- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (August 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145029507X
- ISBN-13: 978-1450295079
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,837,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eat, Drink, and Be Married Paperback – August 23, 2011
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About the Author
Rebecca Bloom is the author of Girl Anatomy and Tangled Up in Daydreams (Harper Collins). Both novels were featured in numerous national and regional publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and New York Post. She currently lives in California, where she balances writing with changing diapers.
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I liked this book and each of the girls. I thought their stories were touched on enough but didn't feel like anyone got the shaft, and I got to know each character equally. I enjoy books that focus on great friendships between woman, and this book did just that. Why I am not giving the book four stars is because I didn't understand some of the writing. It was almost like this was written as a screenplay. For example, instead of saying something like "Zoe was angry again with what he was saying," it was written as "Angry again." I didn't quite get the clipped descriptions in a novel, and that was a bit distracting for me throughout. But other than that, a fun chick lit novel that I enjoyed reading.
As with all long term friendships, stuff happened along the way; stuff that might be better kept in the box labeled `things-we-don't-discuss'. Events from the past do get an airing though, and at times it seems as if they might cause Nina, Kate and Zoe to bury the past, forget Hannah's trip down the aisle and trip back home pronto.
The four college room-mates all have issues that need to be faced: Zoe, masks her inner fragility with a self confident exterior, Nina's child within is begging for a little loving maintenance before she is ready to give sustenance to another, Kate, has to solve the problem of who she really is or wants to be, and Hannah, the bride-to-be, is haunted by an event from the past.
There's a diverse mix of subsidiary characters who wander in and out of the story, alternately helping or hampering the best friends as they struggle to come to terms with life past and present; particularly the fork in the road marked `how to overcome the past and move on'. The author sticks to the chick-lit genre by keeping the tone of the book light and fast moving. Rebecca Bloom demonstrates considerable writing skill in juggling both the plot points and the characters in a realistic and engaging manner. The dialogue is snappy with creative use of modern language. Indicative is: when Zoe admits to Kate who she really loves (hard to do) she comments the admission "Was like eating glass". I really felt for Zoe's mixed up character.
All the events in the story happen within a seventy-two hour time frame and there's no prize for guessing that for all the young women involved things will eventually work out. That said, gorgeous guys, more than a little alcohol and a few tears ensure the end chapters will keep a reader absorbed - the character's final situations and plot resolutions are well presented.
Eat, Drink and Be Married is a fun read and after you've read it, the good news is: Rebecca Bloom has written two other novels, also available at Amazon books.
The characters are diverse and each have their own issues to overcome by the end of the novel. My greatest issue with Bloom's characters is their believability. Most of the characters have successful lives that feel unrealistic and over-the-top--An example would be celebrity status success and name-dropping to add a "wow" factor.
The first half of the novel is where Bloom emphasizes the success of her characters to the point where her story lacks credibility. But the novel quickly bounces back as the girls finally get together for Hannah's wedding, due to the story switching from a show-and-tell of who's done what, to four friends and their bond. This portion of the novel was, in my opinion, the better half of the novel. This is where readers can relate to the characters.
The beautiful aspect of Bloom's novel is how each woman surpasses a problem in their lives, whether it is a romantic, familial, or personal struggle. Eat, Drink, and Be Married is full of redemption and acceptance. The reader is shown how a past does not determine the future and how everyone deserves a second chance, no matter where s/he comes from and what his/her situation is.