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A wedding weekend spirals out of control in this bold, electrifying, hilarious novel about the complexities of female friendship  Robin and Ellie have been best friends since childhood. When Robin came out, Ellie was there for her. When Ellie's father died, Robin had her back. But when Ellie asks Robin to be her maid of honor, she is reluctant. A queer academic, Robin is d A wedding weekend spirals out of control in this bold, electrifying, hilarious novel about the complexities of female friendship  Robin and Ellie have been best friends since childhood. When Robin came out, Ellie was there for her. When Ellie's father died, Robin had her back. But when Ellie asks Robin to be her maid of honor, she is reluctant. A queer academic, Robin is dubious of the elaborate wedding rituals now sweeping the nation, which go far beyond champagne toasts and a bouquet toss. But loyalty wins out, and Robin accepts.  Yet, as the wedding weekend approaches, a series of ominous occurrences lead Robin to second-guess her decision. It seems that everyone in the bridal party is out to get her. Perhaps even Ellie herself.  Manically entertaining, viciously funny and eerily campy, So Happy for You is the ultimate send-up to our collective obsession with the wedding industry complex and a riveting, unexpectedly poignant depiction of friendship in all its messy glory. 


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A wedding weekend spirals out of control in this bold, electrifying, hilarious novel about the complexities of female friendship  Robin and Ellie have been best friends since childhood. When Robin came out, Ellie was there for her. When Ellie's father died, Robin had her back. But when Ellie asks Robin to be her maid of honor, she is reluctant. A queer academic, Robin is d A wedding weekend spirals out of control in this bold, electrifying, hilarious novel about the complexities of female friendship  Robin and Ellie have been best friends since childhood. When Robin came out, Ellie was there for her. When Ellie's father died, Robin had her back. But when Ellie asks Robin to be her maid of honor, she is reluctant. A queer academic, Robin is dubious of the elaborate wedding rituals now sweeping the nation, which go far beyond champagne toasts and a bouquet toss. But loyalty wins out, and Robin accepts.  Yet, as the wedding weekend approaches, a series of ominous occurrences lead Robin to second-guess her decision. It seems that everyone in the bridal party is out to get her. Perhaps even Ellie herself.  Manically entertaining, viciously funny and eerily campy, So Happy for You is the ultimate send-up to our collective obsession with the wedding industry complex and a riveting, unexpectedly poignant depiction of friendship in all its messy glory. 

30 review for So Happy for You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    I was expecting to dislike the “bridezilla” in this one, but oh my lord the other leading female was just as insufferable. These weddings gone wrong stories seem to be one of this summer’s most popular themes (I currently have two that I can think of all downloaded and ready to go - One of the Girls and You’re Invited for those interested) so it goes without saying there will be some duds in the mix. The same goes for all plots that gain traction simultaneously – another popular one this sum I was expecting to dislike the “bridezilla” in this one, but oh my lord the other leading female was just as insufferable. These weddings gone wrong stories seem to be one of this summer’s most popular themes (I currently have two that I can think of all downloaded and ready to go - One of the Girls and You’re Invited for those interested) so it goes without saying there will be some duds in the mix. The same goes for all plots that gain traction simultaneously – another popular one this summer appears to be returning to the family summer home where drama rather than romance ensues – “final girls” were recently all the rage – as was one author stealing another’s story and releasing it as their own. Your mileage will vary when it comes to which of the on trend novels works for you. This one obviously did not for me and we’ll see how the others pan out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Parker J

    This book was incredibly bonkers and insane. An absolute ride. I'm so sad that this won't be out for about a year or so because I need to know what other people think of this. One of the strangest, most bananas, always on level 100 books I've read. This book was incredibly bonkers and insane. An absolute ride. I'm so sad that this won't be out for about a year or so because I need to know what other people think of this. One of the strangest, most bananas, always on level 100 books I've read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bookread2day

