Angels by Marian Keyes (final thoughts)
Maggie was always the dependable Walsh daughter, the white sheep in a family of black sheep. So, it comes as a surprise to pretty much everyone who knows her when she announces that she’s left her husband and then takes off to Los Angeles. Of course, there is far more to the story and Keyes delivers it in her usual witty fashion.
Angels was the third book I’ve read in Keyes’ Walsh Family series. Each book focuses on one of the five Walsh sisters, specifically on a difficult period during that sister’s life. In Angels, Maggie, the second oldest sister, has to figure out what life as a singleton looks like after finding out her husband has been seeing someone else. Of all sisters, Maggie is probably the one I can related to most. Not the whole cheating husband and loveless marriage thing, thankfully, but personality-wise I found some similarities. She is the good girl, the one who has always done what’s been expected, and who is extremely awkward around pregnant women:
As I lept out, I blurted, ‘Thanks for all the chocolate and good luck with the excruciating agony of childbirth.’
I hadn’t meant to say that. I tried again. ‘Er, good luck with the labour.’ (p.217)
I’m very afraid I’m going to say something like that one of these days. Chapter 20, which this quote was taken from, was probably my favourite of the book. I’ve already reread it a couple times.
Although I could relate to Maggie, the story that unfolds after she touches down in LA seemed a bit far-fetched. True, in reality LA, especially the movie industry that the friend she’s staying with is part of, can actually be far-fetched, but I had a hard time keeping up with the story at some points.
That being said, I do love Keyes’ writing and her observations of life in LA were hilarious. Plus, I’ll never pass up an opportunity to hang out with the Walsh family and all their quirks. Anybody Out There? remains my favourite of her books, but this one keeps up with the wonderful stories and characters I’ve found in her other books (let’s just forget Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married ever happened, okay? Actually, it did redeemed itself in the end, so I stand by my previous statement.). Marian Keyes writes hurt and restoration so honestly, proving both that chick lit can have depth to it and that women going through difficult times are still allowed to laugh.
My rating: 7.5/10