Review: Effie at the Wedding by Tracy Marchini

effie at the wedding

Effie at the Wedding / Tracy Marchini

When the cover says ‘short story’, it means short story.  Ten pages.  I read it in under fifteen minutes!

Effie is the maid of honor on her sister’s wedding.  Her older, prettier, and skinnier sister.  And she doesn’t want to be there.  She wants to get away from it all when she accidentally locks herself in the bathroom.  While sitting there, she reflects why it’s better to stay in there than rejoin the reception.

Because the book has a lot of amusing lists, this review will come in a list form.

5 Reasons Why I Liked Effie at the Wedding

5. It’s funny!  Effie sounded bitter and insecure and she whines a little but that’s okay.  She’s keeping it real.

4. Her lists are witty!  And she had very good points, as superficial as some of them were.  Her sarcasm is her defense mechanism but as the lists go on, you get to see that she’s just a scared little girl, scared to lose her sister.

3. Great characters!  Apart from Effie and her sister, her aunt, mom, and grandmother were funny as well.  Even with just a line or two between them.

2. The references to Hamlet, crazy cat ladies, questionable colors, and “It’s Complicated” relationships.  I’m not a huge fan of chick lit or YA in general but if done right, it’s fun.  This was done just right.

1. It’s not just a cutesy girly story.  It’s doesn’t dwell on “Oh I’ll never get a boyfriend” or “Oh I’m too fat, I’m not good enough”.  Sure it does talk about that but in the end, it’s just Effie reflecting on her relationship with her best friend, her sister.

Rating: 5/5.

Recommendation: Waiting for your nails to dry?  Need a quick pick me up?  Then pick this up!

Get your copy here.

* In compliance with FTC guidelines, it should be noted that I received the book for free through LibraryThing Member Giveaways.

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