Becky’s Eighty-Fifth Book Review: “Wedding Night” by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella. What can I say? I love her. I love her writing. I love her characters, her quirky plot lines, her witty dialogue—all of it. So when I found out that she had a new book coming out I was ecstatic and of course, I devoured it. “Wedding Night” by Sophie Kinsella was released on April 23rd. I finished it yesterday, and I didn’t actually get it until the 24th.

“Wedding Night” was different from most of her other books, but still had the same ingredients. The biggest difference in this book was that the story was not told by one person exclusively. In the Shopoholic series, the main character is Becky Bloomwood and she is the narrator. In the Undomestic Goddess, the story is told by Samantha. Can You Keep a Secret has Emma telling the story, Remember Me has Lexi, I’ve Got Your Number has Poppy, and Twenty’s Girl has Lara. All books were excellent—but they were all told by one character. “Wedding Night” was told by two (with the exception of like two chapters). The girls telling the story are sisters, Fliss and Lottie. One of the sisters, Fliss is in the middle of a nasty divorce and is constantly trying to not kill her ex. Lottie on the other hand is convinced that her boyfriend is about to propose.

The sisters are such polar-opposites which makes reading the story from two different perspectives extremely entertaining. Lottie sees the world through rose-colored glasses. The way she describes things makes me think that she saw waaaaay too many Disney movies as a child and took them all far too seriously. Fliss in the opposite, she sees everything through either gloom or rage and sometimes a mixture of both. Lottie was so convinced that her boyfriend was going to propose that she told everyone. When things go wrong, she decides things will be different the next time she is in a relationship. “Next time I meet a man, I’m saying nothing to anybody. Nada. Zip. Not until we’ve been blissfully married for a decade and have three kids and have just renewed our wedding vows. Then, and only then, will I send a text to Fliss saying: Guess what? I met someone! He seems nice!” (Wedding Night, pg 28). This kind of light hearted humor is what I love about Sophie Kinsella. She does it constantly and it feels very natural.

While Lottie tries to figure out what she is going to do with her life now, Fliss is concentrating on her career, which is Editor of a travel magazine. Part of her job is to review places all over including hotels, spas, restaurants and more. (A job that comes in handy when Fliss finds out what Lottie has in mind for changing her life). Fliss peers in the mirror and thinks she should lighten something. This is her thought process, “There must surely be a spa somewhere that has an all-in-one bleaching tank. One quick dip; keep your mouth open for the teeth-whitening option.” (Wedding Night, pg 39). That is how she thinks when it comes to work but when it comes to her ex, Daniel, her thoughts are even funnier (at least in my opinion). “Generally the rule is: the more I smile at Daniel, the more I’m feeling like stabbing him.” (Wedding Night, pg 41).

I don’t want to give away too much, but Lottie breaks up with her boyfriend when the engagement that she was expecting does not appear. Moments later, her boyfriend from fifteen years ago pops into her life and pops the question. They decide that they have to get married as soon as possible and go on honeymoon in Greece which is where they met. Lottie is convinced that the reason she hasn’t been proposed to yet is because she’s been giving it away, so she tells Ben that if they’re going to be together there will be no sex before they get married. When Fliss hears about this brilliant plan, she does everything she can to sabotage her sister’s wedding night so that Ben and Lottie do not have sex. Her reasoning is that Lottie will realize this is a big mistake and if they don’t consummate the marriage, they can get an annulment. Fliss even teams up with Lorcan, Ben’s friend, in an attempt to bring them both back to reality.

“Wedding Night” is full of entertainment and it is such an absurd concept that I really couldn’t put it down. It was a really fun read and I think that anyone who enjoys chick-lit would enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s latest novel. Really, her humor does aim more towards a female audience, but I think men could appreciate her writing as well. 

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