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Rise and Shine

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  9,832 Ratings  ·  1,225 Reviews
It's an otherwise ordinary Monday when Meghan Fitzmaurice's perfect life hits a wall. A household name as the host of 'Rise and Shine', the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike.

In an instant, it's the end of an era - not only for Meghan, who is unaccustomed to dealing
Published August 31st 2006 by Hutchinson (first published 2006)
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Margitte Miller's Valley was a much much better book, in my humble opinion. And then Blessings Most of the books are based on middle-of-the-road people and…moreMiller's Valley was a much much better book, in my humble opinion. And then Blessings Most of the books are based on middle-of-the-road people and issues with a strong story line and characters. But Rise And Shine just fell flat. It is not Anna Quindlen's best book. For me, at least.(less)
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In one of her interviews, Anna Quindlen explains how she puts a book together. She first decides on the issue/topic, builds the idea for a year and then starts creating the characters to fill out a plot around the issue/topic. Many authors did/ do that since the beginning of time.

In Rise And Shine the research for the book was overwhelmingly presented, but the plot simply never could stand up to it. It was a battle fought and lost. Contrived and forced. Too obvious. Too, sorry to say, blasé, cli
Feb 19, 2008 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is quite possibly one of the worst books I've read recently. I enjoyed Black & Blue back when it was an Oprah book but this is just . . . ugh. It doesn't have characters, it has cliché after cliché. Hard career woman, perfect teen, sassy wise black women, bleeding heart social workers, crusty old cops . . . the list goes on and none of them are particularly likeable or interesting. And the "incident" that sets everything into motion was laughable.

By the end I didn't care what happened
Jun 21, 2007 Michele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sad Plunge into Mediocrity

I have a very strong belief that if this were a first novel by an unknown author, it would have never seen print. The story is all premise, and the promise of a novel about sisters-- one a celebrity morning talk show host the other an obscure social worker--weathering an enormous crisis, doesn't comes to fruition. This so-called crisis (at least the situation that prevails through most of the book), while titillating and tabloid, is ultimately pitiful. And finally, what
Total chick-lit brain candy. It kept me interested but I could not have cared less about one of the main characters, the narrator's sister, a rich morning talk show host who accidentally calls one of the guests on her show an effing asshole not realizing she was still on-air, then goes into hiding when her career tanks because of it. (That was a run-on sentence). I did like some of the other characters though. Overall it was ok but not great.
Jul 27, 2008 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kept reading the book, hoping it would redeem itself, but alas, it only got worse.

The two main characters were selfish, juvenile, and in serious need of therapy. I was aghast at the self-serving older sister, who took and took, and was just a horrible person, yet everyone in the book excused her for one reason or another (well, except her ex-husband who I thought was the only one w/any sense).

Two things really baffled me: the name of the shelter were the younger sister worked (Women on Women -
I did enjoy a lot about the book, but two things irritated me. One was the author's wierd obsession with all things opulent, and the other was her continual holier-than-thou attitude about New York City. I had to wonder: was she scoffing at the lavish lifestyles as the main character did, or was this not a secret envy of those who can and do live this way? And secondly I wondered: Are all of us dummies who don't live in the Big Apple delegated to second rate comparitively?

Other than those two t
Oct 21, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
A celebrated television personality's fall from grace told from the point of view of her adoring younger sister. The story firmly held my interest, a page turner to be sure. Unlike most novels I read, I was not enamored with either of the central characters, it was their co-stars who struck my fancy. Though the plot earns a sold four stars, at times, Quindlen's writing is surprisingly discombobulated. On numerous occasions a passage required a second or third reading in order for me to grasp the ...more
Mar 06, 2008 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on tape and found myself sitting outside Nugget Grocery just to hear what would happen next. Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and also writes excellent fiction that was excellently read. Rise and Shine is the story of two sisters, Meghan who is a national figure who hosts a morning TV show and her sister, Bridget, who is a social worker in the projects. Both lost their parents when Meghan was 8 and Briget was 4 and their relationship is greatly influenced b ...more
Sep 28, 2007 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Anna Quindlen writes this novel more as if she has a point to make than a story to tell. She manages to stretch the significance of a Janet-Jackson-Superbowl-esque incident far beyond its viability, all the while bashing us over the head with the ideas that our collective morality is purely for show, that rich people spend way too much time and money on dumb crap and that Manhattan society is... wait for it... mostly frivolous.

