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Seventeen weddings in six months—what's a girl to do? Especially when she's Joy Silverman, who's perfectly happy in her relationship with Gabe and perfectly adamant about her refusal to ever get married. First, there was the breakup of her parents' marriage and her mother's subsequent emotional meltdown; second, there's the lack of any "empirical evidence that marriage is really all useful or effective these days, that it does anything for relationships and the people in them." But most of Joy's friends and acquaintances—not to mention her recently betrothed mother, father and younger brother—do believe in marriage. Thank goodness cynical Joy's artsy hunk of a boyfriend agrees with her that marriage is as outdated as "using leeches or bloodletting." But everyone keeps asking when Joy and Gabe will tie the knot, a situation that causes Joy no small amount of turmoil. So, from April to September, Joy and Gabe dance and drink and toast; in between weddings, Joy spends plenty of time with pals at the Pantheon, her favorite New York City watering hole. Despite the whirlwind of nuptials, Cosper manages to keep each ceremony distinct (some are formal, some involve paparazzi, some are same-sex commitment ceremonies). Cosper's dialogue can get too jokey, and there are a few too many self-consciously colorful characters. But Joy's narration is sly and sharp, and Cosper doesn't fall into the happily-ever-after trap readers of hip chick fiction have come to expect.
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Joy Silverman can't understand how she got herself into such a predicament--her date book says she's accepted invitations to 17 weddings in six months, including those of her mother, father, younger brother, aunt, and five of her oldest and dearest friends. What makes it even more astonishing is that Joy doesn't believe in the institution of marriage--at least for herself. Almost 30, a successful ghostwriter and living with Gabe for more than a year, Joy is happy and content with where her relationship stands and is vocally adamant about not getting married. But with all the showers, dress fittings, rehearsal dinners, and weddings, Joy finds herself rethinking her position on marriage. When Gabe proposes at a surprise party, Joy must finally decide if she really is antimarriage, possibly commitment phobic, or just finding excuses to not marry Gabe. It is a charming and satirical look at love, marriage, and what happens to people with less-than-conventional convictions when society challenges them at every turn. Carolyn Kubisz
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (March 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400051452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400051458
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,698,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J S on April 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
This should have been a much better book than it turned out to be. The premise - modern gal with live-in boyfriend and anti-marriage philosophy attends many weddings - seems intriguing enough. There's quite a lot of room there for social commentary on the nature of marriage and why we remain optimistic about it despite the cautionary statistics. Darcy Cosper fails to explore this premise, and her characters, fully.
The dialogue borders on painful: Cosper attempts to make her characters smart, witty, and over-educated. It ends up sounding... lame. The main character's boyfriend asks her to dance: "Foxtrot?" Joy's reply: "Gesundheit." And it's downhill from that opening gambit.
The poor dialogue would be forgiveable if not for the rest of the text. The torturous sentences drag on too long and wind back on themselves. This sort of storytelling is amusing when done in person. In print, it's a pain in the nether regions.
Throughout the 'summer of discontent' Joy manages to remain unsympathetic. The author reiterates Joy's anti-marriage stance early and often, but fails to explore the topic in any depth until the very end, when two characters magically explain its origin to her. But not to the reader: somehow Joy picks up the gist of what her best friend and brother have told her, though I couldn't reach the same conclusion based on those conversations.
The book ends on a rather baffling note. While I'm glad the end is more complex than "happily ever after", Joy's choices still hang suspended from extremely thin plot points.
In the end, I felt like the book needed to go back to the author a few more times for revisions.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Rose VINE VOICE on April 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
The thing that struck me about this book as I finished it wasn't the character development (for I found most of the characters too closed off), or the 'gripping' plot (it isn't particularly chaotic despite the books premise)...but what I took away from it. I found as I read the story that it really gives you some perspective on the institutions and conventions in our society, particularly (and obviously) surrounding Marriage and Weddings. I was drawn into the ideas of why some people cherish 'til death do us part' and why others, such as the main character, are so opposed (or maybe not) to weddings.
The story has the general premise of Joy Silverman, a 29-going on-30 year old woman with a perfect live-in boyfriend, who is faced with the dilemma of attending 17 weddings in 6 months, including her 5 nearest and dearest pals, both of her parents, friends of friends and friends of the might assume, judging by the cover (a big no no) and the intial outline of hte story on the back and the catch phrase at the beginning, that you will be catapaulted into detailed accounts of the most important of these weddings...
Instead, Cosper uses the events that take place at the weddings to bring her anti-marriage heroine Joy to question her morals and beliefs in terms of why she is so against marraige, when all of these other people in her life are committing to one another. I think the story concept is original in itself as you are reading about someone who goes against hte conventions of both what we expect in society (marriage!) and what we expect from a 'romantic comedy-bridget jones-esque' type book that dominates the market these days for women (this book is hardly a romantic comedy...whatsoever).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Ahn on January 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was pleasantly surprised by a lot of this book-- picked it up expecting the usual chick-lit clothes-boys froth-- instead got a frenetic, literate (I LOVE Joy's job!) witty play with some very fun characters (e.g., Henry, and the wonderful Charles) and some rather amusing subplots (e.g., the love-letter writing). It was also rather enjoyable to have a heroine who Doesn't want to get married.

However, there were a couple of major problems. First, Gabe. As presumably the second most important character in the book, one might expect him to be, well, a real guy. More than one-dimensional. All I could say about him (as opposed to Henry, who while somewhat stereotypical at least has a presence) at the book's end was that he has a cute butt, his parents are rich, and he's a nice guy. That's IT. Oh, and maybe he doesn't like marriage. Or maybe he does. Who knows? In particular, nothing was built up for his actions at the book's climax. He had no reason to act that way, but then, he had no reason to act any other way. I found myself asking, "Why'd he do that?" and not being able to find an answer.

Second, and perhaps most importantly, Joy's reasoning on the major marriage issue makes NO SENSE given her actions and her other beliefs. For example, she never breaks a promise. But she's worried about marriage because it's, like, a promise. Um, what?
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