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Title: The People We Hate at the Wedding: A Novel
Author: Grant Ginder
Publisher: Published June 5th 2018 by Flatiron Books (first published June 6th 2017)
ISBN: 9781250095220
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"It’s for the same audience that flocked to The Nest, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? or dare I say a little book you might be a fan of, Crazy Rich Asians." — Kevin Kwan, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians "Sinfully good." — Elin Hilderbrand Entertainment Weekly's Summer Must-Read A Publishers Weekly BEST SUMMER BOOKS, 2017 New York Post Best Books of Summer Red "It’s for the same audience that flocked to The Nest, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? or dare I say a little book you might be a fan of, Crazy Rich Asians." — Kevin Kwan, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians "Sinfully good." — Elin Hilderbrand Entertainment Weekly's Summer Must-Read A Publishers Weekly BEST SUMMER BOOKS, 2017 New York Post Best Books of Summer Redbook's 10 Books You Have To Read This Summer "The summer’s most compelling fictional exploration of affluence and envy. Like all the best beach reads, it eats the rich like so many frozen grapes." — Bloomberg Businessweek Relationships are awful. They'll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life. Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins. They couldn’t hate it more. The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who’s recently been saying things like “monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct,” while eyeing undergrads. And then there’s Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna’s first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she’s infuriatingly kind and decent. As this estranged clan gathers together, and Eloise's walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel you’ll read this year.

30 review for The People We Hate at the Wedding: A Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cayla

    The best thing about this book is the cover.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Everyone in this book is an asshole.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    People we Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder is a 2017 Flatiron publication. This book enjoyed some heavy promotion and exposure a few months back. I think I might have discovered it via the book section of the NYT, but then I noticed it was popping up on various library lists etc. So I decided to try it. This book is supposed to be funny, exposing family dysfunction, but also proving that some bonds, no matter how much we may wish to distance ourselves from them, simply cannot be broken. I do People we Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder is a 2017 Flatiron publication. This book enjoyed some heavy promotion and exposure a few months back. I think I might have discovered it via the book section of the NYT, but then I noticed it was popping up on various library lists etc. So I decided to try it. This book is supposed to be funny, exposing family dysfunction, but also proving that some bonds, no matter how much we may wish to distance ourselves from them, simply cannot be broken. I do believe the author did an admirable enough job getting that point across, however, it was just a wee bit too outlandish for me. Eloise, the privileged daughter of Donna and Henrique, is getting married. She invites her half-siblings, Alice and Paul, the product of Donna’s second marriage, to an ordinary, average guy, who has since passed away. Alice and Paul are resentful of Eloise, and Paul and his mother are not speaking, so the wedding, which is to take place in London, is just the right setting for a madcap convergence of pent-up emotions, bursting at the seams, to finally burst open. Sadly, none of the characters, nor the dialogue, was all that funny. In fact, it was often so overboard, it just seemed sad. The balloon holding in all that tension was popped in a big rush at the end, making the conclusion a little too pat, and not all that satisfying. I give the author an A for effort, but it just didn’t quite make the grade anywhere else. 2 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Burnett

