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4.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 5 4.06 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marian Keyes Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Walsh Family Series Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455191086
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The fast lane is much too slow for twenty-seven-year-old Rachel Walsh, and Manhattan is the perfect place for a young Irish female to overdo everything. But Rachel’s love of a good time is about to land her in the emergency room and cost her a job and the boyfriend she adores.

When her loving family hustles her back home and checks her into Cloisters, Ireland’s answer to the Betty Ford Clinic, Rachel is hopeful. She’s heard that rehab is wall-to-wall Jacuzzis, spa treatments, gymnasiums, and rock stars going tepid turkey—and it’s about time she had a holiday. Instead, she finds a lot of group therapy, which leads her, against her will, to some important self-knowledge—and toe-curling embarrassments. She will also find something that all women like herself fear: a man who might actually be good for her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] lively drama…Keyes’ stylish wit keeps readers attentive, and her take on addiction is insightful and compassionate.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A comic glimpse into the life of addiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Keyes’ intriguing, fast-paced account of an addict’s recovery features personable characters with realistic blends of humor and imperfections and a heroine who, despite her exasperating self-pity and shallowness, is witty enough to keep readers rooting for her.”

    Booklist

  • “The story is funny, fast-paced, and sometimes intense.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brianon | 5/12/2011

    " eh.... drug addiction.... not that funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsty | 5/12/2011

    " Hillarious from start to finish!
    Marian really did her research for this one.
    You could really relate to Rachel and what she was going through.
    It really put a light hearted spin on mental health.
    Highly reccomended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/11/2011

    " not a typical chick lit book, rachels holiday is about a drug addict in denial forced into rehab by her family. marian keyes style of writing means that this serious subject is tackled with a perfect blend of wit and honesty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/4/2011

    " I am enjoying this series of a dysfunctional Irish family. They are entertaining, real, and charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese | 5/1/2011

    " very clever concept, keyes at her best - a drunken holiday indeed "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 4/23/2011

    " Fun vacation read for chicks
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 4/16/2011

    " Her books are such guilty pleasures...they're chick lit, but in the best way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 4/9/2011

    " I've read other Marian Keyes books in the past and liked them well enough. This just didn't hold my interest all that much and I sped through the last third of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 4/5/2011

    " Such a great book and an interesting look at recovery. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill | 4/5/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book. Not read any Marian Keyes before. Good mix of humour, romance but with a serious theme of adiction throughout. Will now read more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aileen | 3/17/2011

    " I found the main character extremely annoying, but I ended up reading the entire book so I must have liked it enough. "

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