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Last Chance Saloon

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  32,339 Ratings  ·  729 Reviews
Ever since legwarmers were cool, best friends Tara, Katherine, and Fintan have survived small-town ennui, big-city heartbreak, and endless giddy nights out on the town. But now that they've graduated to their slightly more serious thirties, only Fintan has what can honestly be called a "love life." With Tara struggling daily with her eternal diet—and her dreadful, penny-pi ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1999)
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Suad Shamma
May 10, 2015 Suad Shamma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2015
I cannot understand how this book is getting such rave reviews. I could barely finish it, I wanted to pull my hair out with boredom!

The characters were so silly and stupid that you just want to smack them in the head, especially Tara. Give me a break woman, how is it that you accept living with a man who dotes on his cat while spewing verbal abuses at you in the same second? Ridiculous.

And really, Marian Keyes, all the unnecessary detail...you're killing me. I was skimming through passage afte
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Karo
Feb 09, 2012 Karo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicklit, british
I've read all of Marian Keyes' novels now, and I have to say that this might be her best yet. Watermelon was great, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married a bit disappointing, Rachel's Holiday mildly depressing and frustrating, but Last Chance Saloon had me hooked. I very much enjoyed the cast of characters, each very well sketched out. The book really is a clever look at how easily one can become complacent, how easy it is to settle or simply float through life. The novel was a perfect mix of having ...more
Christine Tsui
Jun 15, 2013 Christine Tsui rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite Marian Keyes book. The characters are funny and flawed but in an all too familiar way. I can see myself and people I know in each of the main characters.

I've read this book many times over the years and I can happily pick this book up and start from a page chosen at random. The storyline is really engaging and I've laughed and cried reading this book.

I think this was one of the first chick-lit books I read but I feel it's more than that. It's about the sometimes complicated
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Obsidian
Jul 29, 2015 Obsidian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Last Chance Saloon continues to speak to me and it has been almost six years since I have read it for the first time. I don't know why I re-read this constantly. Maybe it's because I keep thinking that the ending of the book will unexpectedly change. I fell in love with the main characters in this book and really just wanted them to have nothing but good things.

Even though this book is supposed to be about three best friends since child/teenage years Tara, Fintan, and Katherine. Most of the book
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Arielle Walker
May 26, 2015 Arielle Walker rated it liked it
Shelves: over-500-pages
No, this is not great literature. It isn't perfect, it may not even the one of the best Marian Keyes books. What it is is funny, gentle, sweet and relatively calm - exactly what I've been needing to read.

In typical Keyes fashion, the characters are all terrible flawed and all the more likeable for it. I really think Katherine is not up there with my favourite Keyes characters, as is the lovely Fintan (which makes the usual heartbreaking plot-line of the book even more heartbreaking). (view spoi
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Holly
Jul 12, 2013 Holly rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
I am so happy that I'm finished with this book!! I love Marian Keyes but this book left me with an agonizing desire to throw it across the room! But I was determined to finish it no matter what. I just couldn't get into this story. Perhaps, it was just too long and therefore, became quite boring. Or perhaps, it was because I couldn't seem to like the characters, with the possible exception of Tara. It had a good premise...live life to the fullest. I liked that, so that's something positive. Some ...more
Rainbow
Apr 06, 2010 Rainbow rated it it was amazing
I love Marian Keyes. I read this book over two nights and spent the day in between wishing I was at home reading.
Faith
Jul 26, 2014 Faith rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2005
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Kate
Jun 16, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another Marian Keyes book that I liked the sound of and was looking forward to reading.

Straight away I got a sense of fun from the main characters, they had a great friendship and were comfortable and relaxed in each others company. Tara had a bit of a problem with food and I could totally relate to that! Any parts that mentioned her hunger either had me nodding my head because it’s something I do, or laughing out loud at how hilariously she behaves when she’s hungry. Seeing everyday ob
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On Thursday, July 28, 2005 I wrote on bookcrossing.com

8 out of 10
Hi Lauraloo
This book was so hard for me to get into.
Didn't know why. maybe because it is huge and I have set a goal, to read 100 books in 1 year?
anyway I had tried to read it twice. Both times I'd read 10 pages and then I received another book and stopped reading this one.