    My biggest shout out today is yikes! So Happy For You has straight frightening talking from the very first sentence. If you want to know the story of how my best friend and I ended up trying to kill each other, I should probably start with the night she asked me to be her maid of honor. I mean who doesn’t want to know what happened after reading the very first sentence? Ellie and Robin had been best friends in high school, but as they got older, they wanted different things. For Ellie all she ever My biggest shout out today is yikes! So Happy For You has straight frightening talking from the very first sentence. If you want to know the story of how my best friend and I ended up trying to kill each other, I should probably start with the night she asked me to be her maid of honor. I mean who doesn’t want to know what happened after reading the very first sentence? Ellie and Robin had been best friends in high school, but as they got older, they wanted different things. For Ellie all she ever wanted was to meet a man to marry and have kids. Years later, Ellie asked to meet up with Robin, who is a lesbian, and who has been with her girlfriend for nine years and although everyone at that point was campaigning for gay marriage, Robin didn’t believe in marriages Robin, knew why Ellie wanted to meet up in a bar, because Ellie had finally got a boyfriend to propose to her even though Ellie had only been with her boyfriend for less than a year. Ellie has a question for Robin will you be my maid of honor. All the girls meet up in a Malibu mansion turned country club, where everyone was staying where the ceremony would take place the day. My review is on my website https://bookread2day.wordpress.com/20... In part two some more straight to the point words. If you’ve been wondering when we’re going to get to the part where Ellie and I try to kill each other, we’re getting close. So who is going to try to kill who? Well I can’t tell you that Robin is the narrator throughout this twisted thriller, with funny moments when things start to go wrong for the wedding. And with an ending that I didn’t see coming. If you love reading about weddings like I do with a thriller twist in the tale you are in for a wedding to remember.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shiv

    So I have many thoughts about this book. I think it was an important overall conversation and the concept itself was fun and good. HOWEVER, It was quite messy and I kept reading bits and hoping that the author would take them to make a certain point but then completely didn’t. For example, when Robin is teaching and asking her students how they are privileged and oppressed, and they come at her with a bunch of questions, Robin has no way of handling this situation; however, there ARE productive a So I have many thoughts about this book. I think it was an important overall conversation and the concept itself was fun and good. HOWEVER, It was quite messy and I kept reading bits and hoping that the author would take them to make a certain point but then completely didn’t. For example, when Robin is teaching and asking her students how they are privileged and oppressed, and they come at her with a bunch of questions, Robin has no way of handling this situation; however, there ARE productive and healthy ways to handle these conversations, such as pointing out that when people of different demographics are in the same situation, certain demographics are STATISTICALLY more likely to come out successful because of how society works, and then dive into the workings of society when it comes to those things. Instead, Robin CRIED. Robin has so many smart, well informed opinions on things, but making her ill equipped to handle conversation when she doesn’t have the upper hand makes her less credible and significantly less likable. There is nothing I love more than when a book provides social commentary but there is nothing I dislike more than when a book spells all that commentary out for you, as this book did. It was too in your face about everything to the point where readers who don’t agree with everything in the book (for example, someone who is truly a feminist but DOES want to get married) are turned off to the overall message. Things I think would have pulled this book up for me: 1. I didn’t like the vague time/setting of the book. I think it should have taken place during modern times with modern wedding culture but some extremes. I did not like the app used in the book and the stickers to identify women as rotten or leftover. I just don’t think that will happen, so it makes the overall message seem like “pfft this will never happen” meanwhile the overall message was solid within the current world. The wedding charms and all that stuff were a good addition though, I would have kept those. 2. Why did we spend half the book doing nothing, and then half the book on a roller coaster ride? This would have been such a good book to go back and forth between the two timelines. This would have allowed me to be like omg Ellie is nuts and omg I love their friendship. Instead I was just like Robin is so opinionated, some of her opinions are so good but why is she so dumb lol

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gena Rowe

    I kept waiting for this book to be a good psychological thriller but it's just bizarre and both main characters were more annoying than anything else. I kept waiting for this book to be a good psychological thriller but it's just bizarre and both main characters were more annoying than anything else.

