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Wedding Season

2.82  ·  Rating Details ·  686 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Seventeen weddings. Six months. Only the strong survive.

Joy Silverman and her boyfriend, Gabriel Winslow, seem perfect for each other. Living together in New York City, they have everything they want and everything in common--most important, that neither one wants to get married. Ever.

But when Joy finds herself obligated to attend seventeen weddings in six months (includin
ebook, 352 pages
Published March 31st 2010 by Crown (first published March 23rd 2004)
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Nov 04, 2007 Jamey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"Oh, it isn't chick-lit... it's a parody of chick-lit." Right. Like ring-dings aren't devil dogs; they're a parody of devil dogs -- after all, ring-dings are round.
Feb 07, 2009 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2009
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Nov 22, 2007 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From a blog post I wrote in 2005:

Here's a prescription for chick lit books:

Make your main character a woman in her late 20's, who's employed in the literary (columnist, copy writer) or advertising fields, has lots of cool friends with fabulous jobs (no chronically unemployed, too depressing), lives in a big metropolitan area like NYC, LA, London or Chicago yet manages to constantly run into people she knows, is completely nuerotic, manages to offend her friends and family with her self absorbed
Nov 11, 2009 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is it possible to give a book 0 stars? If it was, I would give this book just that. I am not very hard to please, as a book reader. I ask for a plot, a goal, something to keep me interested. And I ask for a good, believable character. This book has none of that. The main character was shallow, I could not relate at all. The plot seemed to have many holes, one being that all of the main characters friends were getting married in the same season. Now I don't know about you, but this seems like a f ...more
Jul 22, 2016 yiming rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well I only made it 21 pages, but that was enough for me to realize this book was only going to get worse. Even in that short space, the author was able to throw in the use of kowtow, "sayonara, sayonara, sayonara", as well as a completely tokenizing portrayal of the main character Joy's Asian friend. "Maud calls herself our diversity quota girl: she's Korean--second-generation Korean-American, I think. She's round and cheerful and sanguine as a farm wife in a Victorian novel, part hip-hop tombo ...more
I needed a little brain candy. I searched through my piles of books waiting to be read and the pastel dresses on the cover promised that this would be an easy read. And it was. However, there was a little more depth than I anticipated and I was pleasantly surprised.

Joy has 17 weddings to attend in one season. SEVENTEEN. She is in a handful of them and all her friends are getting married. She is staunchly anti-marriage and it seems her long-term boyfriend is okay with that. Or is he?

Some of thi
To the point
Mar 17, 2011 To the point rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the only books I could not finish reading. Don't waste your money on this book. The characters are not well-developed and are scattered all over the place. The dialogue is terrible. It is pretentious and just way too wordy. It is also offensive that the book synopsis avers it is written in the style of Jane Austen. I can't even give it a rating...
Phoebe James
Mar 11, 2016 Phoebe James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this as an audiobook. So maybe I didn't struggle through the same things other readers did. I liked it because it was different. This genre tends to be all the same and I felt this was different in many ways. The female lead wasn't sappy that was probably the biggest difference to me. I hated Ora. I loved Henri. And I felt that joy was messed up,but endearingly so. The author did a great job with character building. I liked this book but it wasn't great. The ending wasn't what I wa ...more
Dec 18, 2007 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: former and future bridesmaids
Shelves: fiction
This is fluff, yes, but enjoyable when the reader is burned out on matrimonial celebrations. The ending isn't typical of the genre (chick lit) and that too, is appealing.
Bridget Bailey
Sep 22, 2014 Bridget Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. Chick lit books are a dime a dozen so as I read them I try not to be as critical but the more I read the more critical I get. This was actually a really good chick lit book. You had some idea as to how the main character would turn around in this book but you dont really see the ending coming. It was humorous at many points and it was believable almost... So many chick lit books has the main character in some form of a writing career ...more
Diana Egielski
Sep 22, 2014 Diana Egielski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really loved this book. I do get where a lot of the criticism comes from, it does get pretentious a lot of the time, the character development is very scattered (there are way too many characters so many wind up only caricatures), and sometimes you do want to slap Joy and tell her to stop overreacting and get a grip. But I do think you can really feel for her if you understand where she is coming from in the first place and sympathize with what she is going through. It's a shame so ma ...more
Rachel Rogers
Well this was disappointing. I kept reading, hoping it would get better, or at least carry through on the funny bits but it didn't. In the end I know I missed the point of it.

The funny parts were funny. The fact that all the brides have chosen shades of orange for Joy's bridesmaid dresses. The hijinks around the weddings.

Parts of it seemed like an expose/love letter/whatever to a Manhattanite lifestyle, one I have no interest in.