Well third time lucky. Again it was hard.I think because the main persons annoyed me, and did not have an
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Poise
Aug 31, 2015 Poise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So I got this book and many others as a gift from my supervisor at work, for performing greatly, 'call me lucky!' lol. Of all the seven novels she gave me, this was my first read and I was blown away by it intense humor, yet very deep and emotional. I love all the characters and I remember thinking about the book while driving to work and burst out laughing. I enjoyed every bit of it, my very first Marian Keyes book, and now I can't wait to read her other novels. Such a fun read! :)
Antof9
Dec 31, 2008 Antof9 rated it liked it
Book review from BookCrossing: I'm a disaster at remembering to write journal entries while I can still remember the book! Sheesh! And the only reason I'm going to write a journal entry on this one is because it's getting in a box with some magazines to go to an American in Japan.

Back to the journal entry on this book -- I have several spots marked, so let's see if I can remember what I marked!

I don't know why I marked page 70, but I hated Thomas from the beginning. The conversation on this page
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Michele Minor
Mar 03, 2011 Michele Minor rated it it was amazing
Tara, Fintan and Katherine have been good friends for a long time ever since they were teenagers in Ireland. The three of them now live in London with only Fintan who has what could be called a love life. Tara is staying with her verbally abusive, penny-pinching boyfriend because she feels that he is the last chance that he has for marriage and children. Katherine who was heart broken from a past relationship keeps her single life organized and is happy being single. Fintan is in a long term ser ...more
Sissi
Critique complète sur mon blog

Tara, Katherine et Fintan sont copains depuis des années. Ils ont quitté ensemble l’Irlande et leurs familles respectives pour venir s’installer à Londres et vivre à fond leur vie de trentenaires. Alors que Tara la romantique s’enfonce dans une relation vouée à l’échec avec l’affreux Thomas, Katherine l’éternelle célibataire envoie balader tous les prétendants potentiels. Mais tous ces soucis leur semblent soudain bien triviaux, quand elles apprennent que Fintan e
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Ferina
Jul 12, 2007 Ferina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Buku ini bercerita tentang persahabatan. Dan menurut aku, buku ini bagus, karena gak hanya sekedar haha-hihi and talking about sex, tapi juga tentang sebuah sahabat yang selalu ada dalam saat senang dan sedih.

Para tokoh ini buku ini ada Tara, Katherine, Liv dan Fintan. Tara, Katherine dan Fintan berasal dari kota yang sama di Irlandia. Kemudian Liv masuk ke dalam kehidupan mereka ketika jadi teman seapartemen Katherine dan Tara di London.

Cerita dimulai dengan pesta ulang tahun Tara yang ke 31, d
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Debbie
Apr 15, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it
It was frustrating at times - wanted to shake Lucy and say "he's no good for you - he's just like your father!" But then obviously the book would have ended 200 pages earlier - and I suppose we all have to make our own mistakes. Funny as only Marian Keyes can be though - not the obvious funny - but the sarcastic-to-the-hilt funny.
Natasha
I first read this book a few years ago (before I was on Goodreads). A few plot lines going on, including a nice little love story, and also some more serious topics. An easy read, I liked it.
Amanda
Jun 26, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story is all about making the most of your time and not wasting your life. Tara is so afraid of being alone and Katherine can't get over her past, and both have to be forced into making a change in their life so they can find happiness. I liked the contrast of the stability of Fintan and Sandro's relationship, though I thought it was heartbreaking that Sandro had to go through all he did for a second time. No one should have to do that more than once. I found it interesting the way Lorcan's ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Aug 28, 2013 Barbara Elsborg rated it it was ok
Another story for me where I couldn't connect with the characters. Keyes is very skilful at drawing pictures of relationships and I did feel the friendship of these people but I didn't care enough about them. Even the guy I should really have felt sorry for was so obnoxious at times that I wanted to slap him. Tara - also needed a slap. But maybe that's showing what a good job the novelist did. If she makes you see you don't have to put up with that sort of behaviour from a guy, then she's done s ...more
Gillian
Jun 27, 2014 Gillian rated it it was amazing
Laugh out loud funny but emotional too loved it
Kat A
Feb 12, 2012 Kat A rated it really liked it
The more I read, the more I love. Excellent! As engaging as Sushi for Beginners this is another ensemble story about three best friends and their lives and loves. I literally could not put it down. I just wanted to know what happened! I really liked the characters of Tara and Katherine, and their back stories and that although everyone didn't end up happily ever after, the potential to be happy was there. I'm on to another Walsh book, the last because she hasn't written one about Helen yet. Look ...more
Claudia
Otra historia que hace que pienses que no eres la única loca en el mundo

