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Love Bomb

3.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  468 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
An inventive, mordantly funny novel about love, marriage, stalkers, and the indignities of parenthood

In quaint Haddonfield, New Jersey, Tess is about to marry Gabe in her childhood home. Her mother, Helen, is in a panic about the guests, who include warring exes, crying babies, jealous girlfriends, and too many psychiatrists. But the most difficult guest was never on the l
ebook, 272 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Sarah Crichton Books
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
When an intimate suburban wedding is interrupted by an armed woman wearing a gas mask, wedding gown and steel toed boots, the guests assume it is a joke. Only as the woman confiscates their mobile phones and explains the back door is wired with explosives does the reality of the surreal situation set in. The terrorist has a single demand, she wants a simple, heartfelt apology from 'one particular piece of shit', but no one in the crowd knows who that may be. In an effort to placate her a handful ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amusing comic novel about a terrorist at a wedding. She storms up the aisle in a wedding dress with a bomb and takes all the wedding guests hostage. The guests are largely comprised of psychologists and psychiatrists, which makes up a lot of the book's humor (as they all try to deconstruct the terrorist's reasons for doing this. Did she have a troubled relationship with her father? etc. They fight over who gets the right to try to talk her down).

It was amusing but not laugh-out-loud funny. The b
Aaron Cooley
A masked terrorist takes a wedding hostage in Lisa Zeidner's LOVE BOMB. Zeidner wisely doesn't keep us trapped in the home in which the wedding's taking place, expanding on the themes of such a celebration (as well as the terrorist's soon-to-be-revealed motives) to flashback to many of her characters' romantic histories. It is in these vignettes that her sharp-tongued wit and finely-tuned relationship sense really shines; these devices keep the story moving and in my opinion, set LOVE BOMB a cut ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I would say this was a very entertaining and well written book.
For those of you that haven't read the book, I want to make you aware that if you go to the very back of the book, you will find a guest list that I feel would have been extremely helpful to have at the beginning of the book - whose idea was it to put this at the end??! Several times while reading the book I wished that I had some kind of who's who to keep track of the stories of the cast of characters.
With that said, I enjoy
Jun 17, 2014 Peebee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just OK. I'm not sure what I was expecting, and it wasn't bad for what it was, but ultimately it's not the kind of book I would choose to read. I can't even remember how it ended up on my "to-read" pile in the first place. There wasn't the kind of tension and lack of predictability that makes a book like Gone Girl so compelling, and because there were so many characters, you don't feel like you had that much insight into any of their heads. In fact, the ones you learn the most abou ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick,zany read about a woman who takes a house full of wedding guests hostage. The setup of a large group of diverse wedding attendees is a great device for creating a slew of interesting, overlapping and dysfunctional characters, mixed with just enough action to keep the story moving. The background stories on the characters cover the gamut of themes: marriage, divorce, race, aging, parenting and more. Sounds depressing, but it is actually a cheerful, upbeat book, presenting these things as th ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those "can't turn out the light" books. It often felt like a guilty pleasure because especially in wake of recent events regarding shootings it can make one squirm a bit. But for the most part it's so clever, especially in its send-up of psychiatrists that it's impossible not to smile. I enjoyed the Inside/Outside format of the plot and the way that it went into so many heads. The annoying folks were meant to be annoying and the truly good, meant to be so. This is a case where th ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Walt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Starting with a terrific, offbeat premise worthy of Christopher Moore -- the amusing interruption of a home wedding by a bridal gown-dressed, fully armed woman -- the novel devolves into a series of lengthy backgrounders on several of the guests and the hostage taker herself. The quick pace of the setup is so much fun and full of social satire promise, it's really disappointing to watch the book slow to a crawl that never gets back up to speed. Though sprinkled with some genuinely witty and insi ...more
Nancy Groves
Jan 17, 2015 Nancy Groves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main reason I chose to read this book was that the author's name starts with Z. I have an annual goal of reading at least one book by authors whose names start with every letter of the alphabet. I didn't manage a Z last year, so I decided to read one early this year. This book already happened to be on my very lengthy to-read list, and was available in the library, so I dove in. It turned out to be a very good book. The opening line is "The bride did not wear white. But the terrorist did." F ...more
I'm actually still not totally sure what to think about this book. It's a good read and well written despite it's impossible premise. The constant reference to race was an odd addition from the narrators perspective and I'm not sure why the guest list was at the end of the book rather than the beginning, but it's definitely a unique idea. I was also a little put off on the discussion around the word feminist and how that was supposed to play into the larger story.

