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Good Eggs

by Rebecca Hardiman

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Debut Books of the Month Debuts Family Drama Feel-Good Fiction Humorous fiction Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of Good Eggs

A wonderfully warm and welcoming read, meet three generations of the Gogarty family as they deal with the mayhem that life throws at them.

What a lovely, amusing, and uplifting multi-generational debut this is! Viewed from three different perspectives of the Gogarty’s from gran through to teenager, we see family life in all its wonderful glory. The three distinct views, all linked and sometimes tangled yet separate, make this a readable peek into their relationships. Rebecca Hardiman lets you see possibilities and potential, encourages a connection and made me care about Millie, Kevin and Aideen. I wanted to reach out a hand, offer a warning, give a needed hug. I also smiled, and raised and eyebrow or two as havoc danced hand in hand with pandemonium. 83 year old Millie was a particular favourite of mine, she’s fabulously eccentric and adds just the right note of mischievous humour. Among the lightness, there are some stinging notes to be found too, which ensures this is a fully rich tale with much to discover. Good Eggs is a delightfully friendly and welcoming read, sit back and enjoy!

Liz Robinson

Good Eggs Synopsis

Meet the Gogartys; cantankerous gran Millie (whose eccentricities include a penchant for petty-theft and reckless driving); bitter downtrodden stepson Kevin (erstwhile journalist whose stay-at-home parenting is pushing him to the brink); and habitually moody, disaffected teenage daughter Aideen.

When Gran's arrested yet again for shoplifting, Aideen's rebelliousness has reached new heights and Kevin's still not found work, he realises he needs to take action. With the appointment of a home carer for his mother, his daughter sent away to boarding school to focus on her studies and more time for him to reboot his job-hunt, surely everything will work out just fine. But as the story unfolds - and in the way of all the best families - nothing goes according to plan and as the calm starts to descend into chaos we're taken on a hilarious multiple-perspective roller-coaster ride that is as relatable as it is far-fetched.

Good Eggs is a heady cocktail of that warmth and wit of Marian Keyes, Caitlin Moran and TV's Derry Girls.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781838952747
Publication date: 18th March 2021
Author: Rebecca Hardiman
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Good Eggs Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

An enjoyable, heartwarming take on a dysfunctional family life.

I really enjoyed this debut novel about a dysfunctional Irish family. It centres on the tale of Millie, a shoplifting, eccentric gran, Kevin, her unemployed stepson and Aideen, the teenage rebel daughter to Kevin. Feisty Millie is a great character and you can’t help but laugh at the mischief she creates. I can’t say I ever warmed to Kevin though, he really isn’t a particularly pleasant character. A mostly funny and relatively light read. Plenty of family drama to keep the reader interested. Great for fans of Marian Keyes.

Rachael Anderson

Family Fun! I thought it was well written and kept me intrigued, will definitely be looking for future work from this author.

I have always loved a family story set in Ireland. I haven't read one for a while so jumped at the chance to read Good Eggs.

It did not disappoint. I enjoyed reading about the family, especially seeing what trouble the Gran would get into, never a dull moment in this family! I really felt for Aideen and was interested to find out how her character would develop.

I thought it was well written and kept me intrigued, will definitely be looking for future work from this author.

Cheryl Watson

A light-hearted read that was ideal for these difficult times as it took me to another place and time.

I enjoyed reading this book and it had a good mix of characters and plot lines. Introducing the reader to the Gogarty family the story is told to us from three points of view the grandmother Millie the teenage daughter Aideen and father Kevin.

All have their own interpretation of events and each had a distinct voice which helped move the story along. However, I did find that the Kevin character and his story was the least convincing. He was the one I had little sympathy for, at times he made decision and took actions that I felt didn’t feel as authentic as the other two characters in the book and this was my main disappointment with a story that was otherwise engaging, funny and kept me entertained to the end.

I would recommend this book to other readers and if you use it with a reading group, I think it would provoke some good discussion points. A light-hearted read that was ideal for these difficult times as it took me to another place and time.

