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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  31,274 ratings  ·  763 reviews
Maggie has always been the white sheep of the Walsh family.Unlike her comically dysfunctional sisters,Rachel(heroine of Rachel's Holiday) and Claire (heroine of Watermelon), she married a decent man who adored her and found herself a solid career. Where Rachel was reckless and Claire dramatic, Maggie settled early for safety. Or so she believed until she discovers that her ...more
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Published February 5th 2008 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2002)
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Becky I grabbed the third one and read it before I realized there was a series. I don't think it matters unless there were spoilers for book 1 and 2.

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Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. I have loved other Keyes novels, but this one is SLOW. Nothing happens, nothing happens, nothing happens for FAR too long, mostly because the main character doesn't want anything, so she's not trying to do anything, so you get endless descriptions of her pointless days of hanging out. It's quite a long slog through the middle part. And Keyes seems to think Los Angeles "wackiness" makes up for all that, but it does NOT. At the end it gets pretty good, but I'm frankly surprised I ma ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2002-2004
I consider Angels the best book Marian Keyes has ever written (although I havent yet read all her books). Maggie is clearly the most sympathetic of the Walsh-sisters. I also think that Angels deals with wider themes. Maggie's problem isnt really low self-esteem, like Claire's and Rachel's. She’s somehow a deeper character. I also liked the plot. In Angels Marian Keyes is more entertaining than ever. I really laughed, especially when Maggie’s family came to LA to visit her. The Walsh family seems ...more
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it

"Shortly we will be landing at Los Angeles International Airport. Please ensure that your seat is in the upright position, that you weigh less than a hundred pounds, and that you have excellent teeth."

Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
It is a cute book in the style of Maeve Binchy but with alot more humor.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Marian Keyes' style of writing needs getting used to. She writes in a very un-Sophie Kinsella way (which is what I'm used to). This is my first time to read a book by her and I'm impressed. She writes nonsense things with depths. I don't know if that makes any sense but I think, for this book, it does.


Angels is the story of Margaret "Maggie" Walsh and her flight to Los Angeles after she found out about her husband Garv's affair with truffle woman. Maggie is probably
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Marian Keyes is one of my favorite authors. At first glance her novels appear to be "chick-lit" but once you start reading them, you realize there is a thoughtful depth to them. Sometimes it takes well into the novel for the true subject to be revealed, but it it always entertaining, and most times, funny, on the way there.

This is an oldie but goodie I had in my shelves that I came across when I was waiting for a library book to come in. Ms. Keyes' novels always make me feel like a b
Marina H
Plain yoghurt at room temperature.. That's how the sisters describe Maggie the protagonist, and it describes how I felt about the book and the characters.

The book is quit slow in my opinion. I found the characters a bit bland, which is a surprise because I used to like the Walsh family. And I guess I still do. Maybe that's why I like the second half of the book better, where the family gets more involved in the story. The characters from LA were just a little stereotypical and in many ways pred
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicklit
I'm in the first couple pages, and can't wait to read more already. I love Keyes. She's had a couple little missteps, in decidedly subjective opinion. This though, has had me thinking all day! That's always a good sign.
Some of the content was painfully familair to me, but amazing in it's accuracy.
I seriously loved "Mammy Walsh" and Helen appearances throughout the story. There bits were so comical, especially the visit to LA.

Loved this one. I think this may be my favorite yet. I can't wa
Jul 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
okay, i started reading this book and i thought it was AWFUL! i got to chapter 5 and it was getting more awful! I don't seem to ever do this, but I quit reading the book and returned it to the library. it just wasn't worth my time. i don't know if it was because i hadn't read any of the others in the series and didn't know the characters, but i didn't want to know them, they werent worth it! i wouldn't even give it a full star, maybe a quarter of a star.

SKIP it!
Nov 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I hated it. I hated the way she wrote as it wasn't challenging in anyway. I hated the storyline as it was predictable and made me fall asleep. I hated her characters they were so boring bland and the same as any other basic characters.

The main reason I hated it was for the meaning behind it(that i got at least) It implied that for women to succeed and be successful in life they MUST get married. Oh wait no now women should have children or else they've failed at life and at being a women. Forge
Thomas Strömquist
The third book in the series about the Welsh family tells the story of when Maggie, 'the sensible and responsible one' arrives at a turning point in her life. The characterization is great as ever and Keyes writing is superb and inimitable.
Laura Fudge
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have been given a big pile of books from my step mum, many of which are Marian Keyes. A few years ago I read a few Marian Keyes books and I couldn’t remember which ones I had read from the blurb on the back… Probably not a good sign. I am also not a huge fan of “chick lit”.

