Recent Read: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella's books have become a favorite chic lit read of mine (I've read the entire Shopaholic series). I find her books' heroines quirky but charming and most of the books I've read are amusing including my most recent read, Wedding Night.

The Plot: Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves  trip abroad - not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they'll just get married... right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say "I do," for better, or for worse. 

The first time I read this book was at Powerbooks. While waiting for my friends, I decided instead of walking around the mall window shopping (because I had a lot of stuff I didn't want to lug around), I'll just find a spot at Powerbooks, pick a book and read to pass the time. 

From the first few chapters, I was hooked and for me, that makes a good book and because of that, I decided I'd buy the book and finish it at home. 

I think the plot was interesting. Imagine an old flame who shows up after years apart wanting to reconnect and saying he still has feelings for you. I can't blame Lottie for thinking this was him - the guy for her after her ex-boyfriend breaks her heart for not seeing it - a future with Lottie. 

I loved Fliss for looking out for her younger sister and her determination to help Lottie get out of her mess everytime she gets her heartbroken. And I understood her bitterness because she was going through a tough divorce. Though I'm glad in the end that she was able to grow and let her bitterness go. Holding such negative emotions isn't the best way to live. I think that can suck the life out of you. 

Lottie and her unfortunate choices I get. I'm somewhat like her. Not with the unfortunate choices part. Yes even though she's already in her 30s. I related to her in the way that she doesn't like to deal with her pain head on. Her projects, her unfortunate choices were results of her not wanting to face the heartache like how people should - mourn the loss of love, cry your heart out, maybe help yourself to a tub of ice cream and then move on. Like Lottie, I usually run away from it, bury it deep down - way, way down and then the delayed reaction comes - the pain eventually surfaces up and that's when the moving on process actually begins. 

While Sophie told this story in an amusing way, I loved how the story unfolded. Spoiler alert! Lottie does end up marrying Ben, her old flame. But on their honeymoon trip to Greece, in between feelings of being horny, she starts to come down from cloud nine and actually notice the things that should matter when you're looking for life partner until she realizes he's not the guy for her. 

Marriage is a very big deal. Even though there's divorce to fall back on in other countries should the marriage not work out, not the right fit,  it should not be how marriage is approached. I personally think nobody should marry for no other reason than love. And by that I mean knowing your partner's ambitions, values and quirks but still wanting to be with him/her. 

Lottie jumped the gun because she was hurting from Richard, her ex. That's the craziest, most unfortunate way to deal with heartbreak. In real life, actions like that could have serious consequences. She probably won't get off easily. But for a book story, it's an entertaining read. 



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