Grown-Ups
They're a glamorous family, the Caseys.Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together - birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they're a happy family. Johnny's wife, Jessie - who has the most money - insists on it.Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . .Everything stays under control until Ed's wife Cara, gets concussion and can't keep her thoughts to herself. One careless remark at Johnny's birthday party, with the entire family present, starts Cara spilling out all their secrets.In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it's time - finally - to grow up?

Grown-Ups Details

TitleGrown-Ups
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2020
PublisherMichael Joseph
ISBN-139780718179748
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Grown-Ups Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes serendipity strikes and you find yourself reading the right book at the right time, this was a case in point, after some dark reads this lighthearted and amusing Irish family drama was the perfect antidote that I needed. Marian Keyes immersed me into the life and times of the Casey Family, three brothers, their assorted marriages, children and families. The good looking Johnny is the second husband of the powerhouse of energy that is Jessie, with two children from her previous Sometimes serendipity strikes and you find yourself reading the right book at the right time, this was a case in point, after some dark reads this lighthearted and amusing Irish family drama was the perfect antidote that I needed. Marian Keyes immersed me into the life and times of the Casey Family, three brothers, their assorted marriages, children and families. The good looking Johnny is the second husband of the powerhouse of energy that is Jessie, with two children from her previous marriage, and three with Johnny. She is the big family earner with her exotic grocery business, and she funds the family get togethers that are at the heart of this novel, family is the most important thing that matters to her. Easy going Ed is married to his beloved Cara, who works at the Ardglass Hotel business, handling difficult customers with ease, they have two children. The smarmy, less than truthful and sleazy Liam has just got married to the free spirited, humanitarian and compassionate Nell with her pink hair, working as a theatre set designer. Liam has two children from his previous marriage to Paige.The book opens with Johnny's birthday dinner where the whole family is in attendance, Cara is suffering from a recent head injury and concussion, as a result out of her mouth pour out unfiltered truths and secrets that rock the entire family, leaving them aghast and broken. The narrative then goes back six months to arrive at the present. The past includes family get togethers for Easter at an upmarket hotel, the fraught wedding anniversary celebrations of the Casey brothers dreadful parents, Canice and Rose, Jessie's birthday, the humiliation and laughter that ensues at a murder mystery weekend, poorly catered for by the hotel that organises it, a Tuscany family holiday and attendance at a festival. We learn of Jessie's low self esteem and blindness when it comes to preparing for the future of her business, Ferdia's coming of age, Nell living to rue her decision to get married far too quickly without really knowing Liam, the schism with Jessie's dead husband's family, and Cara's body issues and eating disorders that she is determined to hide from everyone.This is not going to be a read for everyone, for a start this is a long book that may try the patience of some readers. However, if you are in the right frame of mind and mood, then it is likely that Marian Keyes will work her usual magic and lure you easily into the drama, intrigue and joys of the Casey family. Like most families, they are not perfect, they are dysfunctional, but they are human and flawed. There are ill thought out decisions and all that goes with adults negotiating their lives with the the mistakes that get made, the feelings and issues that drive their actions and behaviour, all in all it is everything that comprises the realities of life. An engrossing, entertaining and fun read that touches on grief, loss, addictions, love, secrets and deception. Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of Marian Keyes books and was delighted to receive a copy of her new book Grown Ups.This is a story of three brothers and their families. There are a lot of characters to remember and it took me a while to sort out where they fit within the family. Unfortunately I did not engage with any of the characters and sadly missed the humour that I usually find in Marian's books.Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gloria Arthur
    January 1, 1970
    Grown-Ups was my first Marian Keyes novel and a massive 642 pages long! I found the relationship dynamics entertaining in this family drama and the story held my attention as I raced through to find out more.The Casey’s spend a lot of time together, whether they like it or not. The Casey’s include three brothers, Johnny, Ed and Liam, their three wives and children. Johnny’s wife, savvy businesswoman Jessie has heaps of money and she loves to splurge and have all the families get together on Grown-Ups was my first Marian Keyes novel and a massive 642 pages long! I found the relationship dynamics entertaining in this family drama and the story held my attention as I raced through to find out more.The Casey’s spend a lot of time together, whether they like it or not. The Casey’s include three brothers, Johnny, Ed and Liam, their three wives and children. Johnny’s wife, savvy businesswoman Jessie has heaps of money and she loves