Friday, May 3, 2013

Please Find Your Seat

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
Most times when I read a book I'm left with a strong feeling, either liking or disliking, at the end. It's been a while since I've just felt indifferent towards a book. At least until I read this.

The entire story takes place in a New England beach town the weekend of Daphne's wedding. I think with that initial premise you could have had a cute chick lit type romp with all the craziness that goes wrong, but still ends with a happy wedding. This is not that book. Instead it's told mainly from the point-of-view of the father-of-the-bride and younger sister-of-the-bride. Yes, stuff does still go wrong, and we do experience some of the wedding craziness. But the major point seems to be the father and sister reflecting on their lives and learning to accept where there are.

Maybe I'm a little "wedding-ed out" or maybe I just don't get "smart" books, but this just wasn't for me. I will say that it was very well written. But unfortunately, it was slow, and by the end I was just looking forward to the next book I'd be reading.


Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!


  1. Thanks for your honest review! I saw this on the best of 2012 lists and had thought about reading it, but now I kind of doubt i will as I feel like we have similar tastes. I also sometimes feel like I don't 'get' smart books. I like to be challenged but reading is mostly something I find comfort in so I really want to be challenged in that hobby really...

  2. I have been feeling very "meh" about a lot of books lately as well. So many subjects seem overdone, and a lot of books just seem "forced" to me. Good review!

  3. The cover of this one keeps catching my eye. But I'll hold off grabbing. Thanks for your honest review.