The Best Day of Someone Else's Life

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The Best Day of Someone Else's Life

Kevin Connelly, better known as Vi as not many females are named Kevin, started believing in the wedding myth around the age of 6 when she was the flower girl at an aunt's wedding. Weddings are suppose to be the Best Day of Your Life and Vi loves attending them feeling that an invitation to a wedding is an honor, being asked to be in the wedding is an even bigger honor.

In high school, Vi falls in love with Caleb Carter. When they leave for college things seem to unravel but when they are together they seem to complete each other and make each other a better them. This fact holds true even years after high school and college. Caleb starts a new job in DC where he gets back with Vi. The problem is his new job has him traveling a lot and Caleb is not known for this faithfulness.

In the course of a year, Vi is invited to a lot of weddings. Most require her to travel away from DC. In some, she is in the wedding party making buying a dress she will probably never wear again and in others, she is just a guest. After while, the honor of attending a wedding gets old and when some of the marriages start changing her friends or start to break up, Vi starts questioning the entire institute of marriage.

Vi was a great character. She was fully developed and wonderful to read about. All these weddings started doing havoc with her budget so she got creative and became a test subject for NIH, National Institute of Health. She has problems with her boyfriend, she buys new clothes. Every Sunday, she meets with her friends for drinks. Vi trying to figure out what is love and why marriage gave great insights to how she thought.

While Caleb is a central character for about half the book, it's nice when Vi really sees Caleb for who he is and not what she would like him to be. Caleb's character is not as fleshed out as Vi's character nor are any of the other characters though they have enough personality that you get a basic idea of whom they are.

Humor is laced throughout this book. Descriptions of medical tests concerning drinking large amounts of caffeine to shopping for wedding gifts have readers laughing at the silly things people do and their equally silly reactions. After finding the perfect wedding gift, Vi buys similar ones for each and every couple getting married but has readers laughing at the cards that go with them as well as the inscriptions. It's Vi's life with a humorist twist.

With Vi's luck with Caleb and her disillusionment with weddings, readers hope for Vi to find true love and her best day of her life. When she keeps seeing a handsome Irishman at weddings she's attending, her interest is peaked but who is the beautiful woman he is always seen with and is it serious? If it's not, does Vi dare to see where this interest will lead? And how does her entire family end up in jail when attending a family wedding?


Book Blurb for The Best Day of Someone Else's Life

Despite being cursed with a boy's name, Kevin "Vi" Connelly is seriously female and a committed romantic. The affliction hit at the tender age of six when she was handed a basket of flower petals and ensnared by the "marry-tale." The thrill, the attention, the big white dress—it's the Best Day of Your Life, and it's seriously addictive. But at twenty-seven, with a closetful of pricey bridesmaid dresses she'll never wear again, a trunkful of embarrassing memories, and an empty bank account from paying for it all, the illusion of matrimony as the Answer to Everything begins to fray. As her friends' choices don't provide answers, and her family confuses her more, Vi faces off against her eminently untrustworthy boyfriend and the veracity of the BDOYL. Eleven weddings in eighteen months would send any sane woman either over the edge or scurrying for the altar. But as reality separates from illusion, Vi learns that letting go of someone else's story to write your own may be harder than buying the myth, but just might help her make the right choices for herself.


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2008 3.00