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I Take You

2.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,018 ratings  ·  832 reviews
I’m getting married.

He’s perfect!

It’s a disaster.

Meet Lily Wilder – New Yorker, lawyer and the luckiest woman in the world. She has a dream job, friends who adore her, a family full of charismatic and loving women, and a total catch of a fiancé.

Also? She has no business getting married.

Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fon
Published June 4th 2015 by Vintage Digital (first published 2015)
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May 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh God, what do I say about this horrific book? I have read many, many books in my time, but this one takes the cake. Within the first two pages, Lily had kissed a dude, and slept with a dude, all while on her bachelorette party - yay for love and fidelity /sarcasm.

That really set the tone of the book, and while I can see where Kennedy was coming from and there's nothing wrong with a heroine who likes sex, there is fundamentally something wrong with any person who likes sex from RANDOM STRANGERS
Megan Johnson
Jul 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I couldn't finish it. I wanted to enjoy it (especially since I loved the cover - yes, that's important to me), but I just couldn't. I have to mark this one DNF at about 60%.

Why did this one fall short for me? In essence, I Take You is the story of a woman behaving badly. She cheats on her fiance, makes a fool of herself, and generally is a handful. But all in all, it just felt utterly unrealistic and I found it terribly hard to believe because of it.

Not to mention all I could think was that I
Rob Slaven
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free for review from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. Despite the coolness of receiving a free book, I’m absolutely candid about it below because I believe authors and readers will benefit most from honest reviews rather than vacuous 5-star reviews.

The nutshell view of the story is, as the blurb states, the story of a woman who really shouldn't be getting married. She's got every issue that traditionally disqualifies a woman from being 'marriageable
Julie Ehlers
Caution: Bad language and rampant inarticulate emotion ahead.

I Take You is the story of Lily Wilder, a high-powered (is there any other kind?) New York attorney who’s heading down to her hometown of Key West to marry Will, by all accounts a completely fabulous guy. The book opens with Lily at her bachelorette party at a Manhattan club, where she’s drunk off her ass, high on something (not clear what), and making out with a random British dude at the bar. Then she gets a text telling her to come
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a quick read, and one that most people will not have trouble finishing. The question is: Should they? I found this book very disturbing. I agree with another reviewer, that I thought the main characters bordered on sociopathic. What is meant as a diatribe on female (and I guess any gender) sexual freedom comes off as a selfish, base and completely unattractive behavior. I'm no prude, but I am a marriage counselor, and I guess I just have a more hopeful view of the purpose of relationship ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a disaster from beginning to end.

Some of my friends tell me that they don’t read book blurbs because they consider them to be spoilers – well the blurb for I TAKE YOU didn’t prepare me for what I was going to be reading - I wish it had of been a spoiler maybe i wouldn't have requested it. I thought light and fluffy chick lit about a girl who was about to be married and had doubts, maybe a bit of rumpy pumpy with the another man before realising her mistake and committing to her ma
Marcee Feddersen
I took a day to think about this book before I reviewed it. It was a weird experience to read it.
At first, I was really turned off by the main character. Not because she was cheating on her boyfriend, but because she was one of those people who think they are much cuter than they actually are.
And I'm not a fan of "slut shaming" as the kids call it. I don't think there is anything wrong with a woman having sex with men of her choosing, on her terms. But thi
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this! This was a perfect chick lit read, though "darker" than most chick lit due to some serious topics, drug use and lots and LOTS of drinking. I laughed out loud SO many times, this book was just so funny :) I also really loved the setting (Key West). The romance was a bit unconventional. I admit, I was shocked by the first chapter alone! But this story definitely sucked me in and I am left wondering what happens next! A sequel would be great. I received a copy of this book from NetG
Jul 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Morally objectionable chick lit = not at all for me. I’d been hoping for something Bridget Jones-esque, but didn’t make it past the first few pages. Any author should write well enough to make even detestable characters palatable, but I was repelled by this first-person narrator who breaks off her drunken bachelorette party to shag her boss. A redeeming narrative arc was likely to follow, but with an interior monologue like this, I couldn’t be bothered to stick around and find out: “I hit an une ...more
In seven days, New York lawyer Lily Wilder will walk down the aisles, capping off her whirlwind romance with her finance, Will. The two met seven months earlier in a bar and after a passionate weekend, threw caution to the wind and decided to get married. But the question looming over the wedding is do these two really know each other and are they the right fit?

See, Lily has a side of herself that she's kept secret from Will. Lily enjoys living up to her last name and living wilder than many --
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

I had to give this one a lot of thought before reviewing. On one hand, I appreciate the topic of women being sexually liberated and the discussion generated regarding how women are always called foul names when they sleep around but men are praised and applauded for it. I could have totally been on board with that. But… that’s not exactly what was going on here. I toyed with the idea that in order to appreciate Lily and her mental outlook on sex you would have to be like
Doug Bradshaw
I believe I picked this book for a quick, easy, fun, maybe sexy read because of a positive review in Entertainment Weekly. And it was a first book by a female Harvard Law School grad. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
WTF did I just read?!
May 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is rare for me to hate every single character in a book, but the folks in "I Take You" got me there. There is a thread running through this book that emphasizes how men who sleep around get to be bachelors or Don Juans, whereas women who choose to do so are labelled whores or skanks. I am totally opposed to slut shaming and agree heartily that women have as much right to enjoy sex as men without societal judgment. That said, if Lily, the protagonist was a man, the description that would be mo ...more
I actually thought this was a very entertaining book. While I don't condone cheating, I guess the fact that Lily was still unsure of getting married made it okay for me. I found it to be fun, outrageous and sometimes laugh out loud funny. The wedding planner and Gran were a hoot!!! I especially liked the way Lily handled some of the people who negative and mean to her. The deposition was a riot.

