarious manner, this novel touched on the very serious topic of drug/alcohol addiction. It was interesting and most definitely entertaining but I felt that she pigeonholed Rachel's character to an irritating degree. The psychological analysis of Rachel's childhood was far too pat and I didn't believe that she could so readily accept her tenure as an addict. I enjoyed this book mainly for MK's typical sharp wit and rollicking anecdotes but overall I believe that this novel of hers is my least favorite.

  • Irs
    2019-04-03 05:00

    Ya había tenido la oportunidad de leer a Marian Keyes con Claire se queda sola y, aunque fue ya hace un par de años, nunca es tarde para reencontrarse con un autor. En ese primer libro, Marian Keyes hablaba del abandono y la soledad, y en este se centra en las adicciones, especialmente en las drogas. Aunque a veces peca de ser un poco redundante, y de ahí que no le haya subido más la puntuación, es un libro más que decente. Rachel Walsh tiene veintisiete años, vive en Nueva York y su vida es un desastre porque solo puede levantar cabeza con cocaína en las venas, pero entonces un susto la lleva de vuelta a Irlanda a casa de sus padres, que la meten en una clínica de rehabilitación. Rachel es una chica odiosa, manipuladora, prejuiciosa y egocéntrica pero a medida que avanza la historia, su visión del mundo se va aclarando poco a poco, como si siempre hubiera estado ciega y empezara a ver la luz a través de la terapia que sigue, la gente que conoce en la clínica y la convivencia con sus otras hermanas. Rachel cree que no tiene ningún problema y se empeña en creerse mejor que nadie, pero al final acaba teniendo tanto sentido la forma en que se comportaba con los demás y con ella misma, lo que hacía y lo que no hacía, que resulta de lo más realista. Es un personaje maravilloso. Y sus hermanas son igual de malas, pero fantásticas también, cada cual a su manera, y por supuesto que leeré los libros dedicados a ellas. Ha sido una muy buena decisión volver a encontrarme con Marian Keyes y sus hermanas Walsh.

  • Elke
    2019-04-17 23:35

    Toch weer een fijn boek om te lezen, maakt me erg nieuwsgierig naar de andere delen. Hoewel ik dit deel hier en daar toch wat aan de lange/trage kant vind, is het toch zeker wel 4sterren waard! Nu tijd voor de read-a-thon!

  • Jenna
    2019-04-16 07:55

    This book was recommended as a future book in my book club. We were looking for a light read. All the reviews showed this was about Rachel in rehab and did not sound light hearted at all. There were also no English copies in the Zürich library. You never thought that might be a problem to find a book and not want to buy it or share one copy between 10 women, did ya ?So, we decided on a different book. The next week I spotted this at my favorite English book store and did not put it down for the next 4 days. This book is hilarious. It is totally inappropriate for a conservative book club. It is flooded with fbombs and SEX scenes. The book starts with Rachel not thinking she is a druggie. I LOVED that she did not think she should be put in the groups of addicts at rehab like everyone else. The rest of the book flashes back to her pre-rehab life (hot SEX).It's too bad we are not having any more kids I could name a little boy Luke after the "real men." He he!

  • Faith
    2019-04-11 04:38

    First I thought Rachel's Holiday was a shallow book, because Rachel was so shallow in the beginning of the book. Just like an other Bridget Jones, just that she takes drugs on top of everything else. That is, she was a woman who cared about nothing but men and her looks. Well, but Marian Keyes certainly managed to get some depth in her book. The book developed as Rachel developed. In the beginning I thought just like Rachel that the putting of her in a rehab center was some kinda mistake. I thought her problems weren't very serious. Certainly they were. I think Keyes really managed to describe drug addiction, its reasons and recovering from it. The whole process, of which I definitely only had a vague idea. Marian Keyes isn't crap really! I really wanna read more about Rachel and her sisters.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-03-22 07:56

    3.5 starsRTC.

  • Ria Lize
    2019-03-31 02:45

    I just wanted to read romance.Romance. You know, in that care-free chick-lit way, since I've had dissatisfaction towards the ending of other books recently.Okay. You probably don't trust me. I've been throwing 4 and 5 stars around like it's Christmas. But I feel it's like Christmas, because I've suddenly been opened to a whole new genre that's not UF or PNR, and suddenly, everything is new and fresh and wonderful.So did I get romance with Rachel's Holiday? Not really- not in the way I wanted. In fact, if I wanted to read romance, reading this book could possibly the worst way to go. Because... Because Rachel's Holiday was about a woman who suffered from a drug addiction. I've seen no mention of a love interest, since the blurb mentions she was dumped by "a boyfriend she adores". How can that be? So, what happened was, instead of reading a nice light romance, I spent most of the book pissed off at Luke. He should be with her during the lowest time of her life. Even after discovering the horrors of her betrayal and her disloyalty, I was still determined to be pissed of at him. Yes, I find that I am disgustingly loyal to my main characters. So sue me.I cried. In fact, it was more like weeping. I actually considered rating this 3 stars, because what I wanted was to read a book that would make me laugh, but what happened was the entire time I was reading, the tears just wouldn't stop. Until it was about finished. I mean, why would I rate a book that made me cry to much so high? Was I nuts?? Thinking more carefully, this book really was something. There has to be something special about a book that has touched me so deeply. So, this shall be the 5-star book not because it made me laugh so hard, but because it had made me cry so hard. It wasn't because it was particularly sad, but maybe because I feel as though I'd been with Rachel through her worst. Now the ending. It more than made up for my expectations because my recent reads just didn't satisfy me enough. Rachel's Holiday's way of handling everything and the resolution just made me satisfied. Actually, I was horrified when I was close to the ending--you know, (view spoiler)[if the epilogue didn't happen, I would be horrified and traumatised for sure. Come on, she's got to be with Luke! (hide spoiler)]So that's it. Don't judge this book by its cover, it has depth. It may even change your life, you never know. It touches of issues of feelings of inferiority, being broke and unemployed and not knowing your direction in life. Rachel's story is one of heart-break, healing and finding your own personal success, and has personally, wormed its way into my heart.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-22 02:35

