Book Review

‘Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest’ by Jen Doll

tomoaswg std jdSTORY: Weddings. They’re fun, festive, and joyful, and at a time when people marry later in life—and sometimes not at all—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’s friends.

There’s the first trip home for a childhood pal’s big day, in which she learns that her first love has eloped to Hawaii. There’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’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.

REVIEW: Jen Doll is a single woman in her 30’s who has never been married. As a child, she always dreamed of her own wedding and married life. However, it has just never happened for her. Oh but she has been to many weddings for her friends. She talks about the endless bridal showers and wedding gifts she has bought over the years. In addition, the expense of attending “destination” weddings and the enormous number of party dresses and dressy shoes she has purchased for these events.

The books tells little snippets of weddings she has attended with some of the good and not so good events that happened at them. Some of these little stories are a bit humorous but I failed to find anything “hilarious” about them.

I was drawn to this novel by the recommendations made by different authors printed on the book. I thought it would be a fun read about some of the little disasters that can happen at weddings. Instead, it became a first person commentary about the author’s life and some of the weddings she has attended throughout her life.

I admit to becoming quite disappointed in this book because it certainly did not live up to the hype about it.

Connie for b2b


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