to splurge and have all the families get together on luxury holidays and weekends away. She always insists when costs are out of reach to fund them. Jessie was a single child and loves being surrounded by family.The characters in this story are expertly written, like most families they have their flaws and their dysfunctional members. Sadly the three Casey brothers came from an unloving home. During a family event everything drops out of control. Cara, Ed’s wife who has had a knock on the head and is suffering from concussion is spilling out too many secrets as she loses the ability to keep her thoughts to herself. The family are torn as confronting secrets are exposed.I found this book to be an enjoyable, engaging, witty and sometimes dark family drama with a focus on addictions, denial, deception, insecurity and love.I wish to thank Better Reading & the publisher Penguin Michael Joseph for an advanced copy of the book in return for an honest review
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    Grown Ups is the ninth stand-alone novel by award-winning Irish author, Marian Keyes. If their extended family looks friendly and agreeable on the surface, like most families, the individual members of the Casey family have more going on than they’re willing to reveal: either outside the family, or within. Behind their harmonious façade, individual tensions, resentments, attractions, and anxieties may be festering, but they present a united, happy front.The Casey brothers, Johnny, Ed and Liam, Grown Ups is the ninth stand-alone novel by award-winning Irish author, Marian Keyes. If their extended family looks friendly and agreeable on the surface, like most families, the individual members of the Casey family have more going on than they’re willing to reveal: either outside the family, or within. Behind their harmonious façade, individual tensions, resentments, attractions, and anxieties may be festering, but they present a united, happy front.The Casey brothers, Johnny, Ed and Liam, and their families get together regularly for important occasions, all through the flawless organisation of Johnny’s wife, Jessie. Whether they can afford it or not is irrelevant: Jessie insists on participation, and covers the costs to ensure it. But at Johnny’s forty-ninth birthday dinner, the cracks below the surface widen, perhaps beyond repair, when Ed’s wife’s customary expert diplomacy vanishes in the wake of a bump to the head: Cara speaks her mind, and some uncomfortable secrets are exposed.Most of the story is set over a six-month period in 2020, and for the bulk of that, the reader encounters the family at gatherings: holidays, birthdays, first communions, anniversaries; and despite most being on their best behaviours, frictions soon become apparent. Indeed, the children often behave in a much more adult manner than do the Grown Ups.At 643 pages, this is not a quick read but the length does allow the reader to get to know the major characters intimately and, except of course for the psychopath, to like them (Ed will be a favourite) and care about their fates. The psychopath, whose nature is perhaps not obvious at introduction but soon becomes clear, proves more despicable at every turn.As the story slowly builds to its climax, the cast of characters is studied in plenty of detail, via their dialogue, actions and reactions, with numerous flashbacks filling in backstories. Their perceived inadequacies, lack of self-esteem, and guilt, are catalogued, and Keys also explores other topical themes: the environment, the plight of refugees, and bulimia. Keyes does seem to labour the point on a certain issue, but if a little tedious, it is worth persisting with for the relevance to the plot. Overall, though, it’s difficult not to become so immersed in the lives of these people that the pages just fly by. There may even be a tear or two on the final page. So very readable! This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Better Reading Preview and Penguin Random House Australia
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    First of all let me start by saying that I am a massive fan of Marian Keyes - so it pains me to say that I did n0t love Grown Ups. It started off well and I loved the opening chapters at the dinner party, but after that I struggled to engage with the characters and the story. I did like it but not as much as I usually do with her books.This is a very long book at 656 pages. I am not adverse to long books, my favourite Stephen King book is over 800 pages. But when the story is a bit slower than First of all let me start by saying that I am a massive fan of Marian Keyes - so it pains me to say that I did n0t love Grown Ups. It started off well and I loved the opening chapters at the dinner party, but after that I struggled to engage with the characters and the story. I did like it but not as much as I usually do with her books.This is a very long book at 656 pages. I am not adverse to long books, my favourite Stephen King book is over 800 pages. But when the story is a bit slower than you are used to, it does drag a bit. There are an awful lot of characters to remember, and to workout how they fit into the story. The marriages, the businesses and children, it was just a bit overwhelming for me. It does tackle some very grown up issues for the Casey family - fidelity, divorce, eating disorders etcI have seen mixed reviews for this one and I am surely in the minority. Perhaps I will give it another go sometime and I will enjoy it more.Thanks to Penguin Books Australia and Better Reading for my advanced copy of this book to read. all opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Very solid four stars. Makes me want to read more things Irish! Review to follow.
