The Other Side Of The Story

Paperback | May 25, 2016

byMarian Keyes

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Jojo Harvey is a dead ringer for Jessica Rabbit and the most ferocious literary agent in town. A former NYPD cop, she now lives in London making million-dollar book deals while trying to make partner at her firm . . . all the while sleeping with the boss man.

Lily Wright is an author who believes in karma, and is waiting for the sky to fall after stealing her former best friend's man. Though her first book failed to sell, her life turns upside down when her most recent book becomes a huge bestseller.

Gemma Hogan is an event designer extraordinaire, but her personal life is nonexistent after losing the love of her life and her best friend in one fell swoop. To make matters worse, her father has just left her mother. While taking care of her mother, she e-mails a close colleague about her frustrations, who in turn forwards the hilarious e-mails to a famous literary agent named Jojo Harvey, who just happens to represent her former friend, now enemy, Lily Wright. . . .

Written in the charming and chatty voice that has become Marian Keyes's signature style, this hilarious and heartwarming novel proves there are three sides to every story . . . especially in the world of publishing!

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Jojo Harvey is a dead ringer for Jessica Rabbit and the most ferocious literary agent in town. A former NYPD cop, she now lives in London making million-dollar book deals while trying to make partner at her firm . . . all the while sleeping with the boss man.Lily Wright is an author who believes in karma, and is waiting for the sky to ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:533 pages, 7.96 × 6.48 × 1.29 inPublished:May 25, 2016Publisher:Avon TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060731486

