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Take an instantly recognizable social dilemma—attending a wedding alone—add a good laugh (and maybe a cry), and meet The Singles, the warm and witty debut by Boston Globe “Love Letters” columnist 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, R
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Paperback, 241 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Plume (first published January 1st 2012)
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
As one of the perpetually single, I knew that I had to read this book. I've barely been in a relationship, and certainly not in a long-term, plus-one to events type one. Without a doubt, I am approaching the age where I will be grouped into the socially awkward, not paired off group known as the singles. Of course, I'm only 24, so most of my best friends are still unattached as well. But, I know the time is coming - we all do - when people will start dropping like flies into marriage and babies. ...more
Meg
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Meredith Goldstein's The Singles, a humorous and often dry look at love and its endless pursuit, is a quick read that anyone forced to attend a friend's nuptials alone will appreciate. When it seems our friends are all coupling up, settling down and leaving us behind, Bee's buddies band into an unlikely group to recall their college friendships, career misdirections and several other catastrophes along the way.

When I started the book, I was initially nervous that Goldstein's debut would suffer f
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Adam
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked and identified with this story. I've always gone stag at weddings -- even the Maryland-wedding-after-graduation scenario (twice)! And the Syracuse flashbacks took me right there: house parties with earnestly bad college rock bands, takeout from Alto Cinco and huddling up with your dorm friends for days on end, never seeing the sunlight.

Things that stuck out:
-The way buffalo wing sauce smell clings to clothing, as a device that really gave you a feel for that character, resurfacing at jus
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Emily
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I love Meredith Goldstein! I read Love Letters religiously and she gives some of the best advice around. Smart, rational, balanced advice - I wish we could be BFFs. But I think she's a better writer than this! I enjoyed the premise - single people at a wedding, story of my life - but her characters were selfish, hollow, and sort of boring. I got a little tired of the pop cultural references. A few are great - as I think they form a common bond with author and reader - but too many is oppressive. ...more
Naomi Blackburn
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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There were numerous things that drove me crazy about the book. First off, what could have been a pretty hilarious almost a Bridezilla story simply fell flat to me. I just thought that the book didn't have any bite whatsoever and was read and finished as part of a challenge. I will often read "chick lit" to break up heavier reading and that is why this book was sought out, but it didn't even accomplish that goal for me. Second, it was told in multiple person pers
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Helen Dunn
May 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Chana Snyder
Dec 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm going to be hard on Meredith Goldstein, whose 'Love Letters' column is thoroughly enjoyable and for whom I had high hopes with this first novel. C'mon, Meredith, you're a better writer than this! Great concept, single folks caught up in the shallow couple-dom of an overly lavish wedding, but too many stereotypes get in the way of decent character development. I am reminded much too much of the world of Emily Giffin, and for that I am sorry. Better luck next time for Goldstein!
Amanda
May 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
This seemed like it could be a light, fun summer read. But, overall, it was just meh.

It's not a bad book - the writing is fair, but the characters seemed a bit underdeveloped
and the story wasn't something particularly new.

It's an OK book, not great but not awful. It just seems to lack something to set it
apart from the crowd.
Colette
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting concept, with each chapter focusing on a different character. However, I think it could have been executed better. Nothing super exciting or memorable.
C
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
quick read, pleasant distraction
Maya
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Review first posted at www.apprentice-writer.blogspot.com

Premise: A wedding causes five single invitees to evaluate their lives.

Cover: Title - Simple, direct, effective. Art - Very pretty and reflective of content, with the gold metallic lettering cleverly calling to mind the rings (i.e., life partners) that the novel protagonists don't have. The theme of social pressure for people to couple up literally forms the centre of attention.

Overall, well done and attractive.