  • Anni
    January 1, 1970
    The typical Irish extended clan provides ideal scope for an entertaining family saga and as a rule I can't get enough of this genre. But my reading experience here felt like being at a large social gathering where I don't know anybody and immediately forget all the names and relationships soon after we are introduced. The novel has an intriguing premise and prologue but then we are plunged into confusing and meanderingly slow flashbacks detailing the family dynamics of three brothers, their The typical Irish extended clan provides ideal scope for an entertaining family saga and as a rule I can't get enough of this genre. But my reading experience here felt like being at a large social gathering where I don't know anybody and immediately forget all the names and relationships soon after we are introduced. The novel has an intriguing premise and prologue but then we are plunged into confusing and meanderingly slow flashbacks detailing the family dynamics of three brothers, their wives children and ex-wives, along with a slew of topical social issues. Despite this over-abundance of characters, topics and storylines, it is worth persevering as the various elements begin to come together at the half way point. However, I feel this is one for the more determinedly loyal Marian Keyes fans.Thanks to the publisher for the ARC via Netgalley
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  • Veronica ⭐️
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Jessica Gilmore
    January 1, 1970
    I had slightly mixed feelings when NetGalley approved me for Marian Keyes new novel Grown Ups which isn’t out until February next year. I’m a big fan of Keyes’ work, her deceptively light style, combining a laugh out loud humour with searing insight and moments of real emotional punch, and her talent for unreliable narration and slow reveal which can turn a book, and your feelings about it, on their head within just one sentence. Her last novel The Break was a perfect example of this, up there I had slightly mixed feelings when NetGalley approved me for Marian Keyes new novel Grown Ups which isn’t out until February next year. I’m a big fan of Keyes’ work, her deceptively light style, combining a laugh out loud humour with searing insight and moments of real emotional punch, and her talent for unreliable narration and slow reveal which can turn a book, and your feelings about it, on their head within just one sentence. Her last novel The Break was a perfect example of this, up there with the superlative Rachel’s Holiday as books which should — and probably would if they were written by a man — transcend whatever divide there is between popular and ‘literary’ fiction. So, although I was pretty sure I’d enjoy Grown Ups, I knew it was a lot to ask for any book to follow The Break. I needn’t have worried…Warning: do not, like I did, start to read this book when you’re on any kind of deadline. What I wanted to do was build a blanket and cushion fort on the sofa, surround myself with snacks, make space for the dog and not surface until I finished it. Instead, I had to combine it with a deadline, the day job, and the occasional spot of parenting. However, this meant that instead of glommimg it in one day I managed to make it last three.Grown Ups starts at a birthday dinner. The Caseys are a family who get together a lot, often whether they like it or not. Jessie, married to Johnny Casey, is an only child and therefore likes to keep not only her own five children but her husband’s brothers and their wives and children close, with lavish hospitality and holidays to bind them close. But at this dinner, tensions are running high as months of secrets simmer hotter than the soup. Cara, married to Johnny’s younger brother Ed, starts to blurt out those secrets thanks to a concussion sustained earlier, and as a result of just a few blunt statements Jessie’s, Johnny’s and the whole family’s lives start to unravel. The narrative then takes us to Easter six months earlier and then through several key family events until we arrive back at the dinner and then beyond, following those events from multiple viewpoints, carefully unveiling secrets as it goes.Keyes captures brilliantly the impossible paradox of being a 21st-century grown-up, furiously trying to keep up, pretending you know what you’re doing, never feeling like you’re enough, parenting children brought up in a world it’s difficult to understand, and sometimes just wishing someone else would sort it all out for you. The three brothers, products of an unloving home, are all messed up in different ways. Johnny covers up his insecurity with charm and good nature, aware that to many people he’s just superficial. Ed’s a nice guy, but is his niceness enabling the secrets tearing apart his marriage? And Liam? Liam’s an arse. The question is, what on earth does the lovely Nell see in him? Meanwhile Jessie hides her bone deep insecurity through lavish hospitality and spending, and refusing to look into the future, Cara is equally in denial, risking her marriage and health in the process. Finally Jessie’s eldest son Ferdia has to go through the painful process of growing up, throughout the novel moving from rude, entitled youth to a compassionate and promising young man (and dangerously sexy with it).Grown Ups is populated by cast of three-dimensional characters, alive in every way. Every person from six year old knowingly precocious Dilly to the Casey brothers’ father is perfectly drawn even if only on the page for a couple of sentences. It’s hard not to read Grown Ups and see your own insecurities spread down the page: money, body image, family, the future, friends, likeability, making the right choice. It’s a compulsive read, funny and dark and knowing like the best of Keyes’ work and I absolutely didn’t want it to end. In fact, I absolutely want a Walsh sisters-type sequel please. Highly highly recommended.