¡¡gracias a Dios por estas historias!!

¡Me encantó!, a pesar de no ser tan relevante y trascendental, definitivamente es entretenida.

Fue muy fácil seguir la historia de estos personajes. Pues al final se trata de todos ellos, Fintan, con su vivacidad y alegría este hombre podría ser amigo de cualquiera; Katherine, la voz de la razón; Tara, oh Tara no paré de reír con ella; Liv, el perfecto equilibrio para el resto. Y todos l
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Stacey
Apr 07, 2016 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm having a love affair with Marian Keyes, I can't get enough of her writing!
Angge Vasquez
Sep 28, 2014 Angge Vasquez rated it it was amazing
Now I understand why this book called out to me. I found this in a book sale. I had it on my hands and as I stride looking for the right book, I let it go and pick up a new one. Then I would see it in a different aisle, hold on to it again and thought found another title better. Moved to a different shelf and there it was again! So I bought it along with other titles.

So again I was absorbed and I read it overnight. I was reading this and felt it.

I felt Tara in me, the undying search for the ind
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Kemn2412
Sep 20, 2014 Kemn2412 rated it it was amazing
This is my personal favourite from Keyes. One that I return to often when I'm lacking any new material to wet my appetite. Its got a few little twists and turns as all Keyes books do. I found the characters so likeable, though I do wish that Fintan was developed a little more, his story line was probably the weakest for me of the three. Still its a good laugh, a little teary if you are having a particularly weak day and a little saucy. All in all a pleasant read over and over again.
Lukerik
Oct 12, 2015 Lukerik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A couple of years ago I read a World Book Night edition of Rachel's Holiday. It's a proper novel with themes and an unreliable narrator. When I went to get more of her books I was appalled to find she was being marketed as Women's Fiction and it put me off. I've read a couple of Women's Fictions that I'd caught through Bookcrossing and I think, more than anything, I was angry that women should be so disrespected by writers and publishers. Why should the standard of fiction marketed at women be s ...more
Arielle
Jan 22, 2016 Arielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I borrowed this book from a friend a couple of months ago and only got to it now. I read books depending on what I feel like next, and after my last one I really needed a chick lit book. I was so glad I had this one at hand! I have read several of Marian Keye's books and I like her style, so I was looking forward to immerse myself in her characters.

Last Chance Saloon is the story of three best friends, Tara, Katherine, and Fintan. Now in their early thirties, they have known each other since the
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Lainy
Nov 24, 2010 Lainy rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book! I Read it in almost one sitting and stayed up to finish it. The characters you could relate to or connect to even if and when you didn't particularly like them.

The book follows the life of 3 friends and jumps back and forward every now and again from the present to events that shaped who they are today.

Funny, sad and even cringe worthy at some points but a total fantastic light read, I loved it 5/5 for me.
Samantha
Jan 31, 2011 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was terrific! it was funny and full of humanity. The main character is supper cool, and she has a great circle of friends, except it is also a bit sad as one of her friends is terminally ill. Anyway, its a beautifully written book that will keep you glued to each page. It's one of the best books I've read.
Nancy
Feb 05, 2009 Nancy rated it it was ok
This was the first Marian Keyes book I ever read but also my least favorite. All her other books outshine this one, from their witty characters to the twisty turvy hilarious plots. I love humor about dark subjects and she always does a great job making me laugh out loud. But this book I laughed the least...
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Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. She became known worldwide for Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes includ ...more
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