Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mating Rituals of the North American WASP

Mating Rituals of the North American WASP
Lauren Lipton
353 pages
Publisher: 5 Spot
Source: Barnes & Noble

You can read the Goodreads summary of this novel here.

Peggy is eager for her boyfriend of seven years to propose.  Then on a trip to Las Vegas with some of her best girlfriends, she wakes up one morning, not remembering the night before, married to a WASP from Connecticut.  Because of the frail state of his aunt and for financial reasons they decided to go on with the sham of a marriage until the woman dies and they can sell her house.  I know, how touching, right?

According to the Wikipedia definition of a WASP, I'm not technically one but I do know a few.  They're not rich or entitled and I don't know any that act like the WASPs in this novel.  Of course, they're not from Connecticut, so maybe that has something to do with it?  Or did the author make up this sense of entitlement?  I'm sure it used to be there, but is it still?  Ultimately the book made me wonder: are WASPs from Connecticut really like this?  Do they really still worry about marrying one of their own?  Are they really that opposed to people from Queens?  I doubt it.

SPOILER ALERT:  The ending discouraged me a little.  I was happy Peggy and Luke ended up together, but they fact that they inherited a large sum of money in the end?  They could have been happy together without the money and I think they author could have made a stronger point if they hadn't been handed the easy life in the end.

I bought it at the bookstore thinking I would really enjoy it.  Unfortunately, I had to give it just two stars for "it was okay" because it was just okay.  The plot didn't hold my interest and the characters were kind of bland except for Aunt Abigail.  Overall, it was a light chick-lit read that killed last night and this afternoon.

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