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The Other Side of the Story

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  37,427 ratings  ·  975 reviews
Jojo Harvey is a dead ringer for Jessica Rabbit and the most ferocious literary agent in town. A former NYPD cop, she now lives in London making million-dollar book deals while trying to make partner at her firm . . . all the while sleeping with the boss man.

Lily Wright is an author who believes in karma, and is waiting for the sky to fall after stealing her former best fr
Paperback, 528 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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Mildly entertaining, but I HATED the characters.

1. Gemma. GET OVER IT. Yes, your best friend "stole" your boyfriend (not EVEN), but it happened THREE YEARS ago. And don't even get me started on Gemma's mother. What an IDIOT. I can understand being devastated after your husband of thirty-five years leaves you for a younger woman, but to make your idiot daughter take care of you for MONTHS as if you're terminally ill? GIVE ME A DAMN BREAK.

2. Jojo. I actually liked Jojo. I didn't have a proble
Nov 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who are experiencing a rainy day
Shelves: girly-books
I was not expecting this book to be that good. I found instead that i was addicted to the three main characters' stories. This book is a typical girly novel, where the main characters are obsessed with their relationships. Gemma is pining over her ex and is oblivious to the fact that she would be better off with her friend Johnny. Lily is worried about the fact that she stole Gemma's boyfriend and that Gemma will seek revenge and Jojo is the object of a man's affair, and is desperately waiting f ...more
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
What a welcome respite from the heaviness I’ve seemed to be reading lately. This is a not-quite-chic-lit book, and the characters, what characters they are! This is my first experience with Marian Keyes, and I have to read more. This particular novel takes place in Ireland and London (as I suppose most of her work does), and I loved reading all the English and Irish slang. She created some wonderful characters, male and female, all ages. My favorite character in this book was the 2-year old Ema, ...more
Jul 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a girly/fun read
Shelves: funreads
The heroine of this book is a fun loving Irish girl who gets stuck in the middle of many misfortunes. Due to a turn of events, she has to stop her current life and help out her family. While the story starts off where you are feeling sorry for the main character, Marian Keyes does a great job of reeling the reader into the storyline and she does a great job of keeping the reader entertained throughout the book, no matter the subject. This book is a page turner and keeps the reader wondering what ...more
Tala Lucy
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I love Marian Keyes books soooo much and this was all sorts of happy, enjoyable, cringe worthy and heart warming. I do love a book that tugs at my heart strings.

Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm rather enjoying listening to this book as I drive to work and home each day, although I do find myself talking in a strange Irish accent :)
Sep 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was full of potential, but the characters were AWFUL. It could have been really funny.

Gemma - she was bearable, but so, so bitchy. Anyone out there saying "but woman are bitchy" - you've seen nothing yet. She's so hung up on losing her man that she considers his daughter "half mine". I'm rereading this just because I'm busy and still want to read - can put this book down easily.

Lily: she and her partner Anton were unbearable. I don't live in the real world per se, being just 18 and li
Claire Simpson
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did.

I loved the idea, and some of the writing was brilliant, but it was the characters that let it down for me.

Gemma was kind of forgettable and a bit arrogant, although I'll admit that I took her side over the whole Lily thing. But it's a sad state of affairs when a reader is hoping that more bad stuff happens to a character, and this is what I found myself doing with Lily. I enjoyed every single bit of her suffering. There was just somethin
I do so enjoy Marian Keyes' books; they're thick and full of real people and a combination of everyday and extraordinary circumstances, and I am always at least curious about how things will come out, if not actively caring.

This one involved three protagonists, and the bookjacket blurb drew a few links between them, and I expected there to be a big encounter between the three of them, but they seemed never to be in the same room at the same time. It read like three books loosely knitted togethe
Feb 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Josie by: Sarah
Shelves: chick-lit
Firstly, I would just like to boast that I read this 600+ page book in ONE DAY. Completely, started it in the morning, finished in the evening. And so if I managed to do that, it must have caught my interest. And, well, yes it did. I was never bored, I just kept reading and reading, sucked into the stories of these three women. BUT it's the kind of book that I probably wouldn't choose to read again, nor will I remember much of it in a month's time. And now comes complaint time, because I found I ...more
Jul 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: girlfriends
I like Marian Keyes, that's why I bought this book.

I always think that every writer sort of take something from the writer's life into the book. Especially the first book. And, I sometimes think Marian Keyes does the same. Especially if you read Under The Duvet. But, so what, if Marian Keyes decided to write from something happened in her true life? This time, in The Other Side of The Story, it's her life as a writer. I guess.

It's a book of writer, and publisher. With it's glamorous and not so
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Another Keyes, another long book. But unlike her other stories, which I can find painfully full of pointless detail, this one at least was spread amongst 3 different people, so if one was annoying, it wouldn't be too long before another one came in. But unfortunately, 2 out of 3 protags were annoying.

