by Marian Keyes

June 2003
ISBN: 0-06-000803-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Harper Books
Mass Market Paperback

Maggie Walsh is in an early mid-life crisis at the ripe old age of 33. After losing her job and finding that her husband is having an affair, Maggie knows that she needs to take her life into her own hands and make some changes. She has been the good girl for too long and predictability has bored and depressed her. After a period of self-assesment, Maggie realizes that she is not happy with the way her life has gone. Though it is painful, she finds herself saying goodbye to her husband. She yearns for something, for what could have been in her life and vows to start living her dreams.

Maggie’s journey of self-discovery soon takes her to Los Angeles. Only her best friend knows her, so Maggie can create a brand new persona. She can be whoever she desires. Superficial changes are only part of the package and Maggie must learn how to be a new person from within. This is not easy in the midst of the entertainment industry and their excesses.

This is the third story featuring Maggie’s family, and, in my opinion, this was the weakest. Marian Keyes tugged expertly on my heartstrings. It was wonderful to visit with Maggie’s family again.

Maggie’s wide-eyed views of Hollywood and the movie industry were a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed the way she effortlessly jumped from her former life to hob-nobbing with celebrities with panache. As L.A. life settled around her like a comfortable cloak, I began to truly enjoy the changes in Maggie.

While Maggie was sometimes a sympathetic heroine, I did not root for her as much as I did her sisters Claire in Watermelon or Rachel in Rachel’s Holiday. Even so, this is an average Chick-Lit book.

Reviewed in November 2003 by Bree.

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