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The Other Side Of The Story

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  31,435 Ratings  ·  822 Reviews
Laced with sparkling wit and compassionate insight nobody does it quite like Marian Keyes. Jojo Harvey is a literary agent whose star is on the rise. In love with both her married boss and her burgeoning career, not much distracts her. Until she finds herself representing two women who used to be best friends. Used to be. One of them, Gemma, has suddenly found herself from ...more
Published May 20th 2004 by Michael Joseph Ltd (first published 2004)
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Nov 30, 2007 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are experiencing a rainy day
Shelves: girly-books
I was not expecting this book to be that good. I found instead that i was addicted to the three main characters' stories. This book is a typical girly novel, where the main characters are obsessed with their relationships. Gemma is pining over her ex and is oblivious to the fact that she would be better off with her friend Johnny. Lily is worried about the fact that she stole Gemma's boyfriend and that Gemma will seek revenge and Jojo is the object of a man's affair, and is desperately waiting f ...more

Mildly entertaining, but I HATED the characters.

1. Gemma. GET OVER IT. Yes, your best friend "stole" your boyfriend (not EVEN), but it happened THREE YEARS ago. And don't even get me started on Gemma's mother. What an IDIOT. I can understand being devastated after your husband of thirty-five years leaves you for a younger woman, but to make your idiot daughter take care of you for MONTHS as if you're terminally ill? GIVE ME A DAMN BREAK.

2. Jojo. I actually liked Jojo. I didn't have a proble
Jul 20, 2007 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a girly/fun read
Shelves: funreads
The heroine of this book is a fun loving Irish girl who gets stuck in the middle of many misfortunes. Due to a turn of events, she has to stop her current life and help out her family. While the story starts off where you are feeling sorry for the main character, Marian Keyes does a great job of reeling the reader into the storyline and she does a great job of keeping the reader entertained throughout the book, no matter the subject. This book is a page turner and keeps the reader wondering what ...more
Sep 30, 2008 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a welcome respite from the heaviness I’ve seemed to be reading lately. This is a not-quite-chic-lit book, and the characters, what characters they are! This is my first experience with Marian Keyes, and I have to read more. This particular novel takes place in Ireland and London (as I suppose most of her work does), and I loved reading all the English and Irish slang. She created some wonderful characters, male and female, all ages. My favorite character in this book was the 2-year old Ema, ...more
I do so enjoy Marian Keyes' books; they're thick and full of real people and a combination of everyday and extraordinary circumstances, and I am always at least curious about how things will come out, if not actively caring.

This one involved three protagonists, and the bookjacket blurb drew a few links between them, and I expected there to be a big encounter between the three of them, but they seemed never to be in the same room at the same time. It read like three books loosely knitted togethe
Aug 08, 2007 mellyana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girlfriends
I like Marian Keyes, that's why I bought this book.

I always think that every writer sort of take something from the writer's life into the book. Especially the first book. And, I sometimes think Marian Keyes does the same. Especially if you read Under The Duvet. But, so what, if Marian Keyes decided to write from something happened in her true life? This time, in The Other Side of The Story, it's her life as a writer. I guess.

It's a book of writer, and publisher. With it's glamorous and not so
Oct 07, 2011 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rather enjoying listening to this book as I drive to work and home each day, although I do find myself talking in a strange Irish accent :)
Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Another Keyes, another long book. But unlike her other stories, which I can find painfully full of pointless detail, this one at least was spread amongst 3 different people, so if one was annoying, it wouldn't be too long before another one came in. But unfortunately, 2 out of 3 protags were annoying.

Protag #1 is a whiny, revenge-seeking crazy-person whose boyfriend moves to London (from Dublin) and then hooks up with her friend. Please, like you weren't going to break up anyway. Her father leav
Feb 10, 2013 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Gemma is hilarious and Jojo is fabulous, but Lily is just self-centred and boring. I don't know how but Keyes makes me desperately sorry for Jojo stuck as a mistress and of course you feel for Gemma as life seemingly crumbles. But Lily just annoyed me with her continually dithering about how horrible life is. Of course you won't have many friends when you steal one if their boyfriends (every one knows you never dip your toes in that water!). And really your life isn't do bad - beautiful child, l ...more
Claire Simpson
I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did.

