Review: The Singles — Meredith Goldstein

Read: 33
To Go: 67

Book List:
31. Solaris — Stanislaw Lem
32. The Waste Land, Prufrock, and Other Poems — T.S. Eliot
33. The Singles — Meredith Goldstein

 

Beth “Bee” Evans’s first vow as a bride is that everyone on her list be invited to bring a guest to her lavish, Chesapeake Bay nuptials. When Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe and Nancy one by one decline Bee’s generous offer, the frustrated bride dubs them the “Singles,” adrift on her seating chart as well as in life.

So I have a funny story about how I got a hold of this book. My friend, whose name shall not be disclosed in the event he gets into some trouble, is interning at a magazine this summer, and gets a bunch of books thrown on his desk. I jokingly asked him to steal a few for me (totally not serious), and then…he actually did! Five of them, in fact.

I have the best friends a girl could ask for. Anyway, onto The Singles!

So, for most of us (thankfully not me, at this point — though I’m sure my day will come), going to a wedding solo is a familiar concept. And, from what I’ve heard, it pretty much sucks. Meredith Goldstein took that universal suck-fest of having to be alone during a celebration of love, and turned it into this really funny, clever book. Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe, and Nancy Phil were all interesting, dynamic characters, and I liked delving into the baggage that they were bringing with them to the wedding.

An interesting twist was having one of Bee’s “singles” — Rob — not actually show up for the wedding, and have him carry out his own story separate from the rest. It’s something that, in theory, shouldn’t have worked, since The Singles is basically the equivalent of a “bottle episode” on TV, but it really did. Come to think of it, each one of the characters exhibited some type of behaviour/had a plot twist that is characteristic of the shenanigans that go down at weddings — drunken crying, hooking up, not showing up, meeting an attractive stranger, and showing up in place of another guest to “represent” the family. Neat!

Anyway, After reading The Singles, I’ve decided I need to read more Meredith Goldstein. As soon as possible. She is fabulous, and so is her book.

Next book: The Notebook — Nicholas Sparks (I know, I know, but it’s on my Stylist list.)

– Kelsey

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