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Vatten melonen av Marian Keyes
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Vatten melonen (utgåvan 2001)

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Serier: Walsh Sisters (1), Walsh Family (1)

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Det r̃ illa nog att Claires man James lm̃nar henne och deras nyfd̲da dotter - men om han ñd ̄v̲ergett henne fr̲ nḡon mer spñnande ñ grannens trista fru. I brist p ̄bt̃tre alternativ tar Claire sin tillflykt till Irland, till fr̲l̃drarna och de tv ̄yngre systrarna Helen och Anna. Dr̃ g̃nar hon nḡra mn̄ader t̄ att tycka synd om sig sjl̃v och driva resten av familjen till vanvett. Men nr̃ den senaste i raden av Helens beundrare en dag stiger in i familjens kk̲ fr̲ñdras allt. Plt̲sligt blir umgñge, pubar, cafěr och shopping mycket intressantare ñ att tñka ut allskn̲s dd̲sdomar t̄ den trols̲e ex-maken. Och nr̃ han n̄gerfull efter flera mn̄ader hr̲ av sig r̃ Claire redo att ta ut en raffinerad och vl̃planerad hm̃nd. [Publit]… (mer)
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So I have all of the Walsh Family books in paperback. I haven't read them in years, but decided to take the first two for a whirl this weekend. And now I wonder if I read this years ago and liked Claire or what? Cause Claire drives me a bit insane in this book. And when you read about how she changes over the course of the series, she ends up being the Walsh sister I dislike the most (tied with Helen and her book, "The Mystery of Mercy Close"). So good things I can say, the re-read went by fast and I loved the change in Claire, but it didn't really stick though. The not so good things, I see more flaws in this one upon re-read. The Walsh family is kind of nasty and not supportive. I thought that Claire too easily caved and was sitting around waiting for a man to save her. Also the whole why behind James's affair read as unbelievable to the extreme. I also thought that her romance came out of nowhere and ultimately didn't work.

"Watermelon" is the first book in the Walsh Family series by Marian Keyes. The first book deals with the oldest of the Walsh sisters, Claire. Claire is happily married to her husband James and living in London. She's expecting their first child any day now. When Claire goes into labor and gives birth to their daughter, James informs her that he's been having an affair and is leaving her for the other woman.

So there is Claire days post-partum with no husband which causes her to return home with her daughter to her family in Dublin, Ireland.

Most of the book deals with Claire depressed and upset (rightfully so) with wondering where did things go wrong with her husband. Keyes does a lot of switching between past events and the present day. I have to say that Claire was pretty much a mess. Her mother deals with the baby for the most part and the baby isn't even a thought I felt after a while. When Claire starts to feel tingles towards a man she meets I just hard sighed. And of course Claire's husband returns and I maybe sighed some more. So we get a love triangle which is one of the romance tropes I hate the most.

The other characters in this book are not developed very well. Claire's mother kind of sucks and isn't that supportive of her daughter actually kicking her lousy husband to the curb. Her two younger sisters, Anna and Helen sound exhausting. I would have ended up slapping Helen and trying to smother her. She's nasty and everyone seems to excuse it cause's she's small and gorgeous.

James was developed very well, but the real why behind the affair read as false to me. I scratched my head a few times because I couldn't remember that at all. James seemed to undergo a personality transplant that didn't work. Romance trope that I hate, make the guy who actually sounds awesome suddenly turn into a monster for plot reasons so heroine can be with the other guy.

The writing was okay, I was mostly bored though with the book after a while. I realized it was because that unlike with most of my favorite re-reads, I wasn't enjoying this one that much and since I knew the ending I was wondering why it was taking Keyes so long to get there. This is a pretty big paperback that I have (it's over 400 pages) and I am wondering about donating it since there are other series that I like a lot more and I don't want to wait another 10 years before picking this up again.

