Title: Rachel's Holiday
Author: Marian Keyes
Summary: (Taken from the back of the book) "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..."
Meet Rachel Walsh. She has a pair of size 8 feet and such a fondness for recreational drugs that her family has forked out the cash for a spell in Cloisters - Dublin's answer for the Betty Ford Clinic. She;s only agreed to her incarceration because she's heard that rehab is wall-to-wall jacuzzis, gymnasiums and rock stars going tepid turkey - and it's about time she had a holiday.
But what Rachel doesn't count on are the toe-curling embarrassments heaped on her by family and group therapy, the dearth of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll - missing Luke, her ex. What kind of a new start in life is th.
My Raiting: 9.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The book had a slow start, it starts of with a lot of flashbacks to her life before the treatment centre. But what I loved most was the journey the reader goes through with Rachel as we watch her experience in rehab. As with the other Keyes books I've read, there's her witty humour that make you laugh out loud, but with Rachel, I found my self enjoying the character, to the point I was almost screaming at her because she wouldn't admit she had a problem, to almost crying with her when she looked back at moment's with her life, or just with the moments when she was at her worst, smiling when she was at her best. The other characters all have unique and a variety of odd personalities, and you can't help but to love them. That's what I like about Marian Keyes writing, is not only does she take a situation many women experience (this includes her other writings like Anybody Out There? Sushi for Beginners) but she makes the character like the rest of us, sometimes they're a little more on the extreme end, but they aren't the usual perfect image of women, with the perfect job nor the perfect personality who go through these situations, they're like us, the readers "real women" you almost think they could be real, hidden away in the pages. The story it's self is both happy and sad, but it's one that even if you can't relate to, enjoy going on the journey with the character and "cheering" her on as she make her own journey. Although I've only read two Walsh sister books, each gives us glimpses of the to other sisters, Rachel isn't my favourite sister (Helen seems to be mine) I liked Rachel's story a little more then Anna's (from Anybody Out There?) Don't get me wrong, both are fantastic, but I liked Rachel's story more, she seemed to grow more, I seemed to be more involved with her then the others.
Would I recommend it to read: Yes. This book is a fantastic book. It's Chick-Lit, but it's a feministic, real women kind of chick-lit. Some chick-lit is the pop-culture chick lit, I'd say this is more of a real women. I'm rambling, sorry. Read the book it's a great read, emotional, but a great read.
What to read next: This is the third book in the Walsh sister series, although you can read the books in any order (I've read them in reverse order, unintentionally) so if you haven't read Watermelon or Angels then I suggest you do (I plan on reading them very soon) Also book 4 of the Walsh sisters, Anybody out there? Is one I've read and would recommend you to read. Along with anyother books by Marian Keyes. Also if you found you enjoyed Keyes' writing, the Cathy Kelley is another author with a similar style to Keyes. Past Secrets is a book I've read and enjoyed. Or Sophie Kinsella writing.