Review: Sushi for Beginners

By Marian Keyes

Lisa Edwards This Prada-wearing magazine editor thinks her life is over when her “fabulous” new job turns out to be a deportation to Dublin to launch Colleen magazine. The only saving grace is that her friends aren’t there to witness her downward spiral. Might her new boss, the disheveled and moody Jack Devine, save her from a fate worse than hell?

Ashling Kennedy Ashling, Colleen‘s assistant editor, is an award-winning worrier, increasingly aware that something fundamental is missing from her life — apart from a boyfriend and a waistline.

Clodagh “Princess” Kelly Ashling’s best friend, Clodagh, lives the domestic dream in a suburban castle. So why, lately, has she had the recurring urge to kiss a frog — or sleep with a frog, if truth be told?

As these three women search for love, success, and happiness, they will discover that if you let things simmer under the surface for too long, sooner or later they’ll boil over.

My Thoughts

I found this book a bit slow and hard to get into, when I first started reading it. I took me a while to get throughout the first couple of chapters. But then once it got going it was really hard to put down. There was so much going on and it was intriguing. I also found that as I related to the characters in the book; their average age group, fears, hopes and current career positioning was all although not the same, resonated with me in my current life, situation, career etc. At least to an extent

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Of the three main protagonists, I liked Ashling the most and gravitated towards her character; Clodagh was a bitch and spoilt and I did not like her or get her selfishness and she totally got what she deserved although she seems not to care in the slightest. Lisa was strange and hard and mean and beautiful but she became a much better caring person in the end and even got something to show for it; London made her hard; Dublin made her soft.

A long book but worth it. I was not entirely thrilled with the ending though but it left a lot of it open to interpretation.

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