Publisher: Crown Publishing
Genre: Chick Lit
Meet Lily Wilder: New Yorker, lawyer extraordinaire, blushing bride. And totally incapable of being faithful to one man.
Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and has no business getting married. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights—and mornings, and afternoons—of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.
Unapologetically sexy with the ribald humor of Bridesmaids, this joyously provocative debut introduces a self-assured protagonist you won’t soon forget.
My initial impression after reading only a few pages of this book was that I was going to hate it. Lily is engaged and getting married in one week and cheats on her fiancé, Will constantly. Soon enough I was surprised because I had fallen under Lily’s spell, much like most of the men that she meets. She’s charming, self effacing, bold, and unapologetic. I definitely do not condone her appalling behavior, cheating sucks no matter how much you dress it up and make it look pretty. But I found that I didn’t have to agree with her actions to enjoy her story.
As if Lily isn’t outrageous enough, the supporting cast of characters puts her to shame. Her best friend Freddy is smart and hilarious and the dialogue between the two was sarcastic and snappy. They are WILD and are always down to party. Sex is fun for them and they are unashamed. Will is a somewhat nerdy goofball, but his quirks made him pretty interesting. Then there is Lily’s family; her father has been married five times and is a lovable lothario, her mother and her two stepmothers are oddly close, even though they have been through hell and back, and her grandma is also a lawyer and a meddling old lady. They are all delightfully wicked and up to no good, it’s no wonder where Lily gets it from.
This is not a book to take seriously, it’s a playful romp, however it does touch on some interesting social issues. There’s talk of the double standard between men and women, mainly regarding sex. Why are women who are promiscuous labeled in a derogatory manner while men are considered casanovas? It also touches on monogamy, and feminism. Often it is also brash and vulgar, so it definitely won’t be for everyone, but if you can handle strong language and some sexiness, you may like this one. I am clearly in the minority here though as the average rating on Goodreads is very low. But despite my initial hesitations, I did warm to Lily and crew and appreciated the refreshing take on a standard Chick Lit heroine.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Crown Publishing and Blogging For Books for my review copy.