Grown-Ups by Marian Keyes #BookReview #Penguin #NetGalley #5*


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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 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 until Ed’s wife Cara, gets concussion and can’t keep her thoughts to herself. One careless remark at Johnny’s birthday party, with the entire family present, starts Cara spilling out all their secrets.

In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it’s time – finally – to grow up?


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A Joy to Read!      stars 5


This has been such a joy to read! Anyone with any type of family – partner, kids, siblings and / or in-laws will identify with the many situations in this book, and be filled with awe, horror and laughter!

The Casey family consists of Johnny, Jessie and their five kids. The wider family unit includes Johnny’s brothers, their partners, ex-partners, children and just about everyone and anyone on Jessie’s radar. They are always getting together for weekends, holidays – in fact, any occasion at all! However, like most families the face each presents to the world is entirely different to what’s going on inside; just how long can secrets remain hidden?

I LOVED this novel – it’s Marian Keyes at her best! A spread out family, each with differing priorities, worries and successes getting together even when some would rather not. There are friendships within the group, the kids are an absolute riot – I giggled so much at their dialogue – and the relationships between each and every one of them could be any member of any family. I think that’s what makes me such a fan of this author’s work . . it’s all realistic and believable. I love the Irish names (I always need to google how to pronounce at least one in each book) and this time there were several which, as a Scot, I had not come across before. Real life people in real situations with humour twinkling throughout make this a sparkling five star read, and the highest recommendation from me!

My thanks to publisher Harper Collins for my copy via NetGalley. As always, this is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: women’s fiction


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Author Bio


A1NjRjE4kHL._US230_Marian Keyes’ international bestselling novels include Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man and The Woman Who Stole My Life. Three collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet, Further Under the Duvet and Making It Up as I Go Along, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.


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