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February the fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me...I can only assume the two events weren't entirely unrelated.

Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to their first baby, James informs her that he's leaving her. Claire is left with a newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a postpartum body that she can hardly bear to look at.

She decides to go home to Dublin. And there, sheltered by the love of a quirky family, she gets better. So much so, in fact, that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of a surprise.

Topics: Family, Love, Irish Author, Ireland, Mothers, First Person Narration, Adultery, Marriage, Love Story, Dublin, Funny, Witty, and Single Mothers

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061833045
List price: $9.99
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Fluffy rom-com but I really like the writing style and POW. Was a fun easy book for a quick read. read more
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A funny, irreverent look at marriage, families and love. I couldn't out us down read more
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Enjoyed the characters, the sisters are hilarious. There were a ton of laugh out loud moments.read more
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A very fun and quick read. It was quite charming and definitely felt like it was written by a combo Dubliner/Londoner. Claire, our heroine, is simply lovable and you can't help relating to her incredible tangents of thought. Sometimes they go on a little long, but I know I've done the same thing. The way she finally stands up for herself is one of those that I do hope many women take a lesson from.read more
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Really loved this book. she didnt actually end up with a guy, but was leaning towards someone. Written with a really goofy person sense of humor2/00read more
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Claire is in the hospital (in London) after her baby's birth when her husband James tells her that he is having an affair and is leaving her. Claire had no clue this was coming and goes to Dublin to stay w/her family and try to recover. Her journey is mostly hilarious. How things worked out with her husband was a bit iffy and I wish she swore less, but overall this was a good read on par w/MK's other books.read more
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Claire’s husband leaves her on the day she gives birth to their daughter. She flees to her mad Irish family to recover from the shock, hurt and humiliation. So far, so sadly mundane. But as this is Marian Keyes, expect short, wry sentences along the “why me?” lines. Don’t worry, it gets better: it ends eventually. Claire has a man by the end. I won’t spoil it and tell you whether it’s the cretinous husband or the hunk she meets in Ireland. This is Marian Keyes, you can work it out for yourself. Although it seems like a long book, there are so many five word paragraphs that there’s more white on every page than you might expect. Perhaps people who have never before managed to finish a book are so excited that they can get through a Marian Keyes book, that they vote for them in the Top 100. If you love rubbish, this will be for you. If not, don’t bother.read more
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Not a lot of books grab you from the beginning. That is what I admire most about this book. So many things go wrong in the beginning that you're not really sure how things are going to work out. The Walsh family is a kick in the pants. I started writing down quotes from different Marian Keyes books because they either make me smile or they make me laugh so hard.read more
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When I got this book I had already read 3 Marian Keyes books (Sushi for Beginners, the Other Side of the Story, and Under the Duvet) that I have enjoyed greatly (despite being a man). I like how she wraps deep and thoughtful pieces of literature in a slick women fiction cover. Her characters were always 3D and the pace of her (two other) novels was relentless, even the humor was genuine. Until I read Watermelon.As far as I know, this is her first novel, and that's shown clearly. The story drags forever, and the main character, Claire, doesn't start to feel like a decent character at all up until near the end of the novel. Even the writing style is not the usual confident, slick, and hard-hitting Keyes' style that is very lovable. In my opinion, this novel is just another generic chick-lit fluff and you would only enjoy it only if you are comfortable with that genre.If you just have to read a Marian Keyes, make sure it is not this one.read more
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Marian Keyes again. I keep coming back to her without knowing why. The first chapter drew me in straight away. Maybe that's why. The European-ness of the story is like a familiar taste you vaguely remember. And the depth of the people potrayed, combined with the extraordinary (for chick lit) length of her books make me pick them up. That, and the titles. Don't you just love her titles? I know I do. Having said that, I must say that this book is by far my favourite Marian Keyes so far. maybe it's because I could really relate to her predicament (minus the child, fortunately), so the final showdown between the heroine and her husband brought tears to my eyes. I may not always have been 100% convinced by her books, but I know I can't stop now. So the rest of her books have just elbowed themselves to the top of my to-read pile.read more
