Friday 5 August 2022

So Happy For You by Celia Laskey | Blog Tour Book Review

[ad/gifted - I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.]

So Happy For You by Celia Laskey
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Publisher: HQ
Publication date: 4th August 2022

Robin and Ellie have been best friends since childhood. They’ve been through everything together, from Robin coming out to the death of Ellie’s dad. But when Ellie asks Robin to be her maid of honour, Robin is reluctant.

It’s not that Robin isn’t happy for Ellie, she just hates everything about weddings and marriage – plus the guy Ellie’s engaged to. There’s also the matter of the crazy (not to mention dangerous) wedding rituals that couples are resorting to in the hope of securing a lifetime of happiness.

Despite her misgivings, Robin finally says yes. But as the wedding day approaches, she gets the feeling that everyone in the bridal party is out to get her. And it seems Ellie is willing to do anything for the perfect day. After all, marriage is about sacrifice…

This book is insane, entertaining, crazy and I didn't really want to tear myself away. A book that opens with the line, "If you want to know the story of how my best friend and I ended up trying to kill each other, I should probably start with the night she asked me to be her maid of honor." I know is going to be a good one.

Everyone knows how much of a multi-million pound industry weddings are and our main character Robin and best friend Ellie's opinions couldn't be more different. Society puts focus on getting married. Single over the age of 27? You're seen as a "leftover". Over 35? "Rotten". At 34, Ellie is delighted when she announces her engagement to Kaivan but Robin is less than thrilled. She doesn't see the point in getting married, doesn't plan on marrying her girlfriend Aimee and whilst everyone else was campaigning for gay marriage, Robin would rather abolish marriage altogether. Don't even get her started on wedding traditions and rituals.

Robin is a very opinionated feminist who struggles to see anyone elses opinions but her own. I do love her dedication to her beliefs but understand how it gets her in trouble sometimes.

So Happy For You follows Robin and Ellie's friendship from when they met at school right up to Ellie's wedding weekend and how they end up trying to kill each other. This book is funny but deep at the same time. It is so timely too with Aimee being an OB-GYN who performs safe abortions, following her grandmother's death after an illegal one. This was a refreshing addition to a book in the wake of Roe v Wade.

All in all, a very enjoyable read! 

A massive thank you to HQ for having me on the blog tour. You can find information about the other bloggers taking part in the tour in the graphic below.

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