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The Other Side of the Story
by Marian Keyes | Literature & Fiction
Registered by bookguide of Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on 4/13/2008
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by bookguide): available

1 journaler for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by bookguide from Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Sunday, April 13, 2008

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Added to the Foreign Exchange bookboxes.

Back page:
Crossed women, crossed lines, crossed swords.
The agent: Jojo, a high-flying literary agent on the up, has just made a very bad career move: she's jumped into bed with her married boss, Mark...
The bestseller. Jojo's sweet-natured client Lily's first novel is a roaring success. She and love Anton celebrate by spending the advance for her second book. Then she gets writer's block...
The unknown. Gemma used to be Lily's best friend - until Lily 'stole' Anton. Now she's writing her own story - painfully and hilariously - when super-shark agent Jojo stumbles across it.
When their fortunes become entangled, it seems too much to hope that they'll all find a happy ending. But maybe they'll each discover that there's more than one side to every story... 

Journal Entry 2 by bookguide from Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Thursday, March 04, 2010

9 out of 10

Removed from the ForeignExchange boxes in a pre-emptive bid when I registered it, and on my shelf waiting for me to read it ever since. And now I have, what is the verdict? Well, I can only say that Marian Keyes is a fabulous writer. It's the sort of book that I read with a permanent smile on my face, and I got so involved with the main characters that I was really worried when they seemed to be throwing everything away. I enjoyed the way we get to know "the other side of the story" by switching between the main three characters: bitter Gemma with her stop-gap boyfriend, flirtation with the guy in the chemist's, runaway dad and clingy mum; Lily and Anton, dreamers both, in love, and their dream house and adorable daughter Ema; and Jojo, the literary agent who may be able to sell Gemma and Lily's books, but in love with a married man who just happens to work at the same company. The thing I love about this book is that it's not out-and-out romance, and the love is not sugar-coated, but covered in down-to-earth realism and a good dose of humour, and we're kept hanging on till the last page to find out whether all's well that ends well. It also gives an insight into how the publishing industry works, with some interesting comments on how men can reach the top by wining and dining, playing golf and taking clients to lap dancing clubs, while women remain trapped behind the "glass ceiling". 

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