Genre: Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Humor, Romance
Published: April 23rd, 2013 by The Dial Press
Hardcover, 446 pages
How I Got This Book: Checked it out from the library
Why I Picked It Up?: I just LOVED her last book, I’ve Got Your Number (Review here) and so I put Sophie Kinsella on my auto-holds list =)
Book Jacket Blurb: “Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.
Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse.”
(Short, sweet, and to the point.)
Please note when beginning to read this novel: This story is RIDICULOUS. Do not go into this novel thinking you are getting something realistic. You aren’t.
But please, do not take that as any discreditation (yes, I know I just made this word up. But it’s useful 😉 ) of this novel. Sophie Kinsella’s humorous storytelling is alive and rearing in her newest novel. Full force.
The fact of the matter is, every single aspect of this book is utterly ridiculous. The characters are nutty and the story is unbelievably absurd. I have read my fair share of chick lit, and nothing even comes close to touching the level of silliness this book incorporates. And yet, you can’t stop laughing. And you can’t stop smiling.
There is no depth to this novel. I found myself not really connecting with any of the characters, but honestly, I didn’t really want to. To me, reading this book is like watching Big Brother or some other reality television show: You enjoy watching really annoying people make fools of themselves. That is the kind of entertainment level this book reaches. And that was perfectly okay with me.
This was a one-sitting read (even at a whopping 446 pages) because the pacing is fast and the story is light and fun. While I would have loved for it to be about 75 pages shorter to keep me from getting a little bored and tired, overall this is just a book to read for the complete joy of utter chaos. This is one of those “pick it up for a fun, no brainer story” books. If you want to be entertained and not have to think, then consider this book.
My Bookshelf Rating:
Overall, this book is just a fun read. While I must admit it is probably one of the most, if not the most, RIDICULOUS plot lines I have ever made, this story is still entertaining. Humorous and over-the-top situations with fun character drama = an enjoyable read. Completely ridiculous, but really FUN!
Love and Antelope,