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After catching her husband having an affair and being fired from her job, Maggie Walsh suddenly finds her perfectly organized existence has become a perfect mess. She decides, for the first time in her life, to do something daring—and flees to her best friend, Emily, in the faraway wonderland of Los Angeles. In this mecca of tanned, beautiful bodies, unsvelte, uncool Maggie is decidedly a fish out of water. Yet, overnight, she's mixing with film folk, pitching scripts, even experimenting with sex—and discovering that the end of a marriage is not the end of the world.

Topics: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Unemployment, Family, Love, Friendship, Divorce, Pregnancy, Female Friendship, Sexuality, Irish Author, and Funny

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061828058
List price: $10.99
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A fun, quirky book. Easy to read through in one sitting. Thoroughly enjoyable. For all those women out there looking for something light and interesting then read this book.more
I loved this book, it was great to catch up with the Walsh sisters again. Marian Keyes has managed another fun read with just the right amount of laughter, drama and love.more
I love Marian Keyes. Also like others say, I am always drawn to stories about the Walsh family. Maybe because I have two sisters and we are all different as can be. I loved this story. I loved that Maggie was able to explore, live life and learn so much in a relatively short period of time. I loved that she came through it, scathed, but a bit smarter and with more experience under her belt. The one thing I love in any book! Fantastic. One to another Marian Keyes book.more
Description: After catching her husband having an affair and being fired from her job, Maggie Walsh suddenly finds her perfectly organized existence has become a perfect mess. She decides, for the first time in her life, to do something daring -- and flees to her best friend, Emily, in the faraway wonderland of Los Angeles. In this mecca of tanned, beautiful bodies, unsvelte, uncool Maggie is decidedly a fish out of water. Yet, overnight, she's mixing with film folk, pitching scripts, even experimenting with sex -- and discovering that the end of a marriage is not the end of the world.My thoughts: I don't know why this book has so many pages, the story could have been written much shorter. I must say that I often found myself bored while reading, that is not my definition of chic lit.more
Good Girl Goes Bad…just a Little!This was the third novel in the Walsh sister’s series – it’s time to get to know Maggie a little better.The story starts out when Maggie discovers that her husband has been unfaithful and decides to leave their home in Ireland and go for an extended visit to her good friend in California. She gets reacquainted with the US, as her and her husband once lived in Chicago when they were first married – and now she gets to see what it’s like in Los Angeles, aka movie-land. This was a good book and I enjoyed the story, but not as much as Watermelon and Rachel’s Holiday. There was a lot of time spent chronicling the happenings of secondary characters and I didn’t have that much interest in them. Marian Keyes is a talented story teller and she’s not stingy with the details – she gives it ALL to you and readers can decide for themselves what they come away with. It was because of that detail, it took me longer to finish this book than the others; part of my lackluster response comes from the fact that Maggie is basically a good-girl, and has pretty much followed the straight and narrow – marrying her high school boyfriend, - she’s not as wild and crazy as the sisters detailed in other novels and so there were no huge bells and whistles going off…at first! Then the story gets going and Maggie is exposed to the world of Hollywood. It was fun to see how L.A. affects Maggie. What did make this book noteworthy was the way that Keyes showed the slow progression as Maggie comes to realize what real love is, but first she has to figure out what it IS NOT! At one point during her visit, her parents & two sisters (Helen & Anne) come to visit and it was this part of the story that I enjoyed most, reading about the antics they inevitably get into & this time in America! Maggie gets to see the world of movie production from the inside and meets many wild people with their own stories to tell and her involvement with them is when she goes a little bit wild! You will definitely want to read Angels if you are a fan of the series and even though I didn’t love this installment, Keyes is still one of my favorite authors and I will certainly keep reading!more
Liked it. Good story.Not just the usual single girl story, but a married woman whose husband has an affair, and how she goes out to explore her life. Plus her quirky family and friends. 7/9/04more
Reasonably entertaining. But, this is true chic-lit, which is a genre I just don't enjoy. The story picks up a little when the Irish family arrives, but most of the time, it's a whiny, poor-me story with descriptions of LA that doesn't have anything to do with the real thing. I'd suggest that nobody who has ever lived in LA reads this book. The good thing is I'll never be temped to pick up another Marian Keyes book.more
This looked like a fun, light read, and it was fun. In parts, it was even light, but overall, it was well-written and actually pretty deep. The story starts with the main character’s (Maggie) marriage falling apart right about the time she gets let go from her job. Keyes reveals what is going on from only Maggie’s point of view, and it takes some time to get to the whole story, as Maggie tries to avoid it all by diving into a new life in L.A. with her best friend. As time passes, however, Maggie realizes that running away from her immediate problems is not working, and she begins to face what is really happening in her life, and we discover more about the real situation. It is clear pretty quickly that there is a lot more to the story than we know, but it takes a while for the tale to unfold. I loved it. I wasn’t expecting to love it. I think I will have to read some more Marian Keyes books.more
Could have done with being shorter, I found it a challenge to stay inspired enough to keep turning the pages.more
Great summer read -- any of Marian Keyes' books dealing with the Walsh sisters is worth readingmore