Helen Bennett

The denouement was quite emotional in a happy way and I was very pleased with how it ended. For a debut novel, this is a very well written story that lots of parents of teenage children and families of wayward grandparents will no doubt relate to the capers the Gogarty’s find themselves in.

Good Eggs is the debut novel from Rebecca Hardiman, set in Ireland for readers of adult contemporary fiction and fans of Marian Keyes and Caitlin Moran.

Featuring three generations of a Dublin family - the Gogarty’s - this story is a fun read with some very interesting and eccentric characters. Gran Millie, who is partial to petty-theft and reckless driving. Stepson Kevin, a stay at home dad desperately on the brink but with a wandering eye. And teenage daughter Aideen, moody and disaffected. Kevin’s wife Grace is a workaholic trying to keep the family afloat financially and Aideen’s siblings are typical to any family where’s there jealousy of love and affection.

As each character gets themselves into various predicaments which need untangling, the exasperation the family experience is quite funny to observe. Millie in particular gets into some unique scrapes, yet though she’s old and gets slightly confused she’s very much switched on and quite a character. 

I did find the first three quarters rather slow going and sometimes the humour did get a bit repetitive but the last quarter more than made up for that and engaged my interest with fervour. 

The denouement was quite emotional in a happy way and I was very pleased with how it ended. For a debut novel, this is a very well written story that lots of parents of teenage children and families of wayward grandparents will no doubt relate to the capers the Gogarty’s find themselves in and I would read more by Rebecca Hardiman again.

Miriam Smith

It was a quick light hearted and entertaining read which was ideal to pick up, after a long and busy day. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes reading about dysfunctional family dramas.

Good Eggs is a debut novel from Rebecca Hardiman. It is a story set in Dublin, Ireland and follows the life of three generations of an Irish family, the Gogarty’s.

The writing is easy to follow, however, did find the Irish lingo a bit difficult to understand at times. Also, I found the pacing to be a little slow at the beginning but it definitely picked up, with the last half of the book having more action. I liked how the storyline alternates between different events for the three main characters, even if at times some of the storyline felt a little unbelievable.

The characters had their flaws and may not have been all likeable at first but the more I learnt about them my opinion on most of them changed. I say most as even by the end I still wasn’t a fan of Kevin. I found him to be self-centred, and he seemed too caught up in his own problems and felt like he was somewhat taking it out on his family. My favourite characters was definitely Millie. She was a strange one but her antics made the book enjoyable.

I may have not been blown away by this book, but I can confidently say that it was a good solid debut novel. It was a quick light hearted and entertaining read which was ideal to pick up, after a long and busy day. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes reading about dysfunctional family dramas.

Manisha

Good Eggs Press Reviews

Fresh, funny and irresistibly good humoured - the perfect lockdown read to put a big happy smile on your face! This gem has bestseller written all over it. -- Claudia Carroll - Claudia Carroll

The novel is sheer delight, from the moment we meet the prickly, fabulous Millie Gogarty until her final surprise on the last page. What a pleasure to be immersed in the story of a tangled family who you just KNOW are going to come through in the end. I loved Good Eggs! -- Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author Bracing, hilarious, warm, this novel is as wayward and mad as the human heart. -- Judy Blundell, New York Times bestselling author GOOD EGGS is a remarkably clear-eyed and sure-footed debut; pure, unadulterated reading pleasure. Hardiman writes with great warmth, humor, and incisiveness about reinvention and the unique foibles of family. - Jonathan Evison, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author

Good Eggs is a joyous, exuberantly fun-filled novel of second chances. In the Gogartys, Rebecca Hardiman has created a vivid cast of characters whose schemes, adventures and mishaps keep us on the edges of our seats. We can't help but cheer each of them on - especially the exasperating and beguilingly naughty Millie Gogarty - as they untangle the various muddles in which they find themselves. With all their quirks and flaws, this is a family that earns a place in our hearts. An absolute delight from start to finish! -- Sarah Haywood, author of THE CACTUS -

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ISBN: 9781838952747
Publication date: 18/03/2021
Format: Hardback

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About Rebecca Hardiman

Rebecca Hardiman is a former magazine editor who lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. Good Eggs is her first novel.

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