The book was well written in de
Michele Weiner
Dec 11, 2012 Michele Weiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a Jersey girl, (but from the central Jersey shore, not South Jersey which is a different world altogether) I enjoyed this satire of life in Haddonfield. The story is totally improbable. It's like Agatha Christie setting up a murder in an isolated country house, only nobody gets murdered. Oops, belated spoiler alert.

Helen is a PhD and a successful, though sometimes unorthodox, therapist. She is the reluctant hostess for the simple, small, homel wedding of her daughter, Tess and her colleague
Aug 06, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Nothing made you understand mortality better than a photograph of a dead woman with a little lipstick on.”

Lisa Zeidner’s writing is dead on. A lesser story jumps through the hoops of polite company, while Love Bomb blows polite company to smithereens. Set in Haddonfield, NJ, an incubator for the inbred, white bread kind of thinking you’ll find in more than one snobby, suburban town: an indoor, interracial wedding is about to be witnessed by a room full of cranky, Jewish physicians and fully ado
Jan 10, 2013 Saadia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First time reading this author. Serendipity! She has an amazing vocabulary and uses it in marvelous ways loaded with meaning!

The setup is this suburban New Jersey wedding party at home with a cast of iconoclastic characters which is taken hostage by a woman dressed as a bride in a terrorist outfit. The central character is Helen, the woman of the house and a professional psychologist, who has a profound insight into all of the people at the gathering. It makes marvelous reading. Helen sifts thro
Feb 22, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very amusing and well written book. The first two sections are priceless! A very complicated family and diverse group of friends gather for wedding in a NJ house. The wedding is taken over by a woman HT (hostage taker) dressed as a bride with a gas mask and sunglasses, guns and a bomb. The HT wants the guests apologize, not clear for what... And so we start to get to know the guests' back-stories as they start apologizing. :) This does not go on too long, it turns out that the HT has a complet ...more
Alex Templeton
In the opening chapters of this book, a terrorist dressed as a bride storms into a wedding being held in the living room of the mother of the (real) bride. The many psychiatrists in attendance (including the father of the real bride) try to analyze just what this woman wants and who she might want "to apologize" in order to let the hostages go. This was a fun read, but I feel that the ending didn't live up to the beginning. I guess the resolution to the hostage situation and the hostage taker's ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a well-researched book that included a great range of cultures, microcosms, relationships and professions. There were some highlights - the back stories were all well-done and shed light into some of the most important characters' lives. However, some of them seemed to be unnecessary, and the voices jumped around so much that it felt a bit incongruous and left me feeling a bit detached. I also wanted to know more about the bride and groom, but they seemed to be bit players in this story ...more
Kim Justice
Oct 18, 2012 Kim Justice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
My Review:
Well lets see where to begin with this review. I start with saying it made me laugh.

Author Lisa Zeidner's creative writing in this book makes you look at subdivisions in just a little different light. As one who has and does live in one, it has made me kinda wonder about who is really living around me.

