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Running of the Bride: My Frenzied Quest To Tie The Knot, Tear Up The Dance Floor, And Figure Out Why My 15 Minutes Of Fame Included Commercial Breaks Paperback – May 15, 2012
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—Long Island Woman
“Funny, smart, and an excellent writer, Rachel Eddey gives Jen Lancaster a run for her money as she races with sarcastic wit and whine all the way up to the altar. … She holds her own, though, with her own style, a little bit sweet and a little bit sassy. She paints one vivid satirical vignette after another … Completely hilarious.”
—A Frugal Life
“A funny, breezy romp through Manhattan wedding mania.”
—Susan Shapiro, author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart
“A laugh-out-loud peek into the mind of a crazed bride. . . . Truly a great read!”
—Jodie Sweetin, Full House actress and author of unSweetined
“From the very first page of her hysterical memoir, she keeps us in stitches.”
—Amber Benson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress and writer/director
“A fast read, full of funny and often heart-warming moments. . . . Compelling.”
—Dan Konopka, drummer for OK Go
“Hilarious … I couldn’t put down this heartfelt story of learning how to have it all.”
—Carley Roney, cofounder and editor in chief of TheKnot.com
From the Back Cover
Using her nervous energy productively, Rachel enters every contest she can find, winning diamond earrings, a honeymoon, a photographer, and two wedding gowns. Her pop culture obsession lands the wedding party on two hit reality TV shows. There’s just one problem as the clock ticks down: Her staunch perfectionism and fear of dancing threaten to derail everything. She has to redefine perfect and embrace the mistakes—or risk losing it all.
Please take your seats. The wedding is about to begin.
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0762780061
- ISBN-13 : 978-0762780068
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
- Item Weight : 0.564 ounces
- Publisher : Skirt! (May 15, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,728,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Even though I am not a new bride looking for tips to plan a wedding, I got to enjoy this book reading it as a mother with three daughters who have been through the wedding adventures.
I can see this book as a great engagement or wedding shower gift or favor for a perspective bride. Every bride should have her 15 minutes of fame.
The only criticism of this book is that the bride ran too fast. I would have liked to read more about the bride and her characters, and I hope I will get to if Rachel Eddey writes a sequel.
I am still on my funny girl memoir kick. Actually, just a memoir kick in general. They are quick reads, which is perfect for summer and my busy schedule. (And yes, I'm super busy - I work three jobs and am trying to cultivate a steady freelance business. You can be busy without a husband and kids, for all the naysayers who can't fathom how I could possibly be so busy).
Anyway, Running of the Bride is the perfect beach book. It tells the story of Rachel and John who, upon their engagement, decide to get married with only four months of planning time. One look at the calendar sends Rachel into a frenzy of countdowns and color-coded spreadsheets. I totally get how she feels and would definitely do the same thing.
Rachel and John end up on two reality shows: TLC's Rock the Reception and Say Yes to the Dress. I've never seen the former, but the latter is a guilty pleasure of mine. What follows is a whirlwind of dance lessons, dress fittings, and a concentrated effort on Rachel's part at becoming a more relaxed person. Of course, the couple also wins a wedding dress, a honeymoon, and snags a venue simply because of who they know.
Overall, I liked Running of the Bride. It had all the romance and fun of a wedding memoir and was a great read to start off my summer with. I am still hopelessly behind on the books I am supposed to be reading and reviewing, but I keep getting sucked into other books. I'll get to them all. Eventually. I promise.
If you are planning a wedding or just got married, run to the closest bookstore or hop online and order this book - cute, funny and the perfect read! I read this book, the weekend before I got married in two sittings and wanted to read half of it aloud to my sweet, sweet groom who's to do list, is quite longer than mine at this point!!