Book Review - Making It Up As I Go Along - Marian Keyes
Making It Up As I Go Along* - Marian Keyes
"A bold, brilliant book bursting with Marian's hilarious and heartfelt observations on modern life, love and much, much else besides. Such as? you are determined to ask. Well, how about her guide to breaking up with your hairdresser? Or the warning she has for us all after a particularly traumatic fling with fake tan. There's the pure and bounteous joy of the nail varnish museum. Not to mention the very best lies to tell if you find yourself on an Arctic cruise. She has words of advice for those fast approaching fifty. And she's here to tell you the secret secret truth about writers - well, this one anyway. You'll be wincing in recognition and scratching your head in incredulity, but like Marian herself you won't be able to stop laughing at the sheer delightful absurdity that is modern life - because each and every one of us is clearly making it up as we go along."
When I was little and I would go on holiday every summer with my mama and sister our suitcases would be filled with 10 bottles of suncream factor 50+ for our pale Glaswegian complexions
along with 10 pairs of shoes each (and obviously we would only ever wear one pair and its like even when your packing the heels and the wedges you know in your heart you will only wear the flip flops but you always have the hope that maybe this will be the year that you will be that girl who can walk on uneven, cobbled pavements in heels, I mean that must happen at some point in life right?) and most importantly the whole of Waterstones book store (this was pre amazon/kindle times). I used to take at least 10 sometimes 12 books with me to read. Reading has always been my favourite thing and I think I'm a pretty fast reader coupled with the fact that children's books used to always have like 5 pages in them, I always had to take so many with me. But my mama and sister used to share their books and nearly every year all that they would pack was Marian Keys (her books not the person, that would be weird).
I used to listen to them laugh and laugh and retell funny parts of the story and I remember always thinking to myself when I grow up I'm going to read those books too.
Marian's books will always remind me of all those summers, holidays and all those memories of being wee and getting introduced to her funny stories through my mama and sister.
When I first heard Marian was releasing this collection of short stories, essays and articles I knew I needed to read it. Aside from knowing about her fiction work I have always just been a fan of her. Whenever she would appear on a TV show she was always so funny and would always make me laugh. I always remember she used to appear on Big Brothers Little Brother years ago and she was hilarious (See my last post all about my love of reality TV). So I knew stories that she had written about her real life would be great and I wasn't wrong.
The book is a collection of published (in magazines, newspapers) and unpublished work. Some are really short articles and some are longer essays but they are just the perfect length to dip in and out of. She covers such a massive amount of topics from fashion and beauty to health, travel and her life with her family and friends. There really is something for everyone in this book. The book itself is massive, 439 pages to be exact so its got such a lot of reading in it.
If you read Marian's fiction work you will love this or if like me you have seen her pop up on the TV and thought she was funny then this will have you laughing all the time.
It really is a super funny book but also really sweet and heartfelt too which is a great mix. I found so much I could relate to in it too, I don't know if that's the whole similarities between Scottish and Irish cultures or just that she wrote about such universal topics but either way I enjoyed it so, so much.
If your looking for something light and funny to tuck into this Easter weekend then I couldn't recommend this more to you.
I really hope you love this as much as I have.
You can get your copy here from Wordery for £10.95 with free delivery.
P.S If you've read it already, let me know what your favourite part was? Mine was her Chanel Museum. I just laughed so much as this is so me. My Chanel Rouge Noir nail polish sits pride of place in my room in all its untouchable glory haha!