In all honesty, I bought the book merely because its name intrigued me. When I read the title “Watermelon”, my imagination ran wild, guessing what the story might be. Is the book about watermelons or something more substantial? Read on to find out!
Claire is a 29 years old woman, who is abandoned by her husband right after the birth of their child (an angelic baby girl). A new mommy, who doesn’t have a husband at her side, she braves herself to face the world. The protagonist is one hell of a woman; someone who can inspire people to accept who they are and be proud of it.
This book was my first encounter with Marian Keyes’ writing, and I must say that she was nothing short of a surprise. She handles a sensitive plot with great dexterity, weaving humor and inspiration slowly and steadily. The real beauty in the plot was the family. The author has brilliantly captured the essence of a family. How a family argues, fights, pulls each other’s hair but in the end they are the pillars of your life, who will handle your worst and still love you unconditionally.
On the closure, I’ll take away a few points because at times, it feels as if the author has drawled on and on, rambling out of context. Otherwise, “Watermelon” is a dish to at least try once. It’s a touching journey of a woman who picks up the pieces of her life from when she looked like a watermelon (post pregnancy). It is definitely a lesson to never look for a man’s approval, and to realize your worth.
P.S: If you are facing a tough life on your personal front, do give it a read. You might realize that life isn’t that bad with some humor and will at your side!
P.P.S: If you have sisters, then do read it; you will feel a sense of déjà vu many times along the way! 😛
RATING : 4/5
At my college’s book fair, the book cover of “Marley and Me” caught my attention. A heart melting cute dog and Jennifer Aniston, what a combo, right? So after being quite enamoured by the cover, I bought the book for some light reading, and here is my review.
John and Jenny are in the sublime early days of marriage, with not a care in the world. After the author’s wife, ‘Jenny’, fails to take care of a plant, doubts about raising a child begin creeping up in her mind. With the hope of cheering up their lives, they bring home a Labrador pup, whom they affectionately name “Grogan’s Majestic Marley of Churchill”, A.K.A., Marley.
Marley quickly grows into a barrelling, ninety-seven-pound Labrador retriever. He crashes through screen doors, gouges through drywall, flings drool on guests, steals women’s undergarments, and eats nearly everything he can get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewellery. Even obedience school fails to discipline him.
With the passage of time, this big bad boy becomes an integral part of their family. The Grogan family learns to love imperfections!!
I have to say, John Grogan has penned his first biographical novel with conviction. With humor and wit, he comically describes even the most embarrassing adventures with Marley (trust me, being a dog owner myself, I know it’s not easy). The book is an absolutely amazing read, with real life pictures of John Grogan & family and Marley. One thing which I personally enjoyed a lot is the well timed humor. (Well, who doesn’t like a good laugh once in a while?) The novel also has the infamous screen adaptation which has garnered many awards.
P.S: If you are a pet owner/lover, you have to, like compulsorily have to, read this book.
P.P.S: If dogs, their drools or pets in general, creep/gross you out, then I suggest that you give this one a miss.
RATING : 4.6/5
When I completed “Nobody’s Baby but mine”, it felt like Christmas. It is not every day that you read a romantic novel which leaves you in tears, not because it is extremely sentimental, but because of all the uncontrollable laughter it induces in you along the way!
Dr. Jane Darlington, a 34 years old Physicist, yearns for a baby with all her heart. A lonesome genius who had completed her Ph.D. by the time she was twenty years, she has only two goals. First, she does not want the same lonely and sad childhood for her baby which she had had simply because of her extraordinary mind. Secondly, she can go to any length to get pregnant. So, she starts a hunt for a special guy- one who would help her accomplish this mission, and one who would love to exercise his muscles more than his brain. Weird, isn’t it?
Cal Bonner, the Chicago Star’s brilliant quarterback, seems like the perfect candidate. Little does Dr.Jane know that Cal Bonner is much more than just a ‘boner'(pun-intended)! He is not one to be used and abandoned by a baby-crazed genius. One attribute for which I would definitely praise Susan Elizabeth Phillips is that she is, hands down, one of the best ‘humor romance fiction’ (Romedy) writers you will ever come across. The entire novel is laced with fun and quick witted humour. Another fact which takes away brownie points for “Nobody Baby’s but Mine” is the poignant secondary love story of Cal’s parents- Jim and Amber. Phillips paints a vivid image of the characters as lively, delightful and relatable individuals. Cal and Jane are stubborn, immature, hot-tempered and proud at times, but underneath all that bravado, are two people who are passionate about their dreams, need love & companionship, and most importantly, are good human beings.
“Nobody’s Baby but Mine” is a heart-warming story which is not about love at first sight. It is about the kind of love which develops with time, and once fully grown, nurtures life forever with its protective shade and loving fruits.