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The Marrying Kind by Ken  O'Neill
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Jun 21, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012, best-characters, favorites, funny, lgbt, netgalley, nyc
Read from June 22 to 23, 2012

Steven is a pretty easy-going (lazy) writer for The Gay New York Times. He lives with his longtime partner, Adam, a busy and successful wedding planner. The stress of planning and attending everyone else’s wedding when he can’t marry his partner has finally made Adam snap. He walks out on his job and as a result Steven writes a column about how gay people should boycott all wedding related things until they can get married too. No wedding planners, no hairdressers, no florists, no bakers, no gifts, no attending. While a brilliant idea to support equality, the boycott creates all kinds of drama and problems that they didn’t anticipate. Not only is Adam basically sitting around doing nothing and trying to find a new place in life, Steven is feeling pretty inadequate when faced with Adam’s new hero status in the gay community. Added to that stress on their relationship, Adam’s sister and Steven’s brother have become engaged and all kinds of family trouble starts when they say they will not be standing up for them or attending their wedding. The Marrying Kind is told in Steven’s voice, and his inner dialogue is hilarious. I was cracking up with Steven’s Romanian mother too. The Marrying Kind is the perfect mix of smart, sweet, sad, and funny, and really makes you think about the things we all need to do to make inequality a thing of the past everywhere, though things have already improved in New York since the events of this story took place. This is Ken O’Neill’s first book and I can’t wait to read more. If Ken is anything like Steven, and I am guessing he is, he would be a fantastic person to hang out with.
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