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The Wedding Beat: A Novel Paperback – April 3, 2012
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I always thought that would make a good title for my autobiography. Not that I plan on writing one.
I grew up mostly in Southfield, Michigan, which sounds misleadingly bucolic for a suburb of Detroit with more than 27 million square feet of office space.
I graduated from the University of Michigan, where I also attended medical school, and I received a master of fine arts from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
For the past seven years I've been a writer of the Vows column at The New York Times, and my first novel, THE WEDDING BEAT, was loosely based on my experience at the Times as a single guy writing about weddings.
My second novel, THE SCENIC ROUTE, comes out in June 2014.
Top Customer Reviews
The author, Devan Sipher, writes the Vows section for a New York newspaper. It's obvious that he's experienced with wedding details and has spent time interviewing folks in the throws of wedding preparation! The story is fast faced and every easy to read.
It's refreshing to read a story from the perspective of a male navigating the dating world. For anyone who's fumbled their way through online dating, being set-up and working up the nerve to approach someone in a coffee shop, you'll feel empathy for Gavin.
I love the banter between the characters - the conversations are funny and light. It's easy to see this play out like a romantic comedy film.
What really struck me is Gavin's personal journey to find true love as he's facing his own mortality. (He sees his grandparents together and doesn't want to be alone when he's old.) He sees others his own age getting married and feels his "biological clock ticking." His relationship with Melinda is a secondary part of the story.
Anyhow, I didn't finish this book. Tried several times. Even got about halfway through (by skipping over a lot, I'll admit). I found the protagonist to be a nebbish and a kvetch--that is weak, whiney, and annoying. A lot of the book consists of his irritating internal thoughts which struck me like nails on a chalkboard. I didn't think most of the funny parts that funny and I didn't find the romantic parts that romantic. I just wanted the man to DO something instead of whine. So, I would recommend reading or listening to a sample before purchasing this book. As I remember it, the opening is one of the better parts of the book so I don't know if it will really tell you much, but perhaps it may give you some sense of whether you like this character--or would like to shoot him.
It turns out that men, too, what love and a relationship. Gavin has a longing that only the right girl with cease. This is especially true after facing the death of a family member and dealing with the irrational relationship of his parents. To make matters worse, he is a reporter that covers high class weddings. Wow. That is like working in a chocolate store and going on a diet.
The dialogue is spot on. The plot is laughable, but it is also relatable. This is the first chick lit book by a guy that I have ever read, but I hope Devan Sipher keeps up the great work!
What makes it all more heartbreaking is that Gavin writes the wedding column at a major NYC newspaper. He interviews couples that are about to be married for his column and attends each of their weddings. He can't help but want what surrounds him as he doing job and wonders if he himself will ever find the right woman that will take that journey with him. There are times when he feels that he may be alone for the rest of his life and just when he has hope that he may have found someone, he's back to square one again. It doesn't help that he's pressured by his parents to find someone or anyone to settle down with and it makes people question why he writes the wedding column if it's something that he's never experienced in his life. He's very good at what he does, but there's one upcoming wedding that is just too much for him to take and places him in the uncomfortable position of doing something that he never thought he would do.Read more ›
Gavin Greene is a newspaper columnist who writes about weddings- something that he's never experienced himself. Unlucky in love, he wonders if he is destined to spend his life alone, a fly on the wall at others' happy affairs, or if somewhere out there is the future Mrs. Greene... And then he meets her. The One that he can't take his mind off of- but love giveth, and love taketh away. Just like that, the girl with the sunny smile is gone. He tries to get her off of his mind and move on... Until the article he has to write is for her wedding.
I adored this book. I found myself laughing with Gavin and aching with him, hoping for him that he would his happy ending. I especially liked that it's told from a male perspective, something I'm not too used to from this genre. If The Ugly Truth and a Sophie Kinsella book had a love child, The Wedding Beat would be it. I recommend it, and sincerely hope that Devan Sipher writes more in the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written novel. It was refreshing to read a chick lit from a man's perspective. Got too over the top towards the end.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I think I am obliged to like this book. The protagonist is named "Gavin," and I am named Gavin. The protagonist is not all that successful with the ladies. Ditto. Read morePublished 11 months ago by G. Fritton
The whining is endless. Poor pitiful me...I'm going to die alone...Gah! Of course you are going to die alone! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lyz
Easy reading; didn't make me feel uncomfortable or angry at things that were happening. The romance and reading was light and enjoyable.Published 18 months ago by E. Broder
I expected to like this book, based on the description and a brief excerpt I had read, but I was thrilled to discover that I enjoyed the story AND the writing style as well as both... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kimberly Ciesiolka
Apparently I read this just a couple of months ago and quite honestly a barely remember a thing about it. I think that in itself is pretty telling.Published 23 months ago by dbfuzz
I loved this book! Absolutely compelling and funny and very well-written. Totally kept me turning the pages and keep reading.Published on January 31, 2014 by Selene
It was so fun filled and amusing. It took my mine off everything and I just was enjoying it. A throughly delightful book. I recommend it highly!Published on December 23, 2013 by linda hertz
Very well written. Nice humor and a good read. I can't wait for his next book. The author is a geniusPublished on October 30, 2013 by Sandra R. Sipher