    Grant Ginder’s The People We Hate at the Wedding is an entertaining read. At times it was more graphic than I wanted it to be, but generally the book held my attention and kept me engrossed in the story. His characters are not the most likeable, however several of them do become more appealing as the book progresses. I had thought the book was going to be funny because it had been likened to Where’d You go, Bernadette (which is hilarious), but I mainly found it sad. None of the characters (excep Grant Ginder’s The People We Hate at the Wedding is an entertaining read. At times it was more graphic than I wanted it to be, but generally the book held my attention and kept me engrossed in the story. His characters are not the most likeable, however several of them do become more appealing as the book progresses. I had thought the book was going to be funny because it had been likened to Where’d You go, Bernadette (which is hilarious), but I mainly found it sad. None of the characters (except Eloise and Ollie usually) have their lives together and continually make bad choices. Towards the end of the book, they begin to come around which I felt improved the story. I am not sure I am the target audience for this novel. Ginder tells the story through alternating viewpoints which was an effective strategy for this novel. Thanks to Flatiron Books for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com If you like snarky humor and watching a train wreck of a family unravel at the seams then I’ve got another great book to add to your summer reading list! First of all, the title/cover combination is pure gold, this is a great book to pick up this summer. It’s light, but has a bite due to its sardonic nature. This is a modern, cynical look at the dynamics of a highly dysfunctional family that could not be more entertaining. It’s told via altern All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com If you like snarky humor and watching a train wreck of a family unravel at the seams then I’ve got another great book to add to your summer reading list! First of all, the title/cover combination is pure gold, this is a great book to pick up this summer. It’s light, but has a bite due to its sardonic nature. This is a modern, cynical look at the dynamics of a highly dysfunctional family that could not be more entertaining. It’s told via alternating points of view, primarily through the eyes of Paul, Alice and Donna though you do hear from just about every character at some point. Every single one of them is deeply flawed and not very likable, but watching their relationships was utterly fascinating. These people do not hold anything back, they are brutally honest and at times it’s painfully awkward, but again absolutely entertaining as a reader. This has some racy, risqué scenes but it’s also infused with the type of humor that speaks to my soul. The writing is acerbic, intelligent and scarily insightful and is always filled with snark. It’s really witty and engaging, I read it pretty quick and can’t tell you how many times I vacillitated between giggling and being horrified. The way this family behaves is appalling! I think the book succeeded at what The Nest tried (and failed) to do. If I had one (minor) issue it would be that there was very little time at the wedding and I’m a sucker for drama at a wedding! At the end of the day though, this book isn’t really about a wedding, it’s about a really messed up family, so I’m not mad.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    At the heart of this book is a very dysfunctional family with absolutely selfish and unappealing characters. Not the light and fun read at all that the book's description implies. Paul and Alice fly to London to attend their half sister's wedding. Alice is having an affair with a married man, Paul's partner is getting tired of him, and Eloise has everything going for her. Not recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    This had the potential to be a good book. But it quickly crossed the line from amusingly snarky to unpleasantly hostile. The author writes as if he hates women, and all the characters are unlikable. The most offensive, crude words are used whenever possible. It's disappointing because the story line seems like it could have been really interesting. If only it were written by someone else.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Who were The People I Hated in this Book? Every. Single. One of them. I kept waiting for something to happen to push forward this story about a slew of irredeemable characters, but it was just more of the same right up until the (unsatisfying) conclusion. Too depressing for a beach read and too light for a serious read, this book pretty much has an intriguing title and not much else.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    The People We Hate at the Wedding – Grant Grinder I generally like books about dysfunctional families. They tend to make me appreciate my own dysfunctional family even more. But this book was so out of left field that I very nearly decided to give up on it, but kept plodding through it just to see how it would end. The premise was somewhat confusing once you started reading this – yes it did deal with exactly what the synopsis claims, but the ‘why’ of it all was so stupid that I wanted to scream. M The People We Hate at the Wedding – Grant Grinder I generally like books about dysfunctional families. They tend to make me appreciate my own dysfunctional family even more. But this book was so out of left field that I very nearly decided to give up on it, but kept plodding through it just to see how it would end. The premise was somewhat confusing once you started reading this – yes it did deal with exactly what the synopsis claims, but the ‘why’ of it all was so stupid that I wanted to scream. Most of this book seemed to dwell on Paul and Mark’s relationship and sexual antics. The sex part was somewhat explicit but not over the top for this sort of book. However, this made for short shrift in dealing with the other members of this family. Oh, Alice got her own part and boy was she a bit whacko, but nothing compared to her brother! And the mother, Donna, well we don’t get much on her at all. Then there is the not so beloved step-sister Eloise (and this is where I don’t see how this could come together to make a story, even a fictional one) who is hated by her younger brother and sister. She is hated because her father left her well-off? Because she wasn’t there for her step-sister’s emergency? Well so what of it? He wasn’t their father so how could they have such horrid reactions? She had her own problems (such as they were) when her sister had her emergency. Just plain jealousy is what it all turned into. These are three of the most unlikeable characters I have met and I think had I ever met someone like this in real life I would run not walk away from them as fast as I could run. I have never felt less for character’s as I felt with this bunch…ALL of them. Even during the worst the world threw at this crew, I felt nothing for them. They were shallow, flat, unlikeable drug addicted, drunks, and attention prostitutes. There is some closure, but not enough. ARC supplied by publisher/author

