Thursday, November 22, 2012
Review: The Singles by Meredith Goldstein
Beth “Bee” Evans is planning the wedding of the year. She wants everyone to have a good time, and she wants everything to be perfect. When looking at her seating chart, she’s shocked to find some guests coming alone. Single, you can’t come to a wedding single! Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe and Nancy didn’t use their plus one, and now she doesn’t know where to put them. She dubs them “the singles,” her father threatens to throw her seating chart away if she doesn’t figure it out soon. Beth’s wedding has its obstacles and readers are introduced to her guests.
The Singles is a fast-paced, funny, entertaining read. Hannah, Vicki and Rob all attended college with Beth. Hannah, her best friend, but not maid of honor is left panicked when she learns her ex-boyfriend is coming with his new girlfriend. Their break up was rocky, and she’s not ready to face him. Vicki, carries a depression lamp in her guitar care and hopes no one will ask her to see the guitar. Rob is at home, telling Hannah at the last minute that he won’t be able to attend, leaving Hannah desperate and even more nervous. Joe is Beth’s uncle and he decides to come alone. He’s divorced, an absentee father and he doesn’t want any further scrutiny from Beth’s mother. Nancy also replies as a single, but when she falls ill, she sends her son to represent her. Phil doesn’t know anyone and he’s sure he smells like chicken wings.
The Singles is filled with quirky and relatable characters. Goldstein gives readers each singles perspective, and shifts back and forth creating a fascinating read. She does the alternating perspectives very well, and it worked great. This story is all about the wedding guests, and offering the different perspectives really added to the story. I highly recommend this one. If you’re looking for a fast read, great characters and an entertaining read- this one is probably for you.