Watermelon

Watermelon

by Marian Keyes
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Overview

Watermelon by Marian Keyes

At twenty-nine, fun-loving, good-natured Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to her first baby, James visits her in the recovery room to inform her that he's leaving her. And he hasn't even had the decency to leave her for someone glamorous; just the frumpy woman who lives in the apartment downstairs...

Claire is left with a beautiful newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a body that she can hardly bear to look at in the mirror. Until quite recently especially when wearing a green maternity jumper that was the only thing left that fit her—she felt she bore an uncomfortable resemblance to a popular summer fruit.)

So, in the absence of any better offers, Claire decides to go home to her family in Dublin. To her gorgeous man-eating sister Helen, her soap-watching mother, her bewildered father. And there, sheltered by the love of an (albeit quirky) family, she gets better.

A lot better.

In fact, so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of a surprise.

In this very funny, very fresh, very wise novel, Marian Keyes delivers an unforgettable debut—and a heroine so irresistible that she feels like a new best friend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380796090
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/1999
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Marian Keyes is the author of ten bestselling novels and two essay collections. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two imaginary dogs.

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Watermelon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
IamSM More than 1 year ago
Watermelon was recommended to me by a friend. And it was one of the greatest gifts she could have given. The story of a mother who has to rebuild her inner and outer life post-baby and post-husband leaving her, Watermelon is story about rebirth after personal tragedy and how family, whether we want to hug them or kill them, can absolutely save the day in the end. The narrative flows from moments of laugh-out-loud humor, to pure frustrations for the situations (I literally gasped and yelled "WHAT?!" as I read parts), to moments that will touch your heart. The journey that you go through with Claire, the central character in the story, is one that feels so real, and so relatable to anyone that has ever had to pick up the pieces. I feel like Claire and her family are actual people existing in my own life, that is how real and followed-through Marian Keyes' book is. So, please, do yourself a favor and read this book. I have already purchased Keyes' second book in hopes of finding the magic from Watermelon once again.
shayda_k More than 1 year ago
The story starts in a hospital in London, where Claire Webster is giving birth to her first child. What you'd assume to be a joyful and heart-warming moment makes a vicious turn when James, Claire's husband, walks into the room and tells Claire that he's leaving her for another woman. Claire is naturally heart-broken and doesn't know what to do, so she takes her baby back home to Dublin.
The story progresses from there, we watch Claire grow and cope with her loss, along with her gain. A short while after moving to Dublin she meets Adam, "long legs. Muscly arms. Blue eyes. Square jaw. Big smile." I'll leave it to you find out what, if anything, happens between them.
The story's great, very light, no need for deep thinking since it's written in first person. Keyes does a really good job in letting us know just how Claire feels about what is going on around her. There are few little twists here and there, but my favorite part was seeing Claire grow as a person, just the way any other person could logically mature after taking a walk in her shoes.
I think the only thing that bothered me about this book was that for a few instances Keyes would go off on emphasizing a point a little too far. But it only happened a few times, definitely not enough to make me want to put the book down. Also, her portrayal of her male characters sometimes seemed a bit weird to me, some of the things that came out of Adam's mouth made me question if a guy would really talk like that, but whatever, the point of me reading this wasn't so I could go deep in thought about what was going on. The point was for a little entertainment, and Watermelon definitely delivered!
Keyes is an Irish writer, so her humor and wit is really refreshing to read since it's different to typical American humor. Claire has four sisters, Maggie, Helen, Anna, and Rachel, and three of which are the protagonists in her books Angles (Maggie being the protagonist in this one), Rachel's Holiday (Rachel), and Anybody Out There? (Anna); Helen's book is coming up. They're not exactly a series, but the idea is cool, this way we get to meet most of the sisters and experience their different personalities and not worry about reading the books out of order.