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Watermelon (Walsh Family #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  56,644 Ratings  ·  1,379 Reviews
Marian Keyes begins Watermelon with a rather inauspicious romantic opening when the heroine's husband leaves her for Denise from the flat downstairs the day their first child is born. Claire, the deserted wife and mother, returns to her family in Dublin and, after going through the required stages of "Loss, Loneliness, Hopelessness and Humiliation", begins to feel much bet ...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published July 7th 2005 by Arrow (first published September 1995)
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Jennifer Kathryn I haven't read her books in a chronological order, and enjoyed each individually so I don't really think its necessary. She is the kind of author that…moreI haven't read her books in a chronological order, and enjoyed each individually so I don't really think its necessary. She is the kind of author that the story doesn't carry through like that...each really does stand on its own. Hope that helps! (less)

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Sep 04, 2007 Sarah rated it it was ok
I am quite random myself, skipping from subject to subject without segways, but Keyes takes it to another level. I just felt like yelling "get to the point!". Some of Claire's inner dialog was funny, but by page 30 I was skipping over large chunks to get to the actual moving plot line of the book. A couldn't whole heartedly recommend this to anyone looking for a mindless chick book that is a quick read, cause it was too annoying to be mindless. Marian Keyes came highly recommended too, but I don ...more
Tea Jovanović
Nov 28, 2016 Tea Jovanović rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Marijanu i njenog muža Tonija upoznala sam 2002. godine na sajmu u Njujorku... I zaprepastila se... Pa, oni znaju ponešto da kažu na srpskom! Misterija je brzo rešena, Marijanin brat oženjen je Beograđankom Ljiljanom i otud poznavanje i srpskog jezika i kulture, a bogme i hrane... :) Po povratku u Beograd, odmah sam krenula da čitam Lubenicu, totalno se zaljubila u Marijanino pisanje i nagovorila svog izdavača da odmah kupimo prava za pet Marijanin knjiga... i poslušao me je... A onda su Marijan ...more
Opening Line:” ”I’m sorry, you must think I’m very rude. We’ve hardly even been introduced and here I am telling you all about the terrible things that have happened to me.”

Claire thought she had the perfect life right up until her husband James announced that he didn’t love her anymore and was leaving her for another woman. He might have picked a better day to deliver this earth shattering news than directly after the birth of their first child. Shocked, heartbroken and now packing some serious
Aug 16, 2008 Norabee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: brand new moms
What a Way to Start a Brand New Baby’s Life!
Claire can’t believe that the very day that she gives birth to her first child is the same day that her husband decides to leave her. What Luck! Marian Keyes pulls out all the stops in the development of the story and the characters. Claire and her husband James have been married for a few years and are living in New York. She thought things were going just great, then out of nowhere James announces that he’s fallen for someone else and is leaving the
Jan 12, 2011 Meg rated it did not like it
This is chick-lit, so you can't come in thinking it will be masterfully written. That said, this was worse than most. I picked it up because it was recommended and looked like a quick read. It was even quicker than expected, because I was able to skip a huge portion of the angst at the beginning and jump directly to the climax.

The premise of the book is that Claire's husband announces his affair and their separation on the day that Claire has their baby. The break-up of her marriage leaves Clai
Apr 02, 2008 Lauren rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Andrea
I picked this book up after I finished Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married. Like Lucy Sullivan, I enjoyed Marian Keyes chatty style. Reading this book feels like a chat with a friend and I found that I got to know the main character very well. Marian Keyes excels at character development.

As you probably know, this story is about Claire, a 29 year old Irish woman living in London. A few hours after she gave birth, her husband James announces that he doesn't love her anymore and that he is leaving h
Jun 30, 2010 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
I don't think I've ever been so glad to finish a book. Of course I wasn't expecting this to be a literary masterpiece but I thought being to some degree enjoyable wouldn't have been too much to ask.

The premise is probably standard for a chick-lit novel - a woman's husband tells her he's been having an affair for six months and is leaving her the day she gives birth to their first child. But that all happens within the first few pages and it seems that nothing else of much interest occurs in the
A Christmas present from Megan...I was really excited to read this because it is the story of the oldest Walsh sister.

