Book #41 – Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (final thoughts)
When her coworkers convince her to visit a psychic with them, Lucy Sullivan isn’t expecting much, other than a few laughs. And she can’t help but scoff at what the psychic tells her – that she will be married a less than a year. You see, Lucy has never had much luck with men. She doesn’t even have a boyfriend, not even any possibilities waiting in the wings. She’s ready to write the whole thing off, but then her coworkers’ predictions start coming true. Will Lucy finally meet the man of her dreams?
Marian Keyes is by far one of my favourite authors. She writes chick lit that deals with tough subjects without making them seem trivial. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book I’ve read by her and expected the same experience when I picked up Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, at least not for the first part. The first half of this 600+ page book infuriated me so much I almost stopped reading and it became my inspiration for last week’s Booking Through Thursday post (Is life too short for bad books?). The story seemed a bit wobbly, but it was Lucy who drove me up the wall. To people who were nice to her, she really couldn’t have been meaner. I think she was supposed to come off as a tease, but it wasn’t funny to me. Instead, she welcomed in people (read: men) who used her and treated her horribly. But she was completely oblivious to how they acted and thought they were wonderful.
Like I said, I almost gave up on Lucy, but Keyes hadn’t let me down in the past and I didn’t want her to now. So I kept on reading. And I am so glad I did! Keyes’ charm came out in full force as Lucy was required to see some situations as they really were. I finally found that I could rally behind her and cheer her on. At one point I almost wanted to use the phrase “You go, girl!” Almost.
It took me a week to read the first 300 pages, but I flew through the last 300 in about two days. I so enjoyed watching Lucy grow up that I couldn’t put the book down. The realizations she came to weren’t always easy for her (or the reader) to swallow, but I was completely drawn into her life. I won’t say how the book ended, but I will say that at one point I thought my heart was going to burst with joy, it was so wonderful.
My rating: 6/10. Rating would have been much higher if not for the beginning of the book.
Have you had a similar experience with a book, where one half of it didn’t work for you at all but you really enjoyed the other half?