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Grown Ups

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  22,671 ratings  ·  1,913 reviews
A brand-new book from the #1 bestselling author of The Break and The Woman Who Stole My Life.

They're a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together--birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they're a happy family. Johnny's wife, Jessie--who has
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Doubleday Canada (first published February 6th 2020)
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Sometimes serendipity strikes and you find yourself reading the right book at the right time, this was a case in point, after some dark reads this lighthearted and amusing Irish family drama was the perfect antidote that I needed. Marian Keyes immersed me into the life and times of the Casey Family, three brothers, their assorted marriages, children and families. The good looking Johnny is the second husband of the powerhouse of energy that is Jessie, with two children from her previous marriage ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marian Keyes presents another batshit crazy, complex, dysfunctional family drama. A humongous family and tons of characters made me feel like I’m watching German series “Dark”, trying to remember the names, their connections, back stories. A few times, I turned back and read some parts again not confuse a character with the other one.

This is a long, witty, dramatic, hilarious story about three charming brothers and their wives and their children…Casey Brothers: Johnny, Ed and Liam, victims of co
This is a big book (656 pages) about a big messy Irish family where the children are all behaving, but the grown-ups not so much. The Caseys are comprised of three brothers, wives and an ex-wife and several children. Headed by eldest brother Johnny, a charmer and his bossy, generous Jessie who together run a successful grocery and cooking business, although Jessie very much wears the pants at work and at home. Middle brother Ed is an easy going botanist is married to Cara who has self esteem iss ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
First of all let me start by saying that I am a massive fan of Marian Keyes - so it pains me to say that I did n0t love Grown Ups. It started off well and I loved the opening chapters at the dinner party, but after that I struggled to engage with the characters and the story. I did like it but not as much as I usually do with her books.

This is a very long book at 656 pages. I am not adverse to long books, my favourite Stephen King book is over 800 pages. But when the story is a bit slower than y
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: When Rory died, Jessie's one consolation was that she'd never again have to live through something as bad. Her Dad's passing was painful. Her mother's was worse. The wound of having been cut out of the Kinsella inner circle had taken a while to heal. Giving up on having a sixth child had, for a patch, been oddly unbearable. But nothing had ever come close to the visceral punch of Rory ceasing to exist.

Over the years, whenever a big drama had blown up, her second or third thought was, I
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the Casey brothers, Johnny, Ed and Liam and their wives and families. Their parents as we learn later in the book, are cold and verbally cruel so it’s the biggest wonder they are able to function at all. It shines a spotlight on family secrets and grudges that are hidden for the sake of family and appearances. The secrets come spilling out at a family dinner party at the beginning of the book then it backtracks to where it all blurted out. There are some serious moments and ...more
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Overall rating: I start at 5 stars (I read it, finished, enjoyed it (+1 star) and even was a bit obsessed by it in the process and afterwards which is a rare thing for me (+1 star)).

Now I remember why I loved Marion Keys' books:
- Love how she is showing us a fragging lot of emotions that MCs entertain. And she does that all the time. (+1 star)
- Spectacular shit hits the fan half the time for absolutely no reason. (+1 star)
- There's this whole parade of MCs each of which have their own person
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I am a big fan of Marian Keyes books and was delighted to receive a copy of her new book Grown Ups.
This is a story of three brothers and their families. There are a lot of characters to remember and it took me a while to sort out where they fit within the family. Unfortunately I did not engage with any of the characters and sadly missed the humour that I usually find in Marian's books.
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
2.5 stars

GROWN UPS as you might guess, really showed what a mess grown ups can be. This was a family saga of epic proportions both in length of book but also in depth of shambled relationships and lives. This was definitely a less funny offering from Marian Keyes, but I wouldn’t have minded the lack of humour if the story had worked better for me.

