The Wedding Girl Paperback – 9 Dec 2010
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When I think of reading a Sophie Kinsella book, I normally imagine something light-hearted, funny and definitely entertaining. Now I completely understand the concept of branching out and writing different types of books under a pseudonym so I wasn't expecting something like her other books. In that respect, this book definitely met those expectations. Unfortunately however, I was also expecting something good (for lack of a better term) which this definitely was not.
I think it's safe to say that there was not one single likeable character in the entire book, which as you can imagine is quite a feat. They weren't likeable and they most definitely were not happy, which in turn made me feel pretty depressed. The main character, I found completely and utterly moronic. Why on earth would you, knowing your married, accept another man's proposal and then do NOTHING TO OBTAIN A DIVORCE??! The 'ignore a problem and hope it goes away' attitude is quite common with Sophie Kinsella heroines but it is normally carried out in a funny and charming way. Not this time though; I felt like physically shaking some sense into her.
I could rant for significantly longer and dissect each character's many issues (fiancé: whiny brat, sister: pregnant with child of man old enough to be her father, mother: obsessive, father: late-life crisis with work/marriage, actual husband: dead, actual husband's lover: wracked with guilt/grief, actual husband's lover's wife: borderline psychotic). Like I said, not a happy one in the bunch and I could carry on going but frankly I've wasted enough time on this book as it is. Sophie Kinsella: Please stick to your normal books and retire as Madeleine Wickham (who I can safely say I will never read anything else by)!!
It starts off with easy going, fun loving Milly who meets a young gay couple. One of them men is American and needs to stay in the country so despite only knowing them for a few days, she agrees to marry him. Skip forward and Milly is about to get married - without actually getting divorced from her American husband. Milly panics and she tries to hunt down her husband with her wedding only days away.
The story is a nice enough story and I did enjoy the ending. My favourite part of the story was actually not the part about the main characters but small parts involving the gay couple and Milly's sister. My problem with this story is that I found the idea that someone would just assume that getting married again without previously getting divorced was okay, was just a bit unrealistic. Milly (the main character) was not a character I liked that much because I just found her irresponsible and couldn't get over her excuse about "forgetting" she was already married. I didn't like that she put on a completely fake persona for her fiancé because I felt that if she felt the need to do this then they shouldn't be getting married to him anyway. There are a few unexpected parts which was done well and overall it was okay though I probably won't re-read it, which for me, is unusual.
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This book is a bit of a slow star, but once it gets going its full of unexpected twists and turns. Overall 8/10Published 2 months ago by sash