Candid, fun, optimistic—and at times, down right embarrassing—this book is for the gal in all of us who has caught or survived the wedding virus.
'The Wedding Virus' is a term that describes how all things love and marriage seem to spread like a virus across groups of friends and women regardless of location or status. A literary snack for the modern woman, Natalie Shell’s debut collection of short stories and anecdotes explores the virus, love, life, and everything in between. It may just be the cure. A global consultant and writer, Shell conceived of the book during a seven-hour layover in Heathrow Airport where she found that she had read most of the 'Chick Lit' and romantic fiction available in the airport bookstore.
"I was craving something wickedly honest, fun and easy to read," says Shell. "So I picked up my laptop and started writing for myself."
Over the next seven years, most of it while working as a Branding & Product Manager at Wix.com, she continued writing and emailing her short stories to girlfriends around the world.
"It was a creative way to explore the emotional topics that perplexed me and my girlfriends and compile them into a candid work of fiction. And although my girlfriends and I live in different countries and cities around the world, the characters, themes and dialogue are universal to the modern woman,” Shell explains.
Organized around topics of love, engagement, weddings, sex and other scribbles about women, The Wedding Virus & Other Snippets is a fictional work that offers an insightful look into the things we all think but don't say.
Designed to be read in bite-sized pieces, much as you might eat candy—as little or as much as you can stomach—this collection is a must-read for anyone who has ever wanted love or caught and survived the wedding virus.
Natalie Shell is an Australian design thinker, storyteller & coach. In addition to spurting Chick Lit she's one half of Apartmentdiet.com, ex-Product Manager & UX Junkie at Wix.com and a former Change Consultant. An avid traveller, she has lived and worked in 5 countries. These days she lives in Tel Aviv with her Mr. and their son. Previously thought to be immune, she caught and survived the Wedding Virus. She is working on her second collection The Baby Epidemic.
Sent to me by author in exchange for an honest review
If I hadn't been sent this book for review, I wouldn't have picked it out for myself. That being said I did like it more then I thought I would.
The Wedding Virus is about 112 pages but it felt like a full length novel. I'm not sure why that is but it just does. It felt complete by the end of the book and I felt feel like it was too short.
I feel like this book is meant for a very specific market. And I'm not sure I'm really in that niche. I couldn't relate to the characters and I couldn't really grasp why they had 'the wedding virus". I totally get that that's real thing but I just couldn't fully see their perspectives on it at first. But Shell did a really great job describing their feelings and by the end of the book, I could understand their perspectives a lot better.
Overall, I think this book is really good but I think it would be even better for people who can really relate to the characters. I really like the writing style and how descriptive it was.
“The Wedding Virus and Other Snippets” is a very engaging book…no pun intended! This story was like a conversation with a close friend….I simply adored the execution of this book. It was a very funny, light-hearted read...anytime, anywhere! Natalie Shell’s take on this time in our lives was so spot on ~ each snippet reminded me of someone, if not myself. I definitely had the “Wedding Virus” well before I even met my husband. This time in my life has passed, but I enjoyed the reminiscing. Each reminder from Natalie Shell had me laughing out loud. It is suggested that we could read this book in “snippets”, but it was so funny…I read it in one sitting. A definite keeper and great book to share with your girlfriends! A little background on me, for Natalie Shell, since it seemed she knew me so well…..”My husband proposed to me on Christmas Day with a lovely family heirloom engagement ring, that I cherish…but, Yes! I am guilty of having picked out the ring I wanted to wear on my ring finger (found it when I was single and just 20, and I actually carried all of the information about it in my wallet…just in case, I “accidently” dropped the paper in front of a boyfriend I wanted to propose. I shared the information on “said” ring with my closest friends. I had a “Wedding folder”, which I began in High School. Please keep in mind that I did not get married until I was 38…so, this folder was more like a TRUNK of papers! I am sure will connect with this book, as I did. I had chosen my music and poems, Oh, and Natalie… MY bridesmaids DID look great in hot pink (maybe it was the shade??? LOL!) I highly recommend this for all women to read…if you want to laugh, or need a “Guide” to the emotions that will come up as you plan your wedding. This book reminded me of my wedding planning, and it was a wonderful time to remember. I may have my glow back. And, Natalie Shell reminded me to tell my nieces and nephews to enjoy the “Engagement Glow” as long as they can. Because as you shared, this is when the “Wedding Virus” will begin shortly after you begin announcing your engagement……
It was cute. Read it bc I'm in full wedding mode and needed something funny/lighthearted to read. Nothing ground breaking, but did the trick to make me giggle. Worth the $3 on kindle while wedding planning.