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Rachel's Holiday door Marian Keyes
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Rachel's Holiday (origineel 1997; editie 2002)

door Marian Keyes (Auteur)

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The fast lane is much too slow for Rachel Walsh. And Manhattan is the perfect place for a young Irish female to overdo everything. But Rachel's love of a good time is about to land her in the emergency room. It will also cost her a job and the boyfriend she adores. When her loving family hustles her back home and checks her into Ireland's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic, Rachel is hopeful. Perhaps it will be lovely--spa treatments, celebrities, that kind of thing. Instead, she finds a lot of group therapy, which leads her, against her will, to some important self-knowledge. She will also find something that all women like herself fear: a man who might actually be good for her.… (meer)
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Titel:Rachel's Holiday
Auteurs:Marian Keyes (Auteur)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2007), Edition: Reprint, 592 pages
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Rachel's Holiday door Marian Keyes (1997)

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My first ever adventure into "chick-lit" albeit written around a serious topic - addiction. I picked this up a fee years ago for free and found it lurking on my iphone.

Found this book a bit of a dichotomy. At times the continuous verbal-diarrhoea that came out of the protagonist's mouth drove me mad. But I did enjoy the way the character developed through the storyline. ( )
  Timwindram | Feb 28, 2021 |
I don't read a lot of chick lit - I always think it's not my thing, but every now and then I yearn for a light read and end up reading something from the genre, and find myself really enjoying it. Rachel's Holiday is no exception.

The story follows Rachel, a twenty-something living in New York, as she's made to go back to Ireland and into a rehab centre after ending up in hospital from an overdose. She's convinced that she isn't an addict and only goes because she thinks there'll be celebrities there. The story focuses on her time at the Cloisters while flashing back to her NY life to show the events leading up to her overdose.

Rachel isn't particularly likeable at first, but her wit and vulnerabilities made her an appealing heroine for me. There are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments alongside the more serious stuff, thanks to some great characters in the Cloisters, and I was even engaged with the romance plotline, although I think the very final part of that could have been left out without detriment to the novel.

The most interesting thing for me was definitely Rachel's journey through her denial and obnoxiousness to self-awareness. I understand that Marian Keyes is a recovered alcoholic and it's clear from the novel that much of Rachel's story comes from her own experiences. I'd definitely be interested in reading more by Keyes based on Rachel's Holiday. ( )
  mooingzelda | Mar 14, 2020 |
The simplest way that I can describe Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes is that I was impressed by how much it accomplished and yet I didn't like it at all. It's a complicated thing, because a large part of the reason I didn't like it was because the main character's attitude, actions, and state of denial were SO AGGRAVATING. Like, holy shit, I wanted to shake this woman and never let her go. But then that's the whole reason the author was successful - because she did such a spot-on job of portraying a non-recovering drunk, and then a newly-recovered drunk, and then a relapsed-drunk, and then a comfortably-settled-into-recovery drunk.

I hated how aggravating the main character was but she was aggravating because people in that state are aggravating. As a recovering alcoholic, I'm sure my behavior was just as confusing to other's as Rachel's was to me. I'm sure my denial, my entitlement, and my ability to find really bizarro excuses for my behavior were no better. And yet, it's rather unpleasant to be stuck in this character's head for hundreds of pages.

All of that said, would I recommend this book to a friend? Well, that depends on what you're looking for. A fun little book that lives up to the pastel purple cover and fun-loving stick figure above the title? Yeah, that's not here. Do you want answers to those, "What the hell were they thinking?!?" questions you've had about people whose lives have gone to hell yet can't seem to stop their bad behavior? Well, this book will answer those questions - though I don't know that you'll like the answers. ( )
1 stem agnesmack | Jul 29, 2016 |
"How did it end up like this? Twenty-seven, unemployed, mistaken for a drug addict, in a treatment centre in the back arse of nowhere with an empty Valium bottle in my knickers ..."
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jul 8, 2016 |
This has always been my favourite of Marian Keyes novels... I love the deflecting humour and the real pain that is gradually dug up, and eventually dealt with. I do have a minor quibble with the end, after making peace in New York and saying goodbye, well I just think it would have been a stronger ending without the "Malcolm the Mountie always gets his man" final chapter... But, still a five star read for me. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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The fast lane is much too slow for Rachel Walsh. And Manhattan is the perfect place for a young Irish female to overdo everything. But Rachel's love of a good time is about to land her in the emergency room. It will also cost her a job and the boyfriend she adores. When her loving family hustles her back home and checks her into Ireland's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic, Rachel is hopeful. Perhaps it will be lovely--spa treatments, celebrities, that kind of thing. Instead, she finds a lot of group therapy, which leads her, against her will, to some important self-knowledge. She will also find something that all women like herself fear: a man who might actually be good for her.

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