First Se
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Kathy
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the story of the Annapolis wedding of Bee Evans and Matt Fee (yes she will become Bee Fee) and the five guests who despite receiving a plus one invite come solo to the wedding. Hannah, a college classmate of Beth’s is a bridesmaid. She dreads the wedding as she will need to confront ex boyfriend Tom who dumped her. She is hoping that Rob a college friend and old boyfriend will attend the wedding with her, but Rob the flakiest of the five solo wedding guests stays in Texas to support his ...more
Sabrina
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Particularly the story of Rob and Hannah. I feel the best way to describe to you the plot of this novel is just to give each character's background since, let's face it, there's a lot of them.
Hannah
She was probably my favorite character. Hannah is a casting director in New York with an ex, Tom, who she desperately wants to impress and have Tom fall madly back in love with her at her best friend's wedding. Hannah was Bee's best friend from college where she sort of had a secret thin
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Callixta
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Avis de Callixta

On peut légitimement se demander ce qu’a voulu faire Meredith Goldstein avec son premier roman et quelle idée a piqué Milady de le publier dans une collection de romance car d’amour, il n’est guère question dans ce livre.

Meredith Goldstein s’occupe d’une célèbre chronique du cœur dans un quotidien de Boston et a donc produit ce roman qui présente tout de même quelques failles et qui est peut-être nourri de quelques anecdotes provenant de so
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Lydia Laceby
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes


I enjoyed this lighthearted tale of singles converging at a mutual friend’s wedding. Having been in this position more than once during my lifetime, I could relate to how difficult the position can be. In the promotional material received with this novel, The Singles was likened to the movie Bridesmaids, but I couldn’t see that much of a connection really. It wasn’t nearly as funny, so I might have been a bit disappointed in that respect after reading this co
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Clementine
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2012
Bee Evans is determined to invite everyone to her wedding with a plus one. But when five people–Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe, and Nancy all decline the option to bring a date–Bee is completely flummoxed (not to mention frustrated). She ends up calling them the “singles” and allows them to drift into the rest of her perfectly planned seating chart.

Told in alternating perspectives of the five characters who chose to attend Bee’s wedding solo, Meredith Goldstein’s novel The Singles is a funny, charming
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Kaley
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love chick lit books that are centred around weddings but don't necessarily focus on the wedding itself. These (usually lavish) events provide such excellent self-made drama, which is probably why I like them so much. Weddings are one of the most emotional events that the general public attends regularly. In this book we don't really learn a whole lot about Bee, the bride, other than what's revealed in flashbacks. We know even less about the groom. I'm not even sure I could tell you his name! ...more
Tinka Beere
Es gibt Bücher, die liegen auf dem SuB und man weiß eigentlich gar nicht mehr, warum sie überhaupt da liegen. Die Motivation zum Lesen fehlt, bis man irgendwann einen Rappel bekommt, und sie doch liest, einfach nur, damit sie weg sind.
So ein Buch war Besser so als anders. Ich hab wie immer den Klappentext nicht gelesen und hatte auch sonst keinerlei Erwartungen. Ich habe es gelesen und gelesen und gelesen, auch recht schnell, aber mir immer wieder gedacht: Was bringt es mir, das Buch zu lesen? E
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Elizabeth Walker
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and devoured it in one day. Granted, the motivation to read it quickly was partially due to the fact that I'd be meeting the author a few days later, but reading it was a treat, not a chore.

The Singles offers glimpses into five peoples' lives who have all RSVP'd as single to a wedding. There's three old college friends of the bride, all in their late-twenties, each of whom has followed a different life path. Then there's the "creepy" uncle of the bride and a fellow
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Joe
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Wedding-weekend ensemble piece The Singles suffers from having precisely the wrong level of detail. Meredith Goldstein can't help but force as many song titles, brand names, restaurant addresses as she can. She tries to enrich her world and her characters' interests with all this, but it mostly distracts from the story and dialog. At times I wondered if she wrote entire scenes strictly to include particular minutiae. On top of this, the novel was filled with lines that were supposed to be witty, ...more
Nicole
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was disappointed in this book. I know I'm not the target audience, but I read plenty of books that seem more appropriately targeted to 20-something singles. The characters were unlikeable. There were too many pop culture references, which, in a book about fictional characters, felt more like the author was proving how knowledgeable and "hip" she is (and, of course--she writes for the Globe--I trust her knowledge-base!)