5 for 5 of the books from the library booksale tha
Leeann Meyer
I don't think I've EVER seen a book rated this low on GR. I have to read it.
Apr 08, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of my life 3 years ago. Joy has to attend 17 weddings in 6 months. In 2004 I had to attend 11 weddings in 4 months. Pretty similar. Anyway, I love this book. It reminds me a lot of the scenarios and characters in Sex and the City, and I found I could relate to Joy in so many ways. I laughed out loud constantly while reading and have committed several lines to memory because they are so cute. I love how this book was written, and I'm sad that this is the only book Darcy Cosper h ...more
Apr 26, 2014 ReBecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! For someone who has very similar feelings and ideas about marriage I can totally relate. While everyone around you is getting married and divorced in the same sentence you have to question what marriage is and is marriage for everyone. A must read for anyone going through those feelings. The endin and joy finding what's best for her makes the book not your average love story! So if you are looking for a chick flick w girl gets guy in the end, then this book is not for you! I f ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Girl has to go to 17 weddings in one summer though she herself never wants to get married. She has a Dude who she has been dating for two years and for the most part shares the same feelings she does. But of course, that changes. Half way through he asks her to marry him and she says yes. The book ends with her wanting to stick to her beliefs in that she believes in marriage so much that she doesn't want to do it because she doesn't think it's real that people can be with just each other for the ...more
Aug 25, 2008 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of 27 Dresses/Wedding stories, Chick lit fans
Recommended to Brittany by: Myself
Shelves: girly-books, fiction
How I Came To Own This Book: I randomly bought it at McNally Robinson while going to school downtown.

The Plot: Joy is just about 30 and about to face a grueling six months where she'll attend 17 weddings, and be a bridesmaid in 5 of them. As if this weren't tough enough, Joy happens to be one of those increasingly common folks that just doesn't believe in marriage - period. Cue the incessant marriage talk between Joy, the attendees at the various weddings, and her long-term boyfriend who is sudd
Apr 04, 2011 Rachael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the premise was a good start to the book, it fell flat very quickly. Joy has somehow managed to rsvp to seventeen weddings from April to September. She is so anti-wedding and dreads having to explain over and over again how she and her boyfriend, Gabe, are perfectly content never getting married and living a long committed life together -sans the wedding for themselves.

Throughout the book there is a man-stealing character named Ora that, even though I wasn't really enjoying the book, stil
Jan 30, 2011 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
I'm sorry, but when a book is titled "Wedding Season" and the cover art is of a row of pastel colored bridesmaid dresses, it has one purpose in life - to be a bit of brainless fluff with a happy ending for me to read when I'm sick. I guess I should admire it for trying to be more than what it is, but it didn't really succeed, and I was just annoyed that it didn't know its place. It was nice to read some chick lit with a protagonist who wasn't obsessed with getting married, and I was glad that it ...more
Jun 15, 2013 Elisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst. Book. Ever.

Weeell, at least it was the worst book *I've* ever read. I couldn't even get past the first chapter...reading this was pure torture, I tell ya. Plotline: main character is invited to numerous weddings in a short period of time. Couldn't tell if it was meant to be chick lit or if it was trying to be a new classic. It wasn't entertaining or amusing, and I wanted to slap the negative, pretentious "no" on the chick lit. And seriously, it's about a ton of weddings i
Feb 23, 2014 'jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was billed as "a comedy of manners, matrimony & 17 marriages in 6 months." I didn't find it funny, maybe I just don't relate to the main character. I also did not like the ending.
Jul 22, 2008 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A good book to pass the time, but nothing too special. If real life people have conversation the way these 30ish Manhattan hipsters do, I have certainly never heard it, except maybe on the Gilmore Girls. Our main character, Joy, is happy in her life until she suddenly realizes that she has 17 weddings to attend in a 6 month period. Oh, and she is basically completely against the institution of marriage and all it stands for. This makes things a little tricky for the weddings she is actually a pa ...more
Oct 28, 2009 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's actually tougher to find good chick lit than good literary fiction--which, honestly? Nothing about this book was good--not the pretentious writing style, the preachiness about marriage being an institution doomed to failure, not the cardboard-cutter characters (doting boyfriend, gay brother, bitchy and confusing editor extraordinaire main character), not the plot or the ending or the dialogue or--anything really.

Brought this to Hong Kong to read for easy/entertaining airport readin
Sep 02, 2014 Gospodyina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culled
It's cute. It escapes being a rehash of 27 Dresses by including discussions on the contemporary meaning of marriage from a variety of perspectives.
May 21, 2014 Jennifer marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-hold
Gonna have to put this on hold. The first 15 pages annoyed me. Clearly not in the mood at this time for this book... Next
Feb 16, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I really liked this book until the end. So disappointed, but am hoping for a sequel with a more realistic ending.
Jul 20, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a funny, smart chick lit book. 17 weddings to attend in 6 months would be overwhelming for anyone, but Joy and her boyfriend do not believe in marriage so it is even harder for her. The weddings she must attend include her mother, her father, her brother, and 5 of her best friends!!! She manages to make it through but it changes her in a way that is unexpected to her as well as the reader. This is not a cookie-cutter chick lit story and it does not have the ending one may expect. I enjoy ...more
Ann Miller
Jun 18, 2013 Ann Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh-so-appropriate to read Wedding Season the week of my daughter's wedding. An intelligent, witty--if sometimes meandering--read. What's not to like about a story with a strong-minded, strongly realized main character. Gabe, the love interest, is white-bread bland, but the rest of the cast makes this foible totally forgivable. I would have chosen a different ending, but Cosper's ending allows the reader to close Wedding Season with a sense of completion. While I don't line up with many of Cosper ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Skimmed as a possible staff pick.

Definite no.
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