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My second Marian Keyes Book. I absolutely loved the last book "Other side of the story". "Watermelon" somehow missed that grip. Even though the style of funny; yet I could not bring myself to love it. I would give it 2 out of 5 stars.read more
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After a slow start, this wasn't a bad read, though the narrative did start to grate on me, as Claire went through every emotion imaginable, learning of her husband's adultery, on the day of their daughter's birth. Then she flees to Dublin to the sanctuary of her family. where they welcome her with worried open arms. I loved the Walsh family. The story became much livelier when Claire talked about themread more
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I love Marian Keyes. I love anything involving the Walsh sisters and their hilarious family. And I truly loved this story. Claire leaves behind her life in London, days after giving birth to her first daughter. Moments after having her baby, her husband informs her he’s been having an affair with the lady downstairs and will not be setting up shop with her. With her new child, Claire returns home to Ireland and her family. This novel tells her story of healing and trying to understand and rebuild her life. Marian Keyes always manages to capture something; I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is, but something honest and valuable in all her writing. This was the hardest book to get a hold of (hard to find in bookstores and in the library) and by far one of my favorite Marian Keyes (though I think I almost always say that).read more
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Marian Keyes is a guilty pleasure, like surfing celebrity gossip sites, or watching 1980's Sharon Cuneta movies. And like any guilty pleasure, you are hooked for a time, then you're done and wondering "why did I do that? i am not any smarter, any happier, any more insightful or any better equipped to navigate my life, than when I started." Claire is cute, but not as smart as she thinks she is. I actually like her character better in the other books about her sisters. She is better in smaller doses.read more
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Okay . . . a good beach read. My first book by this author - initial reactions is that I thought it was very predictable and the main character seemed to go on and on and on about her feelings . . . when any half-way intelligent person got the gist of what she was saying in the first one or two sentences. Not terrible, but I wouldn't grab another one of these books.read more
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Marian Keyes again. I keep coming back to her without knowing why. The first chapter drew me in straight away. Maybe that's why. The European-ness of the story is like a familiar taste you vaguely remember. And the depth of the people potrayed, combined with the extraordinary (for chick lit) length of her books make me pick them up. That, and the titles. Don't you just love her titles? I know I do. Having said that, I must say that this book is by far my favourite Marian Keyes so far. maybe it's because I could really relate to her predicament (minus the child, fortunately), so the final showdown between the heroine and her husband brought tears to my eyes. I may not always have been 100% convinced by her books, but I know I can't stop now. So the rest of her books have just elbowed themselves to the top of my to-read pile.read more
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the first keyes book i read, and one of my favourites. she is a writer that an ex was into who made me read it...enjoyed the english made for tv attempt too.read more
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Watermelon was my first Marian Keyes book. It was also the first time I had read this humorous genre and it took a while to settle in to, but after reading "Rachel's Holiday" also by Keyes, I became a fan and re-read Watermelon. I have read all of Keyes books in the Walsh Family series and all the rest, except for "The Brightest Star in the Sky."The Walsh Family are lively but also down to earth. Their escapades are funny and you flinch at times but there is much togetherness as a family.Keyes writes with a good dose of maturity and comic relief.read more
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I love Keyes' books for the simple reason that it is uncomfortably close to home. I like how when she writes about the character's feelings, they (feelings) take on a form of their ownread more
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A Wonderful Story I thought that Marian Keyes is the most humorous and interesting author out there on the market today. In "Watermelon" she not only gave me a trip to Limerick and a visit to an Irish family and all the love, disappointments and values that go with this family of characters, but I got a wonderful story and a terrific read. Highly recommend.read more
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Count me underwhelmed--nay, irked. I tried this because it was recommended on The Ultimate Reading List under the chicklit section. Well, I'm beginning to suspect that with the rare exception (so far, Bridget Jones' Diary) this isn't the kind of book for me. So many of them strike the same tone--overly chirpy obsessed with dress size and the mating game but without the satiric edge of Bridget Jones' Diary or it's ability to make me laugh-out-loud. The book is centered on Claire Walsh--her husband left her on the same day as their child was born, and she returns to her family in Dublin with the babe in arms. This is all told in first person--and a good first person depends on voice--either one that is strong and colorful or at least one that disappears well so what you get is story. Claire's voice unfortunately grated on me--repetitive, one-note, whiny. And the title "Watermelon." It's because it's how she sees herself--as "fat" at only size 14 (adjusted to American sizes I'm sure). Let me tell you, size 14 is not fat. It's average. But Claire goes on and on about how fat she is and without the irony of a Bridget Jones. When she isn't going on and on and on about her weight, or talking about her constant drinking, it's all how she can't understand how her husband could leave her like that. Repetitively. Annoyingly. Predictably. We have to go through the Stages of Grief by the numbers with denial, sadness, anger and acceptance. By the time James shows back up, were it not for the poor abandoned newborn, I think my sympathies would have been completely with him, so much had I grown to dislike Claire.read more
