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Planted firmly in Bridget Jones territory, Colgan's first novel takes off with the kind of manic energy and sharply vulgar humor that only a Brit-sitcom can, before settling down into the typical fare that comprises contemporary girl-fic. Londoners Mel and Fran, both 20-something, are horrified to learn that the third member of their childhood trio, AmandaAan uppity, shallow brat who's burned them one too many timesAhas landed Fraser McConald, a Scottish lord, as her fianc?. Compounding their annoyance is the fact that back in their university days, Mel, who serves as narrator, had a huge crush on Fraser. Mel is also reeling because her loutish, aspiring rock-star beau, Alex, who left her 10 months ago to find himself in America, has returned to her doorstep in full force. Further complicating matters is Nicholas, a clueless, eight feet tall accountant whose advances she sometimes succumbs to when very drunk. Fraser's charming brother, Angus, rightly suspects that Amanda only wants Fraser for the Town & Country cachet of his crumbling castle, and he enlists the aid of Mel and Fran to sabotage the nuptials. In any romantic comedy, it's a given that the lead heroine will get a man; the question here is which man? With several possibilities, readers may be surprised at the outcome; some may be disappointed. The writing is clever enough, and Mel and Fran's antics are entertaining, even if their self-involvement tips over into cruelty at times. But for those who expect more substance, even in a comedy, the only momentous theme availableAthat it's preferable, if at all possible, to marry for love rather than convenienceAis hardly weighty. (Feb. 1)
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Hip, trendy, and raunchily hilarious, Colgan's tale of twentysomething Londoner Melanie and her coterie of pals takes place in the weeks leading up to the wedding of Amanda, a rich, gorgeous, and thoroughly rotten old schoolmate who pops up every six months or so to gloat. Mel's life is a mess. She has a strange reclusive flatmate whom she fears will kick her out. Her best friend, Fran, pops in as if she owns the place. She wakes up after a night of wild sex with a man she can't stand, and then Alex, the boyfriend who had abandoned her without even a note, comes back from America and into her bed. Does he really want her, or does he just need a place to crash? Add to that her dismaying discovery that the Scottish laird betrothed to the dreadful Amanda is none other than Fraser, whom she had a huge crush on years earlier. Finally, Mel, Fran, and Angus, Fraser's offbeat brother, combine forces to try and thwart Amanda's ambitions and save Fraser from a fate worse than death. This contemporary romp unfolds like a movie and will please readers who yearn for sophisticated humor and a happily-ever-after ending. Diana Tixier Herald
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446678112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446678117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Carey on April 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
There is obviously no shortage of Bridge Jones-like books about single women in London, and many of them tend to blur together. Amanda's Wedding, however, stands out for the sheer enjoyment and satisfaction of it. I breezed through it in a day, loved every moment of it and think everyone looking for a great escape should do the same.
The book revolves around Amanda's wedding, but not Amanda. Amanda is the old childhood friend who suddenly became rich, started acting quite posh and then found her old friends not up to her new refined tastes. Our heroine, thankfully, is not Amanda but one of her castaways, still close to the other desertee. Occasionally Amanda deigns to contact her old friends, and the catalyst for the story is news of her engagement.
I don't want to include any spoilers here, so I will be very basic - the plot entails the experiences of our herione and her friend leading up to, during and after Amanda's wedding. There are men, jobs, disasters, good times, bad times and so on. And while Amanda herself is quite the stereotype, she's also somehow real and believable, the perfect foil to the others. Along the way, a slew of good characters are introduced, all of whom are charming and funny.
This books is definitely one to be enjoyed and not one that teaches the meaning of life. But it certainly delivers, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a well-written, satsifying, fun and funny book. It's very much worth the investment and is a perfect way to cheer yourself up or just have a good time. I expected a cookie-cutter novel and was delighted with what I found - I unknowingly made a wise purchase, indeed!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on March 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Could this book be any funnier? I couldn't stop laughing at the hilarious dialogue and clever one-liners. Jenny Colgan has become part of my list of favorite British writers ... and that says a lot about this gem of a book!
Amanda used to be one of Mel's best friends -- till she became a major money-grubbing snob. To make matters worse, Amanda has become engaged to Fraser, Mel's old crush. Things take a hilarious turn when Mel, Mel's obnoxious best friend Fran and Fraser's brother Angus get together to sabotage the wedding. The novel goes uphill from there. I especially love the twist at the end.
Are you in the bargain for a hilarious romantic comedy from an up-and-coming author? Read Amanda's Wedding. You'll laugh your pants off!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
OK, so this isn't great British literature. Or even really involved super British modern romance. Read Christina Jones or Katie Fforde (the best) for that. But I started this book yesterday evening and couldn't stop (darn, I have to work, but I did leave a bit early to finish it!) Really funny, cute - and despite what some might think, our heroine doesn't end up with the wrong man. Just one of the possible Mr. Rights. (Although, I do wonder how they make it all work out so everyone is comfortable. I know, I know, it's only fiction - but still, you always wonder how everything all works out.) Our Scots boys are full of charm, Mel is sloppy but sweet - and I actually liked Mookie the bridesmaid. Fran - well, I also wonder how that all works out. Anyway, the total cast of characters is so fun - annoying, but charming at the same time. Read this!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Setterfield on May 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a Brit Lit connoisseur, I have read and purchased many novels in this genre. I've had my eye on Amanda's Wedding for quite some time, and now, having read it, I can confidently place it on my list of favorites. Not only is this novel good, but author Jenny Colgan has a distinct sense of humor that translates well onto paper.
Melanie, Fran and Amanda have been friends since elementary school. This bond of friendship should have lasted well into old age; however, since Amanda's father got rich off some invention of his, suddenly she is too posh for the likes of Melanie and Fran. And now, to top it all off, Amanda announces her engagement to Scottish Laird Fraser McConald -- the very same Fraser who Melanie had a major crush on back in college. Well, that just won't do! So Melanie and Fran form a committee with one goal in mind: to destroy the happy couple and make sure this wedding will never take place.
Yes, it's just another typical Brit Lit novel. But honestly, can one *ever* get enough?! However, with Amanda's Wedding, I was actually surprised at the end. I thought for sure I knew how it would end, but I was wrong, and that is such a refreshing change when reading these types of novels. Good job, Jenny Colgan! I am now a fan for life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Based on others' comments, I thought this would be a fun beach book -- and it was, until the end. The ending was completely incongruous -- without giving anything away, characters that have been building throughout the entire book suddenly change without reason, and you have no idea why she ends up with the guy she ends up with. It was as if someone else wrote the last few chapters, and messed it all up. Other little things, like sloppy editorial errors (main character Fran called "Frank", for instance), took away from it for me, but it was the ending that made me rate it so low.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "moonglow22" on March 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
With the recent spate of novels of British 20-somethings (Bridget Jones, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Love:A User's Guide, Ralph's Party), I just had to check this one out. It's a fun novel, full of the usual girltalk over a curry and lots of shopping in trendy shops. This book, about the wedding of an annoying ex-classmate to a rich bachelor, has many funny moments, and the characters are charming. I especially enjoyed Mel's encounters with the over-large suitor. If you are looking for a fun, frothy read, then this one is for you.
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