  6. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Rep: lesbian mc, Filipino American lesbian li, Black gay side character, trans side character Galley provided by publisher I picked up So Happy for You pretty much solely on the basis of liking Celia Laskey’s debut novel. And I did like this one too. Just. I never got really beyond liking. So Happy for You is a satirical novel poking fun at the marriage industry. It is, really, heterosexual marriage concerns taken to the extremes: think the marriageable ages of Austen characters, or On my blog. Rep: lesbian mc, Filipino American lesbian li, Black gay side character, trans side character Galley provided by publisher I picked up So Happy for You pretty much solely on the basis of liking Celia Laskey’s debut novel. And I did like this one too. Just. I never got really beyond liking. So Happy for You is a satirical novel poking fun at the marriage industry. It is, really, heterosexual marriage concerns taken to the extremes: think the marriageable ages of Austen characters, or “bridezillas”. It becomes almost dystopic, I think. Just generally, we follow Robin, a lesbian who disdains these marriage practices, and her maybe ex-best friend Ellie, whose entire existence has seemed to revolve around her marriage. Ellie asks Robin to be her maid of honour and, against her better judgement, Robin accepts. The first half of the book is dedicated to this decision, and flashbacks on Robin’s part showing their relationship, its beginning and the ups-and-downs they’ve gone through. It’s an important part because it sets up just why Robin still agrees to become Ellie’s maid of honour despite her misgivings (which are, as part two shows, wholly reasonable in the end). And then there’s the second half. Part two is a wild ride. You’re told from the first page that, somehow, everything comes to the point of Robin and Ellie trying to kill one another. How that happens is another matter entirely, and that second half is what sucked me into the book further. Once it all starts happening, it becomes a harder book to put down. Again, trying to avoid spoilers here, but let me just say it’s wild. Not entirely unexpected because there are clues that you, as the reader, put together quicker than Robin but still. Wild. All of which to say, please read this one. It’ll take you on a ride.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    I went into "So Happy for You" excited to read a fun, almost light-hearted read about best friends, wedding drama, bridezillas, female friendship, etc. What I got was...something else. While overall, these themes are included, the center friendship between Robin and Ellie is incredible toxic and both are just so...terrible people that it's hard to root for either one. Robin and Ellie have been friend since high school. They were once so connected that they would do everything, including go to th I went into "So Happy for You" excited to read a fun, almost light-hearted read about best friends, wedding drama, bridezillas, female friendship, etc. What I got was...something else. While overall, these themes are included, the center friendship between Robin and Ellie is incredible toxic and both are just so...terrible people that it's hard to root for either one. Robin and Ellie have been friend since high school. They were once so connected that they would do everything, including go to the bathroom together. They had a brief falling out in college, but reconnected two years later and now live in New York as adults. Ellie is now engaged and asks Robin to be her maid of honor. --time warp and a year passes by. Wedding weekend is here and Ellie has lost her damn mind. Robin is a real negative Nancy about literally everything and Ellie is the Bride from hell. They both could have been hit by cars and the book could have ended. I feel like this book wasn't entirely sure what it wanted to be -- chick-lit, an LGBTQ modern fiction book, thriller, a look at modern marriage rituals--it was a lot of themes crammed into very few pages. It needed more..or less. I'm sure some people will enjoy this but it's not for me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    (I deleted my book & the review by accident while organising - the story of my life!:)) This was such a witty, fun & intelligent book to read! I really had a fantastic time, I actually laughed out loud while reading and let me tell you, it just doesn't happen in life! The plot was interesting, the characters lovable and/or crazy, the goings on - well, futuristically realistic? Honestly, I wanted to give this book 5 stars, but something was missing. The mystery/thrill bit just wasn't there enough. (I deleted my book & the review by accident while organising - the story of my life!:)) This was such a witty, fun & intelligent book to read! I really had a fantastic time, I actually laughed out loud while reading and let me tell you, it just doesn't happen in life! The plot was interesting, the characters lovable and/or crazy, the goings on - well, futuristically realistic? Honestly, I wanted to give this book 5 stars, but something was missing. The mystery/thrill bit just wasn't there enough. More of it and I would be in love with this book. Some characters deserved more 'airtime' and development, like the fiance/husband-to-be, which we just got a glimpse of, I really wanted more! Moreover, the ending bit got me a little miffed, I just did not like the long letter explaining it all kinda thing, I would have wanted more, as the book was so clever, but the ending - not so much. Overall, I cannot wait for the next book from this author, I will 100% be reading it! Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC!

