Review of Grown Ups – Marian Keyes

Posted: March 22, 2020 in chick lit, general fiction, Review
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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?

Grown Ups

Marian Keyes

Michael Joseph

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

The story starts with a party to mark Johnny Casey’s birthday.  His sister-in-law Cara had a head injury earlier that day and is unable to lie.  Questions get asked and secrets are about to be revealed……..

The events of six months ago are then described – the Easter trip to Kerry.    We learn about the various Casey’s and other family members and friends, and   get an idea of what is happening in their lies.  Then the events of five months ago, four months ago, three months, two months, one month, and then we come to the dinner party again.  And see things go nuclear.

Along the way we’re introduced to a Syrian refugee to Ireland and the realities of life for asylum seekers in Ireland is explained.  This is done as part of the story and feels natural, not preachy at all.    This also brings up ‘period poverty’, something that’s an issue in NZ that had been hidden as it was embarrassing to talk about.  The story highlighted this cause as an organic part of the story and not virtue signalling.

I really enjoyed getting to know the Casey’s and getting a glimpse into their lives.  My only moan about this book is it ended too soon.  I want to know how lives turned out!

Buy it; read it; you won’t regret it.

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