Welcome to the fun and delightful world of Marian Keyes. It’s a lot like the rest of the world but with keen insight into the everyday issues we all face. Not sure how to break up with your hairdresser? Don’t like answering the “what do you do for a living?” question while on vacation? Fake tan not working out for you? Marian has all of the answers to the dilemmas you face.
Making It Up As I Go Along is a collection of essays, articles, and blog posts written by bestselling author Marian Keyes. Fans of her writing, or her Twitter account, will find themselves laughing their way through the book as Keyes recaps the memorable moments of her life.
This is a cute book. It is divided into subjects - Health and Beauty, Travels, Friends and Family, A Year in the Life - which then include previously published articles as well as some unpublished work by the stellar Irish writer. Most of the essays are only a few pages long so it is an easy book to pick up when you don’t have a lot of time to read.
I have read a few of Marian Keyes’ books and I’ve always enjoyed every single one of them. I also enjoy her tweets and while I hadn’t read her other non-fiction books (Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet) I thought I would give this one a try, hoping for something along the same lines as her Twitter account. Unfortunately, the book wasn’t as funny as I was hoping it would be. In fact, I didn’t laugh out loud until around the 400th page when the book was almost finished.
There were some giggles along the way though and it was an enjoyable read overall, a quick one as well. There is a lot of warmth to it and Keyes is a very down to earth person, even if she is meeting all sorts of famous people and getting free Chanel make-up products delivered to her home! But it just wasn’t the hilarious I was hoping for.
I think this is a great book for the fans of Marian Keyes who have read everything (or most of what) she has written, but the casual or non-reader of her work may not be as taken by it. The stories are nice, I especially enjoyed the travel section, but for me there wasn’t a whole lot that made the book stand out from the crowd.