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Lisa EdwardsThis Prada-wearing magazine editor thinks her life is over when her "fabulous" new job turns out to be a deportation to Dublin to launch Colleen magazine. The only saving grace is that her friends aren't there to witness her downward spiral. Might her new boss, the disheveled and moody Jack Devine, save her from a fate worse than hell?Ashling KennedyAshling, CoLisa EdwardsThis Prada-wearing magazine editor thinks her life is over when her "fabulous" new job turns out to be a deportation to Dublin to launch Colleen magazine. The only saving grace is that her friends aren't there to witness her downward spiral. Might her new boss, the disheveled and moody Jack Devine, save her from a fate worse than hell?Ashling KennedyAshling, Colleen's assistant editor, is an award-winning worrier, increasingly aware that something fundamental is missing from her life -- apart from a boyfriend and a waistline.Clodagh "Princess" KellyAshling's best friend, Clodagh, lives the domestic dream in a suburban castle. So why, lately, has she had the recurring urge to kiss a frog -- or sleep with a frog, if truth be told? As these three women search for love, success, and happiness, they will discover that if you let things simmer under the surface for too long, sooner or later they'll boil over....

Title : Sushi for Beginners
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ISBN : 9780718144708
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Number of Pages : 170 Pages
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Sushi for Beginners Reviews

  • Lisa
    2019-04-20 16:14

    4.5 starsJust what I needed right now...this is a pure comfort read. I needed a comforting, funny, dramatic, traditional, feel-good read...and that's what I got!Perfect for this time of year when you're really stressed out and just want to read something totally absorbing and fun...with a little bit of seriousness to keep it real.Marian is the best and I have probably read nearly all her books now but I need another one to take me into Christmas...a Christmas one would be fab!!!

  • Liz
    2019-03-21 20:29

    I wouldn't say this was a great book. It's another one that I managed to read on planes and in airports but wouldn't make time for reading it when I wouldn't otherwise be bored to tears.I agree with other reviews here that the characters are not developed. In many cases, as with Jack, Lisa, and even Ashling, the characters change, even sometimes drastically, but we never really get to understand why. We are told the actions of characters in the past and given some glimpses into what upbringing and past relationships they've had, but it doesn't easily flow into present character actions. The relationships amongst the characters aren't well developed either.It's not difficult to read such superficial stories, but it's also not as enjoyable to not better get to know the participants in the novel.

  • Jen
    2019-03-27 17:11

    Let's see. Take Bridget Jones, mix with The Devil Wears Prada, add some Irish details and remove about 50% of the interesting plot details and you have this book. I previously had read another book of Keyes' that I enjoyed a lot but I found this one a bit of a slog to get through. I admire her portrayal of an unappealing main character (Lisa) but it didn't really work for me as light reading. Overall, I'd say it is a professionally-rendered execution of an idea that just didn't appeal to me personally.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-11 17:07

    I will be leaving Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes without a formal rating simply because I can't explain why I didn't care for it, which leads me to believe it was a timing or mood issue on my part. I listened to the audiobook intermittently while spending a very LONG day-nearly ten hours-in jury duty...that right there explains it! If I had to rate this title today, I would give it 1 or 2 stars but that rating just wouldn't be fair. However, the only honest feedback I can give is that the audiobook quality is pretty poor. I will consider re-reading it at a later date.

  • Morgan
    2019-03-31 18:24

    I think one of the stars is for my accent enjoyment due to listening to the audio.Just wasn't my cuppa, and the fact that it stretched so long in the audio version didn't help matters much.Also I wake up at 1am to go into work now so, being entertained is much more of a requirement at the moment. lol.