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  • Madeleine Black
    January 1, 1970
    Despite being a Marian Keyes fan, I struggled to get into this book. I felt there were too many characters to connect with which made the plot hard for me to follow
  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    Review nearer to publication
  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 24%.The story is about the three Casey brothers, their wives and assorted children. The families spend a lot of time together (Easter etc) but there are tensions simmering under the surface, second marriages, truculent teenagers, step-siblings, fears of inadequacy, etc. Johnnie and Jessie Casey own their own business but seem to be running into monetary difficulties which Jessie is resolutely ignoring while she pays for the entire family to spend the holidays together at a swanky hotel. DNF at 24%.The story is about the three Casey brothers, their wives and assorted children. The families spend a lot of time together (Easter etc) but there are tensions simmering under the surface, second marriages, truculent teenagers, step-siblings, fears of inadequacy, etc. Johnnie and Jessie Casey own their own business but seem to be running into monetary difficulties which Jessie is resolutely ignoring while she pays for the entire family to spend the holidays together at a swanky hotel.Cara is married to Johnnie's brother Ed. She's Jessie and Johnnie's accountant and desperately tried to rein in their spending. She's also crippled by her own lack of self-esteem and an unhealthy relationship with food.The third brother is Liam, this is his second marriage and he won't allow his (younger) second wife Nell to interact with the children from his first marriage. Nell is unconventional and has drawn the attention of some of her teenager nephews.Unfortunately I just couldn't seem to distinguish one family from the other or get their relationships straight - frankly writing this I am surprised there are only three couples because it felt like a lot more. I tried with this book I really did, I have loved Marian Keyes since I read the Walsh family series (before it was called the Walsh family) back in the late-1990s and I really enjoyed The Break when I received an ARC but I just couldn't get to grips with this at all.So after my second or third attempt (and twenty-five chapters) I gave up.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Aimee Walker Editorial
    January 1, 1970
    No one does family dynamics as well as Marian Keyes – and this was a proper epic family saga. I was fully immersed in the Casey family, by the end of the book I felt like they were my own. It was long but that just added to it for me. I read it over the Christmas holidays and it was the perfect book to curl up on the sofa for hours with my own family. It deals with some pretty serious issues: mental health, addiction and grief (among others) but it was in no way a downer, if anything I felt No one does family dynamics as well as Marian Keyes – and this was a proper epic family saga. I was fully immersed in the Casey family, by the end of the book I felt like they were my own. It was long but that just added to it for me. I read it over the Christmas holidays and it was the perfect book to curl up on the sofa for hours with my own family. It deals with some pretty serious issues: mental health, addiction and grief (among others) but it was in no way a downer, if anything I felt uplifted by it and Marian's witty style. I really hope this isn't the last we see of the Casey family! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    I have read and loved most of Marian Keyes' earlier books and was not disappointed with this one. Loved this story, I felt as though I really got to know the characters.Marian's characters are all so authentic and individual and I can ‘see’ them all, she manages to draw the reader into their lives. The character creation was definitely one of the best features of the book. Marian brilliantly crafted each member of the family, with all their quirks and differences. Grown Ups is not fast moving or I have read and loved most of Marian Keyes' earlier books and was not disappointed with this one. Loved this story, I felt as though I really got to know the characters.Marian's characters are all so authentic and individual and I can ‘see’ them all, she manages to draw the reader into their lives. The character creation was definitely one of the best features of the book. Marian brilliantly crafted each member of the family, with all their quirks and differences. Grown Ups is not fast moving or action packed but I couldn’t put it down. A compelling heart warming easy read book which I recommend to fans old and new.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    Marian Keyes is on top form with her latest, a gorgeously sprawling character-driven feast of a book following the fortunes of the Casey family - brothers Johnny, Ed and Liam , their respective wives Jessie, Cara and Nell, plus assorted children. Businesswoman Jessie is the one who holds it together, gathering the family at regular intervals for various iterations of A Bit of a Do. Safe to say all the characters have their ups and downs, relationships change, develop and disintegrate, there are Marian Keyes is on top form with her latest, a gorgeously sprawling character-driven feast of a book following the fortunes of the Casey family - brothers Johnny, Ed and Liam , their respective wives Jessie, Cara and Nell, plus assorted children. Businesswoman Jessie is the one who holds it together, gathering the family at regular intervals for various iterations of A Bit of a Do. Safe to say all the characters have their ups and downs, relationships change, develop and disintegrate, there are challenges with work, illness and murder mystery weekends, some people grow and develop into pretty great people and others turn out to be disappointing jerks.Marian Keyes always excels at hilarious dialogue and Grown Ups is no exception, seems everyone in Ireland has a degree level qualification in Witty Banter. But deeper issues are touched upon, too.A cracking read with its heart firmly in the right place.
