This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.
Meet Rachel Walsh. She has a pair of size 8 feet and such a fondness for recreational drugs that her family has forked out the cash for a spell in Cloisters – Dublin’s answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She’s only agreed to her incarceration because she’s heard that rehab is wall-to-wall jacuzzis, gymnasiums and rock stars going tepid turkey – and it’s about time she had a holiday.
But what Rachel doesn’t count on are the toe-curling embarrassments heaped on her by family and group therapy, the dearth of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll – and missing Luke, her ex. What kind of a new start in life is this?
What I liked:
This is the second book in the Walsh Sisters series, and I much preferred this to its predecessor. It’s also a much deeper story – Marian has had struggles with alcoholism in the past, and you can see the personal experience in this story. It’s so incredibly well written.
Rachel was not mentioned much in Watermelon, so it was like meeting a brand new character but with some familiar faces thrown in. It’s a very heart-warming novel in that sense.
I really loved the switch between Rachel’s time in the Cloisters and her life in New York before she was admitted. The flashbacks give us a much more accurate portrayal of Rachel’s life – she’s quite the unreliable narrator.
Rachel’s life in therapy is an eye-opening one. It is completely different to how Rachel imagined it to be, and a very realistic portrayal of life in a rehab clinic. One of my favourite parts was the group sessions with Josephine. They were terrifying, but well written. Plus, Rachel’s family visiting the centre is something I will remember for a long time.
What I didn’t like:
There were a couple of plot lines in this I didn’t love, and they mainly had to do with the romance in this novel. I’m of the (possibly unpopular) opinion that this book didn’t need a romance angle.
Out of five?:
Four. One of my favourite books by Marian.