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The Wedding Beat

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  578 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Sometimes the best man isn't even in the wedding party...

Gavin Greene is a hopeless romantic. He's also a professional one: he writes the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, covering spectacular parties from coast to coast. But there's a thin line between being a hotshot reporter on assignment...and being a single guy alone on a Saturday night at someone
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by NAL (first published January 1st 2012)
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Deanna Lynn Sletten
Mar 16, 2012 Deanna Lynn Sletten rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves comedy/romance.
Recommended to Deanna by: Giveaway winner
Shelves: first-reads, giveaway
Gavin Greene wants to fall in love – really – but doesn't seem to have much luck. It doesn't help that he is surrounded by love all day, every day, because he covers weddings for The Paper. Then, on New Year's Day, Gavin meets the woman of his dreams only to have her swept away from him before he can get her phone number. He searches frantically for her for weeks and just as he is ready to give up, he finally finds her – he is being asked to write an article about her upcoming wedding!

The Weddin
After being in a reading funk for a few weeks I needed a certain book to help me get out of it. When I received The Wedding Beat on my doorstep, I read what it was about and was instantly excited to read it. It was the right book that I needed at that moment and it had me tearing up while reading about Gavin Green's journey to find true love. I loved that this story was about a male character that just wanted to fall in love with the woman of his dreams. Finding "the one" is not easy for men eit ...more
Samantha Janning
Gavin Greene is a writer for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, but he doesn’t write a column on stocks or sports. No, he writes the wedding column, which suits this romantic at heart. Still reeling from a bad breakup, Gavin is searching for that right woman...and finds her New Years Eve night at a party. Melinda. Gavin’s One. But when she slips out early, Gavin is left to search for the woman whose last name he isn’t even privy too. Can Gavin find her before someone else sweeps her away?

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3.5 stars. Gavin is a reporter for a big newspaper in New York, where he writes the popular stories about weddings, traveling to various events each weekend to cover the wedding and write up the couple. Despite continually going to weddings and being a romantic, he's single and doesn't understand why. At a party, he meets Melinda, who he falls for almost immediately, but she disappears without giving him her number. Gavin unsuccessfully tries to find her, even goes out on dates with other women, ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
It’s no coincidence that the hero in THE WEDDING BEAT reminds the reader of the reporter in the movie 27 DRESSES but the similarity between the stories ends there. Devan Sipher writes a witty, laugh-out-loud funny story about hapless reporter, Gavin Greene. Sipher’s humor is low key and wicked. Lines like - “It was a cross between wedding kitsch and animal cruelty.” (when speaking of a wedding’s petting zoo) and “I liked being spontaneous. I just preferred to do it with a little preparation.” ar ...more
The Wedding Beat is a unique and welcome look at love and romance from one man’s perspective. It has a fast paced dynamic rhythm that echoes the cadence and energy of New York City with a wonderful underlying pulse quickly capturing your imagination and immediately putting you in the mind’s eye of the protagonist - newspaper columnist Gavin Greene.

Gavin writes a wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper and his job constantly surrounds him with happy couples who are about to take th
Katrina Milly Alcantara
It's my first time to read a novel from a male's perspective, and oh- boy i really enjoyed it. This is not the usual chick lit you'd read where a girl go crazy over a man hoping he'd notice her. This is the other way around.

Well, there were parts where I think that Gavin's character is more appropriate for a female character (maybe because i'm fond of reading romance where the female is the romantic one), but overall the way how the story ended was really good! It's the typical ending you'd see
It’s no coincidence that the hero in THE WEDDING BEAT reminds the reader of the reporter in the movie 27 DRESSES but the similarity between the stories ends there. Devan Sipher writes a witty, laugh-out-loud funny story about hapless reporter, Gavin Greene. Sipher’s humor is low key and wicked. Lines like – “It was a cross between wedding kitsch and animal cruelty.” (when speaking of a wedding’s petting zoo) and “I liked being spontaneous. I just preferred to do it with a little preparation.” ar ...more
The Bumble Girl {Margie}
If you like romance... the Nicholas Spark type of romance...
and if you liked the movie 27 Dresses... this is definitely a book for you to read today!

The Wedding Beat, which was released today, is funny, sweet and although it comes from a male point of view, it is a relate-able story for anyone who has ever felt that they have lingered around a moment too long in the dating-world.

This book is about a guy looking for true love;
But not just any guy - Gavin is a wedding columnist for a prestigio
Patti K
2.5 stars. I didn't hate it. It was more than ok in some parts, not that great in others. Personally, I don't get what anyone thought was LOL funny about this story, period. Am I missing something? I don't think I laughed more than once or twice. Sometimes he used amusing analogies, but it didn't make me pee my pants laughing. You want a funny contemporary romance story, read some Jill Shalvis or Kristan Higgins. This wasn't funny. It wasn't horrible, it wasn't exactly sad, but it was NOT funny. ...more
I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway and i enjoyed it very much :)

The story was very original and brilliant. Gavin was such a great guy and i was hoping the best for him. The book was such a page turner. I was very busy while reading this book but I'm sure if i had the time I'd finish it very quickly.

I read alot of YA but when i read the synopsis for this book i was very interested and was exited when i won it through a giveaway. I don't read much books in a guy's point of view but this book
Megan Haynes
Won this in the Goodreads First reads giveaway :)

Hmm. Couldn't put it down in some parts but some parts felt unnecessary; Like several of his dates seemed thrown in despite their lack of importance overall in the story, I suppose.