ISBN - 13:9780060731489

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read! This was my first read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised! Although a little long for a chicklit novel, it was definitely an entertaining and fun read. Keyes did an excellent job on her characters who were all believable and unique. A first I wasn't sure if I would like the format of the novel - it switches between a few main characters - but in the end it was a wonderful way to introduce each character and let the reader get a real sense of their different personalities. I also enjoyed learning about how the book industry works from the different perspectives (one character being a book agent, one an author, etc.). Overall, I felt this was chicklit with a little more substance then some of the other novels of this genre. I will definitely be picking up some of Marian Keyes' other novels.
Date published: 2009-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was on holiday and a lady was reading this book. I stopped to ask how it was and she said it was great. Later that day she came up to me and gave me the book saying she finished it. I gave her one of mine and so began my reading of Marian Keyes novels. This one was absolutely fabulous. I coudn't put it down
Date published: 2008-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic! I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the funniest books I've read in ages.
Date published: 2007-10-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... I enjoyed getting to see the different characters perspectives on the events, however I didn’t find the events grabbed my attention. Although I am not disappointed I read the book it was not very exciting.
Date published: 2007-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious! This is my first book that I've read from Marian Keyes and I will definitely check out her other books. This book got me laughing on the subway, teary-eyed and all-around happy at the end. Although I felt that story was starting to go back and forth at the end, I was throughly happy with the way things turned out. What I loved was how Marian brought the three lovable characters together and how the story was told from all three perspectives. If you're looking for a hilarious and heart-warming read, pick up this novel!
Date published: 2006-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great look at publishing and stories! I discovered Marian Keyes through BzzAgent, a word-of-mouth PR site, and have since been working my way through as many of her books as I can get my hands on. Her style is fun and engaging. With this book, I particularly liked how she wove the three interconnected stories together. I thought it was extremely clever of her to have the two authors speak in the first person while the agent's story was told in third; it added a slightly more literary dimmension to the book and made me love Marian all the more. I also really enjoyed all the little glimpses into the publishing world. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in publishing or looking for a fun, quick read.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FUN! There are so many things I could say about this book that I don't know where to start; it's a fairly long one (although not as long as George R.R. Martin's recent books- Thank God! I loved his books by the way) and it has so many themes to it. Considering that I just finished reading it and am still raving about it, I'll mention what's on my mind but I'm sure I will miss a lot. First, I love reading. This book deals with women who love books. In highschool, reading was associated with being a geek and then in university, people would look at you in a new light-you're smart. This book made me feel like one really could show off with a book; mind you, I always thought that but it's nice to be reassured. Second, I've never read a book about people who worked in the books business so it was definitely a nice experience. I want to thank Keyes, on behalf of other workers in this business, for showing a part of their 'side of the story'. Third, I loved the characters. It was real. Gemma was funny but sounded almost evil sometimes, but you can understand it was her bitterness and I liked her honesty about it. I'm glad she finally came to terms with it. Lilly- what a sweetheart! I think she still feels guilty about Gemma and when she- SPOILER- broke it off with Anton, I cried out "Nooo Nooooooo!". But that letter Anton wrote her was one of the most romantic words I've read. So thanks for keeping them together because they really were soulmates. Jojo- I loved her strength but by the end, I felt sorry for her. Cassie and Mark can never be really happy now so I think Jojo made a mistake in leaving him. That scene when she runs into him for the first time after the breakup was very emotional and I loved it. In conclusion, I basically LOVED "The Other Side of the Story". Thank you for such a great read, Ms. Keyes!
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Chick Lit! I really enjoyed this book. I knew nothing about it or the author but picked it up when looking for a lighter read one day at Chapters. I was not disappointed and in fact I just went out and got "Rachel's Holiday "by the same author to take on my summer holiday! I reccomend this book highly if you are in for a bit of chick lit that has some depth... the way these characters are developed will keep you tied to this book to the end! I raced to read it every night as soon as I got my toddler to bed!
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book I bought it in London airport, and loved reading it! It is one of those that leaves you wanting to read more books by the author! Great work Marian!
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down This is the first Marian Keyes book I have read and I loved it. The writing is hilarious! I have since read four other Marian Keyes novels and have enjoyed them all.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes This book was amazing. I could not stop reading it, I didn't want to go to work... I loved Jojo's part and towards the end, I skipped pages to read about JOJO. :-)
Date published: 2006-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from had it's good parts I have to side with another reveiwer, this book was alright, but the sheer volume of it wasn't exactly worthwhile. I too found myself turning pages to get to the meat of the story. I've read worse books, but am in the process of finding better.
Date published: 2005-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A disappointing read I have to say I was very disappointed in the Other Side of the Story. I heard so many wonderful things about sushi for beginners that I thought this would be very good. Unfortunately that was not the case. I found the female characters Lilly and JoJo to be very annoying. Gemma's sections were the only entertaining part of the book. I countinually found myself counting the pages to her sections and was disappointed when they ended because I had to trudge through Lilly's and Jojo's sections. If you're looking for good fun read, I recommend you find another book.
Date published: 2005-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book made me laugh and cry and I felt for every one in it. I love the fact that they are so real and its not a book about how only good things happen, its lets you know that life does throw you a curve ball and you have to go with it.
Date published: 2005-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fulfilling! Now that this book has fully schooled me on the importance of these reviews, here's my piece on it... My history: I usually bought books by author - which meant that I usually missed out on gems that were written by other authors, or I was relegated to reading some of the bad ones from my favorite authors. The change: After happening upon the gem that is The Poisonwood Bible a few years ago (I don't know whether I should mention other books, but it was responsible for the change), I realised that I should try books by authors that were unknown to me. The joy: I am so happy I've changed! I LOVE this book! I know I love a book when I wish I was a character in the book (as loony as that sounds), and I did! I now have aspirations (though fleeting) of becoming a reader for a super power agency, after which, of course, I will become the agent that found the book of all books! I know I would have picked this book on the spot! Not only did I enjoy the writing style, but I was able to get an interesting and enlightening view of the book industry. I never thought it was so fascinating! Who wants Dallas and Knots Landing after all this! I loved the ending! It certainly was not what I would have expected when I first “met” the characters, but I just think everyone ended up in better places. The conclusion: Like the movie Crash which was released this year (2005), this book was a moving, delightful and extremely fascinating revelation that sometimes it's always best to see/hear/experience the Other Side Of The Story before offering up an opinion.
Date published: 2005-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down!! This was a great book for lounging in the summer - it was hilarious and I loved how it is broken down into the different views of the three main characters. A very refreshing book!
Date published: 2005-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very entertaining If you are a Marian Keyes fan this novel will not disappoint. I bought my copy (648 pages) at Heathrow Airport on July 11th and today (July 15th) I have only 25 pages until the end. It will be bittersweet to finish it. Way to go Marian - you really do know how to write about us 25-30ish singletons...
Date published: 2005-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *****Excellent***** A friend bought me this as a get well gift while I was recuperating from surgery. It was phenomenal!!! I loved it!
Date published: 2005-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfying Marian Keyes is by far my favorite author. Her sense of humor and realism in her characters keeps you glued to the end. My first reaction was her characters in this book seem very needy but it was a total pleasure to watch them grow and become the strong, positive women we all want to be. I also learned a lot about the publishing business and the reality of being a writer. So if Marian is ever bored and decides to read these reviews... WELL DONE! Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2005-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome Amazing, fun, honest and a good look at the book world. I couldn't put it down. A great read.
Date published: 2004-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better second time around I absolutely love Marian Keyes books, and I was thrilled when I found out there's a new one out. Reading it for the first time I was somewhat disappointed - it missed the usual flair, the wonderful three dimensional characters she seems to create so effortlessly. However, due to the lack of funds after summer holidays (and due to the fact that I read every one of her books at least 3 times), I picked it up again. And this time I was able to see how great this book is, actually. Maybe I was expecting another 'Rachels' Holiday', but 'The other side of the story' comes in highly recommended. It will keep you entertained and you are sure to recognize the umistakable stamp of Marian Keyes. If you've already read it, give it another chance.
Date published: 2004-09-03