I'm not sure why she thinks she has anything new to contribute to the
Feb 20, 2008 mandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
not a great book. i didn't get the story line. and the way the narrator felt/talked about her nephew really made me feel dirty. way more than parental feelings going on there. and she spent the entire novel talking down about how rich, entitled new yorkers act, but the whole time she was doing the same thing. definitely not one i would recommend to anyone. only would tell ppl who think new york is the best thing since sliced bread to read this. and i have no feelings about new york, since i've n ...more
Apr 29, 2009 Quinten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A page turner, but suffers from a lack of imagination. It was interesting to see Quindlen's world of NYC poverty. The black characters are barely realized sketches with stereotypical dialogue. The poverty, while clearly well researched, doesn't seem to motivate any of the characters in an especially realistic way.

The central conflict in the book is also not especially well resolved. Perhaps this is realism, but I call it "nothing happens." The writing is also muddled-I found myself having to re-
Sep 17, 2007 Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually like Anna Quindlen's work, but it took everything I had not to abandon this book in the middle. I kept thinking it would get better. It didn't. The story is about two sisters, one rich and famous and the other a social worker who seems to have a hard time figuring out her life. Maybe it felt episodic because I was listening to it on CD, but I just couldn't find the rhythm of the story. And I felt like the author was trying too hard to get me to like the characters. Oh, well. Maybe next ...more
Elizabeth Kvamme
Jul 19, 2015 Elizabeth Kvamme rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I've read by Anna Quindlen, and it will probably be my last. In fact, the only reason I chose to read this book was because all of the others I'm waiting for were currently checked out of the library, and this one was available immediately.

I have found that this author tends to ramble on and on... and on and on... and on and on. In both of the books I've read by her (this one and "Every Last One") she spends a ridiculous amount of time narrating the mundane events of her
Jul 05, 2007 Jeannie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have given up on it if it hadn't been my only book on vacation (while exercising extreme restraint and not stealing the books of others), and I would have said don't waste your time for the first half or so. Then I got drawn in. Still, though. Eh.
Nov 01, 2014 Homira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read by Anna Quindlen, and it was mega-disappointing. I kept thinking it would get better, but it didn't and both the sisters got on my nerves. She's a good writer, but the story just sucked, stereotypes of rich and poor, too much about the rich, and just no point to the end of the story. What gets resolved? Don't waste your time. Could someone recommend a really good book for me to read? I'm not having much luck. Something like A Suitable Boy that I could sink into ...more
Lois Duncan
May 23, 2010 Lois Duncan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's no question about it -- Anna Quindlen is a good writer. I just happened not to like this book. That probably has more to do with me than with her. I couldn't relate to the characters or to the situations, and I didn't find it an enjoyable read.
Oct 27, 2009 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked Quindlen's columns in Newsweek, but as a novelist, she is awesome. Great character development, great plot, satisfying conclusion. It's funny, sad, interesting, educational -- I couldn't put it down.
Marji Morris
I "read" this novel by Anna Quindlen on CD and highly recommend it. I always like to keep an audio book in my car, but with this book, I often found myself sitting a few more minutes in a parking lot or in my driveway to hear just a little more.
The novel focuses on the younger Fitzmaurice sister, Bridget, a NYC social worker who has spent her life in the shadow and protection of her older sister, Meghan Fitzmaurice. Quindlen did an excellent job of weaving the back story into the telling of of
Amy (amyb2332)
I think if I had read the book instead of listening to the audio version I might have given this 3 stars instead of 2. I don't know though, that's a big maybe. I didn't love the narrator - she would try to do these different voices but they all just sounded the same or really stupid. But even with not loving the narrator, I'm not sure I would have liked this book much.

I don't mind little flashbacks in the beginning or middle of a book, but by the end I just want you to get on with the story! I
Aug 13, 2016 CC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF. Okay -- I bought this at a garage sale last weekend for 25 cents. There were SO MANY books for sale at this particular garage sale that I just kicked myself afterward for only picking up three. I was with other people, and they had already milled around and found nothing, and I didn't want to keep them waiting in the 90 degree heat.

So, I picked this one because I've read Quindlen before and thought her writing to be methodical, but good.