Melinda...well, I didn't like her. I wanted him to end up with Hope the whole time c;

Uhm, I suppose overall it was good, but too long for such a simple book, ya know? I spent way too much time on it and it's not like I'm different now or something. So I won't be reading
Mar 23, 2012 Babs rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romance, Comedy
Shelves: romance, comedy
Gavin is a man unlucky when it comes to love. You wishing him luck at times and then feeling for him in his pain. His annoying parents start to make a warm place in your heart.

I was hooked from the beginning. It was nice and funny at times to read a book from a males point of view. Devan brings a nice change to the romance genre. The journey Gavin takes is not easy and it makes you think of your own relationship with your loved one. The banter between the characters is light and fun to read.

It's a really nice story and I liked the humorous way in which the story was written :)
Mar 07, 2012 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.

I really enjoyed this book! When I first started reading the book I was a little thrown by reading a romantic book from the mans point of view. But since the main character Gavin was so easy to relate to, I soon found myself unable to put the book down.

The book had everything a good book should have, it made me laugh, cry and fall in love! I would definitely recommend reading the book and would pick up any more books by this author.
Lora Mays
Sipher has crafted a wonderful romantic story that will leave you wishing the story never ends. Within the books, Gavin, Melinda and other characters are so developed that you can picture the story unfolding in your head — perhaps as a movie with Rachel McAdams starring as Melinda? If you are a hopeless romantic or anyone who enjoys an entertaining read, this is the book for you.

Read my full review at!
Shelly Bell
This character is no alpha male. He’s a Hugh Grant (pre-Bridget Jones) or Matthew Perry character. He’s sweet, hopeful and a bit bumbling. You’ll root for him until the very end.

If you enjoy chick lit, you’ll love this book. It’s laugh out loud funny at times and towards the end, I could definitely see the movie potential.

For the full review, visit SpunkyBean at
This is a must read for the hopeless romantic. Loved the characters, and pretty much fell in love with Gavin, the main character. It is smart and held my interest till the bitter end. Kudos to author Devan Sipher for the fabulous portrayal of love through a man's eyes. All too often we hear stories of love through the women's point of view; this is a nice change of pace.
Slow start, but turned out to be a funny romantic read. Gavin is acharming if awkward protaganist navigating career, life & family in search of true love. He and his family are easy to like and still-single 30-somethings should totally relate! If you like "The Wedding Planner" or "27 Dresses," this book is for you.
This is wedding chick lit at its best! I had high hopes for this novel written by a writer for the Vows column of The New York Times, and Devan Sipher delivers. Witty, clever, and written with a lot of charm and heart, this is a must read for any romantic. I look forward to reading more from this author.
If you have ever done something – or not done something – then realized mere minutes later what your mistake was, then you have some idea what poor Gavin has experienced. He meets a lovely lady at a party, then realizes a split second after she is gone that not only did he fail to get her phone number – or any other pertinent contact information – she actually was wanting him to ask for it. Now, for the rest of this romantic comedy of errors, we suffer along with Gavin as he searches for his one ...more
Sarah Funke
Super fun read for anyone who has dated -- successfully, or unsuccessfully -- in New York...or anywhere else. Actually read this in proof and hadn't realized I never added it to my list. Now you should add it to yours!
I loved this book. This man is a great romance writer. Kind of like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Really good, please read this book.
Apr 09, 2012 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fv
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Lavanya Sunkara
Fantastic book. It was nice to get a male's perspective on love in New York City. I hope it becomes a bestseller!
Carol Stanley-Snow
A must read for one and all. The characters come to life. Mr.Sipher has a hit on his hands!
4 star review to be published in RTBOOKREVIEWS April issue.
First, I would like to send out a thank you to won a free copy of this book from their website.

The Wedding Beat is another retelling of the familiar stories of loneliness as the career-oriented protagonist suddenly realizes that love has taken a backseat to ambition for too long and frustration in trying to find a single soulmate in a city of millions. What is unique about this novel is the perspective--in this case, it is a man who feels the need for a committed and fulfil
Feb 29, 2012 Jillyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of romantic comedy
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Gavin Greene is a newspaper columnist who writes about weddings- something that he's never experienced himself. Unlucky in love, he wonders if he is destined to spend his life alone, a fly on the wall at others' happy affairs, or if somewhere out there is the future Mrs. Greene... And then he meets her. The One that he can't take his mind off of- but love giveth, and love taketh away. Just like that, the girl with the sunny smile is gone. He tri
Gavin is a wedding writter for The Paper, as well as a hopeless romantic. Yet, he still finds himself single in his thirty's, attending weddings every weeken for work. With his Best Friend at a New Years party he meets the girl of his dreams, who he allows to get away without getting her number. He spends the next few months covering weddings looking for her and learning what he needs to do or should have done.

That is until he finds himself covering Melinda's, the girl who got away, wedding. Wit
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Born in LA.

I always thought that would make a good title for my autobiography. Not that I plan on writing one.

I grew up mostly in Southfield, Michigan, which sounds misleadingly bucolic for a suburb of Detroit with more than 27 million square feet of office space.

For the past eight years I've been a writer of the Vows column at The New York Times, and my first novel, The Wedding Beat, was loosely
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