  9. 5 out of 5

    bookishcharli

    I enjoyed this one and got through it very quickly! It’s one of those books where you dislike the characters but you still want to keep reading to see what is going to happen. Robin is very bullish in her actions, she’s argumentative and doesn’t want to let other people have their own opinions. Ellie is a bridezilla if ever there was one, my lord babes CALM DOWN A BIT. I enjoy reading wedding planning books because some people just get so insane it’s weird to me, like surely the biggest thing is I enjoyed this one and got through it very quickly! It’s one of those books where you dislike the characters but you still want to keep reading to see what is going to happen. Robin is very bullish in her actions, she’s argumentative and doesn’t want to let other people have their own opinions. Ellie is a bridezilla if ever there was one, my lord babes CALM DOWN A BIT. I enjoy reading wedding planning books because some people just get so insane it’s weird to me, like surely the biggest thing is that the other person TURNS UP and says I DO? Why do flower arrangements and guests matter? The plot itself was insanity, in the best way, and I loved reading the absolute weirdness of it all. Definitely recommend this one! Thank you to HQ Stories for sending me a copy this book and for having me on the blog tour.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Um? Oh my god!? Soooo I don’t know what I expected when I requested a proof of this GEM on a quiet morning at work but it wasn’t this. Celia Laskey’s So Happy For You is part thriller, part literary fiction, part dystopian fiction, part social commentary, and part dark comedy. The action is brilliant, the tension is delicious and the protagonist and antagonist, toxic best friends Robin and Ellie, are almost equally terrible, and an absolute joy to follow. Robin is raging, queer feminist who doesn Um? Oh my god!? Soooo I don’t know what I expected when I requested a proof of this GEM on a quiet morning at work but it wasn’t this. Celia Laskey’s So Happy For You is part thriller, part literary fiction, part dystopian fiction, part social commentary, and part dark comedy. The action is brilliant, the tension is delicious and the protagonist and antagonist, toxic best friends Robin and Ellie, are almost equally terrible, and an absolute joy to follow. Robin is raging, queer feminist who doesn’t know when to shut her mouth, and bridezilla Ellie is a shallow sycophant, who will do anything (anything!) for the perfect wedding and a successful marriage. The humour in this book is both sharp and tongue in cheek, prodding fun at the right, the left liberal, white feminism, the wedding industry, misogyny, gender, and compulsory heterosexuality, as well as pointing the finger inwards and laughing at itself. I absolutely inhaled this book in an afternoon, I could not stop reading. While like /logically/ I recognise that this isn’t for everyone, I just cannot fathom not liking this book. It was just so good. I don’t know how to articulate it beyond that. If you love mad women and nonsense and thrillers with a sense of humour, it’s here… this is it. A maaaaaassive thank you to HQ for the proof copy of this one. I received it in exchange for an honest review after I requested it as a bookseller. I can’t wait to fling this at everyone at work.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    A lesbian woman reluctantly agrees to be her best friend's maid of honor in this equally hilarious and poignant novel that critiques the heteronormative wedding industrial complex and the way people are so indoctrinated into following ingrained wedding traditions. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read I binged in one sitting and couldn't get enough of. Highly recommended and great on audio narrated by Kristen Sieh. A lesbian woman reluctantly agrees to be her best friend's maid of honor in this equally hilarious and poignant novel that critiques the heteronormative wedding industrial complex and the way people are so indoctrinated into following ingrained wedding traditions. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read I binged in one sitting and couldn't get enough of. Highly recommended and great on audio narrated by Kristen Sieh.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Herrera

    This book made me laugh harder than any other book I can recall. This was such a fun, quick read. Highly recommend

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I thought this would be a twisty, dark thriller but this was really just a sorta dystopian tale on weddings and highlighting the lengths some ‘bridezillas’ will go to to ensure their day is perfect. I honestly don’t even know what genre it would fit into. Maybe comedy? Just not my kinda comedy. The wedding doesn’t even start until half way through the book. The first half is the backstory of the two main characters, Robin and Ellie, and how their friendship has been so up and down throughout the I thought this would be a twisty, dark thriller but this was really just a sorta dystopian tale on weddings and highlighting the lengths some ‘bridezillas’ will go to to ensure their day is perfect. I honestly don’t even know what genre it would fit into. Maybe comedy? Just not my kinda comedy. The wedding doesn’t even start until half way through the book. The first half is the backstory of the two main characters, Robin and Ellie, and how their friendship has been so up and down throughout the years. Both were really unlikeable, toxic characters (I didn’t mind Robin as much, but she’s super obnoxious) and a lot of their backstory didn’t actually have any relevance to the rest of the story. I did enjoy the first half better though, because once we get to the actual wedding, things just become silly and unrealistic. There was some great, diverse representation in this book though! It was a quick and easy book to read but I certainly wouldn’t be rushing to recommend it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hannah // Book Nerd Native

