Review: I Take You by Eliza Kennedy
Published May 24th, 2016 by Broadway Books (first published 2015).
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. (Goodreads)
I wanted to say how much I loved this book despite it being slightly controversial. However, although I was able to overlook the characters flaws I was not able to overlook the lack of detail and the constant degradation nor the sloppy ending. I’ll gonna lay it out for you. Lily is getting married in a week to a seemingly amazing guy. They are headed to Key West, where Lily grew up to have the wedding. But while wedding plans are underway Lily is off flirting and sleeping with any guy that strikes her fancy. Add to that she drinks, a lot and does coke with her best friend Freddie (female). So basically you have a bride that seems to not care one little bit about what marriage means. There is a back story as to why Lily left the Keys and became the “lawyer extraordinaire”, but it’s sort of lame and unfulfilling. As much as Lily goes on and on to say how much she loves her job and is good at her job the one time we get to see her in action she bombs it.
While Lily tries to figure out if she loves Will and should get married she sleeps around, bar hops and does a few lines of coke. Not indicative of the clear head that would likely figure things out. The days leading up to the wedding Lily wavers back and forth on her feelings for Will. The day before the wedding she finally decides she does love him and she needs to be honest with him. What happens after that was completely shocking and sadly I think it was meant to be just that – shocking. While unexpected I can’t say it did anything for the story itself.
The redeeming qualities of this novel are: it is Eliza Kennedy’s debut and the writing itself is fast paced, funny and modern. I think there were some missed opportunities with I Take You, such as the deposition and the ending itself. Hopefully the next story Kennedy writes has memorable characters, less shock value plot points, and pays more attention to the details. I rated I Take You by Eliza Kennedy 2.5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.