The story centred on three families, brothers, wives and children. The brothers weren’t particularly close but the other people around them included so
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, but too bloody long. I read till “four months earlier” then skipped to “17 days ago” and I didn’t miss anything of importance.🤷🏽‍♀️🙎🏽‍♀️
Theresa Alan
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are approximately a million characters in this book, and complex relationships between family members and divorces and remarriages and friends—it was a little confusing along the way, but when I finished the book, I was sad to see this complicated clan go.

Most of the main characters have some fatal flaw. When Cara, wife of Ed, who is one of the three Casey brothers, gets a concussion, she suddenly reveals a whole of truth about the Casey family during a birthday dinner.

The novel goes bac
Kylie H
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Marian Keyes but had read quite a few mixed reviews about this book. Yes, it is quite lengthy but I was so disappointed when it finished. Enjoyed every minute of this book!
There are three Casey men, Johnny who is married to Jessie with 3 daughters and 2 step children from when Jessie was married to his best friend Rory. Then there is Ed who is married to Cara, and has two boys. They appear to have the perfect marriage but not all is at it appears. Then there is Liam who is marr
Very solid four stars. Makes me want to read more things Irish! Review to follow.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

I honestly don't know what to say here. This did not read like contemporary Marian Keyes to me. The whole book was jumbled with too many characters and plots that it felt like I got a never ending story of a family I did not care about a whit. I also have to say that it's gross that we see two people in my eyes exploiting relationships with younger people in this one. I think that Keyes in some weird way was
Gloria Arthur
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-bookshelf
Grown-Ups was my first Marian Keyes novel and a massive 642 pages long! I found the relationship dynamics entertaining in this family drama and the story held my attention as I raced through to find out more.

The Casey’s spend a lot of time together, whether they like it or not. The Casey’s include three brothers, Johnny, Ed and Liam, their three wives and children.

Johnny’s wife, savvy businesswoman Jessie has heaps of money and she loves to splurge and have all the families get together on luxu
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grown Ups is the ninth stand-alone novel by award-winning Irish author, Marian Keyes. If their extended family looks friendly and agreeable on the surface, like most families, the individual members of the Casey family have more going on than they’re willing to reveal: either outside the family, or within. Behind their harmonious façade, individual tensions, resentments, attractions, and anxieties may be festering, but they present a united, happy front.

The Casey brothers, Johnny, Ed and Liam, a
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Grown Ups by Marian Keyes. (2020).

They're a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together. And they're a happy family. Johnny's wife, Jessie - who has the most money - insists on it. Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much...Everything stays under control unt
Sonja Arlow
Oh, Marian Keyes how could I have doubted you?

This book started off on the wrong foot with me and I actually wanted to return the audio for a refund. And now that I am done, I feel it’s too soon to say goodbye to the Caseys.

Although there were a LOT of characters, I never struggled to remember who was who. And as always, the author tackles difficult themes with insight and humour.

The story was entertaining, touching, witty and memorable.

I don’t think any fans of this author will be disappointed
Whew!! 656 pages of absolute, non stop drama! I will admit that I have liked this more than I thought I would. Initially, I wasn't too sure but by the mid-way mark, I found myself becoming guiltily curious about how the story of the huge Casey family would pan out. It was 656 pages of Keeping Up With The Caseys...not one dull moment!

I received an e-Arc of the book from the publisher Penguin Random House Canada/Double Day Canada and author via NetGalley.


The book was published on 30th
Veronica ⭐️
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I just love family dramas but big books scare me and weighing in at 656 pages Grown Ups is a big book. I’m happy to say though that I flew through this book. It was endlessly entertaining and no time did it become bogged down.

The Casey clan deliver an endless amount of drama and quite a few laughs. Johnny Casey is married to Jessie and they have five children. Saorise and Ferdia are from Jessie’s first marriage. Ferdia tall, dark and handsome despises his step-father and makes sure everyone know
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my 16th book by Marian Keyes, and it sometimes feel like we have progressed through the same stages of life together, starting out as young single girls, then getting married, having babies and now having to deal with extended families and complicated relationship issues.