    I will read anything @celia.laskey writes. Another delightfully clever read from the one and only! I’ve heard this one pitched as a thriller, and although I do feel like it has thrilling elements, I’d go into this one expecting a contemporary, and being delighted by the thrills along the way. SO HAPPY FOR YOU is Bridesmaids meets Black Mirror- with humor that will have you reeling, societal inquests that will have you ruminating and questioning and wondering, psychological twists that will surpri I will read anything @celia.laskey writes. Another delightfully clever read from the one and only! I’ve heard this one pitched as a thriller, and although I do feel like it has thrilling elements, I’d go into this one expecting a contemporary, and being delighted by the thrills along the way. SO HAPPY FOR YOU is Bridesmaids meets Black Mirror- with humor that will have you reeling, societal inquests that will have you ruminating and questioning and wondering, psychological twists that will surprise you, and a wedding so disastrous you can’t look away. Please add this to your beach bag for your end of summer treat!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    So Happy For You by Celia Laskey. Thanks to @hanoversquarepress @htpbooks #htpinfluencer for the gifted Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Even though Robin and her partner can legally marry, she is not one for the institution or tradition of marriage. When her best friend Ellie asks her to be her maid of honor, Robin agreed after Ellie promises no crazy wedding charm rituals that are popular in their wedding obsessed society. As wedding weekend approaches, Robin begins to regret her decision. I’m so glad this book So Happy For You by Celia Laskey. Thanks to @hanoversquarepress @htpbooks #htpinfluencer for the gifted Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Even though Robin and her partner can legally marry, she is not one for the institution or tradition of marriage. When her best friend Ellie asks her to be her maid of honor, Robin agreed after Ellie promises no crazy wedding charm rituals that are popular in their wedding obsessed society. As wedding weekend approaches, Robin begins to regret her decision. I’m so glad this book comes out in June because it’s the perfect read for wedding season. Although you may not want to read it if you’re in a bridal party! This is a dark satire on the wedding industry and brides’ pressure for perfection. It’s uncomfortable, strange, and hilarious. It’s a fast read that you’ll speed through wanting to know what happens next. “Years later I would remember this moment and ask myself if Ellie already knew the reason she wanted me as her maid of honor, or if she didn’t decide until later.” So Happy For You comes out 6/7.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ashley White

    I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this before… this book was a drama, comedy, thriller, dystopian, and more, all centered around female friendship and the pressure that society places on women. I truly don’t have the words to describe how good this book is!! It feels like a perfect reflection of so many things that I see around me in real life - which is maybe a little scary - but so important. I’m currently dying for someone to talk about this with!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leila Simpson

    This was bonkers but I loved it! A complete page turner which pulled me in from the start. Both main characters were difficult to like but that didn't seem to matter, I was swept away by the intensity of the story. Would definitely recommend to others and read more by this author. This was bonkers but I loved it! A complete page turner which pulled me in from the start. Both main characters were difficult to like but that didn't seem to matter, I was swept away by the intensity of the story. Would definitely recommend to others and read more by this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The premise of this book sounded really eerie like it would be a thriller of some kind. But it was convoluted with very feminist ideals - which inherently isn’t an issue, except for the fact that I thought I read more of these ideals than the crazy world that Robin and Ellie are trying to navigate. I wanted to know more about the societal pressure of marriage, maybe a POV of Ellie and her hectic attempts to fall in love and get married….. the set up of the society was pretty good and I wish the The premise of this book sounded really eerie like it would be a thriller of some kind. But it was convoluted with very feminist ideals - which inherently isn’t an issue, except for the fact that I thought I read more of these ideals than the crazy world that Robin and Ellie are trying to navigate. I wanted to know more about the societal pressure of marriage, maybe a POV of Ellie and her hectic attempts to fall in love and get married….. the set up of the society was pretty good and I wish the book reflected that. Also, did we forget that Ellie’s twin died at birth? By the end of the book, it felt like her mom had even forgot that she had twin girls. She really states how she was elated “when I found out I was having a girl”. A GIRL is singular. I saw how having Robin as such a good friend may have felt that void, but I wished the book incorporated that in a weird twisted element of the story. This one may be odd - but reading about such specific cultural references (uptown funk, various songs/singers) felt really out of place for me? The world (at least to me) seemed just a little bit in the future where ~maybe~ these songs, artists, or other references would still be relevant. Unless that’s the point - to make the reader believe that the “dystopian” seeming world is in present day. [but then why would Ellie still be arrested for attempted murder if these marriage rituals were the new norm??? I have many questions.] Overall I really liked the concept of the story and where the author wanted it to go, but I feel really let down by the execution.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Madison Delius