Right, this one is a readable entry into the chick-lit genre, undemanding and not too bad. Maggie Walsh has run away from her life and her husband. Actually she looses her job and then decides that there is nothing to keep her in Ireland so she runs to a friend in the US. Her adventures in LA, meeting new people, finding out the difference between love and lust and finding herself are all good things. The path to the breakup of her marriage are clearly shown and it's interesting to see.more
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A fun, quirky book. Easy to read through in one sitting. Thoroughly enjoyable. For all those women out there looking for something light and interesting then read this book.more
I loved this book, it was great to catch up with the Walsh sisters again. Marian Keyes has managed another fun read with just the right amount of laughter, drama and love.more
I love Marian Keyes. Also like others say, I am always drawn to stories about the Walsh family. Maybe because I have two sisters and we are all different as can be. I loved this story. I loved that Maggie was able to explore, live life and learn so much in a relatively short period of time. I loved that she came through it, scathed, but a bit smarter and with more experience under her belt. The one thing I love in any book! Fantastic. One to another Marian Keyes book.more
Description: After catching her husband having an affair and being fired from her job, Maggie Walsh suddenly finds her perfectly organized existence has become a perfect mess. She decides, for the first time in her life, to do something daring -- and flees to her best friend, Emily, in the faraway wonderland of Los Angeles. In this mecca of tanned, beautiful bodies, unsvelte, uncool Maggie is decidedly a fish out of water. Yet, overnight, she's mixing with film folk, pitching scripts, even experimenting with sex -- and discovering that the end of a marriage is not the end of the world.My thoughts: I don't know why this book has so many pages, the story could have been written much shorter. I must say that I often found myself bored while reading, that is not my definition of chic lit.more
Good Girl Goes Bad…just a Little!This was the third novel in the Walsh sister’s series – it’s time to get to know Maggie a little better.The story starts out when Maggie discovers that her husband has been unfaithful and decides to leave their home in Ireland and go for an extended visit to her good friend in California. She gets reacquainted with the US, as her and her husband once lived in Chicago when they were first married – and now she gets to see what it’s like in Los Angeles, aka movie-land. This was a good book and I enjoyed the story, but not as much as Watermelon and Rachel’s Holiday. There was a lot of time spent chronicling the happenings of secondary characters and I didn’t have that much interest in them. Marian Keyes is a talented story teller and she’s not stingy with the details – she gives it ALL to you and readers can decide for themselves what they come away with. It was because of that detail, it took me longer to finish this book than the others; part of my lackluster response comes from the fact that Maggie is basically a good-girl, and has pretty much followed the straight and narrow – marrying her high school boyfriend, - she’s not as wild and crazy as the sisters detailed in other novels and so there were no huge bells and whistles going off…at first! Then the story gets going and Maggie is exposed to the world of Hollywood. It was fun to see how L.A. affects Maggie. What did make this book noteworthy was the way that Keyes showed the slow progression as Maggie comes to realize what real love is, but first she has to figure out what it IS NOT! At one point during her visit, her parents & two sisters (Helen & Anne) come to visit and it was this part of the story that I enjoyed most, reading about the antics they inevitably get into & this time in America! Maggie gets to see the world of movie production from the inside and meets many wild people with their own stories to tell and her involvement with them is when she goes a little bit wild! You will definitely want to read Angels if you are a fan of the series and even though I didn’t love this installment, Keyes is still one of my favorite authors and I will certainly keep reading!more
Liked it. Good story.Not just the usual single girl story, but a married woman whose husband has an affair, and how she goes out to explore her life. Plus her quirky family and friends. 7/9/04more
Reasonably entertaining. But, this is true chic-lit, which is a genre I just don't enjoy. The story picks up a little when the Irish family arrives, but most of the time, it's a whiny, poor-me story with descriptions of LA that doesn't have anything to do with the real thing. I'd suggest that nobody who has ever lived in LA reads this book. The good thing is I'll never be temped to pick up another Marian Keyes book.more
This looked like a fun, light read, and it was fun. In parts, it was even light, but overall, it was well-written and actually pretty deep. The story starts with the main character’s (Maggie) marriage falling apart right about the time she gets let go from her job. Keyes reveals what is going on from only Maggie’s point of view, and it takes some time to get to the whole story, as Maggie tries to avoid it all by diving into a new life in L.A. with her best friend. As time passes, however, Maggie realizes that running away from her immediate problems is not working, and she begins to face what is really happening in her life, and we discover more about the real situation. It is clear pretty quickly that there is a lot more to the story than we know, but it takes a while for the tale to unfold. I loved it. I wasn’t expecting to love it. I think I will have to read some more Marian Keyes books.more
Could have done with being shorter, I found it a challenge to stay inspired enough to keep turning the pages.more
Great summer read -- any of Marian Keyes' books dealing with the Walsh sisters is worth readingmore
Right, this one is a readable entry into the chick-lit genre, undemanding and not too bad. Maggie Walsh has run away from her life and her husband. Actually she looses her job and then decides that there is nothing to keep her in Ireland so she runs to a friend in the US. Her adventures in LA, meeting new people, finding out the difference between love and lust and finding herself are all good things. The path to the breakup of her marriage are clearly shown and it's interesting to see.more
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