The very day she gives birth to their first child, Claire is told by her husband that he is leaving her for another woman. She returns home to Dublin, seeking the comfort of her crazy and quirky family, while she figures out how to deal with this abrupt change in her life. Something I love about Keyes' writing - although her books are most definitely of the chick-lit genre, the
Oct 04, 2007 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit, october2007
I'm having ups and downs with this so far. I really love Marian Keyes humor, and that's what keeps me going. I'm having a hard time totally caring about Claire though, and I'm not sure what I'm missing. I almost feel like there is just too much of her that I don't know. I know her sisters better than her. I can't identify with the new mom thing, or the husband leaving her thing, and I'm just not finding anything to latch on to. Except the drinking, as I've done a bit of that lately myself :) I'm ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
I don't know exactly how I feel about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the story. I am strangely drawn to stories of wives being unexpectedly dumped by their husbands. I suppose it's because I imagine it as one of the worst things that could happen to a woman (aside from the death of loved ones or contracting a fatal disease, etc). Anyway, I liked the story and I find the Walsh family utterly charming.

I think Marian Keyes has a particular style that is amusing and absorbing. She goes beyond th
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 11, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Chicklit Junkies
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
Count me underwhelmed--nay, irked. I tried this because it was recommended on The Ultimate Reading List under the chicklit section. Well, I'm beginning to suspect that with the rare exception (so far, Bridget Jones' Diary) this isn't the kind of book for me. So many of them strike the same tone--overly chirpy obsessed with dress size and the mating game but without the satiric edge of Bridget Jones' Diary or it's ability to make me laugh-out-loud.

The book is centered on Claire Walsh--her husban
May 22, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, chick-lit, favorites
Of course I would love this book just because of it's genre but this is definintely at the top of my list. I guess because I'm actually going through such a similar situation as the character's (minus the baby) and so it touched the heart very closely. I love Claire's humor and how this book made me feel like I wasn't the only person out there going through a rollercoaster from murderous anger to guilt to all the other millions of emotions out there. It's all perceived as normal.

Simiilar situati
Jan 28, 2016 Elke rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-rating
Wat een heerlijk boek is dit! Je moet er even inkomen, maar als je er eenmaal in zit kun je niet meer stoppen. De karakters zijn zo realistisch neer gezet. Het verhaal is romantisch, maar niet een echt perfect zwijmel verhaal. Gewoon zoals het in het echt ook gaat.
De schrijfstijl is echt super. Het is zeer persoonlijk geschreven. Het lijkt net alsof Claire dit boek speciaal en alleen voor mij heeft geschreven. Als een over-sized brief, zeg maar.
De enige reden dat dit boek 4 sterren krijgt en n
Aug 24, 2008 Lauren rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008, trash, f
Someone left this book in the lobby of my apartment building so I picked it up to read. I understand why it was abandoned. I don't understand Marian Keyes' popularity. The main character was vapid, the secondary characters one dimensional, the plot improbable and the writing mediocre. Often I would throw it across the room in frustration.

Don't bother. I think I will take it back down to the lobby and leave it where I found it.
Arielle Walker
Mar 16, 2016 Arielle Walker rated it liked it
Shelves: over-500-pages
I'll admit I skim-read the second half, but still had fun (as always with Marian Keyes!)
Jun 23, 2010 Bex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I picked this book up after I finished Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married. Like Lucy Sullivan, I enjoyed Marian Keyes chatty style. Reading this book feels like a chat with a friend and I found that I got to know the main character very well. Marian Keyes excels at character development.

As you probably know, this story is about Claire, a 29 year old Irish woman living in London. A few hours after she gave birth, her husband James announces that he doesn't love her anymore and that he is leaving h
I swear I've read Watermelon before, but that was over ten years and two kids ago, so this reread was just like the first time. Yay, memory loss!

Anyway, I love Marian Keyes's books. I love that they're so fun and lively, as well as thoughtful and honest about the struggles the heroine overcomes. Watermelon is the first in the Walsh Family series, a series I recommend to fans of Irish Chick Lit. Is that a category? It should be.

Watermelon was an engaging, laugh-out-loud funny read. Claire's stor
Jul 30, 2008 Shannon rated it really liked it
Watermelon was actually the first Marian Keyes book I read. In this book, Claire is a woman who has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a life with interesting friends in London, a great job, and a fabulous apartment. However, on the day she gives birth to her first baby, a daughter, her husband James informs her that he is leaving her. Shocked and depressed, Claire slinks back home to Ireland to a family who cannot figure out what Claire "has done wrong to make her husband leave h ...more
Jan 13, 2010 Chloe rated it it was amazing
Claire Webster is ecstatically happy after giving birth to her first child, a daughter with husband James. However, her dream is shattered when he announced hours after the birth that he's leaving her for another woman. Claire's in shock and flees London to her family home in Dublin, where her mother, father and sister are waiting to take in a distraught Claire and new baby. Claire's determined to win back her man but at what cost? Or will Claire outgrow James as she grows as a mother to their d ...more
This is the first book in an unofficial series about the Walsh sisters and was Keyes first book ever published. In all fairness, I've never read any of her other books, but this felt like a first book. There was so much about it I liked, but her writing style was so annoying to me that I really had a hard time getting into the story. The story is about the oldest daughter in a semi-dysfunctional family (aren't they all?). Her husband decided to tell her he's been having an affair and is leaving ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Mareli rated it liked it
more 2.5 than 3.

