Save the Date

Save the Date

The Occasional Mortifications of A Serial Wedding Guest

eBook - 2014
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Weddings. They{u2019}re fun, festive, and joyful, and at a time when people marry later in life{u2014}and sometimes not at all{u2014}they offer endless opportunities to reexamine love and what we want for ourselves, regardless of whether or not our aim is a walk down the aisle. In Save the Date, Jen Doll charts the course of her own perennial wedding guesthood, from the ceremony of distant family members when she was eight to the recent nuptials of a new boyfriend{u2019}s friends. There{u2019}s the first trip home for a childhood pal{u2019}s big day, in which she learns that her first love has eloped to Hawaii. There{u2019}s the destination wedding attended with little baggage beyond a suitcase of strappy sandals and summery party dresses. Regrettably, there is a series of celebrations that mean the end to a valued friendship. There{u2019}s also the wedding that offers all the promise of new love. Wedding experiences come in as varied an assortment as the gowns at any bridal shop, and Doll turns a keen eye to each, delivering a heartfelt exploration of contemporary relationships. Funny, honest, and affecting, Save the Date is a fresh and spirited look at the many ways in which we connect to one another.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014.
ISBN: 9781101631850
1101631856
Characteristics: 1 online resource (321 pages)
Contents: I bought you a KitchenAid
Something blue
Anything for a story
First comes love, then comes marriage
Homecoming
It's the journey, not the destination
Greetings from Love Camp, wish you were here
I think I'm having a reaction
Forever and never
Please accept my regrets
Rock-bottom wedding
Maternal instincts
Never settle for less
Appropriate attire
Real
At last
Now serving C661
Did that just happen?
Thank you for having me.
Summary: Weddings. They{u2019}re fun, festive, and joyful, and at a time when people marry later in life{u2014}and sometimes not at all{u2014}they offer endless opportunities to reexamine love and what we want for ourselves, regardless of whether or not our aim is a walk down the aisle. In Save the Date, Jen Doll charts the course of her own perennial wedding guesthood, from the ceremony of distant family members when she was eight to the recent nuptials of a new boyfriend{u2019}s friends. There{u2019}s the first trip home for a childhood pal{u2019}s big day, in which she learns that her first love has eloped to Hawaii. There{u2019}s the destination wedding attended with little baggage beyond a suitcase of strappy sandals and summery party dresses. Regrettably, there is a series of celebrations that mean the end to a valued friendship. There{u2019}s also the wedding that offers all the promise of new love. Wedding experiences come in as varied an assortment as the gowns at any bridal shop, and Doll turns a keen eye to each, delivering a heartfelt exploration of contemporary relationships. Funny, honest, and affecting, Save the Date is a fresh and spirited look at the many ways in which we connect to one another.

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AL_KATI Jun 28, 2017

I feel like I'm the target demographic for this: I'm single and I go to lots of my friends' weddings. But this book was not even worth finishing. It wasn't funny. It wasn't informative. Skip this.

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Jewels888
Jan 28, 2015

A little slow in the beginning, but ended up being a good read.

rowanquincy Dec 08, 2014

A very trivial and uninteresting book. I gave up about 30 pages in. It just wasn't worth my time. I can't think of anyone I would recommend this to.

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elle_n
Aug 29, 2014

Was really looking forward to this book and was extremely disappointed. Had hoped for a more in-depth look at weddings and marriage from a sociological standpoint, but the book is more about what weddings the author went to because oh my gosh she has so many friends, and what she wore to them. Very dull, to say the least. It was not worth finishing the read; I lost all interest by the fifth chapter.

ksoles Aug 26, 2014

2.5 Stars...

In "Village Voice" writer Jennifer Doll's debut memoir, she chronicles her feelings about the 20+ weddings she has attended over the years. Those who share Doll's obsession with nuptial details may find a kindred spirit in the author but those hoping to read original insights and profound thoughts on the subject will remain unfulfilled at the end.

Doll certainly shows attentiveness in describing clothing, decorations and environments and she engagingly tells of her parents' courtship and marriage. In fact, the author's mother becomes the most lively, vivid and sympathetic character in the book. Additionally, "Save The Date" raises persistent, difficult questions about how to pick the "right" person to marry and how to build a successful marriage after the excitement of the wedding day wanes. She covers the anxieties of a single person who finds all her friends suddenly engaged and, at least initially, displays a lighthearted charm.

Unfortunately, though, Doll's book reads like a bewildering mass of anecdotes, incidents and musings blurred together to leave little lasting effect. Her advice proves all too predictable and her descriptions rely heavily on lists and clich├ęs. She skims the surface of her own emotions and boils down weddings to childhood fantasies, a love of parties and a sense of missing out despite her purported satisfaction with single life. Any charisma or grace exhibited at the beginning of the memoir fades as Doll laughs off her volatile drunken behaviour including, at rock-bottom, informing the reader of the exact cost of the shoes she flung down the street.

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