I really enjoyed this book. It is not, in my opinion, a chick lit novel. It is not light, fluffy and a great place to get ideas for your own wedding. However, it is an excellent read, the writer uses wonderful language, and the result is an intelligent take on marriage and what it means. It is about morals and principles and how they change as we get older, and how they stay the same. If you're a little tired of the chick lit treadmill, read this! You'll enjoy the vacation!
This book is visually rich, from the main character's best friend's Urban Outfitter t-shirts to the array of matrimonial locales, guest lists, dresses, dressmakers, etc. It is a movie waiting to happen. The novel is cynical in tone, which at times works and is hilarious and at others falls flat, as whinny/bitchy. But all in all, it's better than anything Candace Bushnell has written.
All in all, not a bad read. Definitely not typical chick lit and I'm not exactly sure of the message Ms. Cosper was trying to get across, but I did particularly like the part with the grandparents where the grandfather says that you must not just put up with your SO's foibles, but love them as well.
All of my friends loved this book... but I didn't love it! Maybe it was because I was trying to read this while juggling the needs of a new baby... :) It is about a woman and her relationships the summer she is invited to 17 weddings!
There are better chick lit books out there in my opinion. Although some fun characters were described, I didn't think the character of Joy was full developed. For the most part it was a quick read, but I was very disappointed in the end.
Seventeen weddings in six monthswhat's a girl to do? Especially when she's Joy Silverman, who's perfectly happy in her relationship with Gabe and perfectly adamant about her refusal to ever get married. First, there was the breakup of her parents' marriage and her mother's subsequent emotional meltdown; second, there's the lack of any "empirical evidence that marriage is really all useful or effective these days, that it does anything for relationships and the people in them." But most of Joy's friends and acquaintancesnot to mention her recently betrothed mother, father and younger brotherdo believe in marriage. Thank goodness cynical Joy's artsy hunk of a boyfriend agrees with her that marriage is as outdated as "using leeches or bloodletting." But everyone keeps asking when Joy and Gabe will tie the knot, a situation that causes Joy no small amount of turmoil. So, from April to September, Joy and Gabe dance and drink and toast; in between weddings, Joy spends plenty of time with pals at the Pantheon, her favorite New York City watering hole. Despite the whirlwind of nuptials, Cosper manages to keep each ceremony distinct (some are formal, some involve paparazzi, some are same-sex commitment ceremonies). As the season heats up and the pressure mounts, Joy must confront what it means---and what it costs---to be true to one's self.