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Wedding Season

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2.80  ·  Rating details ·  761 ratings  ·  103 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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 23rd 2004 by Broadway Books
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Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, books-i-own
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Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
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Mar 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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...
LeeAnn Taylor
Mar 31, 2014 marked it as to-read
I don't think I've EVER seen a book rated this low on GR. I have to read it.
Dec 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I wasn't sure about this book at times. There were some slow parts and the weddings got to be a bit tedious after awhile, but there was definitely enough humor to keep me reading. I really like Henry and I can relate to Joy. One of the things I like most about this site is being able to read others' opinions of the books I'm reading. Most seemed to hate the ending. Personally, I did like the ending. =) This isn't typical chick lit. I think I actually would have enjoyed the book more had I known ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an interesting story. I appreciated the dilemma of the main character. Ideals vs reality, truths vs humanity, both her own and those around her.

The writing was intelligent, the allusions were often over my head, but it was nice to be challenged. For some reason I really identified with her struggle while not at all agreeing with her world view. I loved the variety of life portrayed by her fiends, the personalities of her friends and family.

For the record, I was disappointed in the end
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So wrong

So many things wrong. A cast of about twenty that is hard to keep track of. A main character who is totally screwed up and so inconsistent. I kept reading (for lack of other reading material) hoping it would have a good ending but it was terrible. And terribly stupid. What a waste of time.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
17 marriages in 6 months for this heroine. Mixed feelings about the ending! Humourously written and with a rich vocabulary, plot was a little dull. Kept reading in hopes it would magically all work out, and because of the great language.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, fiction
Unbelievable shallow & immature "heroine". There doesn't need to be a whole book about someone this uninteresting.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I stopped reading about 1/4 of the way in. Couldn’t get interested in the characters or their relationships to each other. Chick lit poorly done.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of 27 Dresses/Wedding stories, Chick lit fans
Recommended to Brittany by: Myself
Shelves: fiction, girly-books
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
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I have not been in a read mood lately and I thought that lighter chick lit books might help me start reading again so I picked up this book at the library just by looking at a random shelf (alphabetical order-letter C) and knew nothing about it. It did get me reading again but then part way through the book I stopped to read another book and I thought about not even finishing this book because I just wasn't that interested in what happened to Joy. Joy had 17 weddings to attend in six months but ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Phoebe James
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Bridget Bailey
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jul 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
No. So much is wrong with this book all I can ask is what happened in the author's life to make her so bitter towards relationships? I am all for people having differing opinions regarding marriage, Darcy Cosper is so negative her message is overshadowed. Add on top of that conversations that felt jilted and wooden, annoying use of SAT-esque vocabulary, and the overusage of the name "Vern" that left characters mouths every time they said something, you have the makings of a book I can ...more
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