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Sushi? It changes your life
Sushi for Beginners - Marian Keyes
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Sushi for Beginners - Marian Keyes
Advantages: Easy read, plot twists, hilarious
Disadvantages: Bit predictable
Something attracted me to this book and it was quickly obvious what it was - the title. How many books look interesting that include Sushi in their name? Well this one was definitely one of those and i wasn't let down in any way!
The book is set in Dublin and mainly focuses on three women and their lives. There are other characters that play a part, but they are the essence of the book and what keeps you gripped from the minute you pick it up, from the minute you finish.
It starts with Lisa, the successful career girl with Femme magazine that everyone hates. She's looking forward to the news that she'll be transferred to New York but she's in for a shock. They don't want her in New York but Dublin! She has to move from her high powered job in London to set up a tiny magazine, with a tiny budget, in a tiny Dublin. Having just split from her partner, Lisa sets out to Dublin and immediately manages to upset the new staff and alienate herself. Her work is fantastic but Lisa soon has a realisation that will change her life...
Ashling is on the hunt for a new job after being sacked from her previous job for making one mistake. Her confidence hits rock bottom but she lands a new job. Branded "miss fix it", Ashling carries everything around with her that you could ever possibly need. Can she carry on her life like this or will something happen to change it?
Cloudagh is Ashling's best friend with a history of stealing her men. She's now married to Dylan with two kids but never seems to be happy, despite him putting up with any behaviour that she throws at him. Cloudagh has wondering eyes and it's not long before she's upto her old behaviour again, but who is it that suffers and what are the consequences?
All three women are on the verge of a nervous breakdown, the question is, who snaps first? There will be endless consequences for actions and all three women will be shown for exactly who they are.
When i first realised that this book would jump between three women and their lives, i was very sceptical. These types of books are usually very confusing and you end up getting mixed up between the characters. This wasn't the case thanks to a very clever style of writing by Mariam Keyes. She manages it in such a way that there is a clear view of which character you are seeing and why. By examining their lives, past and present, Keyes gave me an extremely clear view of how each character came to be who they are today.
The reason i probably enjoyed the book as much as i did? The humour! Although she is covering some serious issues, the humour is linked into the title as Sushi. How can Sushi be the answer to someones life? This isn't the only humour, but it does form a solution for one of the characters that helps them decide where their life should go.
This book kept me gripped throughout as you watched each woman strive to achieve what they wanted in life. You could clearly see each others point of view and the mistakes they were about to make, but without these mistakes, the book wouldn't have shown their true characters.
It is full of plot twists but i did manage to guess part of the ending half way through the book, but with a happy ending, that's usually very predictable in every book.
A must buy for anyone with a sense of fun and a sense of humour. This is definitely a chicks book though so don't expect a man to enjoy it. I've probably not described it enough to do it justice, but you really can't say just how good you found a book without giving some of the story away and i didn't want to do that.
Summary: Go for it if you fancy some humour and an easy read