    Me? Actually giving a book a 5 star for once? Yep! So, why am I giving it such a rating? Something about it was just so enjoyable. Was it over the top and didn’t make sense at times? Absolutely. There were things that would of course never happen, as well as things that were glossed over and never explained, but I still loved it nonetheless. It’s upsetting to see this hasn’t gotten more reviews/ratings (it’s been out for about a month and a half, I would expect more). I’m not one to enjoy reading Me? Actually giving a book a 5 star for once? Yep! So, why am I giving it such a rating? Something about it was just so enjoyable. Was it over the top and didn’t make sense at times? Absolutely. There were things that would of course never happen, as well as things that were glossed over and never explained, but I still loved it nonetheless. It’s upsetting to see this hasn’t gotten more reviews/ratings (it’s been out for about a month and a half, I would expect more). I’m not one to enjoy reading about characters with little plot. That’s what the majority of the book was. It explored the main character, Robin, and her relationships, sisterly bonds, and friendships. I would have liked to see more about her and her sister since her sister dropped her once she came out and was never really brought up again. The Book is told a few years after the main event, the wedding, and it goes back and forth, telling different stories from Robin’s life. It was fun to hear her talk because she was so relatable. Some of the reviews say she was annoying, which I guess I can somewhat understand, but she was just outspoken about her opinions. She is the type of person I would like to be since we have similar opinions. I’m glad there was a thriller aspect thrown in… it was so chaotic! Anyway, perhaps this book isn’t absolutely perfect like other 5 stars I’ve read, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and sped read it… so 5 star!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    RQ

    Robin drove me insane and so did Ellie🧚🏻‍♀️ I’m cursed

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melaneezz

    Well! That was a crazy read. It touches on some current topics of today. Especially, how most people believe anything they read on the internet these days. Plus, the insane way we as a society put so much pressure on brides for the perfect wedding. The pov is probably not for everyone, she’s very opinionated and has to prove everyone wrong on a lot of current topics. It can possibly be hard for some to read. But, for me. It was wild, over the top, and a lot of fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf

    Robin and Ellie have been best friends since they were young but over the years the two have grown apart. Ellie is determined to get married and start a family before she becomes “rotten.” Meanwhile Robin thnks that marriage is a load of crap and is perfectly happy with her long term girlfriend. When finally gets asked the big question she immediately asks Robin to be her maid of honor. While Robin would rather do ANYTHING else, she gives in and says yes. Little does she know, her duties are a b Robin and Ellie have been best friends since they were young but over the years the two have grown apart. Ellie is determined to get married and start a family before she becomes “rotten.” Meanwhile Robin thnks that marriage is a load of crap and is perfectly happy with her long term girlfriend. When finally gets asked the big question she immediately asks Robin to be her maid of honor. While Robin would rather do ANYTHING else, she gives in and says yes. Little does she know, her duties are a bit more than she expected. Oh man this book! It had me cringing from page one through the very last sentence! I think we all can agree being a bridesmaid can suck. We do it for the friends we love, because we love them, but at the end of that day it is a lot of work, and crazy expensive, especially these days! Add in some of the crazy wedding rituals in this book, and hell no I would never want to be a bridesmaid again! This book was so crazy, but completely unputdownable! Such an insane ride that I flew through in one day!