I loved the idea, and some of the writing was brilliant, but it was the characters that let it down for me.

Gemma was kind of forgettable and a bit arrogant, although I'll admit that I took her side over the whole Lily thing. But it's a sad state of affairs when a reader is hoping that more bad stuff happens to a character, and this is what I found myself doing with Lily. I enjoyed every single bit of her suffering. There was just somethin
The Book Maven
Feb 20, 2015 The Book Maven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like to grind their teeth
I didn't enjoy this one as much as "Sushi for beginners." For whatever reason, the characters of this novel were not as easy to sympathize with--I spent a good deal of time wanting to smack the three leading females...or at least try to re-make their lives.
Oct 16, 2014 Renee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was full of potential, but the characters were AWFUL. It could have been really funny.

Gemma - she was bearable, but so, so bitchy. Anyone out there saying "but woman are bitchy" - you've seen nothing yet. She's so hung up on losing her man that she considers his daughter "half mine". I'm rereading this just because I'm busy and still want to read - can put this book down easily.

Lily: she and her partner Anton were unbearable. I don't live in the real world per se, being just 18 and li
Feb 13, 2010 Josie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Josie by: Sarah
Shelves: chick-lit
Firstly, I would just like to boast that I read this 600+ page book in ONE DAY. Completely, started it in the morning, finished in the evening. And so if I managed to do that, it must have caught my interest. And, well, yes it did. I was never bored, I just kept reading and reading, sucked into the stories of these three women. BUT it's the kind of book that I probably wouldn't choose to read again, nor will I remember much of it in a month's time. And now comes complaint time, because I found I ...more
Crystal Allen
Aug 08, 2007 Crystal Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of chick lit, female authors, literary agents or event planners
Marian Keyes is such a doll. I've met her twice. Once when she did an event at the store I managed and another time when she was back through town and I was lucky enough to have lunch with her. She is one of the loveliest women I have ever met. And I loved this book too! I had a lot of fun with it because it was about an author, a literary agent and an event planner (I've worked in the book biz for years and have also worked as an event planner). The book is told from the points of view of all t ...more
Nov 14, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This book is about three different women who are connected to each other, but are not necessarily friends. Gemma's father has left her mother and she has to be the one to pick up the pieces. She keeps her friend in Seattle updated via emails that are part venting and part escapism. Her friend sends them to a literary agent because she thinks they are good enough to be a book. Jojo is the literary agent who is tough and dedicated to her career. While working hard to further her career she falls i ...more
May 27, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to reading this book as I’ve loved the other Marian Keyes books that I’ve read, I found that it took me a while to really get into the story but once I did I was hooked so it’s definitely worth reading through if you feel the same way.

I loved all three of the main female characters, they all offered me something different. Gemma was really funny and gave me some real laugh out loud moments, especially with her family dramas and hilarious emails. Jojo was fantastic, she was
Jun 26, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Nicola Mcfall
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Lauren Biddell
Dec 23, 2012 Lauren Biddell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marian Keyes manages to win my heart again.
After reading my first of her novels a few months ago, I thought this is an author I need to read more of.
After now reading three books, I can safely say Marian is one of my favourite authors. I don't often read chick lit, but when I do I generally lean towards books set in the UK/Ireland.
This one in particular peaked my interest because it was set around two authors and an publishing agent. Being someone interested in that sort of job (and studying
Iris Blobel
I kinda thought this book was boring. I had read "Anybody out there" a while back and remember how much I enjoyed it and the tissue box which I had used up .... so I was looking forward to this one.

But really I can't say anything else than boring. We all have a bad day and I suppose what I did like was the description of the publishing side ... the pain we feel with bad reviews, the hope and the let-down - the roller coaster of being in this business. But there's nothing else to say. Gemma's sto
Noor Ashadawi
Feb 05, 2013 Noor Ashadawi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very disappointing. It’s the first book I’ve read for Marian Keyes and I picked it up because of the excellent reviews it got.

I honestly don’t get it! It was supposed to be a story of three ladies whose lives are connected through the publishing world; a publishing agent and two authors who happen to be two ex-best friends (obviously because of a Guy… DAAHHHH). The idea is that we would normally judge these women based on the less than honorable decisions they have made but that t
Feb 21, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny by: Kendra
Shelves: book-club
I actually liked this book a lot more than I expected. In some ways, it reminded me of Goodnight Beautiful - probably because of the multiple viewpoints, it being set in England, and there being a kid involved.