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Fluffy rom-com but I really like the writing style and POW. Was a fun easy book for a quick read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A funny, irreverent look at marriage, families and love. I couldn't out us down
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Enjoyed the characters, the sisters are hilarious. There were a ton of laugh out loud moments.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A very fun and quick read. It was quite charming and definitely felt like it was written by a combo Dubliner/Londoner. Claire, our heroine, is simply lovable and you can't help relating to her incredible tangents of thought. Sometimes they go on a little long, but I know I've done the same thing. The way she finally stands up for herself is one of those that I do hope many women take a lesson from.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Really loved this book. she didnt actually end up with a guy, but was leaning towards someone. Written with a really goofy person sense of humor2/00
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Claire is in the hospital (in London) after her baby's birth when her husband James tells her that he is having an affair and is leaving her. Claire had no clue this was coming and goes to Dublin to stay w/her family and try to recover. Her journey is mostly hilarious. How things worked out with her husband was a bit iffy and I wish she swore less, but overall this was a good read on par w/MK's other books.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Claire’s husband leaves her on the day she gives birth to their daughter. She flees to her mad Irish family to recover from the shock, hurt and humiliation. So far, so sadly mundane. But as this is Marian Keyes, expect short, wry sentences along the “why me?” lines. Don’t worry, it gets better: it ends eventually. Claire has a man by the end. I won’t spoil it and tell you whether it’s the cretinous husband or the hunk she meets in Ireland. This is Marian Keyes, you can work it out for yourself. Although it seems like a long book, there are so many five word paragraphs that there’s more white on every page than you might expect. Perhaps people who have never before managed to finish a book are so excited that they can get through a Marian Keyes book, that they vote for them in the Top 100. If you love rubbish, this will be for you. If not, don’t bother.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Not a lot of books grab you from the beginning. That is what I admire most about this book. So many things go wrong in the beginning that you're not really sure how things are going to work out. The Walsh family is a kick in the pants. I started writing down quotes from different Marian Keyes books because they either make me smile or they make me laugh so hard.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
When I got this book I had already read 3 Marian Keyes books (Sushi for Beginners, the Other Side of the Story, and Under the Duvet) that I have enjoyed greatly (despite being a man). I like how she wraps deep and thoughtful pieces of literature in a slick women fiction cover. Her characters were always 3D and the pace of her (two other) novels was relentless, even the humor was genuine. Until I read Watermelon.As far as I know, this is her first novel, and that's shown clearly. The story drags forever, and the main character, Claire, doesn't start to feel like a decent character at all up until near the end of the novel. Even the writing style is not the usual confident, slick, and hard-hitting Keyes' style that is very lovable. In my opinion, this novel is just another generic chick-lit fluff and you would only enjoy it only if you are comfortable with that genre.If you just have to read a Marian Keyes, make sure it is not this one.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Marian Keyes again. I keep coming back to her without knowing why. The first chapter drew me in straight away. Maybe that's why. The European-ness of the story is like a familiar taste you vaguely remember. And the depth of the people potrayed, combined with the extraordinary (for chick lit) length of her books make me pick them up. That, and the titles. Don't you just love her titles? I know I do. Having said that, I must say that this book is by far my favourite Marian Keyes so far. maybe it's because I could really relate to her predicament (minus the child, fortunately), so the final showdown between the heroine and her husband brought tears to my eyes. I may not always have been 100% convinced by her books, but I know I can't stop now. So the rest of her books have just elbowed themselves to the top of my to-read pile.
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My second Marian Keyes Book. I absolutely loved the last book "Other side of the story". "Watermelon" somehow missed that grip. Even though the style of funny; yet I could not bring myself to love it. I would give it 2 out of 5 stars.