This wasn't good. This was basic and boring enough
Jul 29, 2007 megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was pleasantly surprised with this book--it was not as melodramatic as I expected and was a lot more, for lack of a better word, gritty. The story essentially revolves around two sisters and their relationship with each other and the dichotomies in their personalities. One sister, Meghan, is an morning talk show host who (I think) is meant to resemble Katie Couric. She has a SNAFU on air--which the author reveals to be symptomatic of larger personal issues. The other sister works as a Social Wor ...more
Apr 23, 2007 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings. The book seemed kind of lightweight for the most part, not exactly what I would expect from Anna Quindlen. Then, when she tried to get deep, I found it a little forced and contrived. The asides about New York got old; they were distracting and slowed down the plot unnecessarily. It's as if the city itself was a character, but one who didn't do much, just got a lot of description. I also felt that the liberal agenda detracted somewhat, and that some of her descriptions of bl ...more
Jan Memmott
3 1/2 stars. I really liked this book, but it may not be for everyone. I've read other books by Quindlen, because her writing is superb! Her storytelling isn't quite as remarkable, however, and it often leaves me disappointed. I've read maybe 4 of her novels. They begin with a great premise, and so much promise. Often by the end, though, the story hasn't gone anywhere or the characters have faded. Or something. This book was better! It is the study of two sisters' relationship through thick and ...more
Suzanne Auckerman
The main character in Rise and Shine, Bridget, is interesting. I enjoyed the parts about her job in the Bronx a lot. I also liked her assistant, Tequila. The parts of the book when Bridget was dealing with work, her romantic relationship or her surrogate mother role to her nephew, Leo, were good reading.

The novel revolves, however, around Bridget's famous sister, Meghan. I was never convinced that Meghan's on-air mistake would be as huge a deal as it is written to be. Meghan also was underdevel
Jul 08, 2008 Tresca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tresca by: mom
This book really surprised me; in fact, I'm kind of surprised at myself for the 5 star rating (it's probably more of a 4.5, but errs on the side of a 5). I loved that this book is set in New York City with a contrast in the two sisters--one wealthy and famous; the other a social worker in the Bronx. The beachlife twist (can't tell too much) fulfilled another fantasy of mine. The best part of reading this book was its unexpected plot, just when you thought you had it all figured out, you definite ...more
Dec 23, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
My feelings on this book, like the writing itself, are mixed. The plot itself was kind of a bore to me (Meghan Fitzmaurice is sort of a Katie Couric kind of a character, and I can't stand Katie Couric, so I really didn't care about Meghan Fitzmaurice) and I didn't agree with much of the narrator (Meghan's sister)'s worldview, but I really enjoyed the descriptions about life in New York City. Some of the narration was uneven, jumping from musing to present day to flashback without smooth transiti ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meghan Fitzmaurice is the famous hostess of the morning show, Rise and Shine. Her sister Bridget is a social worker in New York City. Between them they experience life of the rich and famous and the most unfortunate. Then Meghan has one of those famed episodes when the mic is still on and she says what she really thinks of her guest. Her career spirals downward and she disappears. Bridget is left to pick up the pieces. It should have been interesting, but somehow it just wasn't. I almost gave up ...more
Lynn Pribus
Not Quindlen's most compelling book, but entertaining enough. She's good at delineating prickly relationships, in this case between two sisters. Story is told from younger sister's POV and her never-can-live-up-to second-child characteristics are strong. I surely remember this sort of thing between my husband and his younger brother.

The younger sister (now in her 40s)gradually emerges and the relationships are all tidily wrapped up in an epilogue. Maybe a bit TOO tidily, but nice to see people h
Aug 27, 2008 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Although I didn't think it was as good as other books by Anna Quindlen, I thought it was a 'goodread'. An interesting premise and as an ex-New Yorker, I enjoyed a visit back to the 'hood!
The plot twists kept it intersting at the end, although I did find some of the story a bit much!
Quindlen could have tightened up the story a bit, but she did have a story to tell and I wasn't disappointed just not as wowed as I have been on her other books.
This was a quick, fluffy read. Quindlen's dichotomy between two sisters living in NYC was at times cliche and at other times insightful. Having one sister myself, I was very interested in Quindlen's observations about family, upbringing and adult relationships between siblings.

The MULTIPLE twists in the last 20 pages make the muddy and overwritten middle section well worth it.

A good summer read or companion (read: break!) to a heavier book you're trying to get through.
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Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: OBJECT LESSONS, ONE TRUE THING, BLACK AND BLUE, BLESSINGS, RISE AND SHINE, EVERY LAST ONE, STILL LIFE WITH BREAD CRUMBS, and MILLER'S VALLEY. Her memoir LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bests ...more
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