    I have read this book so many times, marian writes about serious subjects and yet manages to inject humour into each serious situation and who better than the Walsh family, lots of Irish sisters each with their own traumas (see other books) and upsets supported by an amazing Irish mammy who cant cook and has her own amazing wit! And a daddy who just wants a bit of peace but has no chance of getting it! The walsh's are the type of family we all probably have or wish we had! Rachaels story tackles drug abuse but it is the journey we go on along with rachael that is so moving and handles so very well that it feels as if you have been through it yourself (even if you haven't) You will always remember this book! devour every book which has the Walsh family in it! Marians demands by fan's for 'Helens story' and "more please..." Inspired her to write two more in 2012! Thats how good they are and the rest of her books are just as good! Cannot praise her enough! MORE PLEASE!

  • Lisa
    2019-03-29 07:34

    Rachel is living in New York and has no idea that her drug problem is completely out of control until she accidentally overdoses and finds herself back in Ireland in a rehab centre.Why is she here? She only does a few recreational drugs, doesn't she?This is the story of Rachel's journey to accept her drug addiction and start on the road to recovery.It is so interesting and written with the dark humour and excruciating honesty that Marian Keyes employs in all her novels - this book got under my skin!I loved it the first time I read it and I loved it the second time I read it too...and yes I will probably read it again!A brilliant insight into what people go through when dealing with addiction combined with an excellent story, feisty humour and honest delivery. Being inside Rachel's head was so painful at times- why can't she see what's happening! - but we have to experience her denial alongside her which is sometimes hard.A brilliant read and highly recommended.

  • Hildy
    2019-04-19 01:49

    first read: February 2011re-read: December 2016I still love this book! Rachel is not a person who is easy to like. She's selfish, judgemental, and doesn't live in reality most of the time. In spite of all that, I find her character and her story to be entertaining and funny. Rachel's growth takes a while but it is worth it. Now, let's talk about Luke and his time-share pants. I love this man. I have for almost 6 years. He's such a unique, loyal character. Through most of the book I wanted to punch Rachel and take Luke for myself. One thing I always wish for in Keyes' stories is more time with the couple together on the page. I know that's not how she rolls but I still always wish for it.

  • Ruth Asdisardottir
    2019-03-24 07:35

    This is an interesting book. I think it descripes addiction pretty well in a sense. But on the other hand, I find it a bit shallow at times as the author seems to display every addict as some kind of a crazy stereotype who doesn´t want to accept that he/she is an addict. All kinds of people are addicts and a lot of people also enter rehab, well aware of that they have a serious problem, that their lives are in ruins and are ready to change. Not everybody is in there against their own will and doing it for their families. Rachel´s denial is very well described but sometimes she just seems too shallow and a bit dumb, to be honest. But it overallt, it was fun to read, heart warming at times and funny on several occasions.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-03-19 01:00

    One of the many things that makes Marian Keyes stand out is that she is basically a 'humor'-writer (and even a 'feel-good'-writer I guess) that is absolutely best when dealing with difficult subject matters. The second "Walsh"-family book deals with the middle sister Rachel's substance abuse problem (not that she knew that she had one) and the enforced "holiday" back home in Ireland to help her get her life in order after a hectic New York stint. Funny, captivating and wonderful.

  • Redfox5
    2019-04-09 00:50

    Could have done with being about 200 pages shorter. Second book I've read about the Walsh sisters. The other one was better. Did feel like I'd read this before but if I had then it didn't make much of an impression on me. I was cheering Marian for not ending the book in the way you expected but it was short lived as this was before I'd read Epilogue. It does end like you expect it to. Not the worst chick lit book in the world but there are much better ones out there.

  • Mississippi Library Commission
    2019-03-19 23:32

    We think Marian Keyes' writing is fantastic. Rachel's Holiday is by no means just a chick lit book; it offers so much more. An Irish ex-pat is whisked back home to go to rehab. Marian Keyes' research into addiction and recovery was excellent. We learned so much (as does Rachel!) Humor and life lessons abound in this engrossing read.

