Stella Sweeney is back in Dublin. After living the dream in New York for a year – touring her self-help book, appearing on talk shows all over the USA and living it up in her 10-room duplex on the Upper West Side – she’s back to normality with a bang. And she’s got writer’s block.
Stella wants a clean break as she didn’t exactly leave New York on a high. Why is she back in Ireland so soon? Who is it who keeps calling? Stella wants to get back to being the woman she used to be. But can she? And should she?
This is my very first Marian Keyes book and since I heard a great deal about the book I decided to give it a go.
The story centres around Stella Sweeny who overcame a rare illness to become a best-selling author. A truly entertaining story, I particularly enjoyed the conversations Stella had with the Neurologist Mannix. They form an unlikely friendship through Stella’s slow recovery process. The changing timeframes threw me off a bit as I sometimes wanted to be stuck in the story of her past to find out how everything goes instead of going back and forth to the present day.
The story is told from Stella’s point of view, I felt her family weren’t such a lovely bunch. But then again who has the perfect family? Her children especially Jeffery was soo annoying and half of what he was up to was a bit irrelevant. Her ex-husband Ryan seemed an interesting character at first but then some experimenting he chose to do made him super annoying, and why does Stella always feel obliged to sort everybody’s problems out? That I found quite annoying for me but also it was fun seeing how it all turns out at the end.
The book is funny and clever, it takes a while to get into it but stick with it as it has some really great twists and turns.