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  • Traceysyearinbooks
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this book from netgalley. Marion Keyes has been a favourite author of mine for a long time. This book certainly didn’t disappoint. The story starts in the present day, then moves to the past and then back to the present and onwards from there. There are many main characters in this book with their own stories but the authors writing style is so good that this never becomes confusing. This book deals with some sensitive issues- betrayals, divorce, bulimia, I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this book from netgalley. Marion Keyes has been a favourite author of mine for a long time. This book certainly didn’t disappoint. The story starts in the present day, then moves to the past and then back to the present and onwards from there. There are many main characters in this book with their own stories but the authors writing style is so good that this never becomes confusing. This book deals with some sensitive issues- betrayals, divorce, bulimia, death and grief. The author handles these issues very well. This was a page turner as I just wanted to know more about the characters. A great read which I would definitely recommend
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  • Helen Leecy
    January 1, 1970
    I was really daunted by the length of this but decided to challenge myself by requesting this whopper on NetGalley. It is 656 pages long. So I decided to tackle it logically and read 20% each day for five days. This set me at a steady pace, and I got through it quite easily and quickly.I did wonder, to begin with, though, whether I would persevere with it at all. There are a lot of characters to get to know, and a lot of them have very Irish names that are a bit of a tongue and mind twister. I I was really daunted by the length of this but decided to challenge myself by requesting this whopper on NetGalley. It is 656 pages long. So I decided to tackle it logically and read 20% each day for five days. This set me at a steady pace, and I got through it quite easily and quickly.I did wonder, to begin with, though, whether I would persevere with it at all. There are a lot of characters to get to know, and a lot of them have very Irish names that are a bit of a tongue and mind twister. I did feel as if I were stumbling over the names every time I read them, and that didn’t really get any better the further in I was. Every time I picked it up the next day, I’d have to remind myself who they all were, this was quite frustrating as I found it hard to get back into the story every time after a break.There are a lot of Irish phrases and colloquiums that I didn’t fully understand. At the beginning of the book, I did feel as if I were missing out on an inside joke. This did get a bit better as time went on, once you got used to the style of writing and the characters.The story itself was quite immersing, the book blurb is a little bit misleading as you get a prologue of the ending of the book, and then it takes almost 80% to get back there for it to be about Cara’s bump to the head and all the truths coming out. The first 80% is everything that happens in the months prior to the big fall out. We follow Nell and Liam’s new marriage; we see Cara and Ed dealing with a secret Cara has been keeping and we also have Johnny and Jessie the patriarchs of the family, but do they have cracks as well?They have a myriad of kids between them (it was their names I struggled with), and they are all juggling the strains of life too.I liked Cara and Ed best. I could really resonate with the struggles that Cara was going through. Not wanting to go out with friends as it either means coming off diet or having to try and find something to wear that hides all your sins. I thought this was all very well written and had a lot of truth ringing out from the storyline. Considering the length, it was a relatively easy read (despite the number of people and the Irish idioms). I’ve not read any of Marian Keyes’ books before but know that she is a well-renowned author, so this was the perfect chance to give one of her books a try. This was a solid four stars, not a perfect book but enjoyable enough read that made me still pick it up over the Christmas season when I should have been doing other things!Thanks for reading! If you want to see more of my reviews visit www.pinkanddizzy.com
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  • Ritu Bhathal
    January 1, 1970
