Asking For Trouble – Elizabeth Young

Synopsis

Sophy’s single and happy about it. She likes her job, her friends and her life, so bemoaning her single status over a bottle or two of Chardonnay isn’t on the cards.

She does however have an imaginary boyfriend, Dominic, a little white lie whose sole purpose is to keep Sophy’s mother off her back. Which is fine until Dominic’s presence is demanded at a family wedding.

So what does Sophy do? Does she admit Dominic is a fantasy? Does she invent a sudden but tragic death? Oh no. Sophy hires an escort.

But when distinctly delicious Josh Carmichael arrives on her doorstep ready to step into Dominic’s expensively tailored shoes, Sophy can tell things are going to get tricky. And the wedding is only the beginning …

Review

Asking For Trouble is the book that the movie The Wedding Date is very loosely based upon, and although at the time of seeing the movie I wasn’t all that impressed with it, it is in hindsight a lot better than the original book. Maybe watching the movie prior to reading the book wasn’t the way to go and maybe if I’d done it the other way around I would have enjoyed the book more, but in all honesty I really don’t think it would have made all that much difference as there’s something about the book that I just didn’t like.

I’m thinking that one of the reasons for this is the characters themselves.

For a start the main character of Sophy is actually really rather annoying and even the spelling of her name tended to irritate me and as a result I found myself gritting my teeth each and every time it was mentioned … which was a lot considering the whole book revolves around her. The only saving grace and her only redeeming feature is the fact that she’s a size 13¾ and has wobbly bits, which certainly makes a nice change as usually in these types of book the main characters are all stick thin sized 8’s with hardly any hang-ups about their appearances at all.

Another really annoying aspect of this book was the continuous mention of characters in passing, some of whom I’m fairly certain we never actually met (so to speak) so not only did I find this annoying but I also found it rather confusing and had to spend a fair amount of time racking my brain trying to think if they’d been mentioned before and if so where.

On the plus side it is a fairly quick and easy read and as such you can plough your way through it fairly quickly but for the reasons mentioned above it didn’t grab my attention. I found it a bit slow to start with, which didn’t help matters, but even when it did start to pick up the pace a bit it was still very long winded in parts and it started to become a bit of a chore to read. I actually found myself wishing for the end to come sooner rather than later just so that I could finally close the book, put it to one side and move on to something a bit more interesting.

As you can no doubt probably tell by now I’m not a fan of this book and I don’t think I’m going to be in any great hurry to read any more of this author’s work. This is actually one of those very rare times where by the movie is much better than the book, and for those of you who have already seen the movie, that’s saying something.

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