Well, from this book I got a strong message: if you are slim you got the man, if you're not you don't.

I have to say I hated the heroine for the first part of the book. She was whiney, she was lazy, she was so selfish I really hated her. And she talked and talked and talked, mostly about herself for the obvious reason she liked her own voice I think.
I have to admit that being left from your husband the very day you give birth to your little girl it's a very bad thing. And he leave
Oct 26, 2011 Merrill rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Painful. This book is a perfect example of why chick lit gets a bad rap. Some of it truly is crap. The main character is so completely pathetic, weak and unlikable, I actually felt BAD for the potential love interest. I wanted to warn him to RUN -- SAVE YOURSELF! And that is my advice to you now.

There's a lot of well-written chick lit out there. Jane Green comes to mind immediately. All her books are well-written and showcase STRONG female characters, interesting/believable plots and steamy roma
Oct 26, 2013 Tonya rated it really liked it
This reminded me a lot of Sophie Kinsella. It made me laugh, it made me tear up a little and it was so angsty it made me want to barf sometimes. I really enjoyed this. I can't wait to read the others.
Lucie Wheeler
Aug 26, 2010 Lucie Wheeler rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

This was a recommendation from a friend and I have not read any of Marian Keyes's other books, so I cannot compare it to her other work; all I can say is what I thought of this particular one.

If I'm honest, when I read the first few chapters I had mixed feelings. Marian has written this book in first person, which is great, but the way she addresses the reader so often is very strange. But in a good way, I might add.
It is just something new to get used t
Aug 09, 2011 Christianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: will-read-again
I literally fell in love with this novel! What happened to Claire is not far from reality. I liked it because of the truthfulness of the story, the honesty of emotions and the connection of the characters to each other.
I can honestly say that I somehow understand what Claire is going through. And I can assume that most can relate to Claire's situation. The story does happen in real life and is something that can happen to anybody. Whether you like it or not, life's unexpectancies can hit you
Jun 10, 2012 RLA rated it liked it
I read a couple of Marian Keyes's books back when I was in my late teens, I remember liking her style so I thought I would give this one a go. Although, to be honest, I hadn't realised that this was first published all the way back in 1996. If I say one thing it's that this had held up well, and apart from a few elements this doesn't feel aged at all.

I loved reading the journey that Marian Keyes takes us on with her heroine. She was in a right ol' mess and we are with her for every high and ever
Irene Suarez
May 18, 2016 Irene Suarez rated it did not like it
I have read quite a few books by Keyes and normally enjoyed them (despite her abrupt endings), but I hated this one.

I hated the writing. I find myself shouting "Get to the point!". She loses track of the main story so many times! Also I think she fails in the attempt of writing it as a dialogue with the reader, in my opinion it does not work. The book is long for not good reason and it full of one sentence paragraphs (which drives me crazy)

I hate the characters, all of them (except the poor bab
Sep 11, 2012 Christina rated it did not like it
This book started off great but with each chapter, it just got worse and worse. It's a shame, really, as the plot is great...for the most part.

This book really fails mainly because the protagonist just goes on and on and on exposing us to her incoherent and random thoughts. There are many past anecdotes which are extremely pointless and are page fillers. I skimmed through multiple chapters angry that I had paid money for this book.

When we do get back to the plot, our protagonist finally gets ma
May 02, 2009 Jeane rated it really liked it
Claire is a very happy woman. She left Dublin to move to London, found a job of which her mother thinks nothing and met the man of he life. It couldn't go better when she gets married to him and is now getting their child. Besides that the day their daughter is born he tells her in the hospital room that he is leaving her. She goes home to her family in Dublin and from there on it eally gets great! Marian Keyes manages to write in a way that makes you fly through the story without realizing. SHe ...more
Jun 24, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: GG
I love these Marian Keyes books about the Irish Walsh sisters. This is the first one in the series, about the life-altering romantic upset experienced by the oldest sister Claire. It's chicklit, but it's hilarious chicklit with a wicked Irish sensibility.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Walsh Family (6 books)
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  • Anybody Out There? (Walsh Family, #4)
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close (Walsh Family, #5)
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