    Books about family are always a favourite of mine, and this new read from Marian Keyes was fully family fuelled!A story about the fortunes of three men, the Casey brothers, Johnny, Ed and Liam, and their respective wives, Jessie, Cara and Nell.IA surprise knock to the head causes Cara to blurt out a whole host of truths at the dinner table one night, in front of the whole family. Truths that have huge consequences.t starts in the present, then delves backwards, accessing the views of a whole Books about family are always a favourite of mine, and this new read from Marian Keyes was fully family fuelled!A story about the fortunes of three men, the Casey brothers, Johnny, Ed and Liam, and their respective wives, Jessie, Cara and Nell.IA surprise knock to the head causes Cara to blurt out a whole host of truths at the dinner table one night, in front of the whole family. Truths that have huge consequences.t starts in the present, then delves backwards, accessing the views of a whole host of characters involved in the story, leading back to the very first scene, allowing us an insight into what happened, to cause the conversation that starts the book.There are many issues touched upon within the book, from fidelity to eating disorders, trust to control.I enjoyed the way that each jump back, then forwards, strengthened my knowledge of each character. It isn't always easy to follow books with multiple points of view, yet I was left with fully formed characters in my mind at the end of the book.Another page-turner!Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • adventuresinabookshop Jo DM
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved Marian’s writing since I read my first of her books, Sushi for Beginners almost 20 years ago. I have never discovered another writer who can deal so sensitively with difficult subject matter and make me laugh out loud and cry as I identify so strongly with her characters. Her books might at first glance seem lighthearted, but once you get into them you discover that at their heart is a serious issue, such as addiction, grief or mental health. Grown Ups is written in the same vein. I have loved Marian’s writing since I read my first of her books, Sushi for Beginners almost 20 years ago. I have never discovered another writer who can deal so sensitively with difficult subject matter and make me laugh out loud and cry as I identify so strongly with her characters. Her books might at first glance seem lighthearted, but once you get into them you discover that at their heart is a serious issue, such as addiction, grief or mental health. Grown Ups is written in the same vein. Initially a tale of the relationships between three brothers and their families, we soon learn that there is far more going on than we might at first realise. Lives which on the surface might seem perfect have their own challenges which can put so much strain on a relationship that it can be at risk of collapsing.Marian also manages to insert pertinent political issues into her books in such a way as seems natural while still shedding light on current issues which need to be addressed. The characters are completely believable and you find yourself warming to them despite their flaws (apart from a couple whom you’ll love to hate!). I always finish a Marian Keyes book wishing I could meet the characters and be friends with them, they feel so really to me.I thoroughly recommend this book and felt bereft when I’d finished reading it.
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  • Katy Crowe
    January 1, 1970
    I was really grateful to get a review copy of this because I’m a big Marian Keyes fan so was really excited to read this and I wasn’t disappointed. I was completely hooked on by the Casey family and their many partners and children. It’s a long book but I gobbled it up over a couple of days. Luckily I started it over Christmas so had time to read it in long sittings. It’s a cliche but I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one massive reading session that lasted long into the night. I enjoyed I was really grateful to get a review copy of this because I’m a big Marian Keyes fan so was really excited to read this and I wasn’t disappointed. I was completely hooked on by the Casey family and their many partners and children. It’s a long book but I gobbled it up over a couple of days. Luckily I started it over Christmas so had time to read it in long sittings. It’s a cliche but I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one massive reading session that lasted long into the night. I enjoyed how involved I got with the characters and loved the tackling of difficult and important topics in a sensitive and realistic way. The characters are wonderfully well rounded and completely believable as “real” people. It’s possibly slightly less humorous than other Marian Keyes books, but I didn’t miss that particularly because I was so gripped by the characters. It could, perhaps, have been slightly shorter. I’m not exactly sure what I would have cut, but I did feel there were probably a few sections that we could have done without that would have made everything feel just slightly sharper. These are minor quibbles, though. I’m giving this 4 stars, but I’d say it’s really a 4.5. Thanks so much again to the author and publisher for this free copy. This is a lovely book and I really enjoyed it.
