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The Brightest Star in the Sky

by Marian Keyes

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*SPOILERS* I generally like Marian Keyes. Granted this is only the second book if hers that I've read, but I enjoy how you think the story is simply chick lit, but always has a depth to it. That being said, The Brightest Star was quite disappointing. There is an unearthly narrator, the idea which seems to be copied off The Book Thief a bit, but what I really couldn't abide was the plot that two of the characters are so screwed up, and at the end of all the their turmoil, the magic solution is for Maeve and Matt just tohave a baby. It will save their relationship, it will solve everything. I find it extremely distasteful, even in fiction, that this thought is passed around. These two characters are extremely messed up, and frankly not much will save them. I understand this idea ties everything together for a nice happy ending, but frankly, it's just a bit pathetic. ( )
  MMariaSmith | Sep 26, 2015 |
I don't think Keyes' books are perfect--the framing narrative of this one is so cheesy I can't even describe it without laughing--but her characters are great (as a 39-year-old, I found Katie to be perfection), her plots move, and when I've been caught in a cycle of low-key or depressing reads a Keyes novel is exactly what I need to feel like I can breathe again. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |
I don't normally read books of this genre (it's listed as chick-lit and/or romance). But I found the book by a pool in Thailand, and it had the word star in the title, so I thought that I'd give it a chance as I sunbathed.

I have to give the book four stars due to the pace in which I consumed the book (the short chapters made it so easy to just keep reading). It was funny, clever, Irish. I loved how early on I was invested in the characters. It was a little annoying not knowing the point from which the narrator is coming from, but about 2/3 through the book enough clues are given, so my annoyance waned. Also, I saw as to why Maeve was distressed SO early on that it was a bit frustrating for me to read about her. Also I disliked Jemima's 'death scene', it was a bit too cheesy , but the way the Grudge was wonderfully done.

So, overall, quite cheesy, sublimely funny, sad at parts, and an expectedly campy ending.
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  Court09 | Apr 1, 2014 |
3 1/2 stars

What if you were a soul in search parents to be born to? That is the premise of this book.

A soul has been directed to 66 Star Street - four flats - where it will find at least one of it's parents. It must observe the residents and determine which of those residents will become it's parent(s). We get to spend 60 days observing the residents with this soul before it finally makes it's choice.

It is an interesting concept and the stories of each resident are very well told with humor, understanding, and emotion.

I did enjoy this book quite a bit purely for the uniqueness of perspective and the enjoyable writing. It is, however, quite a long book at 612 pages and I'm not quite sure the length is justified. ( )
  ABShepherd | May 15, 2013 |
Okay. I don't know what it is with Marian Keys fiction books but some how it is always a pleasure to read them. Especially her last books. Only one so far I did not really like was Angels.
She has a gift of drawing you in to her characters and make them come alive. It is not so that from page 1 I am sucked in but slowly she manages to grab me and I have a hard time putting the book down.
I like the fact that people in her books have real problems.
Can't wait for her next book but at the end of this one she tells us she only writes 1 book every 2 years so guess I'll have to wait.

Are there any other writers you would recommend that write a bit like her? ( )
  Marlene-NL | Apr 12, 2013 |
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Fate is on its way to the tenants of 66 Star Street, bringing with it love and tragedy, friendship and heartbreak, and the power to change lives ... One of them is falling in love; another is torn between two lovers. For some, secrets they want to stay buried will come to light and for others the unveiling of those secrets will have tragic consequences.… (more)

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