An ad in the students’ union—“2 females seek flatmate. No bigots”—leads Maria to a home with warm Ruth and wickedly funny Jael. But one day, something Maria glimpses by accident forces her to question everything she thought she knew.
In short, the style blows. And more than anything, that ...more
It's not bad for a first novel, but it's far from the quality we've come to expect from Donoghue, which makes it so useful. It’s kind of a mess, feels disjointed, and is full of short, choppy scenes. Gestures don’t mean anything, they are just pauses. Why does Maria yawn so much (other yawn unexpectedly too)? ...more
While this isn't the best book you'll read by the author, it is her first and you can catch glimpses of the better writer she has become in some of the pages here.
It's a simple story of youth finding itself and a quick and enjoyable read.
The characters are believable, even when they are not particularly likable. Maria, the MC, is attempting to learn who she really is, and how she fits into college life and the world, after having spent her entire life in a small village. She explores the confusing world of relationships through her new flatmates and new college friends, including a couple of young men that sh ...more
Though I greatly enjoyed my reading experience, I wasn't left feeling fulfilled. The whole thing felt very much like a first novel: the characters and conversations were fun, if not super memorable or interesting, scene changes were semi-awkwardly managed, the plot was rather predictable, and there was some stereotyping of the que ...more
The plot isn't particularly eventful, but the characters are so good that I couldn't help getting invested.
Stir-fry is reminiscent of Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends - not surprising given the similar setting. Of the two, I much preferred Stir-fry - the characters are more likeable, and it's generally a more fun read.
Personally, I'd have liked the ending fleshed out more, but I guess I can see why she wrote it like tha ...more
– Stir-fry page 13
If there was one book that I read and I thought ‘this book is me’, this book is it. It is a book that stayed with me and even if I someday forget what the story was about, I will never forget how much I enjoyed reading it and relating to the story.
Stir-fry was Donoghue’s debut novel and is set in Dublin, Ireland. It is about Maria, a universit ...more
There isn't a lot of there there to this story. There's little plot which isn't a big problem in and of itself because not all books need to be plot driven but the characters are also two dimensional at best. So this is a book without a plot and without complex characters. Donoghue doesn't do a good job dramatizing Maria's changes as she goes from sheltered Irish country girl to urban college student. As a reader I didn't feel that sense of growth and discovery and evolution that I was supp ...more
I don't quite understand the relation of this title with this storyline, however I like the pacing and witty bits of the dialogues. Retrospectively, this being her first book, the content was really irish, some local slangs which I don't have a clue what's funny. It got me really confused at many points in the book. When I finished the book, I still have no idea what actually happened. ...more