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Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen

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The Bottom Line

Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen seems as if it has a lot of potential. I expected the story of a broadcast journalist who makes an on-air verbal slip, of fame and consequences, and of how these things affect the relationship between two sisters to be interesting. Unfortunately, Rise and Shine fell short of my expectations. A confusing narrative and excessive commentary on socialite culture in New York City made Rise and Shine only a slightly enjoyable read.
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Pros

  • Rise and Shine examines life & relationships through a somewhat interesting story
  • Rise and Shine gains momentum toward the end of the novel

Cons

  • Rise and Shine reads like commentary on life in NYC at several points
  • At times the narrative flow is confusing

Description

  • Rise and Shine is about the sister of the anchor of the most popular morning news show on TV.
  • Bridget watches her sister Meghan's life fall apart and realizes perhaps she never had it together.
  • Life in NYC is used as a metaphor for relationships and vice versa. This is a story about the city.

Guide Review - Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen - Book Review

Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen opens with the sentence, "From time to time some stranger will ask me how I can bear to live in New York City." The rest of the novel is like an exposition answering this stranger's question. Sure, there is a plot. There is a story about two sisters and how one's fame and public mistake affects the other. There are romantic relationships. Things happen. But there is so much commentary on life in New York City between the action that I am not sure which fills more pages. If you live in New York, and especially if you are around people in Manahattan who are extremely preoccupied with professional success, you may love this book. I didn't.

The main character in Rise and Shine, Bridget, is interesting. I enjoyed the parts about her job in the Bronx a lot. I also liked her assistant, Tequila. The parts of the book when Bridget was dealing with work, her romantic relationship or her surrogate mother role to her nephew, Leo, were good reading.

The novel revolves, however, around Bridget's famous sister, Meghan. I was never convinced that Meghan's on-air mistake would be as huge a deal as it is written to be. Meghan also was underdeveloped, making her impact less than it needed to be in order to understand Bridget's transformation.

The passing of time in the book is also confusing. It sometimes read as if a day or two had passed and then suddenly someone would mention it was a month later. This made it hard to follow.

This is not Quindlen's best.

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Rise and Shine by Anne Quindlen, Member JudyLamb

One of the worst books I've ever read.Which is shocking to me because Anne Quindlen has written good books. "" One True Thing"" ""Black and Blue"" ""Blessings""- these were all good. Very good, in fact-so what happened?? The narration is so painfully self conscious and so poorly written -that it's almost impossible to read. Sentences that go on and on and on, so by the time you get to the end of a sentence- you have to go back to the beginning of the sentence to find out what the devil she's talking about. And the woman telling the story.......? Bridget? She has no back bone- no nothing. She spends her whole life drooling after her older sister. Yes her older sister is a TV Personality but gimme a break. .Bridget is there to clean up her sister's mess and she never says a mumbling word.No complaints. No nothing.This is not even mildly believable. It's just plain irritating.Really truly hard to read. I don't know what happened here but it ain't good. JL

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