Review: Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Publication date: 23 April 2013
Publisher: Dial Press
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780812993844
Length: 446 pages
Genre: Chick lit
Age group: Adult
Source: Won
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Buy it: Amazon UK | The Book Depository
My rating: 3 Stars

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad—not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married… right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.

I adore Sophie Kinsella. She’s one of those very few people whose work I’ve loved since my early teens and whose books go to the very top of my reading list the minute they are published. I’ve read every single one of her novels and, with the exception of one, I loved every one of them. She has a great sense of humour which is there in all of her books, and her characters always manage to grow on me. Needless to say, my expectations for this book were very high. But I didn’t love it. In fact, I was a little bit disappointed.

As I just mentioned, one of the reasons why I love her books so much is the fact that they’re unbelievably funny. And not just ‘make you smile’ funny, but ‘laugh-out-loud and silently choke to death on public transport while trying not to snort with laughter’ funny. Her main characters always remind me a little bit of Bridget Jones. Sometimes they’re a bit clumsy, in some ways we can all relate to them – and they’re all hilarious. Some of her stories are a bit far-fetched but that’s part of the package and it never really bothered me before.

But what I realised after reading one of her previous books, Remember Me? (the other one I didn’t really like) is that far-fetched stories like these can easily turn into ones that are over-the-top. I think – for me, at least – there’s a very fine line between the two and Wedding Night happened to fall into the latter category. It’s similar to how I feel about movies. You know comedies that are absolutely hilarious and make you literally cry with laughter? And then there are the ones that start out brilliantly but after a while the plot becomes a bit… forced and instead of being hilarious, the characters’ clumsiness and/or general behaviour just becomes unrealistic and off-putting? I’m pretty sure I’m not explaining this very well but that’s how I felt about this book. There’s only so much far-fetched plot you can take before you realise that a) it’s not even funny anymore and b) the reason why everything is so unrealistic and exaggerated is to make the book funnier but it’s not working.

Another thing that didn’t really help was that I couldn’t connect with the characters. It usually never happens with Kinsella’s books but this set of characters didn’t work for me for some reason. I loved the idea of the dual narrative and it definitely made the book more interesting, but I can’t say I particularly liked Lottie and Fliss. Or any of the male characters either.

Having said that, the book did have it’s funny moments. It did make me laugh a few times and all in all, I still wanted to find out what happens to Lottie. And even though Wedding Night didn’t become my newest favourite book, Kinsella is still one of my favourite authors and I’ll still pick up her next novel in a heartbeat.


  1. says

    Ahh I remember loving the Confessions of a Shopaholic series so much! I’ve read quite a few Sophie Kinsella novels but not this one yet. I have one of her books in my TBR pile, hopefully it holds up to expectations! I haven’t read anything of hers since the beginning of university so it’ll be interesting to see if she still holds up. Too bad this one didn’t work for you :(

    • says

      Oh me too, it’s been ages since I read it but it’s still one of my favourite series EVER! I really liked some of her newer books (I’ve Got Your Number particularly, but Twenties Girl was really good as well) so I hope you will too. :)

      I know, such a shame! But apparently she’s already working on the new Shopaholic book so… *jumps up and down*

  2. says

    I’ve only ever read three of her books: first shopaholic, Remember Me and Undomestic Goddess. I agree that they are funny and sometimes would have a tendency to be unbelievable. But that’s the thing about Fiction: depending on how much you’re enjoying the book, suspension of belief is something that you could or could not ignore.

    Sorry you didn’t enjoy this as much. Especially since you’re such a fan of her work. :)
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