One of the best things about this author's novels is that she can tackle serious issues like bulimia, depression and alcoholism, educating us and showing us the gravity of these subjects, but doing so with a sense of hu
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-author, audio
I have read everything from Marian Keyes because she is brilliant!

This is another hit! A sprawling family drama encompassing Marian's signature humour whilst at the same time addressing serious issues.

I was routing for this extraordinary family and loved the relationships as well as the various settings.

Marian narrates the audio book so well worth reading it this way.
DNF at 24%.

The story is about the three Casey brothers, their wives and assorted children. The families spend a lot of time together (Easter etc) but there are tensions simmering under the surface, second marriages, truculent teenagers, step-siblings, fears of inadequacy, etc.

Johnnie and Jessie Casey own their own business but seem to be running into monetary difficulties which Jessie is resolutely ignoring while she pays for the entire family to spend the holidays together at a swanky hotel.

Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2020
Grown Ups is everything I've come to expect from Marian Keyes: a lively, fast-paced, and moving story of an Irish family and all of their entwined stories. I adored the story of Cara, struggling bulimic and her work in the hotel industry, her worries about her finances plus those of her husband's brother's, whose wife Jessie was a superwoman who was super stressed, super anxious, and utterly overwhelmed by keeping up appearances of "having it all," and then, finally, my favorite, lovely Nell, a ...more
Jessica Gilmore
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had slightly mixed feelings when NetGalley approved me for Marian Keyes new novel Grown Ups which isn’t out until February next year. I’m a big fan of Keyes’ work, her deceptively light style, combining a laugh out loud humour with searing insight and moments of real emotional punch, and her talent for unreliable narration and slow reveal which can turn a book, and your feelings about it, on their head within just one sentence. Her last novel The Break was a perfect example of this, up there w ...more
Caitlin Reads
I have been a fan of Marian Keyes for a long time. While her latest novel is told in her signature writing style, the book itself was just too drawn out for me. It took me awhile to get through this one and I found the pacing to be very slow. There were too many characters to really care about any of them and I found it hard to keep them all straight. The Casey’s were a highly dysfunctional although hilarious at times family. There were a couple characters that were really likable but I just fel ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book20of2020 It's easier for me to count the books I've read than to remember which day of this #nationallockdown I am in.

637 of pure pleasure. Absolutely scrumptious. Totally filling. Rose and fell at the exact moments. Beautifully delivered prose. My heart broke in the right places and was mended when it needed to be. The big family gatherings peppered with monumental dramas made me long for a sojourn with my girls, @thebookwormersgp
If you ever needed to escape your reality, pick up #grownups
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. I have long been a fan of Marian Keyes.

The Casey family is rife with issues. On the surface they maintain a faux bonhomie but secrets and resentments fester beneath the surface.

Johnny’s wife, Jessie is a right bossy boots who is always organising get togethers. She’s rich and the “he who pays the piper calls the tune” old saying springs to mind.

At Johnny’s forty-ninth birthday dinner, the “everything is rosy in the garden here” facade falls apart. Ed’s wife, Cara has had a bump on
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I start? I won't lie. When I first picked up this book at 633 pages long I shuddered. I struggle with long books. But I knew that it was Marian Keyes and I knew it had to be worth it. And the first few chapters, although the writing was typical Keyes, I was wondering if I could make it through. With so many characters I found it hard to grasp who was who, who was related, who was married, who all the kids belonged to. Thank goodness for the family tree at the beginning of the book! And ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The typical Irish extended clan provides ideal scope for an entertaining family saga and as a rule I can't get enough of this genre. But my reading experience here felt like being at a large social gathering where I don't know anybody and immediately forget all the names and relationships soon after we are introduced.
The novel has an intriguing premise and prologue but then we are plunged into confusing and meanderingly slow flashbacks detailing the family dynamics of three brothers, their wive
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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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