  23. 4 out of 5

    andshe.reads

    So this is one of the most insane books I've read recently... but thats what made it so good! Like we all know or have known a total bridezilla right... its really not that far fetched that they would kill to have the perfect wedding and long lasting marriage... It probably wouldn't take much to convince a bridezilla to kill someone in order to break some curse or please the wedding gods etc. If you are in the wedding party or specifically the maid of honour this wedding season.. brace yourself So this is one of the most insane books I've read recently... but thats what made it so good! Like we all know or have known a total bridezilla right... its really not that far fetched that they would kill to have the perfect wedding and long lasting marriage... It probably wouldn't take much to convince a bridezilla to kill someone in order to break some curse or please the wedding gods etc. If you are in the wedding party or specifically the maid of honour this wedding season.. brace yourself for this dark satanic take on all things wedding and at what cost a bride will go to for the perfect day!! A great hilarious but dark.. fast paced read!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    101/304 The dustjacket summary calls this a "satire", but I'm not entirely certain Laskey manages to pull that off. I got to 101 pages when I decided my unease with how Laskey was portraying Robin and her group of "rabid feminist" friends was a good enough reason to quit reading, in addition to me skimming the end and seeing Robin call herself a "rage-a-holic" for getting upset and angry when people have bigoted opinions (or as the book tries to calls it, "opinions different from hers.") The thin 101/304 The dustjacket summary calls this a "satire", but I'm not entirely certain Laskey manages to pull that off. I got to 101 pages when I decided my unease with how Laskey was portraying Robin and her group of "rabid feminist" friends was a good enough reason to quit reading, in addition to me skimming the end and seeing Robin call herself a "rage-a-holic" for getting upset and angry when people have bigoted opinions (or as the book tries to calls it, "opinions different from hers.") The thing is, up until that point in the novel, Robin hadn't gone out of her way to seek out bigoted opinions. The biggest example I can think of is when she's teaching her feminist studies class and she's pushing her students to think critically about, you know, feminist theories. The thing she's paid to do. (I just now caught on to the fact that Laskey made Robin a college professor trying to teach her students about so-called "liberal ideas", a.k.a. an accusation the right loves to throw at colleges. This is icky to me.) There's also a bit where Ellie is stated as feeling like she "can't say anything right around [Robin's] friends" and Robin backs this up because Ellie asked a trans friend of Robin's if he'd "fully transitioned" yet. The way it's written, we're made to think both parties are at fault and being ridiculous -- but moreso Robin's, because how dare they hurt Ellie's feelings by being like, "Uh, maybe don't ask that right off the bat?" The ending makes it seem like both Ellie and Robin have huge flaws, but I dunno, y'all, wanting people to be treated equally and seen as human and getting upset when others hold opinions that view those people as less than isn't really a huge flaw to me! There's also nothing wrong with being friends mainly with people who share your opinions. If you view me as deserving of less rights than others simply because I'm queer, or fat, or a woman, or whatever, I don't really want to hang out with you. If that makes me a rabid feminist, oh well! I don't know, maybe I'm being overly critical here, but with the severe feminist backlash we're in the middle of, I think writers need to be a little more careful about what portrayals they put out in their books. I'm not saying don't write it entirely. But really ask yourself what you're hoping to accomplish with it, and if it does more harm than good. Any commentary Laskey tried to make about the wedding industrial complex were sort of lost in my uneasy feelings about the treatment of Robin and her friends. So, in the end, maybe this just wasn't for me. See more of my reviews at Red Hat Cat Reviews!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