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. I couldn't breathe until I finished this book. Some heartbreaking moments and I couldn't put it down until the main character was doing better. Then I couldn't put it down because I was dying to see what would happen next. I loved the ending and the family was so crazy, funny and sweet. A great read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by Marian Keyes and have now read 3. She is an awesome 'chik literature' writer. Light reading, very funny and very sexy. I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently discovered Marian Keyes on a trip to the library. I have read four of her books so far and they keep getting better and better. At first I thought these were your typical 'chick-lit' books but they are much deeper than you would think. Each story has very different characters with myriad problems and situations but I feel like I can relate to every one, at least in part. They are sad, happy, exciting, funny and , dare I say it, life-changing. I especially can't wait to find out about the other two Walsh sisters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the third book I read by Marian Keyes, I love her style! She knows how to write about the hard times in a light manner, always a good reminder of not taking ourselves too seriously. The main character, Claire, is a bit childish at times but very realistic and entertaining, just like the rest of her family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the Marian Keyes books, I found this to be her best, although Sushi for Beginners comes a very close second. The humour is well observed and many times you can actually relate to what MK describes - and the way in which she does it. She makes you want to keep turning the pages...and you find yourself cheering the heroine on. Good fun to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watermelon is the first book that I read by Marian Keyes. At first you expect it to be a complete tear jerker, but midway through it you realize just how hysterical yet sentmimental it is. Claire, the main character, is so vulnerable at times and unbelievably strong and self-sufficient at others. She is the type of character anyone would love to have as a best friend. The other characters in this book also allow for such an enjoyeable and realistic read. It was so hard to put this nearly 450 page book down. Anyway, I recommend this book to anyone!!! I've also read Last Chance Saloon and Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes. They were both fantastic as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me just say that I was at the library recently looking for a book (not that I don't have a million sitting on my book shelf waiting to be read collecting dust!) and I stumbled across Watermelon by Marian Keyes and remembered hearing about it from more than one person about how great it was...so I said why not, i'll give it a try....all i have to say is that if I could I would give this book 10 stars! I found that when i was FORCED to put this book down (like around 3:00AM when my eyes felt like they were literally bleeding, I found myself actually thinking about poor Claire..and worrying about her life! What's going to happen w/her and Adam? Are James and her going to get back together? This book is magnificent and I highly recommend it! And I can't say that about too many books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watermelon is one of the best books ever! I highly recommend it to 20-30 something women. I laughed so much and I could hardly put the book down. I felt like Claire was one of my close friends. You won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book while pregnat with my first child, right after my boyfriend of 3 years left us. I was in the dumps and bought this book not knowing what exactly I was in for. It lifted my spirits and was so right on the money with my life! It will definately make you smile!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at a discount store. I never buy books except at book stores, but this one looked so tempting i couldn't resist. From the first page I knew my choice was right. This was a very funny and easy read. If you are looking for some humor, this is a good choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to give this book five stars, because that is as many as they would let me give it! The dialogue and her little asides to the reader made me laugh out loud! One of the funniest and best books I have read in a while! I can't wait to read her next one, 'Lucy Sullivan's Getting Married.' I hope she writes many more books...she is a terrific author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BUT I GOTTA WATERMELONE TO KEEP ME CLEAN!!!'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enters the room and watche bella with curiosity? What could she seeinthat dark hole?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Isnt here. Sorry... I will find it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good! You are on the right track if you're here. If you are really in the correct spot, then go to the next result for your next clue. ~&Delta
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Great
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad for a first novel. Love her writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the plot and characters were entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is not a loser ur just trying to make urself feel better. Bella...its wrong to spy they cant hurt us if w just pretend they rnt there. -Fluffypelt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first book by this author, and I was pleasantly surprised. I could easily relate to Claire. I heard that her thoughts were a bit over done and distracting, but I liked it because it was realistic. We were really able to get in her head and understand how she feels. Her family was fun and quirky but loving too. I absolutely loved Adam. I despised James. I don't think I have ever hated a fictional character as much as I hated him. If this book made me feel that strongly, then I know it was written well. The storyline may have been predictable, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read the rest in the series. I definitely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to music res. 1.