I Wanted To Run The Whole Book
5 out of 5 stars
This one is going to be hard to review without spoiling it. I’m going to try my hardest though because what a book it was. I normally ignore all of the praise I see around a book before reading it – and I did before picking this one up. But as I was reading it, I had to go check out what other people thought of it.
Throughout So Happy For You, I kept finding myself going “no way” or “oh god, what’s next” over and over again. This book made me feel uncomfortable more than it didn’t. Laskey had a way of writing a story that kept me glued to my seat when all I wanted to do was flee (or tell Robin to flee). This was one of those books that gave me the heebie-jeebies throughout and really had me questioning the sanity of certain wedding guests.
Laskey is a master storyteller. She was able to tell this incredible story that made me uncomfortable more than it didn’t and ties it all together at the end. So Happy For You felt like a fever dream of a book, especially when it was focused on Robin and how she was feeling/reacting to certain things. It had that feeling when you watch a horror film and you just scream “get out of the house” “no, don’t go in there”. Which I found myself frustrated and enjoying at the same time.
I also liked the social and personal topics that Laskey was able to cover. Having Robin fight for certain things and have certain realizations and growing moments without having them feel too “staged”.
I will say that after finishing this one, I’m going to look up wedding charms because if they’re not real – they feel so. And if they are real… I’m even more freaked out (and also happy I’m already married).
A wedding weekend spirals out of control in this bold, electrifying, hilarious novel about the complexities of female friendship.
Robin and Ellie have been best friends since childhood. When Robin came out, Ellie was there for her. When Ellie’s father died, Robin had her back. But when Ellie asks Robin to be her maid of honor, she is reluctant. A queer academic, Robin is dubious of the elaborate wedding rituals now sweeping the nation, which go far beyond champagne toasts and a bouquet toss. But loyalty wins out, and Robin accepts.
Yet, as the wedding weekend approaches, a series of ominous occurrences lead Robin to second-guess her decision. It seems that everyone in the bridal party is out to get her. Perhaps even Ellie herself.
Manically entertaining, viciously funny, and eerily campy, So Happy for You is the ultimate send-up to our collective obsession with the wedding industrial complex and a riveting, unexpectedly poignant depiction of friendship in all its messy glory.So Happy For You by Celia Laskey
Narrator: Kristen Sieh
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
Published by Harlequin Audio on June 7th 2022
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