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Rise and Shine

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  8,874 ratings  ·  1,126 reviews
It's Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. 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. It's the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her you ...more
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Published August 1st 2006 by Recorded Books (first published 2006)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
I had never read anything by Anna Quindlen before, but had heard good things about her books. When I saw this at the library, I snatched it up, hoping for a really good story.

What I got was something middle-of-the-road. The story was somewhat formulaic - two sisters, one is hugely famous, the other more anonymous. A mild "tragedy" occurs, and the famous sister runs away from the problem to reflect on her situation. Another greater tragedy occurs to bring her back from hiding.

Frankly, I was a bi
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
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-
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
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
Elizabeth Kvamme
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Sarah Null
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
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
Meagan Houle
I enjoyed "Every Last One", so decided to check this one out. I was sorely disappointed. Meghan, a talkshow host, has a bit of a meltdown on air one day, which sends her career (and her life) into a tailspin. The book is told through Bridget's eyes, but it's not really about Bridget at all. Bridget spends most of the book describing Meghan with fawning adoration, while Meghan repeatedly cuts Bridget down with stinging sarcasm. Meghan is responsible and organized, but emotionally absent from her ...more
Very good. Really like her books.
Donna Barnes
This was the second Anna Qjindlen book that I read for my book club, and although it wasn't as good as "Every Last One", it was still very entertaining --- it still had fleshed out characters, wonderful secondary characters, an emphasis on family relationships (this one being sisters, and aunt and nephew) and a tragedy toward the end of the book that keeps you reading until the very last page. This story is different from the others in that it has a strong conflict between the "rise" of society ...more
Russell Bittner
Is it pure coincidence that I just finished reading Anna Quindlen’s Rise and Shine on the heels of Jack London’s Martin Eden? And would I expect Quindlen’s principal character, Meghan Fitzmaurice, to meet the same unhappy conclusion that London’s principal character, Martin Eden, inevitably met – given that their two trajectories on the booster fuel of fame and fortune are uncannily similar?

I don’t know. You tell me. In any case, one has to wonder whether life along the Museum Mile – or the eq
Cathy Hodge
I was charmed by the story. My favorite characteristic of this book is the witty descriptions. The dialogue is fun as well. The plot tugged at my heart.
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.
Meghan Fitzmaurice is everything any woman in American wants to be. She's beautiful, has a loving marriage, and has a perfect son. Every morning, she hosts the television show Rise and Shine viewed by virtually everyone. Her sister, Bridget, however, is much her opposite. She's a social worker, unmarried (though dating a police officer), and childless at age 43. Bridget feels hidden in her sister's shadow, and more or less content with obscurity. But then, one day, Meghan loses her temper on air ...more
Nancy Schluntz
I'd give this book three and a half stars if that were possible. Was drawn to it by the large beautiful moth on the cover, and an internal twitch that said to read it. The story starts slowly but builds well. Quindlen is very good at description, but sometimes over-describes, especially settings. Her characters unfold steadily, piece by piece, rather than all at once, so the reader gets to know them as the book progresses, as happens in real life. What struck me most was her contrasting of the l ...more
I would have to agree with other reviewers that for all of its shortcomings, this is a pretty harmless effort hovering in the margins of chick-lit. These kinds of books are my substitute for mindless television, when I'm bereft of more substantial reading choices and burnt out from too many eye-crossing tv sessions on the couch. Really more blah than bad, I just couldn't bring myself to give it any stars at all.
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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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