The ending was flat. I honestly wish that there had been additional conversations between Claire and James. Honestly I wish that Keyes had decided to focus in on them and not even bring in that other love interest. It was just a mess and the backstory of that guy had me sighing hard too. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
This is my second Marian Keyes book and while describing her books is difficult, reading them is definitely not. In Watermelon, a 27 year old girl finds her womanhood after her husband leaves her on the day their baby is born. Keyes has the most wonderful voice - full of passion, humor and a great sense of self. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
I’ve just started exploring and enjoying chick-lit, but I don’t think I’ll be going back to this author- a shame because she’s very prolific! I hadn’t finished the book when I had to return it to the library and I wasn’t interested enough to renew.
The main character is unlikeable. She is in a horrible situation, her husband leaving her immediately after she gives birth, but I started to empathise with his decision after she spends the first half of the book being horrible to her loving family, drinking heavily and never showering or getting dressed, ignoring her friends, taking minimum care of her baby, did I mention the heavy drinking? Oh and calling herself a watermelon because she is ... gasp ... size 14. I’m size 14. So she’s saying I’m huge. Maybe I needed to see her before she became depressed so that I could care about her and know she wasn’t always so horrible. Didn’t care enough to finish. ( )
  Griffin22 | Dec 19, 2019 |
Me surpreendi até que positivamente. O livro tem um pouco de gordofobia, o que incomodou, mas no geral a história acaba sendo satisfeita. ( )
  AnnieBitencourt | Nov 19, 2019 |
View my full review on: diaryofdifference.com/2018/04/25/watermelon-marian-keyes-book-review/

A lovely read! Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors of all time. The story of how I discovered Marian is quite funny, actually.

It was back in the days when I was a teenager and I was in love with the Gifted Series from Marilyn Kaye. I have read only the first two books and I have asked my mum to bring me the rest of them (there were six in total). She came back with a book with an author that had a similar name, and here we are today :)

I have read Watermelon a long time ago, but I have decided to share my thoughts with you now.

This is a chick lit book about a woman left on her own right after she gives birth to her first child and then goes back to her parent's house to start her life over.

This is a story about bravely, love, family and all little things that will melt your heart.
Prepare to cry - Actually, prepare to cry a lot, and don't say I haven't warned you.

A story that will stick with you for years after you've read it. The characters that will make you wish you met them and were their friends over and over again.

Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Pinterest | ( )
  InnahLovesYou | Apr 18, 2019 |
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Det r̃ illa nog att Claires man James lm̃nar henne och deras nyfd̲da dotter - men om han ñd ̄v̲ergett henne fr̲ nḡon mer spñnande ñ grannens trista fru. I brist p ̄bt̃tre alternativ tar Claire sin tillflykt till Irland, till fr̲l̃drarna och de tv ̄yngre systrarna Helen och Anna. Dr̃ g̃nar hon nḡra mn̄ader t̄ att tycka synd om sig sjl̃v och driva resten av familjen till vanvett. Men nr̃ den senaste i raden av Helens beundrare en dag stiger in i familjens kk̲ fr̲ñdras allt. Plt̲sligt blir umgñge, pubar, cafěr och shopping mycket intressantare ñ att tñka ut allskn̲s dd̲sdomar t̄ den trols̲e ex-maken. Och nr̃ han n̄gerfull efter flera mn̄ader hr̲ av sig r̃ Claire redo att ta ut en raffinerad och vl̃planerad hm̃nd. [Publit]

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Claire ligger på BB och har just fött sitt första barn när hennes man anländer. Inte för att stolt och lycklig få se sin dotter. Utan för att meddela Claire att han lämnar henne för en annan kvinna: grannens trista fru.
Förkrossad och förtvivlad flyr Claire från London hem till mamma, pappa och två yngre systrar i det röriga hemmet på Irland. Där ägnar hon några månader åt att dränka sina sorger i alkohol och driva resten av familjen till vansinne. Så en dag inträffar något som får henne att längta efter livet på nytt. Men först väntar hämnden på den otrogne ex-mannen...
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