I say for a debut novel, we have a lot more entertainment forthcoming from Eliza Kennedy. I definitel
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
HOLY CRAP! I started reading this book on the train to work this morning, and I could not put it down. I'm pretty sure I read it in less than 14 hours. It is the best-written, the funniest, and the most thoughtful women's fiction book I have read in... ever. Since I can't even think of another book to compare it to, I am just going to say that it is a must-read. Must. Read.
Helen Marquis
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really struggled with this book. While I admired it's take on gender politics and how a promiscuous man is a lothario and a promiscuous woman is a slut, the framework for the weightier issues is so terrible that it does a real disservice to the challenging topics debated. The main protagonist Lily is pretty hateful. And no matter how much of her bad behaviour you can attribute to her back story, the fact she never seems to learn from her mistakes and just ploughs through life ruining it for ot ...more
Cynthia Shannon
No. I tried. This was like reading US Weekly or eating cotton candy. I know this type of girl IRL. I don't like her. I'm not going to read about her. I just... no.
May 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know it seems weird that I'm going to bash this novel about how it deals with cheating when the synopsis more or less says that it's about cheating. And that’s fine. I’m not here to dictate what kind of book should or shouldn’t be written about. If we can read novels about murderers, incest, and stalkers then cheating isn’t really that big of a deal.

Plus, the book promised to be funny and I love laughing so I was looking forward to this.

Sadly, it wasn’t funny. It was just a big pile of hypocri
Jul 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lily Wilder, a New York lawyer, is set to marry Will Field, a museum curator, in just six short days. The couple has only known each other six months, and despite constant advice from friends and family to take things a bit slower, Lily is determined to say 'I do' and slip into matrimonial bliss. There's just one problem and a rather larger problem at that... Lily cannot give up her appetite for other men. With only a few days to clean up her act, Lily is faced with multiple challenges in both h ...more
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My initial impression after reading only a few pages of this book was that I was going to hate it. Lily is engaged and getting married in one week and cheats on her fiancé, Will constantly. Soon enough I was surprised because I had fallen under Lily’s spell, much like most of the men that she meets. She’s charming, self effacing, bold, and unapologetic. I definitely do not condone her appalling behavior, cheating sucks no matter how much you d
Dirty Dayna
Mar 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
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I want to start this review by admitting I broke my own rule. I DNF a netgalley book. I failed to deliver a complete review of an ARC book and I feel horrible!
I got as far as a possibly could but the writing style is terrible. I forced myself to get as far as I did I have been trying to finish this book since Mar 09th. I got to chapter 04. There is a “honey we need to talk” in chapter 4!
I think its mainly the dialogue the book is written in. Everything feels kind of f
May 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really thought I would like this book. I did. However, I found myself cringing most of the time. I read reviews of it and people seemed to love it and it seemed to make them laugh. I guess it just didn't fit my sense of humor? The book starts off and the main character is engaged to this guy who is apparently great but she is feeling bittersweet about it. I was a bit disturbed as soon as I started the book, honestly. She is engaged yet she was at a bar making out with some random guy. Some peo ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Before I read this book, I was on GoodReads putting the book in my reading section when I noticed the reviews. I read quite a lot of them but one really stood out. It absolutely slaughtered the book and the reviewer seriously hated it. It also had quite a lot of points that I knew I would agree on. Warily I went ahead and started. Now, whether this was me thinking it or the fact that I had the negativity for the book stuck in my brain I seriously didn't like heroine Lily at all. If I'm being tot ...more
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Sonja P.
I can definitely see how this will be INCREDIBLY divisive. I mean, this book deals with a heroine who cheats, lies, drinks a lot, etc. I can see how a lot of people immediately react badly, even though that's kind of the point of the book. She's not really supposed to be a good person-but she is fun to be around for a couple of hundred pages. I actually really enjoyed parts of this because it was really funny and kept my attention, and it just felt (like I said with china rich girlfriend) like a ...more
I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers.

When I first started reading this book, I wasn't too fond of the main character. She was pretty unlikeable. About halfway through the book, it started redeeming itself. This book gives a lot of interesting social commentary about slut shaming and fidelity. I liked how the book went a little deeper than your average chick lit book.

I won a copy of "I Take You" by Eliza Kennedy through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. I wanted to like this book, but can only say that this book was not for me. I read about half of the book and then gave up. I will not comment further to spoil it for other readers. Thank you and good luck.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Ahh I had a lot of fun with this read. Not your average chick lit.

It has accumulated several terribly unflattering reviews and I didn't know why as, from the start, I was laughing often at the audacity of the main character, Lily. In the beginning it seems like Kennedy has painted another formulaic "she has it all, but..." scenario, but this New York lawyer and all-around philanderer/party girl has a bit more comedy paired with the inner turmoil which, in this case, focused on whether or not Lil
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ELIZA KENNEDY attended the University of Iowa and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation she served as a law clerk for a federal judge, then practiced litigation for several years at a prestigious Manhattan law firm. She lives in New York with her husband and son.
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