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  • Gill
    January 1, 1970
    As are most Marian Keyes books, this is a long read at over 600 pages. Covering a relatively short period of time in the lives of the extended Casey family there's certainly plenty going on between the pages to keep the reader entertained.The story starts out with the family gathered together to celebrate Johnny's birthday where Cara, his sister-in-law suddenly starts speaking her mind, no holes barred after a previous fall causes her concussion. From there the book goes back over time giving As are most Marian Keyes books, this is a long read at over 600 pages. Covering a relatively short period of time in the lives of the extended Casey family there's certainly plenty going on between the pages to keep the reader entertained.The story starts out with the family gathered together to celebrate Johnny's birthday where Cara, his sister-in-law suddenly starts speaking her mind, no holes barred after a previous fall causes her concussion. From there the book goes back over time giving the background to all the members of the family and the dynamics of their relationship with each other. Eventually it comes full circle back to the events of that rather disastrous birthday party.Jessie has assumed the position of matriarch in the family. She earns a good living from her restaurants and likes to share her wealth by paying for her family to accompany her on luxurious holidays, parties and general get togethers. Her husband Johnny also works in the family business, though what his actual official position is I don't think we ever really find out.It did take me a while to get into this book. I'd estimate I had read at least a third of the book before I finally decided to stick with it and read it to the end. I didn't like Jessie and even as I reached the end I still never really grew to have much sympathy for her. I had more sympathy for her husband Johnny, as he worshipped Jessie and everything he did was to please her. Most of the characters from the Casey family were quite insecure people, and as a result of their insecurities and low self esteem did a fair bit of whinging if I'm honest. Or maybe I'm just not a very sympathetic reader, who knows.For me it was Nell married to Liam, the youngest of the Casey brothers who gave saving grace to the beginning of the book. I liked Nell as she was the most down-to-earth of the characters in the family. She had her head screwed on, knew what she wanted from life and often felt somewhat uncomfortable at the amount of money Jessie lavished on everyone.Once I'd got into the book I did enjoy it very much, once again showing me that perseverance and a bit of patience pays off. It's a story of family dynamics, and insecurity. I preferred the younger characters, Nell and Ferdia. They were very likeable whereas the older ones, especially the women just kind of annoyed me really. I did actually think it was time they grew up, especially Jessie.Overall I found it a compelling read once I'd got past the initial stages of the book, with humour, chaos and interesting story lines being the trade mark of a good Marian Keyes novel.
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  • Jeanniehay64
    January 1, 1970
    I love books which explore families and relationships and boy do the Casey family provide excellent reading . We first meet the three brothers, their wives and families at a birthday celebration where secrets are about to be unintentionally uncovered . We then go on a voyage of discovery into the lives and events of each family member prior to the birthday party. I admit I struggled initially remembering each character and their relationship to each other but as the story progressed I found with I love books which explore families and relationships and boy do the Casey family provide excellent reading . We first meet the three brothers, their wives and families at a birthday celebration where secrets are about to be unintentionally uncovered . We then go on a voyage of discovery into the lives and events of each family member prior to the birthday party. I admit I struggled initially remembering each character and their relationship to each other but as the story progressed I found with a stronger connection to each character this issue disappeared. This was a compelling read , proving that every family may look postcard perfect from the outside but most have their own personal struggles underneath.. Being a grown up sometimes is difficult, and this is portrayed beautifully throughout the book. Life throws us all curve balls and the way we deal with them is individual to us all ,,so when the Casey clan suffer issues such as low self esteem, eating disorders, grief, age, death and divorce I was intrigued to find out how it would affect them. This is quite a long book with such a beautiful mix of humour and heartache and truly believable characters that will have you hooked. Fantastic insightful writing by Marion Keyes I found it the perfect book to curl up with,, my one problem is I’d love read more about the Casey’s. Thank you to the publishers and netgalley for my chance to read this beautiful book.
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  • Maddy Cordell
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet story about the 3 Casey brothers, their wives, children and parents. What happens when one of the family falls and bumps their heads and gets concussion, and the result is like giving them a truth serum. Way too much comes out at a family dinner party. The story starts with the dinner party, goes back in time to see how they got there, and then moves forward in time to see how it ends. A lovely story but not my favourite of hers. I didn't feel like I couldn't put it down.
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  • Mairi
    January 1, 1970
    Another accomplished novel by Marian Keyes. A long and complicated storyline that delves into the difficulties of an extended family and their relationships. The characters are well written and easy to engage with and the story is told with good humour. An enjoyable read.