  • Nick Davies
    2019-03-22 17:16

    Now, I've quite like Marian Keyes as a person when I've seen her on telly, I quite enjoyed 'Rachel's Holiday' when I read it a good few years ago, and I don't mind the odd book in the chick-lit/lad-lit genre. This, alas, was a little disappointing and more of a two and a half than a three and a half. This is a clunky opening paragraph, isn't it?The book follows the lives of three or four (or more) young women living in Dublin, centred around a women's magazine. There's lots of romance, bitching, glamour. There are some serous points made about the family/career balance, trust and relationships, and even stuff about clinical depression. Despite all this, I just found it all a bit long and relentless with the repetition of little jokey comments that could be reduced to "..ooh, aren't men rubbish!.." followed by "..ooh, but aren't we daft girls for loving them despite this!.." for 550 pages. It was quite entertaining and enjoyable, but I would've preferred to be more amused by something around half the length. Perhaps because most of the characters are in the end a bit unpleasant, the story could've done with losing a few of them.

  • Jane
    2019-04-06 19:22

    I finally finished this book. I had started Sushi for Beginners only a few days before it was due back to the library and never really got time to read much... now having finished it, I can say it was an interesting read. I am not sure why I was compelled to read and keep reading, but I was. It was different having three "main" characters, and surprisingly not overly confusing either. The reader got to see different points of view from Lisa, Ashling, and Clodagh (all of whom are girls despite how the names may look). All three women are friends/ become acquaintances during the book. Of the three, Ashling got the most story time, however Lisa was probably my favorite character of them for some reason. The book had less to do with sushi than the title may suggest, however, it is still an apt title as "sushi for beginners" is somewhat of a theme perhaps symbolizing trying new things or change.

  • Jenn
    2019-04-19 12:30

    It's not going to win any literary awards, but this is a great book for when you just want a fun read! And, it's not too far off when describing working for a small fashion magazine. Def one to recommend!

  • Irene
    2019-04-12 13:29

    Una lectura fresca y ágil, con ciertos enredos pero que no aporta gran cosa.Keyes te hace pasar un buen rato cómo sólo ella sabe hacerlo.Perfecta para estos días.

  • Bex
    2019-03-27 14:30

    Marian Keyes shoots and scores again with another fantastic novel which centers around three modern singletons. Magazine editor Lisa Edwards meets with her bosses about a new job they have lined up for her to launch a new magazine called Colleen. Lisa is already visualizing a new posh lifestyle for herself in New York. However, New York isn't quite where her new job has been set up. She's pretty much being deported to Dublin to fend for herself, start anew and make this new magazine the next big thing. Ashling Kennedy is the assistant editor for Colleen. She's a bit frumpy and unhappy with her non-existent waistline and her non-existent social life. Meanwhile, Ashling's best friend, Clodagh Kelly, is living the high life and seems to have it all. But she's searching for something more. The transition from one singleton's point of view to the next is smooth and unmistakable. And the ups and downs these women go through are hilarious to follow. This is a romantic comedy that hits just the right tone with the writing style and comedic dialogue. It's like getting three novels in one. With Sushi for Beginners, Marian Keyes does a great job in capturing perfect settings and following these women on their search for happiness.

  • Arnetra
    2019-04-06 16:11

    For Ashling Kennedy, the new job she lands at start-up Irish fashion magazine Colleen is a dream come true. For Lisa Edwards, a high-maintenance London editor expecting a promotion to New York, her appointment as editor-in-chief of Colleen is a slap in the face, the only consolation being her rumpled-but-handsome new boss, Jack Devine. Furious at being passed up for a job at Manhattan magazine, Lisa vows to make Colleen the envy of the fashion industry, even if it kills her. She drives her Dublin staff to exhaustion, and Colleen becomes a smashing success. But after a particularly lusty meeting with her much-maligned long-distance London boyfriend, she wonders if the move and the single-minded career obsession have been worth it. Meanwhile, Ashling is betrayed by her boyfriend and her best friend Clodagh, whose bourgeois domesticity she's long envied. Ashling realizes that she has to let go of her cheerful "Miss Fix-It"

  • S.J. Pajonas
    2019-03-22 17:27

    Just re-read this and, sigh, I love Marian Keyes. She's such a great storyteller, often surprising me with twists I didn't see coming. Her books in general are snarky, witty, and sexy, and this one hits all of those notes and more. I'm glad I took the time to re-read it.

  • Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
    2019-03-22 17:15

    Marian Keyes knows how to write a good chick lit novel, her characters are so real, the settings are so familiar and her style is easy going.

  • Anna
    2019-04-04 15:23

    I had really enjoyed other books by Keyes - Lucy Sullivan & Watermelon - but Sushi really disappointed me. I could not care for any of her characters - workaholic Lisa was plain annoying, Ashling was just boring (though she was by far the best of the bunch), and I constantly wanted to yell at Clodagh to "Shut uuuup!". I also thought the book was too long for a story that barely developed, and in the end, some things (like Ashling's relationship) happened too fast. Some parts were funny (but I wasn't laughing out loud like in "Watermelon") but mostly I just finished it for finishing's sake, and retained nothing of it (except that I hate Clodagh). It wasn't exactly bad, but it just wasn't entertaining.

  • Christina
    2019-03-23 16:09

    This book was entertaining enough, but I would stop short of calling it good. The characters weren't really developed, Keyes just basically told us what the characters were doing and never let them grow past their one dimensioned personalities. The only one who escapes that fate is Lisa, the hardass editor. And she doesn't even develop so much as suddenly she's just different. The secondary characters were so over the top that they were completely unbelievable. By the time the last chapter rolled around, I didn't even care enough to read the entire thing, I just skimmed to find out how each characters story ends. In short, if you're looking for an easy read and can get past the lack of character development, it's a decent read.

  • Federica
    2019-04-03 14:29

    Think about an ambitious woman who expects a promotion to became an important magazine editor in New York and ends up in a little pennyless women's magazine editorial board in Ireland instead. She could either resign indignant or make "Colleen" the most prestigious magazine in the fashion industry.To do so Lisa Edwards will drive her Dublin staff, mainly made up of women, to exhaustion (nothing like the icy Miranda Priestly in the "Devil Wear Prada" though)but all the efforts will be prized as "Colleen" becomes a smashing success.

  • LectoraEstherica
    2019-03-21 15:26

    No eres tú, soy yo.Dejó de hacerme gracia y dejó de interesarme la historia... la verdad es que me encantaría disfrutar de estas novelas, pero no logro que me interesen. Aunque, ¿por qué quiero que me interesen? Para tener más donde elegir, porque como no tengo suficientes libros por leer, ni en mi wishlist... No, es para experimentar otras historias, sí. Pero mira, el chick-lit sin vampiros ni hombres lobo no consigue atraparme.No le diré que no en otra oportuna ocasión.

  • Nadia
    2019-04-07 15:07

    I dunno why I wasted my precious nights on this.

  • Aristhyia
    2019-03-28 20:22

    "Sushi for Beginners" is definitely a lighter read than Marian Keyes' "This Charming Man". By comparison, I also found it less rewarding when I finished reading, but that's only when putting the two books side by side.Individually speaking, Sushi for Beginners is quite an enjoyable read. Ashling was cute and I didn't find her entirely boxed into the she's-a-weird-nerd type, thankfully. I still feel that her struggle with long-lasting issues wasn't dealt as nicely as it could have been. She pulls through a little too neatly, and while at it, we're not privy to exactly HOW the relationship with the man of her life progresses before they're officially declared an item. But maybe that's just me being a picky little bugger.I found Lisa's character to be the most compelling. She's infuriating, she's a bitch, and she's the most complex character of the book, in my opinion. Fiercely independent, heartbreakingly vulnerable, ambitious, dominant, passive, trusting, willing to be led by the man she loves, and damn good at her job. Her story was bittersweet and I felt she truly deserved the ending she got. She grew a lot along the way, and I found that admirable. Clodagh... her name alone just about killed my brain. I can't picture how it's pronounced to save my life. I could relate to her to a certain extent, but in the end, she was the hardest to swallow. Immature and self-centered, she's the one character I would have just LOVED to throttle a little. Still, her portrayal was quite spot-on, so there's nothing to complain about, I suppose. All in all, I liked the book, despite its shortcomings.