I am not going to go into much about this book. I liked it, finished it, but not much else. Maybe it was or could be just a little to life like. But the wedding quest list to kidnapper
Matthew Blasi
Sep 16, 2013 Matthew Blasi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zeidner's novels never disappoint, and Love Bomb is no exception. For the cover price you get something worthy of attention and accolade, not to mention a fun story that delves in considerable depth into the human condition. This is a book about love, revenge, loss, and comeuppance. It's also a book about disparity along both gender and economic lines, about the strange pull of the moral compass when subjected to nastiness and heartbreak. Our main character, the terrorist bride, is a rarity in f ...more
Jennifer D. Munro
The most original “ensemble piece” I’ve perhaps ever read. The cast of characters isn’t united by a quilt or a cooking school, but by a terrorist in a wedding dress, a gas mask, and clown socks. The book does take a bit of “work” up front to keep the characters straight (the guest list at the back of the book proved helpful and would have been better placed at the front of the book, because it took me a while to figure out the list was back there), but settling in with the large cast was well wo ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Deanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This was one of the books I was really excited to read and had really mixed reactions too. When I first started with it, I kind of absolutelyyy hated it. It seemed like a hot mess. Way too many people, too much going on, and just boring. I couldn't find myself really getting into it and just wanted it to be over with. Then, as if things couldn't get any worse, unnecessary animal violence !! Ugh.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, I started getting more into it. It picked up. Just poof. Out of nowher
Jul 10, 2014 Gayle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, audio-book
I really don't think I would've had the patience to read this instead of listening to it. While I did enjoy it, there were parts where it seemed so clinical and wordy that I started zoning out entirely. By the time I came back, I'd missed part of the plot and would have to go back and listen again. Overall though, the plot was funny and thoughtful and it was a decent read.
Sally H.
This was such a silly stupid book about a disgruntled, to say the least, woman who had sex with a co-worker and hatched a stupid plan to shame him for not being attracted to her by terriorizing a wedding party.
Jul 03, 2014 Fiona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I bought this book on the strength of its first line - "The bride didn't wear white. But the terrorist did." This book had loads of smart lines and clever observations - some neat characterisations too. But the plot was silly and the structure forced. More's the pity. It could have been great.
Apr 09, 2014 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic premise and what a crushing disappointment all in one book. Shallow men and sniping women all holed up in one wedding reception. If I was studying the worst aspects of human nature, I would recommend this book. But the author's sense of humour is dark, and easily bettered by other authors in her genre. She might read a little more Christopher Moore if she wants to step up her style. I'd been REALLY looking forward to this book. Guess I spoiled it with high expectations.
Marguarite Markley
Nov 26, 2012 Marguarite Markley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Tess and Gabe are about to be married in a quiet little ceremony at Tess's childhood home. When a bride shows up (not Tess) wearing a knee length gown, white combat boots with lace, a gas mask, carrying a sawed-off shotgun on her hip and a rifle in her hand, all the guests believe it is a performance for their entertainment. Soon, however, they find out this is not the case. They are being held hostage by a derranged woman and spend the next several hours trying to figure out why she has taken t ...more
Justine Philyaw
I have tremendous respect for the work Zeidner has done at Rutgers-Camden, so I was excited to read her work. Love Bomb was entertaining but fell a little flat. I enjoyed the Haddonfield setting and the premise of the novel. I am confused by the time spent giving lots of background on the many wedding guests/characters. It was clever, fascinating material, but most of it wasn't relevant to the plot. The mother of the (real) bride was a fantastic character and the most developed. The ending was a ...more
Cindy Roesel
It took me longer than usual to finish this novel. I believe it was because the storyline was uneven and there were so MANY characters. Readers were provided with a list of characters at the end. I probably should have looked at that a little closer, before delving in. Miss Zeider had me laughing aloud many times. She's an incredibly gifted satirist. I haven't read her before, but I will look up more of her work in the future. Just the opening scene of the "terrorist" in a wedding gown and all t ...more
Lyndsay MacDonald
Feb 03, 2015 Lyndsay MacDonald rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crap
Well, what can I say? Not my style at all. The first half of this book was brutal, it took me several days to trudge through it... I just couldn't get into it, and the flip-flopping back and forth from different people's viewpoints at different points in time was a bit confusing (and unnecessary). Last night I committed to finishing the entire second half in a sitting, which I did, and I have to say the latter half was much better than the first part. I might have actually enjoyed it if the auth ...more
Kimberle Madden
one of those books you put on your summer list..well written
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Lisa Zeidner has published five novels, including the critically acclaimed Layover, and two books of poems. Her stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, GQ,
Tin House
, and elsewhere. She directs the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.
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