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  • Clare Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to netgalley for the chance to read this book.Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors however this book took some getting into. Once I got to grips with the flitting of the story from one couple to another I enjoyed reading it and wanted to find out what happened to each of the couples.
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  • Clare Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to netgalley for the chance to read this book.Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors however this book took some getting into. Once I got to grips with the flitting of the story from one couple to another I enjoyed reading it and wanted to find out what happened to each of the couples.
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  • Polly
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Joey
    January 1, 1970
    Trying to review this book without spoilers is hard for me, because I just want to talk about everything! The novel starts at a dinner party and an incident occurs. Sounds simple right? But there's so many characters, you've no idea what's going on and then suddenly, you're six months before. It sounds insane, but it is so worth the read. Every single chapter you learn more about each individual family member, you learn exactly what's been happening, you see what exactly has been going on in the Trying to review this book without spoilers is hard for me, because I just want to talk about everything! The novel starts at a dinner party and an incident occurs. Sounds simple right? But there's so many characters, you've no idea what's going on and then suddenly, you're six months before. It sounds insane, but it is so worth the read. Every single chapter you learn more about each individual family member, you learn exactly what's been happening, you see what exactly has been going on in the background and you really get to work out exactly who is who. Suddenly, I was so gripped by this book that I was texting my friend updates of how many months / weeks / days before the incident I was because I needed to know exactly what the trigger was, and what changed in the moments leading to it. I was not disappointed. When we finally got to the incident again, I was already seeing all of the characters in a different light as to how I had originally painted them. Luckily, the incident is explained again, so you get to see exactly who has said what, which brings a whole new element to the story and these characters that you've really been getting to know. The story does continue after this point, the journey is a roller coaster and one that I both (a) wanted to speed up, so I could find out what happened next and also (b) never wanted to end. I truly loved this book. It covers a whole range of things and ideals, including; family life, love, loss, disorders, power struggles, romance, comedy, pure shock, laugh out loud moments and some really lovely morals. All round a wonderful read and definitely something I will be recommending.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    I have read a couple of Marian Keyes’s previous books- I particularly enjoyed The Break- so I was excited to receive this new one via NetGalley.I started reading and although I was expecting to really enjoy it I just could not get into it. There were many characters and even after I’d managed to work out who they all were and the story of the weekend away in a posh hotel had started, I just did not warm to any of them. I got about a quarter of the way through and I realised I was not going to I have read a couple of Marian Keyes’s previous books- I particularly enjoyed The Break- so I was excited to receive this new one via NetGalley.I started reading and although I was expecting to really enjoy it I just could not get into it. There were many characters and even after I’d managed to work out who they all were and the story of the weekend away in a posh hotel had started, I just did not warm to any of them. I got about a quarter of the way through and I realised I was not going to finish it. I really had to force myself to pick up the book which was quite telling. There was none of the humour which I was expecting after reading the earlier novels and I sorely missed it!I think that some judicious editing is required as in my opinion the book did not seem to be heading anywhere.However this is just my own view and I am sure many readers will thoroughly enjoy the novel when it is published.Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Diane Poppleton-brown
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book of heft, quite literally speaking - it’s 656 pages, so it’s not necessarily a quick read and it deals with some hefty topic material like love and age, death, divorce, grief, eating disorders and self belief. Pretty much the whole gambit of being a ‘grown up’ in our messy, mixed up, modern world. This is not typical Marian, it is not wall to wall funny, although there are some slapstick moments that are just fab. This is, if you will, a more ‘grown up’ version of Marion Keyes, This is a book of heft, quite literally speaking - it’s 656 pages, so it’s not necessarily a quick read and it deals with some hefty topic material like love and age, death, divorce, grief, eating disorders and self belief. Pretty much the whole gambit of being a ‘grown up’ in our messy, mixed up, modern world. This is not typical Marian, it is not wall to wall funny, although there are some slapstick moments that are just fab. This is, if you will, a more ‘grown up’ version of Marion Keyes, probing and sensitive but uncompromising in her storytelling skills.Grown ups introduces us to the Casey clan, Johnny, Ed and Liam et al., some of whom you will like, some you won’t and some you’ll grow to love. I’m hoping for a follow up with Cara and her hotel occupants. But for now, thank-you Ms Keyes, Grown ups is a real achievement - highly recommended.Thanks to Netgalley for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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