I almost didn't want the book to end and in many ways, it wasn't how I wanted things to wrap up - but I think the story will stay with me.

What was strange to me when I read this the first time was that Lily and Gemma were written in the first person and JoJo was written in the 3rd. I don'
Tanja Berg
Aug 02, 2011 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This is a nice little book about book agent Jojo, who's having an affair with her boss; Jojo's author Lily and the latter's former best friend Gemma. Lily and Gemma are no longer friends because Lily nabbed Anton from Gemma. Although this is stretching the truth as Anton and Gemma had already broken up at that point.

This book is not terribly exciting. I wouldn't say it "makes you bubble with happiness inside" as one review said either. The end is pretty much as expected, although there was more
The story begins with Gemma, an event planner who is called out of an event due to the fact that her father has left her mother for another woman. He moves in with the woman, only 4 years older than Gemma, leaving her mother devastated. Gemma must then take on the role of caring for her mother while attempting to maintain her highly stressful career. In the meantime, one of Gemma's former friends, Lily, has a book debut. Lily stole Gemma's boyfriend, ending the friendship but beginning a beautif ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an easy and thoroughly enjoyable read. In true Marian style she never fails to disappoint.

It made me laugh out loud and want to cry as well as give both Gemma and Lily a hug at times. It was a quite down to earth story that I think many people will be able to relate to. I could see in my head the story playing out and it was like the characters were actually my friends and I knew them.

I liked how we got the characters individual stories and when intertwined they were also easy to foll
Mar 05, 2014 Bookguide rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marian Keyes is a fabulous writer. This is the sort of book that I read with a permanent smile on my face, and I got so involved with the main characters that I was really worried when they seemed to be throwing everything away. I enjoyed the way we get to know "the other side of the story" by switching between the main three characters: bitter Gemma with her stop-gap boyfriend, flirtation with the guy in the chemist's, runaway dad and clingy mum; Lily and Anton, dreamers both, in love, and thei ...more
3,5 *
Oct 03, 2014 Din rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this book. The characters were very well integrated into each other's lives. The book focuses on the lives of different characters throughout the book but manages to link the characters very well. Definitely a good read.
I've been reading a lot of Marian Keyes over the past year and a half, thanks to Anusha. So much that I've kinda started actively looking for Irish humour in all fiction. Not cool.
This book was kinda unputdownable, more so because the three protagonists were extremely relatable at this point in my life. I’ve read eight Marian Keyes books so far and I can definitely place this amongst the top three, the other two places occupied by Rachel's Holiday and Anybody Out There?, although the places are
Ivan Bogdanov
Apr 19, 2015 Ivan Bogdanov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Това си е традиционен женски роман - три съдби на жени, които по странен начин се преплитат и всяка помага на другата в даден момент. Аз започнах да го чета точно като такъв, имах нужда малко да разпусна след Калуна-Каля и Трънски разкази.
Но романът се оказа нещо различно - едно много добро и детайлно описание на начина на работата на издателския бизнес в Англия. Четох с интерес и по едно време установих, че си водя записки вече. Има много за литературните агенти, за това как подбират произведен
thao vi
Jul 02, 2015 thao vi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

it was okay.
I wanted gemma to have more of a charmed ending and lily and Anton more of a tragic one.
although in saying that, gemma should have gotten over the fact that lily stole Anton from her. she should have been thankful that the trash was taken out and gotten on with her life.

lily was bloody annoying. "sweet" but didn't really think about her daughter when spending money they didn't have. (both lily and Anton are bad parents)
Anton, a douche who agreed to drop lily in order to get th
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Marian Keyes, born September 10, 1963, is a popular Irish writer, considered to be one of the original progenitors of "chick lit". Keyes' first novel, Watermelon, was published in Ireland in 1995. Since then she has published seven further novels and two collections of non-fiction, and has sold 15 million copies of her books in 30 languages.

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“why can't we love the right people? what is so wrong with us that we rush into situations to which we are manifestly unsuited, which will hurt us and others? why are we given emotions which we cannot control and which move in exact contradiction to what we really want? we are walking conflicts, internal battles on legs.” 245 likes
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