Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Amanda's Wedding

By Jenny Colgan

Ever since she was a child, Amanda has been a thorn in Melanie's side. Manipulative and mean-spirited, the only thing that matters to Amanda is Amanda. But after they grew up, Amanda drifted off in pursuit of her goal of social status and Melanie only heard from her when she basically wanted something.
And now Amanda is getting married and she is marrying a man that Melanie has had a secret crush on for years. But after listening to some rather frank things Amanda has said about her prospective husband, Melanie is convinced that Amanda doesn't love this man and is only marrying him for his social status. So when the man's brother comes to Melanie asking for her help in convincing the groom that he is about to make a horrible mistake, she can't help but go along, even though she may be about to get herself in a whole heap of trouble.

This was an OK read. I didn't much care for the ending, which seemed unlikely. Also didn't care for the misleading romance between Melanie and the groom's brother, which turned out to be a red herring. I also couldn't understand why Melanie and her friend let themselves be dragged into Amanda's life when they have so many reasons to avoid any association with her. I also didn't care for the drinking binges that seem to be a way of life for Melanie and her companions. That was disturbing. All in all, not a bad story, but mainly it just didn't click with me.

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