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The Bridal Wave: A Survival Guide to the Everyone-I-Know-Is-Getting-Married Years Paperback – January 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812976010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812976014
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,947,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For anyone who's thought to herself something like, "even my college roommate with Tourette's has a ring," the release of Torneo and Cabrera's tough but sincere guide to "keeping the crazies in check" in the wake of friends' weddings may spell relief. With care, humor, and a thorough understanding of the fine line between envy and disgust padded by single women watching friends get swept through the marriage mill, Torneo and Cabrera manage to keep everything in perspective. There are practical, if at times obvious, suggestions (tired of "lobridemized" friends? Hang out with guy friends who could care less), an empathetic and illuminating look inside the mind of the "bridal drone," and ways to get through the wedding season without overspending. Other chapters cover everything from pre-wedding parties to silencing the "when are you going to get married?" chorus to determining what marriage trajectory works for you-including, yes, whether your current boyfriend is real marriage material. The authors aren't interested in emotional depth, nor in taking on the multi-billion dollar wedding industry, but they have given voice to a particular set of young women, and this winning book should be a comforting and vindicating addition to their libraries.
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Former Cosmopolitan editor Torneo and former advertising executive Krause have put together this funny yet serious handbook for all those young single women deluged with engagement parties, shower invitations, and, most of all, the intense pressure to find a husband. The authors discuss how to choose gifts and stick to a budget, what to do when one's best friend is totally caught up in wedding preparations, and how to enjoy the many opportunities of life while single. On a more serious note, they warn against marrying the wrong person for the wrong reasons. It's a book that will resonate with many women and a few men in their twenties and thirties. For all public libraries. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information. -- Library Journal

For anyone who's thought to herself something like, "even my college roommate with Tourette's has a ring," the release of Torneo and Cabrera's tough but sincere guide to "keeping the crazies in check" in the wake of friends' weddings may spell relief. With care, humor, and a thorough understanding of the fine line between envy and disgust padded by single women watching friends get swept through the marriage mill, Torneo and Cabrera manage to keep everything in perspective. There are practical, if at times obvious, suggestions (tired of "lobridemized" friends? Hang out with guy friends who could care less), an empathetic and illuminating look inside the mind of the "bridal drone," and ways to get through the wedding season without overspending. Other chapters cover everything from pre-wedding parties to silencing the "when are you going to get married?" chorus to determining what marriage trajectory works for you-including, yes, whether your current boyfriend is real marriage material. The authors aren't interested in emotional depth, nor in taking on the multi-billion dollar wedding industry, but they have given voice to a particular set of young women, and this winning book should be a comforting and vindicating addition to their libraries. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. -- Publisher's Weekly

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It is sooo true and sooo funny.
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There is nothing available for those who are not married but feel the pressure!
C Wolf
And it made me laugh out loud a couple of times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C Wolf on January 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am so glad that there is finally a book that corresponds to the 21st century single woman!I have not found any other book that I could relate to in regards to this time in my life. Everything that is currently written about marriage is about the planning process. There is nothing available for those who are not married but feel the pressure!

I thank Erin and Valerie for their insight into what is really going on with many single women today! They have been courageous enough to be able to write a book that really indicates how different the times are! I am going to recommend this book to many friends as well as cousins who will be able to resonate with this Bridal Wave Survival Guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Richter on January 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I heard about this book on the radio and the authors were really funny. I picked up a copy and though I'm not usually one who reads "self-help" (sounds about as enticing as "new age"), I thought it was really good. It made me feel better to know that I'm not the only one who's had mixed emotions when yet another friend of mine gushes about her engagement. And it made me laugh out loud a couple of times. I don't know about you, but all these stories about everyone being single and marriage being on the decline don't ring true in my circle of friends. I'm 28, and I've been to 6 weddings in the past year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah O. Savage on May 1, 2007
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Well I happen to be friends with one of the authors' "current boyfriend" mentioned in the book. I bought it mostly to support her but I figured I might as well read it so I could come up with something nice to say about it. This is not the kind of book I would normally pick up. I thought it would be kind of...you know...self help book for the twenty/thirty something single girl. But I started to read it and I could not put it down. It was well written, funny, sarcastic, didn't take itself too seriously, and an amazingly apt description of what is happening to my group of girlfriends right now. I bought copies for my remaining three unmarried friends. Yes, there are only three (plus me), and that's from two different social circles. I thought this book was fantastic and I really appreciate having it around right now. It has provided some much needed perspective during a somewhat rough time in my life. Reading it, I feel like I know the authors and I really really like them. Every woman going through a "bridal wave" should have this book as a reminder that you aren't the only one out there not getting married. I would also recommend this book to those women who ARE making the choice to wed...it gives a nice perspective of both sides and has the potential to save a lot of valuable friendships.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LAF in cat land on April 16, 2007
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This book was excellent; I just went through all this with my best friend a few months ago and it really put into perspective what I've been going through. I was really missing our old friendship and feeling sorry for me: why am I not married/in a serious relationship, etc. It made me look at things on a much more positive side. Besides that, the anecdotes are wonderful! I got it from the library but it made me feel so good and had such great advice for getting through this with your dignity intact and without winging out at the reception! that I am going to buy my own copy!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Carey on January 18, 2007
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I thought this book was really funny and helpful -- even if you are sick of chick lit or hate self-help books, you'll enjoy it. The writing is clever and smart and the writers share lots of personal stories from their own lives, which I particularly enjoyed. I recommend it if you are being driven crazy by your friends getting married or even if you aren't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lauren on July 2, 2014
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Although the book had some sharp-witted ideas for mitigating probing comments from friends, relatives, and the mailman, I was less impressed with certain other themes, i.e.): 1.) Women at this stage in life aren't smart or disciplined enough to properly budget or manage money and are too busy racking up massive credit card debt on cute shoes and other frivolities. 2.) That at this stage in life, we still have "frenemies". Anyone who chooses to keep frenemies in her life beyond high school and views other women as competitors has some substantial growing up to do, and probably isn't ready for something as serious as marriage anyway. Finally - 3.) That women are so caught up in the mindless celebrity gossip and brain-numbing romantic comedies that they are seriously comparing real life to T.V./magazine embellishment and outright fiction. Those are some negative stereotypes that, quite frankly, left me more than a little insulted (and embarrassed to be female!) after reading the book.
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