Monday, March 15, 2010

Review: Angels by Marian Keyes

FTC Disclaimer: I Mooched this book.

Maggie Garvan has been married for nine years to the man she thought was perfect for her. Until the man who was perfect for her found he was also perfect for someone else. She then proceeds to get fired from her job as a paralegal. Not knowing what to do, how to cope, Maggie packs her bags and heads from Dublin to LA, to "take some downtime" with her best friend Emily, an aspiring scriptwriter. While in LA, Maggie sees the sites, meets new and interesting people, has an affair or two, and tries to recover from the devastation of her marriage. As Maggie learns how to be single again, we learn more and more about her past. Will she find new love in the City of Angels? Or will she simply be disappointed by human nature once again?

This book was a fun piece of fluff. It was most definitely "chick lit," whatever that means. Much like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said of porn, I may not be able to define it, but I know it when I see it. It's the first of Marian Keyes' books that I've read (and I understand that she is quite prolific). It was good, but not great. I think I was put off by the shallowness of most of the Angelenos portrayed in the story. However, it was quite funny in parts. I enjoyed the story and even cried at the end when...whatever happens at the end happened (no spoilers here!). But it didn't blow me away. I'd give it three out of five Whatevers. Nice to while away the time with, and I'll definitely check out more of Keyes' work, but nothing to write home about. I don't even have that much to say about it in this review. So, for those of you who love you some Marian Keyes (and I know there are some real fans out there), where do I go next?

Oh, and P.S.? The 24-Hour Read-a-Thon is coming. April 10th!!!!!

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