I think this started with a pretty good idea. It had too many characters (f
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Elyse
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading "Treasure Island!!!" (see my review to understand my chagrin), this book was a warm hug. "Welcome home, Elyse, Chick Lit is here." I used to be embarrassed about reading chick lit, but I am a chick and I do like reading. I don't feel dumb reading it because 1. I know I'm not, and 2. if people ask I will let them know that I do hold a Master's Degree. Anyway, this book wasn't your quintessential chick lit read after all. It tells the story of a young woman's wedding and the five gue ...more
Katy Budget Books
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
****SPOILERS BELOW****

Magen says: The Singles, by Meredith Goldstein, is a novel about several different peoples’ intersecting lives as they all attend the same wedding. It’s got everything you could want from a light summer read--comedy, drama, and characters just flawed enough to keep things interesting.

This is definitely not my usual kind of reading. I’m that person you’ll find scouring the science fiction and classic literature sections in any given bookstore, staying as far away from contem
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Five single people attending a wedding without a plus one, a bride who is quite unhappy with their decision and somehow all of the singles are separated like 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon! How can you not fall in love with this book? There are five people who decided against bringing a plus one even though the bride insisted - this book is about their stories, why they are single and why they decided not to bring someone to the wedding.

Each character has a few chapters each in their own voice to help
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theresa
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
ever been to a wedding as a single? yeah, it sucks. all those happy couples celebrating THE HAPPY COUPLE while you sit at a table full of people you don't know, don't want to know, know but don't want to admit knowing...drinking as fast as you can while the bar is still "open" listening to some lame d.j. calling out for all the SINGLE LADIES to get out there for the bouquet toss. i've done it plenty of times and this book was dead on about the whole ordeal. it's written by meredith goldstein of ...more
Joséphine (Word Revel)
The Singles is one of those books that left me feeling indifferent. At 241 pages and one wedding weekend, there really wasn't much to it. The humour was lost on me. Sure, there were awkward moments, which could've been funny but they left me cringing. Also, the portrayal of all the wedding guests who were single as weird kind of grated on me. Not all single people are weird and not all weird people are single. Yet that's the sense that I walked away with from this book.

Maybe it would've worked b
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Eliza
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
8/5/2012: I read this book because a friend stood in line for an hour to have it signed by the author--addressed to ME!--the best gift I've received in a long time. (So thank you, friend!) Goldstein writes an advice column called "Love Letters" for the Boston Globe, and The Singles is a great example of "writing what you know". A wedding! And specifically, the complicated and fraught course one must navigate at a wedding if one comes as a single. Five guests, all singles, descend on the fancy an ...more
Dena Pardi
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the book but didn't love it. It was a quick read and I really liked the characters but I wish the author had gone deeper with them. I could feel the missing conversations and there were too many open ended stories for the characters involved. It's too bad because I think this is a really great start and could have been fantastic but it just didn't go far enough with the character development. It did remind me a lot of sex and the city at times and I couldn't help but laugh when the autho ...more
Teena in Toronto
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I hadn't really thought about where you seat singles at a wedding. This is Bee's dilemma for her wedding where everything has to be perfect ... she has five singles to fit in somewhere at the supper. Three are the bride's friends from university, one is the son of the groom's mom and the other is the bride's uncle.

Though written in third person, each chapter focuses on one of the singles. Hannah is still getting over Tom, who will be at the wedding with his new girlfriend, Rob doesn't go to the
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Rebecca
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
A different fiction-chick-lit read. Tried not to be, but come on, with a title like that, do you ever think a dude is going to pick this up? Plus, check out the cover. I don't think so! Even though most of the characters, some were men, but weak men, men who loooooved their mothers. No thanks. The whole thing takes place at a wedding and each chapter is told from a different point of view of a different single. So a different layout, which was kind of nice, but there were too many characters for ...more
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Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe. Her first novel “The Singles,” was released by Penguin/Plume on April 24, 2012.

In March of 2016, Grand Central Publishing acquired a memoir based on her column, Love Letters. It is scheduled to be released by Spring of 2018.

Meredith was born in New Jersey, raised in Maryland, went to Syracuse University, and
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