Reviews of Rachel's Holiday (1998)
I read this book last out of all the Marian Keyes books I have read. I expected it to be funny and witty. It was funny and witty. And then it also had another element in it. I found out after I read the book that the author herself had struggled with alcoholism. When I was reading the book, and stumbled upon the parts where there was serious talks going on, I wasn't prepared for it. However, as much as I was shocked, it was a wonderful account. Although not totally autobiographically, but taken from several accounts, Ms. Keyes writes like it was a tell all autobiography. There is true emotion, and you can tell there is a long struggle ahead of this person. It is not something you should read casually while on the beach, but rather, something you sit down and consciously think about as you read. I think that it is one of Ms. Keye's best works so far, because of the truthfulness of the story.