About three chapters into this book I realised I had read it before. I couldn’t remember what had happened, but I was able to guess/remember most of the plot before it happened. The story follows Maggie, who has
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
It's a shame Marian Keyes is marketed as an author of fluff because most of her books explore women's lives and traumas with warmth and humour. The only reason this gets 3 instead of 5 stars is my brain automatically rejects any book set in Hollywood where the majority of characters are not sociopaths trying to out-sociopath each other in a Kafkaesque dystopia. (only with more money and narcissism)
Jul 10, 2008 marked it as probablywontfinish
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I just cannot get into this book. I've been plugging away for days and days, I'm only like 1/3 of the way through, and I am just not interested. This doesn't seem as fun as the other Walsh family books.
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would recommend reading any of Marian Keyes books. Angels is no exception. It's fun, irreverent, witty and tells a few home truths in Marian Keye's typical dry, Irish and magnificent way.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Didn't finish it, which I don't do with a book very often. What a slow read this was. Couldn't get through more than 120 pages...
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Not my favorite of Marian Keyes
Angels is a light, humorous chick lit novel, which entertained me a lot. Following the break-up of her nine year marriage to Garv, Dublin resident Maggie Walsh jets off to Los Angeles to spend some time with her friend Emily O'Keeffe. Emily, a talented script writer, has been struggling for a couple of years, trying to break into the LA movie industry. In short time Maggie is drawn into the crazy lifestyles of Los Angeles wannabes, which become great sources of amusing anecdotes. Underneath t/>
It took almost a year to read this one. The beginning is nice enough, and funny enough, but then gets dull really quick. From the moment Maggie arrives in LA the plot staggers. It's just much of the same for far too long. So I put it down. I picked it back up about a week ago, and sped through the middle bits until the book started to resemble more of what I love about Marian Keyes: humor and heart. As we learn more about Maggie and her history, it becomes easier to relate to her. And she's hila ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
And my love affair with Marian Keyes continues to thrive, in spite of my distaste for chick lit as a genre.

This isn't the most thrilling or emotionally moving of her books - when you're writing about the serious, dull, well-behaved member of a family of genial cuckoos, it's hard to make the story stand out. But the book is still engaging, sweet, fun, and an easy read. Ultimately, it was the perfect palate cleanser between heavier, more oppressive literary fare. I probably won't go ba
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
These books are the equivalent of ice cream or popcorn, and yet they run deeper than that

On the surface they seem like nothing more than simple easy fluff. But they tackle some pretty hard hitting topics in that fluff. I actually had managed to miss this book somehow but I'm so glad to have found it at the library it was exactly what I was in the mood for
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just what I needed at this time. I loved Maggie especially, but all the characters were great.
Charlotte Kelly
Mar 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Keyes strikes again! I think I am getting to the end of her books and I can’t say I am unhappy about it. She continues to write about another daughter in the same family and the only daughter I have left is the youngest, most annoying one and I hope she hasn’t written a book featuring this daughter. This story is about Maggie, the most responsible of the daughters, whose married just falls apart and she runs off to LA to see her best friend. And she goes crazy. Apparently the reason she subconsc ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marian-keyes
This was not my favorite Marian Keyes book. I have read "Watermelon" and "Anybody Out There" and I liked these books waaaay more. I found "Angels" a bit boring. I skimmed several pages looking for anything interesting. Some of the parts were good but some parts I just couldn't stand. I didn't like the parts describing "Hollywood/LA Life". I haved lived in southern California for my entire life and I never hear any glamorous women using the phrase "eat my shorts". ummm ya right! This is the kind ...more
Sep 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book drove me insane and maybe that's why it took me two weeks to read such an easy novel. I wanted to SLAP Maggie, the supposed "heroine" and I didn't relate to her at all. I couldn't stand how she bounced from one extreme to the other with reactions and emotions. I wanted to slap Maggie for her stupid behavior (what was the scene when she freaked out in front of Troy?) and when she was too insecure to speak up for herself...even so much as to NOT eat. I thought the Epilogue was ridiculous ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Plain yogurt at room temperature” is how Margaret “Maggie” Walsh’s family describes her. Then everything starts to fall apart in her life and she leaves her husband in Ireland to go to L.A where her best friend Emily lives. I loved this book because it explored love and some of the hardships that everyone faces in life. I thought it was a bit slow in the middle, while Maggie was staying in L.A but still a great novel nonetheless. It was funny and interesting and kept me reading through all 426 ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an emotional rollercoaster ride back with the Walsh family, this time going on Maggie's startling journey. Marian Keyes manages to delve deeply into some pretty hard life events, but she finds the humour in it too which takes the edge off and you realise that it's possible to get through it. And her humour is right up my street! I think she creates a brilliant cast characters. I love Mammy Walsh. And thanks to Brendan O'Carroll doing Mrs Brown's Boys (TV show), that's how I now see her. ...more
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-japan
Oh chicklit, how I miss thee. Although this chicklit wasn't all light and fluffy, it actually dealt with some serious issues that made me tear up as I read it. The protagonist is hilarious, her adventures in LA awesome. Although I must say I found it really annoying that every other people she met in LA kept saying she was from Iowa when she said she was from Ireland. I mean I hate so-cal as much as the next person, but they're not that dumb. Oh and I love the big fight she has with her husband, ...more
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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 including domestic violence a ...more

Other books in the series

Walsh Family (6 books)
  • Watermelon (Walsh Family, #1)
  • Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)
  • Anybody Out There? (Walsh Family, #4)
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close (Walsh Family, #5)
  • Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family (Walsh Family, #6)
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