  • Shannon
    2019-04-09 19:15

    One nice thing about Marian Keyes' books is that all of her characters feel like real people that you might meet on the street. And the consequences for their actions are also "real". In this novel, three women are looking for love and success. First there is the super-fashionista, Lisa, who feels she has been demoted at work by being sent to Dublin, Ireland to head up a new women's fashion magazine. During this time of extreme stress, she is also in the midst of a divorce with her fashion-photographer husband, whom she still loves. The second woman, Ashling, is hired to be the assistant editor of this maagazine. She is nick-named "little miss fix-it" due to her life-long habit of trying to "mother" people and fix their lives. She becomes involved with a stand-up comedien, but she can't decide whether she loves him, or loves the idea of him. The third woman is Clodagh, long-time best friend of Ashling, who is currently an ineffective mother of two young children. Clodaugh is ealizing that she has given up her life to make her family members live's comfortable, meanwhile, she is having a personal breakdown. Interesting and fun read.

  • ♥ Marlene♥
    2019-04-14 16:25

    Apparently this was my first Marian Keyes book.On Tuesday, April 05, 2005 I wrote on bookcrossing.com8 out of 10Hi flicky picked this book to read (update sept 2015. This meant I was going to send her this book) I did not really know what to expect but actually I am liking it so far.I have read about 100 pages.planning to go to bed now and read some more.I will update this journal while reading more.Update april 16 I totally forgot to updateFinished the book and I thought it was a fun read.I am sure planning to read more by Marian Keyes.It is light reading and really a book out of this time.Thanks

  • Covadonga Lopez Iglesias
    2019-04-10 18:30

    I loved the book. It's such a nice story; so contemporary and real that could happen to any woman these days. Her lively writing style and her awesome humor is outstanding. Reading a book of Marian is like talking to your best friend at home. I always think she and I could get along excellent with each other.

  • Kim Carney
    2019-04-20 15:19

    I loved this book - it is funny but sweet in some ways. I have read most of Keyes' books and this is one of her best ones I think. Not great literature but catches your interest and love the Ireland settings.Nov 1- I just re read - I love this book and listening to it is good also.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-12 14:10

    Love Marian Keyes books. I have read and collected all of her books. They are well written, easy to read and witty. Laugh out loud moments in all of her books.

  • Ashley Wells
    2019-04-20 14:37

    I graded on the curve since this came out in 2003, the same year as The Devil Wears Prada and only a few years out from Bridget Jones Diary. So I can't exactly ding it for relying on tropes of chick-lit that are now overused to the point of being cliches, since the genre was still in its infancy (or at least its toddlerhood). Overall this is a sweet, funny book that is mostly very lighthearted but also touches on some serious issues in ways I found pretty respectful (though I have never been homeless or had a mental illness so I'm not exactly qualified to judge). My main issue is the length - there is absolutely no reason this book needs to be 426 pages long. The middle section is extremely repetitive, basically cycling through scenes where 1) Clodagh is bored and restless, 2) Lisa is bored and bitchy, and 3) Ashling is obsessed with Marcus even though she's not sure she likes him. Keyes or her editor could have cut at least fifty pages from this section without losing anything. Similarly, the book plays really fast and loose with the limited third-person narrator, switching characters many times in each chapter and using the device to just tell us what a character is thinking when we don't always need to know, or when those thoughts could be communicated via action instead of explanation.The plot-related issue I had is a bit of a spoiler so proceed at your own risk: (view spoiler)[ I was SO taken aback by Clodagh having an affair with Ashling's boyfriend, because I felt like what was being set up was Clodagh having a quarterlife crisis and then realizing that what she really wants to do is start her own decorating business. I was actually ROOTING for her, and for that specifically to happen. And instead she's a monster, and the book tries to make it seem like her monstrousness was foregrounded because she stole Dylan (her future husband) from Ashling all those years before so we should have expected this, and now she's going to get her comeuppance and we're going to enjoy it. WHAT. NO. I'm sorry, but if you go on one date with a guy and then he picks your friend instead, that sucks and you get to be mad at her, but you don't get to act like this is some sort of pattern when she HAS AN AFFAIR AND STEALS YOUR BOYFRIEND ELEVEN YEARS LATER. I was just really uncomfortable with how quickly she became horrible and how much pleasure the book seems to take in her downfall.(hide spoiler)]But the real spoiler is that WHEN HE BROUGHT HER THE SUSHI, WHAT HE WAS REALLY SAYING IS "I LOVE YOU."