  • Jenn Flynn-Shon
    2019-03-24 01:34

    The book was long but I was ready to dive in and give it a shot. After reading Keyes' "Last Chance Saloon" I was hooked on her thorough and upbeat writing style even when confronting very tough subjects like life and death. I wasn't at all prepared for the weaving of a perfect story, however. In this book Rachel is a drug addicted mess of a person. She's done wrong by every single person she knows including a best friend and boyfriend (your heart literally breaks for Luke as you read how awful she was to him all along). But you can't hate her because you know (hope?) she'll enter this rehab facility and get herself better. That she'll kick the habit and finally hold herself accountable for all the wrongs she's done. That she'll apologize and mean it for the very first time.There were parts during her stay at the Cloisters that I felt were drawn out and not vital to the story as a whole, but many other parts were integral to building her relations with other people while experiencing (being forced into?) sobriety. The relationship with the other drug user was predictable but absolutely necessary to show that she could finally understand how destructive she'd become. He was her final wakeup call catalyst and I loved that angle. Yes I could see it coming a mile away but the character needed it to happen to grow. That's good writing right there when an Author leads you into something you see happening but that you enjoy anyway.The one and only thing that felt off to me was the whole ending with Luke. I was totally pulling for them to get back together, especially after he confronted her in the Cloisters. But something about the finality of her survivor statement in the last chapter made me happy that she had come to stand on her own for the very first time. I was actually happy she DIDN'T end up with Luke at that moment because she could just live her life without those reminders of her past. For Luke to make that big scene all "Pretty Woman" or "Officer and A Gentleman" style right away just seemed too contrived to me. As if Keyes needed a happy bow on the ending but I don't think she did. I'm all about a happy ending but I saw them more bumping into each other at a sushi place or something equally as random that would bring it back to the start of the story when they ran into each other all over the place. To me it would be enough to suggest that they'd live happily ever after without him having to make the grand gesture.Overall though the book drew me in and it wasn't the quickest read but I definitely enjoyed it. I even learned some new Irish slang.

  • Siobhan
    2019-04-13 05:44

    I’ll start by saying I was not aware that this was part of a series. It was a free eBook on my iPhone so I decided to give it a go. That being said, it works perfectly fine as a standalone book so you do not need to worry about reading the other books. What I have come to understand is that the series is about a dysfunctional family and each book tells the story of a different child, with no real suggestion towards the other books (or at least, this one had no suggestion towards the other books).I will also say that this is not my usual read. I decided to read it at a time when I was without a book. You know those situations where you leave the house with a book only to finish it when you still have hours to go before you can pick up your next one. Yeah, it was one of those moments. It took me a little bit of time to actually get into the book but once I did I found it to be rather enjoyable – and honestly, it was highly addictive simply because I wanted to know how it ended.Filled with numerous amusing moments, we bounce around Rachel’s life and the events that have left her in a rehabilitation centre. At times I did feel as though we were bouncing back and forth in time too much but it worked out well. I also felt as there was some rambling yet I think that was just part of the character. Once you’re into the story you soon start to ignore such things.Honestly, it was a really great, really surprising, read.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-18 02:50

    As I mention in my review of another Keyes work, I read the Sullivan books out of order, and, as a result, may have developed a slightly different sense of the characters. This may have coloured my view of this book. I had two main complaints about this novel. First, to a great extent, the theme has been beaten to death since going into rehab became chic. If Sandra Bullock has made a motion picture about something, it is not new. (Don't get me wrong, I love her, but "edgy" she is not.)Second, I had a hard time with the choice of character that Keyes sent to rehab. The entire time I read this book, I kept wondering to myself why Keyes didn't send the Anna character to rehab, since every time we see her in the earlier books, the girl is too stoned to function. She loses jobs, wanders off, and forgets to go to class. Then, suddenly, Rachel ends up in rehab for an entire book, and Anna goes clean in a chapter of another book (a seperate issue I cover in my review of Anna's novel). I just never quite got past the idea that Keyes sent the wrong person in; and couldn't reconcile that completely enough in my head to truly enjoy the book.

  • Rurae
    2019-04-13 23:51

    This book is brilliant. One of my top ten books of all time. It's kind of unfair to call this 'chick lit' really but that's how its categorised most of the time but its doing the book a disservice. Rachels Holiday - looks like a generic chick lit, light summer romance but its not. Its actually a story of addiction and rehab. A very funny, heartwarming story of addiction and rehab. Keyes has a brilliant knack of taking serious situations and subjects and turning them into warm, witty reads that don't however shy away from the more serious side of the topics being discussed. I love her writing style and often find myself laughing out loud at her books. Can't rec this highly enough.

  • Jeane
    2019-03-23 00:48

    This was my third book written by Marian Keyes. This time the daughter of the Walsh family that it is all about is Rachel. She lives in America and is a drug addict, just that she doesn't realizes it yet. When one morning her flatmate doesn't get her awake and she ends up in hospital, stomach emptied....and her boyfriend, sister and flatmate telling her that she is going home, to Dublin in Ireland where she hasn't lived four eight years.I thought this would be the worse of the three because the beginning went slower than the other but it was great! there isn't anything deep in her stories, just funny,dramatic life and happy endings but you fly through it and can't wait to know the end, even if you have a very good suspicion.