I absolutely loved reading every page of The Break. I found the excessive use of swearing to be unnecessary, nor did I think the sex scenes added anything to the whole angst driven drama. Find out more. All the characters are bold as life and real joy to read about and I truly mean that. Always looking forward to what this author comes up with next! Amy is devastated, and furious on behalf of their. Privacy Policy. Mariane Keyes is one of my favourite authors. Surely, all things considered, I’m deserving of sympathy. This one was OK ( I would give it a 2.5*). I have read books by Marian Keyes in previous years and liked them. Amy is devastated but, in true Irish style, she picks herself up and carries on, regardless. Probably. I am so glad that one of my friends convinced me to try her newest offering. I really got emotionally involved. Just finished this one and you nailed it! . There is no real honest conversation about the decision. I am a big fan of Marian Keyes' work - her books are always guaranteed to make me laugh! Oh what fun!!! She’s known something’s been up with me for the past five days – I thought I’d be okay if I kept ducking her calls but clearly I have a strong delusional streak because it was only a matter of time before she showed up at my work and refused to leave until she knew everything. It was so great to be back into Marian Keyes' head. For men everything just falls apart. I don’t know how I got to be forty-four. I haven't loved Keyes last two, three books, though I gobbled up all of the others eagerly. For me The Break was so much fun to read with serious scenes. I love her style and have been a huge fan of her for many years now! Neeve, with her youtube channel, Bitch, Please, is her daughter from her short lived marriage to footballer, Richie. ‘Just tell him he can’t and let that be an end to it.’. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I follow her online, and love her on Twitter, YouTube and Podcasts - but I hadn't read any of her newer books in YEARS. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? If Hugh is on a break then so is Amy, right? After a while I stopped making notes about The Break because I wanted to quote the entire novel. I’ve bills to pay, I’m simply being practical here. ‘If your husband is “on a break” from your marriage’ – she does the quotation marks with her fingers – ‘then aren’t you’ – more quotation marks – ‘“on a break” too?’. Only Keyes can combine pathos and humour with such effortless skill, to produce a novel that stays with you long after you’ve turned the final page', Rowan Coleman, author of The Summer of Impossible Things, Penguin Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Cookie Policy. This book disgusted me. Refresh and try again. Amy is not so happy,she is shocked and devastated as we follow her through Hugh's time away. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best. Seems like husbands can walk all over their wife and do whatever he wishes too, but of course a wife can’t possibly go jetting off any where, she’s the children and the home to look after. It doesn’t matter what story she tells in her novels I am always totally booked out with my reading schedule glued to the story. I absolutely loved reading every page of The Break. ‘Or a Rihanna sort of a break? ‘But he isn’t. You're gonna find your ass single real motherfucking quick. And will Amy be the same woman? ‘You try being a little girl’ (she means herself) ‘whose mum is in hospital for months on end with tuberculosis at a time when tuberculosis wasn’t even a thing, when it was years out of date. Life (and being a stroppy teenager) got in the way, and I hadn't kept up with her books. It’s like playing Whac-A-Mole.’ Maura’s rages are familiar and they no longer have the power to utterly terrify me. ‘He might not go.’ Because he might not. It takes a few moments for her words to sink in. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. Marian's books; Walsh family; Spotlight; Marian's latest book; Grown Ups . She assumes she is happily married until her husband, Hugh, drops the bombshell: he wants to take a “break” from his wife and family for six months. Like - I even embarrass myself with how gushing I am about her - and having now met her a few times, I have made a complete gom of myself on each occasion. Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irish writer of fiction noted for its readability. I was a big fan of Stephen King and Anne Rice in my early teens, but it was Marian who taught me about families, friendships, loves, losses, and real life experiences. She does Women's Fiction right. As with Keyes’ other work, Amy is part of a large, complex Irish family. I had to listen to the audiobook. . She can always smell a story. You wanna do that, act like you're single? 2017 Best Beach Reads For Chick Lit Lovers, This review was originally posted on Between My Lines. by Michael Joseph. Much of her writing deals with family life. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. This book gave marriage a bad name. It stresses me out that there is so much time before things (hopefully) work out. Amy needs to grow a pair of fucking balls. This one was OK ( I would give it a 2.5*). Then, to my great surprise, something stirs in me, something hopeful that, after the last five horrible days, feels like the sweetest relief. Neeve, with her youtube channel, Bitch, Please, is her daughter from her short lived marriage to footballer, Richie. I especially liked the last third of the book, and the way the characters develop through the course of the story. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details. Take responsibility. Amongst many other moments of comic genius, empathy and heartbreak. Good question! Marian Keyes' books are always brimming with family drama, advice-giving friends and wonderful characters, but there was waaaaay too much of it here. I started listening to this book over a weekend, and the weirdest thing happened. . Why are you all such disasters?’ She means me and my siblings and, actually, we aren’t. Grow up, admit your mistakes, an. 'A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?' The premise - husband has a midlife crisis and decides he wants to take a break from his marriage/parenting responsibilities and travel the world for 6 months - is simple, and there's no way this book needed to be as long as it was. A little girl who has four younger brothers and sisters, who won’t stop crying, and a big, cold house, which is falling to bits, and a dad who can’t cope. ‘You’re so cruel!’ she says. Lemme see my husband with another bitch cozied up. The characters are just too annoying for me. ‘We’re taking a break.’, ‘A city-with-fancy-food sort of a break?’ Maura narrows her eyes. Without giving too much away, this is the story of a couple who goes "on a break" - cue Ross and Rachel. But only the very, very oddest would think, Hey, my life is perfect. What woman in their right mind allows their husband to go off for 6 months and fuck or 'explore' other women? I loved this novel, even though it wasn’t as funny as some of Keyes’ previous work. The question is will Amy see it that way? Locmof = lifegoals! You wanna do that, act like you're single? But Amy sees it as letting Hugh go to save their marriage. From the sounds of it all of the others are far, far better. You're gonna find your ass single real motherfucking quick. Yes I've gone through the whole gamut of emotions along with protagonist Amy. In a small recess of my soul a tiny pilot light sparks into life. Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . As well as her novels, she produces non-fiction and is best known for her work in women's literature. The Break should be at the top of your list to read with very funny lines to chuckle over.

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