Until, that is, everything goes pear-shaped and she finds herself being frog-marched to the Cloisters - Dublin's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She's outraged. Surely she's not thin enough to be an addict?
Rachel isn't expecting plump, middle-aged men in brown jumpers, and more group therapy than you can shake a stick at. Heartsick and Lovesick, she seeks redemption in the shape of Chris - a man who might be more trouble than he's worth.
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It has everything. Laughs, tears, surprises, sex, romance, a bit of mystery. It's all there! I love the way that Marian Keyes stories unfold by giving you little snippets of what has happened in the past rather than unveiling it all in one go. everything is given to you at the right part of the current part of the story. That is, the 'back story' affecting the 'current' part of what is happening is explained at that point, so that you are always clear on why something happens as it does. A very clever way of writing that gets you hooked. Another point is that even though I haven't experienced many of the things the characters in the book have (never taken illegal drugs, never been drunk, never travelled, never had one night stands etc), I always feel I can empathise with the character. Marian Keyes always hits the right note.
In some ways, this book is, of course, similar to The Mystery of Mercy Close where Rachel's sister Helen spends a little time (some years after this book is set) in a psychiatric unit, but in other ways, it is almost like the tale of bereavement in .......... No, I can't say, because it would spoil it if you haven't already read it!
Most probably Rachel as she is the most prominent character, but Helen's comments always make me laugh.
Marian Keyes always writes books that I want to listen to or read in one go. Thankfully they are long enough that it usually takes at least 2 days. As usual, I feel a little bereft when I have finished, but I know I will listen to it again.
I have only one more in the collection to listen to. Please, please Marian, write more about the Walsh family! I know there are only so many adventures one family can have, and only so many amazing ideas one author can come up with but pleeeeaaase!
Definatley YES. This is a great story about how we see ourselves and how that compares to what we are actually like.
Rachel lived her life in a bubble not actually seeing what she was doing to herself and those around her.
When Rachel has friends and family to visit her in the Priory, she hears how others see her and the way she lives her life. There comes a point when she realises that they are right and her life is not as good as she thought it was.
Yes. You hear the story at the start from her point of view, but something tells you that there are things happening that she either doesn't see, or doesn't want to see, but you know that at any moment realiseation will dawn on her. You have to keep reading just to get to that point!!!!
A really good read about someone who is on the road to self istruction, but they don't see it coming!!!!!
Rachel's Holiday is, in my opinion, one of Marian Keyes' best books. I've read on her website that it will soon be adapted for cinema and I can't wait. Her amazing talent allows her to create real and believable characters and I'm sure I'm not the only woman who has read her books and seen part of herself reflected in one of them (I would like to add here that my relationship with narcotics amounts to paracetamol once in a blue moon, I refer to her characters in general) This is another great installment in the Walsh family escapades .Great book and fantastic narrator, if you haven't read/listened to it yet, I recommend you do so.
Maybe its because my family has struggled with substance misuse issues, but this story resonated with me in a big way. it made me laugh and cry and was so raw and honest that some of the times it had me in tears, wanting to hug the family member that had gone through addiction and tell them how proud I was of them for coming out the other side. this should recommended reading for anyone who has in some way had to deal with addiction. Such a wonderful book, and so well narrated.
Well formed charactures with very believable lives and ideology . A realistic insure into to the mind of an addict but not losing touch with the real world.
The passionate way in which the main characture was lucid all the way through the story, both with and without the influence of drugs .
The lucid language made me cry with laughter and sorrow on many occasions
Probably my best audible experience so far.
Will definitely have to listen to more Marian Keyes
Brilliant narrative, full of humour, but sensitively written.
It is a great read, very engaging and for those who follow Walsh family yet another good story about Walsh sisters.
I loved Rachel and her delusions how everything she did was under control. The slow reveal of Rachel true addiction was quite shocking as through her rehab I couldn’t get that she was so much suffering or had any withdraw symptoms. But then again the book offers true and lies, and for most of the time the reader can only relay on what Rachel is saying.
Love irish accent, very well read book.
Rachel relationship with her mum. I think mummy Walsh should be a little bit more shaken but I guess she is just mummy Walsh and everything is great :)
This is definitely book I will read/ listen to again.
I loved this audio book, it's by far my favourite one and the first one I had downloaded. I have listened to it several times and it still makes me laugh!
I love Rachel's outlook on everything, even though she is in a tough situation.
The narrator is great too, she is great at differentiating voices and makes it even more enjoyable !
Funny, Sad, Hopeful
It has to be Rachel. The way the book is written you feel part of her life; her emotions, aches and pains - sadness and joy. You want to shout at her when she gets it so horribly wrong and cheer as she figures it out.
Bought a wonderful three dimension feel to the book. As it is written in the first person it made sense for a single person to narrate it, but really made the characters and especially Rachel that more real and her emotions much more alive.
Both - and rage and huff. A full spectrum was displayed.
An oldie but a goodie - I love this book!
It took me a while to get into this book - at first I was so exasperated by the heroine and felt that the novel was more like a handbook to addiction recovery than a work of fiction. But the, bingo, the magic happened and I couldn't stopped listening. Gerri Halligan's narration is superb. The scene with the drunken dentist had me in hysterics - it was one of the funniest episodes I have ever listened to.
I loved the family dynamics between the sisters and their parents - the camaraderie of the inmates at the rehab unit and the wonderful boyfriend Luke.
A Great Listen
I really liked Luke! He was very honest
I found some parts of the book a bit slow, but overall it was a great book! So well written and narrated! It really let you see inside an addicts mind. I will probably listen to this one again at some point!
"What Delusions We Entertain When In Denial!"
What a terrific journey into the mind of an alcoholic. No . . . she isn't an alcoholic? Right? Everyone is overreacting . . . right? The story was both sad and hilarious. Gerri Halligan did a great narration - as usual. I was engaged right from the start and enjoyed every moment of this "holiday" tale.
Not another Marian Keyes book, but the reading was excellent.
No, I would not because I found it a weird mix of chick lit humour and a serious look at addiction.
It inspired me to stop listening - repeatedly! But I did eventually hear the whole thing.
Based on this book (supposedly one of her best) I cannot understand Keyes' popularity.
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