Save the Date — Review

November 9, 2014

Save the Date is about all (or, you know, some) of the weddings that author Jen Doll has been to and the crazy hijinks that have ensued. I have recently entered the season of life in which it seems everyone I have ever met is getting engaged, planning a wedding, and getting married. Apparently, the lasts for years. Needless to say, I look to books and humor to get me through these trying times.

I wanted to love this book, I really did. I enjoy all those wedding shows on TLC, as well as the scintillating Sunday brunch gossip of what crazy thing happened where, so how could I not love a book of wedding stories? Well somehow I managed it.

To start, the majority of Doll’s narratives feel… familiar — like these stories happen at pretty much every wedding happening every weekend.

This book is also presented as a sort of exploration of contemporary relationships, with Doll telling the reader about her relationship with each wedding date and what she may or may not have learned. This was somewhat infuriating after a while because, as in a sitcom, you find yourself pulling for a couple, only to find the beau replaced by a new incarnation in the next chapter. Obviously it’s real life and in the past, but her writing style left me feeling hopeful for one boyfriend’s prospects, only to be disappointed soon after.

The book had it’s moments. It’s pretty skim-able, but I’m not sure I would suggest buying it. Your public (or academic) library is your friend, folks!

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