In Katy’s opinion, weddings should follow some basic rules:
1) No-one should ever have sex. Of course. The married couple has the rest of their lives for that, and the guests should be too busy partying.
2) If you are heavily pregnant (as Katy is) you should obviously not be invited to three weddings in the space of one summer. Your husband’s accident-prone best friend, your attention-seeking colleague, your 73-year-old mother’s marriage to her Spanish toy boy – all without even an alcoholic drink to make them bearable.
3) During the speeches, it should not be revealed that you had a secret one-night-stand with one of the other guests.
4) Instead of laying bets on the length of the best man’s speech, guests should not be laying bets on whether a marriage will be in ruins before the end of the meal…
But this summer, Katy is lucky enough to be the special guest at the weddings that break ALL of the rules. What could possibly go wrong?
I read Tracy Bloom’s ‘Dinner’ Party’ and fell in love with the author’s writing.
The title of this book grabbed my attention. It made me chuckle as it reminded me of my wedding night last month. I was so tired, dead on my feet; almost fell asleep in the shower. Needless to say, expensive hotel and new lingerie notwithstanding, sleep won. So, does anyone have sex at weddings?
This book introduces us to a small group of friends. Craig (Braindead) and Abby are getting married. Ben and his wife, Katy, have a role to play at the wedding. Mathew and Alison were guests invited by Craig. This was a terrible idea because their presence led to a catastrophe at the wedding. Apart from the three, there is also Daniel and Gabriel who are a couple and then Craig’s sister, Erica and Mathew’s friend, Ian. This may seem like too many characters but they aren’t. Some play minor roles while others like Katy and Mathew are in the lead roles. In addition, the author portrays them so uniquely that you won’t get confused about who is who. If anything, I feel like I knew all of them, like we could be friends.
This story is relatable. There are so many times that I felt like the author described scenes and emotions that I didn’t have the words for. For instance, she talks about how weddings reveal who we are, who our friends are and where different people stand in our lives. There are friends that I could have sworn had my back 100% before the wedding. Sadly, I even lost a close friend in January. Anyway, I digress. Let me just say that Tracy really did capture the mood and reality of weddings from the joy to the nervousness and all the other drama.
This story was also hilarious without trying too hard. There were a couple of scenes that had me laughing out loud. I must have won a goofy smile while reading some of the chapters.
On the other side, this isn’t a fluffy read. Yes, it will make you laugh but it might also make you cry. The story looks at different issues in marriages, one of them being forgiveness. At what cost does forgiveness come? I also enjoyed the theme of friendship and how it was portrayed by different pairs. We all need genuine friendships.
As you can tell by now, I enjoyed this book. No-one ever has sex at a wedding by Tracy Bloom is well-written, funny, engrossing, relatable and will also tug at your heartstrings. It is also quite memorable. I will be thinking about the characters for quite some time.
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