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"This book made me laugh and made my heart hurt, and I loved the experience of reading it." - Smart Bitches Trashy Books
"A talent to watch in the world of LGBT fiction." - Seattle Gay News


"Extremely funny... Think David Sedaris, only a romance novel."  Sarah's Shelf
"There are so many things that worked in this novel that this little review cannot possibly cover them all.  Highly, highly recommended." Reviews by Jessiewave


"Ken O'Neill puts plenty of humor and quirky characters in his engaging story." Smexy books
"Ken O'Neill has quite a hit with this funny and sweet look at love, relationships, family and marriage and you do not want to miss it by any means. RUN, don't walk, to get a copy." Reviews by Amos Lassen


"With its timely, provocative premise, fabulous characters, and a
wonderfully wry, sly narrative, THE MARRYING KIND is bound to launch
debut novelist Ken O'Neill on a stellar career path!"
-- Wendy Markham - New York Times bestselling author


"THE MARRYING KIND is that rare novel that both prods and applauds our most valuable resource: love. Ken O'Neill makes you laugh, think, and get mad as hell--all within just a few pages. If you believe in hard-won, human romance, this is the book that levels the playing field."
-Doug Crandell, author of  The Flawless Skin of Ugly People 

About the Author

Ken O’Neill was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to an Irish Catholic father and a Romanian Orthodox mother, which means that most years he had the good fortune to receive Easter candy not just once but twice.

Ken lives in New York City with his partner and their two cats. When he’s not checking his Amazon rating to see if anyone has purchased his book, he enjoys reading, dancing (though usually when no one is watching), and eating dark chocolate, purely for medicinal reasons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602826706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602826700
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,851,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not normally a book I would read, but after the amazing review on SmartB*tches, TrashyBooks blog, I had to get it.

We are introduced to Adam, a successful wedding planner, and Steven, his parter who writes for The Gay New York Times. As Steven narrates, we learn of Adam's growing frustration with planning weddings when he can never have one, and revolts with the help of Steven, writing columns around boycotting weddings as workers and attendees. It gets tumultuous when their siblings get engaged to each other.

I was laughing out loud with Steven as he described his relationship with his mother, crying with him over his inability to talk to his brother after he said he wasn't attending the wedding, and hoping beyond measure that all the Adam and Steve's would be able to marry.

When my g-uncles came to my wedding 11 years ago, it didn't occur to me that it would be hard for them to attend, even though they had been together longer than my fiancé and I had been, at the time. This past year, they said they would get married as soon as DOMA was decided on by the Supreme Court. We were thrilled! Unfortunately, we are still waiting and hoping.
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I enjoyed everything about this story, from the day to day life in Manhattan that these two experience, to the asides about Romanian culture, to the relationship and snippy fashion comments. Really a fun, warm, clever and well-plotted story.
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The narrator's ramblings shook me out of the narration more times than I want to remember, but when he actually managed to keep me with him? It was hilarious. The Romanian mother killed me dead, and living in Italy with a friend who sees the "malocchio" (bad eye) everywhere, I could see Steven in front of me--not believing it, but spitting all the same, just in case... Hilarious. Add his mother, the Romanian guilt-tripping widowed matriarch with a live ex-husband, and you're in for some serious guffaws.

The theme of marriage-rights for everyone is important, especially with the conservative backlash the world is experiencing right now (June, 2012). To know that New York now allows same-sex marriage makes this book feel all the more important. Especially the hospital scene broke my heart.

This novel, the debut of author Ken O'Neil, could have profited from one more editing run-through, as the ramblings could have had more substance. Or they could have been developed a bit more. This is the only reason I have graded it four stars.

I loved it, it was totally, completely nuts, and there is so much love in the pages that it still surrounds me. And thankfully, there is no sex, except a very small scene where they say it was nice, very nice. It cracked me up big time.

Here are some excerpts, for those of you who want to know what caught my mind's eye while reading:

"I had left him for having principles and conviction, which are the reasons one should stay with a partner. (They're right up there with funny and good in bed)."

"No arbitrary law about what it is that makes one person the family of another would ever separate them." - about the "normal" marriage of his brother.
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If you have ever felt like a cartoon character, drawn to inspire joy in other's weddings, but never allowed the license to be a real groom or bride; like some Pinocchio pressing your nose against an inescapable looking-glass, then you know the pain of The Marrying Kind. If you do not, then this novel may offer understanding.

The story of Adam & Steve is quite charming! They are daruta (read the book to know it's meaning); the kind of people you would want in your life as friends/family. The humor is enchanting, but what really keeps you invested in the book and craving more of this couple's story is the comfort one finds in their LOVE for one another, their family, and their friends, and of course the hope that one day we too will be real grooms & brides.
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I ordered this book from Amazon a week or so ago; yesterday it arrived at about one in the afternoon; I settled down and devoured it in one sitting and I must say I have not enjoyed a novel so much in quite some time.

The story concerns Steven Worth, a somewhat flighty and catch-as-catch can feature writer for The Gay New York Times, and his industrious and hard-working partner Adam More, a highly successful wedding planner. At the beginning of the story everything appears to be flowing smoothly for these two lovebirds, nearing their seventh anniversary and secretly longing for the day when they will be able to get married even as they attend and take part in the weddings of various family and friends.

Until the day they attend the "wedding" of their friends Malcolm and Jack (I should note here that this novel takes place before marriage equality became law in New York State, hence the quotes). At the reception, one of the "best men," a man from the Netherlands, making his toast, stupidly blurts out that he and his husband were able to marry LEGALLY in their country, unintentionally (?) throwing a bucket of ice water on the proceedings and sending poor Adam into the beginnings of a downward spiral as he is forced to examine the fact that he is making a living throwing parties for straight people only; gay people can get invited, sure, and can even stand up with the bride or groom. But to actually BE brides or grooms? Nope.

For Steven's part, the central conflict begins when, while opening the mail, he comes across a wedding invitation from one of Adam's cousins, a woman who is perfectly well aware of the nature of his relationship to Adam and with whom they had socialized many times. The invitation reads "Adam More and Guest." "And Guest.
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