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After a slow start, this wasn't a bad read, though the narrative did start to grate on me, as Claire went through every emotion imaginable, learning of her husband's adultery, on the day of their daughter's birth. Then she flees to Dublin to the sanctuary of her family. where they welcome her with worried open arms. I loved the Walsh family. The story became much livelier when Claire talked about them
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I love Marian Keyes. I love anything involving the Walsh sisters and their hilarious family. And I truly loved this story. Claire leaves behind her life in London, days after giving birth to her first daughter. Moments after having her baby, her husband informs her he’s been having an affair with the lady downstairs and will not be setting up shop with her. With her new child, Claire returns home to Ireland and her family. This novel tells her story of healing and trying to understand and rebuild her life. Marian Keyes always manages to capture something; I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is, but something honest and valuable in all her writing. This was the hardest book to get a hold of (hard to find in bookstores and in the library) and by far one of my favorite Marian Keyes (though I think I almost always say that).
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Marian Keyes is a guilty pleasure, like surfing celebrity gossip sites, or watching 1980's Sharon Cuneta movies. And like any guilty pleasure, you are hooked for a time, then you're done and wondering "why did I do that? i am not any smarter, any happier, any more insightful or any better equipped to navigate my life, than when I started." Claire is cute, but not as smart as she thinks she is. I actually like her character better in the other books about her sisters. She is better in smaller doses.
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Okay . . . a good beach read. My first book by this author - initial reactions is that I thought it was very predictable and the main character seemed to go on and on and on about her feelings . . . when any half-way intelligent person got the gist of what she was saying in the first one or two sentences. Not terrible, but I wouldn't grab another one of these books.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Marian Keyes again. I keep coming back to her without knowing why. The first chapter drew me in straight away. Maybe that's why. The European-ness of the story is like a familiar taste you vaguely remember. And the depth of the people potrayed, combined with the extraordinary (for chick lit) length of her books make me pick them up. That, and the titles. Don't you just love her titles? I know I do. Having said that, I must say that this book is by far my favourite Marian Keyes so far. maybe it's because I could really relate to her predicament (minus the child, fortunately), so the final showdown between the heroine and her husband brought tears to my eyes. I may not always have been 100% convinced by her books, but I know I can't stop now. So the rest of her books have just elbowed themselves to the top of my to-read pile.
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the first keyes book i read, and one of my favourites. she is a writer that an ex was into who made me read it...enjoyed the english made for tv attempt too.
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Watermelon was my first Marian Keyes book. It was also the first time I had read this humorous genre and it took a while to settle in to, but after reading "Rachel's Holiday" also by Keyes, I became a fan and re-read Watermelon. I have read all of Keyes books in the Walsh Family series and all the rest, except for "The Brightest Star in the Sky."The Walsh Family are lively but also down to earth. Their escapades are funny and you flinch at times but there is much togetherness as a family.Keyes writes with a good dose of maturity and comic relief.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I love Keyes' books for the simple reason that it is uncomfortably close to home. I like how when she writes about the character's feelings, they (feelings) take on a form of their own
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A Wonderful Story I thought that Marian Keyes is the most humorous and interesting author out there on the market today. In "Watermelon" she not only gave me a trip to Limerick and a visit to an Irish family and all the love, disappointments and values that go with this family of characters, but I got a wonderful story and a terrific read. Highly recommend.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Count me underwhelmed--nay, irked. I tried this because it was recommended on The Ultimate Reading List under the chicklit section. Well, I'm beginning to suspect that with the rare exception (so far, Bridget Jones' Diary) this isn't the kind of book for me. So many of them strike the same tone--overly chirpy obsessed with dress size and the mating game but without the satiric edge of Bridget Jones' Diary or it's ability to make me laugh-out-loud. The book is centered on Claire Walsh--her husband left her on the same day as their child was born, and she returns to her family in Dublin with the babe in arms. This is all told in first person--and a good first person depends on voice--either one that is strong and colorful or at least one that disappears well so what you get is story. Claire's voice unfortunately grated on me--repetitive, one-note, whiny. And the title "Watermelon." It's because it's how she sees herself--as "fat" at only size 14 (adjusted to American sizes I'm sure). Let me tell you, size 14 is not fat. It's average. But Claire goes on and on about how fat she is and without the irony of a Bridget Jones. When she isn't going on and on and on about her weight, or talking about her constant drinking, it's all how she can't understand how her husband could leave her like that. Repetitively. Annoyingly. Predictably. We have to go through the Stages of Grief by the numbers with denial, sadness, anger and acceptance. By the time James shows back up, were it not for the poor abandoned newborn, I think my sympathies would have been completely with him, so much had I grown to dislike Claire.
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