Protag #1 is a whiny, revenge-seeking crazy-person whose boyfriend moves to London (from Dublin) and then hooks up with her friend. Please, like you weren't going to break up anyway. Her father leav
Gemma is hilarious and Jojo is fabulous, but Lily is just self-centred and boring. I don't know how but Keyes makes me desperately sorry for Jojo stuck as a mistress and of course you feel for Gemma as life seemingly crumbles. But Lily just annoyed me with her continually dithering about how horrible life is. Of course you won't have many friends when you steal one if their boyfriends (every one knows you never dip your toes in that water!). And really your life isn't do bad - beautiful child, l ...more
Crystal Allen
Aug 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of chick lit, female authors, literary agents or event planners
Marian Keyes is such a doll. I've met her twice. Once when she did an event at the store I managed and another time when she was back through town and I was lucky enough to have lunch with her. She is one of the loveliest women I have ever met. And I loved this book too! I had a lot of fun with it because it was about an author, a literary agent and an event planner (I've worked in the book biz for years and have also worked as an event planner). The book is told from the points of view of all t ...more
The Book Maven
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like to grind their teeth
I didn't enjoy this one as much as "Sushi for beginners." For whatever reason, the characters of this novel were not as easy to sympathize with--I spent a good deal of time wanting to smack the three leading females...or at least try to re-make their lives.
Amanda Patterson
Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Marianne Keyes is back to her best with her latest offering about three whacky women in the London Publishing World. Gemma, JoJo and Lily are all involved in the world of writing. Lily as an author, by choice, Gemma, as her rival, by chance, and Jojo as a literary agent.

I loved the insider’s view onto this world of words and wordsmiths and the people who make their money from both of them.

Gemma is having a ‘lust’ affair with a younger man in Ireland, and a flirtation with a pharmacist on the si
Lauren Biddell
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marian Keyes manages to win my heart again.
After reading my first of her novels a few months ago, I thought this is an author I need to read more of.
After now reading three books, I can safely say Marian is one of my favourite authors. I don't often read chick lit, but when I do I generally lean towards books set in the UK/Ireland.
This one in particular peaked my interest because it was set around two authors and an publishing agent. Being someone interested in that sort of job (and studying
Jun 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Amanda by: Nicola Mcfall
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Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I've owned this book for ages and trying to get through the books I have and never read. Whilst this is a standard chic lit I'd be happy to pass on and never read again, it's actually really good! With three female characters whose lives intertwine with each other, there's enough space to love, hate and disagree with who you lie. I also love the fact that although all the characters find their own peace by the end of the book - in true chic lit style - they don't all follow the standard fairy ta ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marian y su sensibilidad innata para narrar los hechos de la vida cotidiana hacen que leerla siempre sea un placer. Gran historia.
Lilah  P
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marian Keys takes chick lit and makes it deep. Yet still hilarious with just enough love and romance. Despite the length of this book I finished it in two days because I could not stop reading!
Thomas Strömquist
"Marian Keyes does not know what it feels like to write a less than great book."
This book shares the story of three loosely related women in Ireland and England. The first time it switched points of view, I literally thought the kindle book had suddenly switched to another book altogether. After that though, I enjoyed it, although I can't say that any of the three women was a completely sympathetic character. I felt desperately sorry for Gemma (an event planner who would like to be an author), whose mother latched onto her when her father left her for another woman, and wou ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Fantastic and Fun!

This has never been my favourite genre, but Keyes writes a damn good story! What usually puts me off of 'chic-lit' is how man obsessed the characters are - as if finding true love is the only thing of any importance in their world. But not so here.

This is the story of three women. Lily is living with Anton. Gemma used to be with Anton. Jojo is a literary agent representing them both. Gemma's Dad has walked out on his Mum. Jojo is sleeping with her boss. Lily has writer's block
Ich habe das Buch echt genossen. Es war angenehm zu lesen, witzig und interessant (wenn man nur von Jojo ausgeht). Gemma's Part war auch ganz gut aber Lily hat mich so etwas von genervt. Sie gibt quasi jedem die Schuld an allem ausser sich selbst. Ich habe bei ihren Kapiteln das meiste nur überflogen. Ansonsten war es, wie gesagt, ein gutes Chick-Lit Buch.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a mum to two young children I thoroughly enjoy Marian Keyes’ books. Apparently it’s all my brain can handle at the moment (I attempted Shantaram a couple of weeks ago, who was I kidding?!!).
Rania yousife
NOPE.. just, no ..

Fist of all, I need to mention that my rating might have due to the fact that this kind of book is not my favorite genre. Moreover, the rating might have been affected by the thickness of the book. It also might have been because this book was not a high priority and had lots of books which I ached for reading them. Therefor, my review might not be credible.

Lets start with what the story is about, the story involves three main characters: Gemma, she receives a phone call from
Kate’s Book Spot
I was looking forward to reading this book as I’ve loved the other Marian Keyes books that I’ve read, I found that it took me a while to really get into the story but once I did I was hooked so it’s definitely worth reading through if you feel the same way.

I loved all three of the main female characters, they all offered me something different. Gemma was really funny and gave me some real laugh out loud moments, especially with her family dramas and hilarious emails. Jojo was fantastic, she was
Noor Ashadawi
May 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was very disappointing. It’s the first book I’ve read for Marian Keyes and I picked it up because of the excellent reviews it got.

I honestly don’t get it! It was supposed to be a story of three ladies whose lives are connected through the publishing world; a publishing agent and two authors who happen to be two ex-best friends (obviously because of a Guy… DAAHHHH). The idea is that we would normally judge these women based on the less than honorable decisions they have made but that t
Iris Blobel
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
I kinda thought this book was boring. I had read "Anybody out there" a while back and remember how much I enjoyed it and the tissue box which I had used up .... so I was looking forward to this one.

But really I can't say anything else than boring. We all have a bad day and I suppose what I did like was the description of the publishing side ... the pain we feel with bad reviews, the hope and the let-down - the roller coaster of being in this business. But there's nothing else to say. Gemma's sto
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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
“why can't we love the right people? what is so wrong with us that we rush into situations to which we are manifestly unsuited, which will hurt us and others? why are we given emotions which we cannot control and which move in exact contradiction to what we really want? we are walking conflicts, internal battles on legs.” 252 likes
“What doesn't kill us makes us funnier.” 145 likes
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