    The Bridesmaids meets Black Mirror comparisons are apt. It's a great hook that was executed well, but I wish it was taken a bit further. The best part of this novel were the characters - these were complex individuals with complex relationships. There was a really clear path showing how the maid of honour and the bride ended up as deeply and differently flawed individuals. It was a brave move to make the perspective character so abrasive, but I loved it. She was kind of awful but also not totally The Bridesmaids meets Black Mirror comparisons are apt. It's a great hook that was executed well, but I wish it was taken a bit further. The best part of this novel were the characters - these were complex individuals with complex relationships. There was a really clear path showing how the maid of honour and the bride ended up as deeply and differently flawed individuals. It was a brave move to make the perspective character so abrasive, but I loved it. She was kind of awful but also not totally wrong - the best type of unlikeable narrator. This was a slightly alternate universe with a lot of current pop culture references. I think this pulled me out at times, but also reminded me that this is basically still our world. There is a section at the end where we get another character's perspective and I'm not sure that it added much - you could infer a lot of what is covered from previous scenes. Overall, an ambitious setup that I think could have been taken up to another level - I think this is why some reviewers have been disappointed it wasn't a thriller. I'd class it as a dark comedy or satirical drama. I would definitely recommend, especially given the audiobook was a snappy 7.5 hours. 3.5⭐ rounded up for Goodreads I received an ARC copy of the audiobook via Netgalley. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book was hilarious. Celia Laskey has mastered the art of continually heightening the story until it reaches a ridiculous, somewhat predictable/inevitable but nonetheless really enjoyable climax. I didn't really love the ending, especially given that it somewhat undermined everything we knew about Robin's character up until that point, but it didn't bother me enough to take away from the fun of the read overall. Plus, it's apparently wedding season (not in my world thankfully, lol) and this This book was hilarious. Celia Laskey has mastered the art of continually heightening the story until it reaches a ridiculous, somewhat predictable/inevitable but nonetheless really enjoyable climax. I didn't really love the ending, especially given that it somewhat undermined everything we knew about Robin's character up until that point, but it didn't bother me enough to take away from the fun of the read overall. Plus, it's apparently wedding season (not in my world thankfully, lol) and this book being released now is kind of the perfect antidote. There are some pretty spot-on/snarky observations about marriage culture (particularly straight marriage culture) and what it does to women, which I suppose could feel a bit too pointed if you were sensitive to such things - I'm not, so I just thought it was funny. I also really liked Robin as a character, particularly because she was so obnoxiously unlikeable at times, which made her all the more real and relatable. Thanks, as always, to NetGalley for the ARC.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Missing the vacation vibes for sure! My last book I’ve finished, which happened to be on July 31st, was So Happy For You by Celia Laskey. I watched @booksandlala read it and it sparked my interest. My library had the audiobook on @hoopladigital so I immediately downloaded it and finished it in 2 days. Robin and Ellie Have been best friends for a long time. Ellie is getting married and asks Robin to be her maid of honor. It’s something that is totally out of her element and she reluctantly agrees Missing the vacation vibes for sure! My last book I’ve finished, which happened to be on July 31st, was So Happy For You by Celia Laskey. I watched @booksandlala read it and it sparked my interest. My library had the audiobook on @hoopladigital so I immediately downloaded it and finished it in 2 days. Robin and Ellie Have been best friends for a long time. Ellie is getting married and asks Robin to be her maid of honor. It’s something that is totally out of her element and she reluctantly agrees due to her loyalty to their friendship. To say this wedding weekend gets out of control is an understatement. ❤️Review❤️ I knew I had to read it when I heard it was based around a wedding. Although this book has some suspenseful and even thriller like elements it is definitely more of a look at friendship with some social commentary along the way. I found myself hooked from the first page. I wanted to understand this friendship and how it could all fall apart at this wedding. I had heard Robin could be dislikable, but I actually found it the other way around. Ellie is absolutely crazy! It was a wild ride and I’m glad that I picked it up. The audiobook is quick and easy to listen to if that’s a reading format you like. 4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Bookstagram #BookReview #AudioBooks #Hoopla #LibraryBooks #BorrowedBooks #PinkBooks #QuickReads #InterestingRead #BooksBooksBooks #BookLover #BookPost #Reading #SummerReading #SummerBooks

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    This was fun. I honestly had no clue what it was really about I just saw some booktubers talking about it. So I didn’t know it was a thriller. Honestly the thrilling aspect didn’t happen till maybe like 50-60%, but I still enjoyed the build up learning more about the characters. It had interesting commentary on the wedding industry and what that all involves.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book had so much potential, but it fell a little flat for me. I really wouldn’t call this a thriller - in fact, I think it tried to be too many things at once. The book started out describing a dystopian near-future, where women have to be married by age 35 or they’re considered “rotten,” and apps use data to help people find partners based on marriageability. I wanted to learn more about this future, but it fades out and isn’t discussed much further. Overall, the story isn’t bad, it was an This book had so much potential, but it fell a little flat for me. I really wouldn’t call this a thriller - in fact, I think it tried to be too many things at once. The book started out describing a dystopian near-future, where women have to be married by age 35 or they’re considered “rotten,” and apps use data to help people find partners based on marriageability. I wanted to learn more about this future, but it fades out and isn’t discussed much further. Overall, the story isn’t bad, it was an easy and quick read, and I liked learning about Robin’s and Ellie’s friendship over the years, but the stories from the past were more interesting to me than the events that were happening in the present.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    A queer and amusing take on friendship and the wedding industry. A great pick if you want a little something different. For more book talk, check out my podcast Book Talk, etc! https://www.booktalketcpodcast.com/ A queer and amusing take on friendship and the wedding industry. A great pick if you want a little something different. For more book talk, check out my podcast Book Talk, etc! https://www.booktalketcpodcast.com/

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