  • Kirsty
    2019-04-18 18:07

    I have read a couple of Marian's other books which I really enjoyed and whilst this book was ok I felt that it didn't have the same impact as her other books. Her other books that I have read covered difficult topics and had a lot more drama than this book. In places this book moved very slowly. We follow 3 main characters; Lisa, Ashling and Clodagh. I really didn't like Lisa and I had no sympathy for Clodagh. Lisa had moved from a very glamourous magazine to Dublin and she wasn't happy as she was hoping to get promoted to New York. Lisa was really horrible to her work colleagues and I couldn't feel any sympathy as she came across as being really spoilt and entitiled. Clodagh was married and had two children and seemed to have a really good live but she cheated on her husband. In my eyes this is always bad and I had no sympathy when she finally got caught. For me this book was just ok. It was quite slow in places and perhaps longer than it needed to be. It was an enjoyable read and I am glad I can finally take it off my TBR as it had been on it for over 2 years. I think this shows my feelings for this book, I wanted to read it because I knew it would be an enjoyable quick read but it wasn't something that I was excited for.

  • Emily Crow
    2019-03-23 16:14

    I'm not much of a chick lit fan, so I'm probably not the best judge of this novel. It's the story about three women floundering around in Dublin and dealing with careers (or motherhood, in the case of one) and relationships: Lisa, a bitchy fashionista who is horrified to be relocated to such an uncool location to start a new magazine; Ashling, her mousy assistant editor; and Clodagh, Ashling's friend who is feeling stifled by her marriage. I found the story mildly entertaining, but not enough so to make me a new fan of the genre. The plot was rather predictable but there were some really funny passages to make up for it.Read for Unapologetic Romance Readers 2017 challenge--chick lit category.

  • Mandy
    2019-04-16 14:25

    In late and post-pregnancy I’m thoroughly enjoying all this fluff I’m reading!

  • Silvia
    2019-04-13 12:34

    He tenido sentimientos encontrados con este libro, a ratos me ha parecido ingenioso y en otros momentos muy insufrible e innecesariamente largo. Reconozco que tampoco es que sea muy aficionada al chick lit pero lo comparo con El diario de Bridget Jones con el que disfruté como una enana y la verdad es que con este no me lo he pasado tan bien. No sé si repetiré con la autora. Puntuación: 2,5

  • Molly
    2019-03-27 17:27

    In my opinion, Sushi for Beginners was a good book, but it just simply wasn't as good as many of Keyes other masterpieces. To me I just felt like it wasn't packed full of the drama and things I wanted and was. A little slow at times.Yet still, It kept me reading and hooked on the three main characters. I felt like I could relate to both Lisa and Ashling in their struggles, though I didn't’ really like Clodagh to be honest, though I'm not really sure why. In the end the book was good, but after reading many of Marians other, better books, it wasn't something I'd be in a huge hurry to reread. It seems like a book many people would enjoy, but also something a lot wouldn’t. I would suggest reading some of Keyes other books though!