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Watermelon

(Walsh Family #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  72,392 ratings  ·  1,737 reviews
It's bad enough that Claire's husband James left her the day he was at the birth of their first child - I mean, if he though it was going to upset him that much he should have just stayed at home - but to rub salt into the epistomy, he didn't even have the decency to leave her for someone skinny! He's just abandoned, leaving Claire with a newborn baby, a broken heart, two ...more
Paperback, 614 pages
Published June 2nd 1997 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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Sarah
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Skyler Autumn
Nov 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loath
1 Stars

Watermelon follow's our protagonist Claire as she is left by her husband James for her downstairs neighbour, about 2 minutes after giving birth to their daughter. She soon after takes her newborn child back to her eccentric family so she can lick her wounds in the comfort of her old home and thus meets a new younger man named Adam.

To say Claire is an embarrassing wet drip of woman is putting it lightly. She spends 40% of this way too long novel in a depression slump where she neglects
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Ivana - Diary of Difference
View my full review on: diaryofdifference.com/2018/04/25/wate...

A lovely read! Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors of all time. The story of how I discovered Marian is quite funny, actually. 

It was back in the days when I was a teenager and I was in love with the Gifted Series from Marilyn Kaye. I have read only the first two books and I have asked my mum to bring me the rest of them (there were six in total). She came back with a book with an author that had a similar name, and here we
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Buggy
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
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Meg
Jan 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Norabee
Aug 16, 2008 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
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Saadia B. || Hustle, Bustle and Hurdles
1.5 Stars

A hotchpotch story of Claire, 29 who recently gave birth to a girl. Her husband James was having an affair and wanted divorce. Met James in London at a restaurant where she worked as a waitress.

Moved back to Dublin where her parents lived. Kept throwing tantrums at her sisters and parents which kept on for a while. Eventually got her senses and started mending things.

Started liking Adam who owned a bar, Adam was Helen's friend who once came to their house. James came to Dublin to meet
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: February fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me. As he was present at the birth, I can only assume the two events weren't entirely unrelated.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to their first baby, James informs her that he's leaving her. Claire is left with a newborn daughter, a broken heart, and
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Lauren
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Emma
Jun 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 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
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Lauren
Aug 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, f, trash
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.
Anya
Dnf’ed at 30% I couldn’t take her constantly talking about drinking and ignoring her newborn daughter 🙃 however, it was funny at parts and I liked the setting of Ireland but not enough to finish it
Laura
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
Ruth Soz
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
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Obsidian
So I have all of the Walsh Family books in paperback. I haven't read them in years, but decided to take the first two for a whirl this weekend. And now I wonder if I read this years ago and liked Claire or what? Cause Claire drives me a bit insane in this book. And when you read about how she changes over the course of the series, she ends up being the Walsh sister I dislike the most (tied with Helen and her book, "The Mystery of Mercy Close"). So good things I can say, the re-read went by fast ...more
Girl
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
DNF.

I don't usually give up on books.

In fact, I can't recall when I last gave up on one.

It might have been some assigned reading way back when.

But this one, I just couldn't get into.

I read a lot of praise and recommendations of Keyes, so I had high hopes. And I tried.

God knows I tried.

But I couldn't.

I hated the style.

(This review is an attempt at approximation of the style.)

It made my eyes bleed.

It made my brain hurt.

But I perservered. Surely the characters will be interesting, at least.

At 33%
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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
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ashley
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own, chick-lit
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
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Arielle Walker
I'll admit I skim-read the second half, but still had fun (as always with Marian Keyes!)
Mareli
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bex
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
...more
Shannon
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
2.5 stars

Marian Keyes is the Queen of Chick Lit. I've read (& Loved) Rachel's Holiday. Read another two - enjoyable but not memorable.

Anyway, this was Keyes's first & I'm picking that after it's success that she was given a more senior editor. There were so many superfluous sentences that someone should have ruthlessly crossed out with a red pen.

The book did improve but the ending had too many strings wrapped up in a neat, tidy bow. It didn't help that I know someone who had a similar experienc
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Tonya
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lea
DNF @ 31%

I don't think this book is terrible, but I got to 31% and not much had happened yet. I was not hooked by the story or by the main character's personality and was pretty bored. Maybe it was a "it's me, not you" kind of thing and I was just not in the mood for this kind of story, but when reading a fiction book starts feeling like a chore, it's time to stop.

A bit of a disappointment given how much I enjoyed "Rachel's Holiday". Marian's writing just didn't do it for me here.
Margo
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites by this author. The characters are strong, and the situation with her husband goes someplace surprising.
Chloe
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jaclyn
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
T.L. Clark
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I have seen and heard Marian Keyes interviewed, and have recently started stalking...err...following her on Twitter. She comes across as mad as a box of frogs, in a deliciously wonderful sort of way.

This is actually my 1st time reading one of her novels (*insert shocked gasps here*)

And I'm delighted to find she writes as she speaks.
It's very chatty, and liable to rambling, but I love it.

I love how even Claire's internal thoughts and emotions are given life; they talk to each other and jockey f
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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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