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The Wedding Beat: A Novel Paperback – April 3, 2012
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Sipher, a writer for the New York Times’ “Vows” wedding column, mines his own experiences for this novel about Gavin Greene, a wedding columnist who wants to settle down. On New Year’s Eve he meets Melinda, a charming and well-traveled writer, but doesn’t work up the nerve to get her number. In between spending weekends at other people’s weddings and weekdays trying to protect his job from the paper’s cutbacks, Gavin tries to track her down. Then Melinda unexpectedly reenters his life—as a bride whose wedding he’s assigned to cover. Gavin must decide whether pursuing her is worth jeopardizing his career. Sipher’s fictional stand-in is winsome and his style is reminiscent of Kyle Smith’s popular debut, Love Monkey (2004). The novel’s plot is standard romantic-comedy fare, but it’s clear Sipher’s background has made him expert at capturing the small but significant details of a love story. --Aleksandra Walker
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I really enjoyed reading a book from a man's perspective and it was refreshing to read about a single thirty-something man in NYC who actually wants to find that one special person to spend his life with when it seems so many are having too much fun playing the field to settle down. I also thought the character development of Gavin was very well drawn. The book started out great and ended even better but there were moments in the middle when I wondered if Gavin would ever stop complaining and whining about how much he wanted to get married and how he was so old and how he was going to be alone forever. I wanted to scream, "For the love of God, you're not that old! You're 37 years old and there are PLENTY of men your age who are single in NYC. Get over it!" (I live in NYC and I know this for a fact!) It was a bit depressing at times. But towards the end, it became so exciting that I stayed on the stair-climber an extra ten minutes at the gym because I needed to see what happened. I was happy to see Gavin grow some, er, courage! Although I loved the ending, I wish there had been more explanation of what happened between the last chapter and the epilogue. I agree with the message of this book that sometimes you need to take risks if you want to be happy.
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