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book has been super-hyped this summer, but it hasn't received a lot of glowing reviews from readers and I think that's mostly because the characters aren't particularly sympathetic people. They're kind of awful, honestly. But, still, I was willing to give it a shot because I don't mind stories about awful people. Especially when they're billed as funny. Seinfeld never gets old and I'm practically the only person I know who loves Difficult People. The problem here, in my opinion, was that th This book has been super-hyped this summer, but it hasn't received a lot of glowing reviews from readers and I think that's mostly because the characters aren't particularly sympathetic people. They're kind of awful, honestly. But, still, I was willing to give it a shot because I don't mind stories about awful people. Especially when they're billed as funny. Seinfeld never gets old and I'm practically the only person I know who loves Difficult People. The problem here, in my opinion, was that there's nothing really all that funny about this book. And, unlike Seinfeld, Grant Ginder makes an attempt to offer these awful people some sort of redemption, but it comes almost too late for me to care. So, honestly, this book never really rose above average for me. It's essentially about two siblings, Paul and Alice, who are bitterly preparing for wedding of Eloise, the offspring of their mother's first marriage to a wealthy Frenchman. They both have jobs they kind of hate and they are both in unfulfilling relationships, though neither one is willing to admit either of these facts. Paul is dreading the wedding because it's been nearly three years since he has spoken to his mother, following the his father's death. Alice, meanwhile, has a deep resentment of the economic disparity between herself and her half-sister. Eloise does things like look at a picture of Alice's senior prom gown, decide it looks cheap and that Alice deserves better, so sends a fancier dress and doesn't understand why Alice sends it back. And so, yeah, for the most part, these are kind of miserable people who aren't dealing with the many layers of psychological denial and resentment that they've built up. And it's not just our main cast, either. Literally everyone in this book, from the two siblings to Paul's snobby academic boyfriend to the married boss that Alice is sleeping with, is cold, callous, and self-absorbed. It's perhaps an exaggerated psychological realism, to be fair, because people really do engage in this kind of cognitive dissonance every day. Ginder makes it obvious where these psychological shortcomings are rooted. He just maybe ratchets up the dissonance to level 11 and doesn't ever let up.....until the very, very end. Seinfeld famously had a "no hugging, no learning" rule that allowed its characters to behave like assholes without being expected to atone for it. While the characters were often embarrassed or forced t never whipped that behavior back around into something tender that allowed you to forgive the characters...and that's what worked about it. You knew they were jerks and even if it occasionally makes you uncomfortable, you know what to expect and the absurdity was often the funniest part. I think the main reason why this book didn't work for me was that the characters started out at such a terrible level and then made a last-second play for tender without quiiiite enough build-up. Their changes of heart didn't feel organic or authentic to me; it felt a little more like a sudden 180 and the resulting emotional whiplash left me feeling unsatisfied with this one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    This is a terrible book. Don't read it. DNF at 38 percent. Back to the library you go. I swear you can have books with terrible characters doing awful things. But you can't have terrible characters, writing, and a ridiculous plot. At this point the half sister could be eating kids on the side, and she wouldn't suck as much as the mother (Donna), son (Paul) and (Alice) daughter in this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    debra

    "Love may disappoint, but that doesn't absolve us from loving." This is a story about a dysfunctional family that was entertaing-ish with humor- some of which was "of the over the top "variety. Turns out- that for the most part- the people these people hated were each other. The ending,IMO, was ridiculous. Ridiculous because there was the equivalent of an Exorcist 360 degree head spin for one of the main characters. In a nanosecond this character completely changed almost all of who she was, thus "Love may disappoint, but that doesn't absolve us from loving." This is a story about a dysfunctional family that was entertaing-ish with humor- some of which was "of the over the top "variety. Turns out- that for the most part- the people these people hated were each other. The ending,IMO, was ridiculous. Ridiculous because there was the equivalent of an Exorcist 360 degree head spin for one of the main characters. In a nanosecond this character completely changed almost all of who she was, thus allowing a neat wrap-up and the above quoted lesson to be delivered. The book kept me listening and mostly engaged. I didn't learn anything, but I didn't lose any IQ points (I know-debatable) either.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cmorrison

    " if a mans character is to be abused, say what you will, there's nobody like a relative to do the business"...there couldn't be a better quote to describe this delightful and fun read. I received an early copy of this book, and found that I couldn't put it down! The characters are flawed, yet hilarious , and this author draws us into an engrossing world where people are actually allowed to voice what they truly feel about their family. I cannot wait to read his next book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I hated everyone at this wedding. I had high expectations for the book since it was on so many summer must-read lists but the characters were thoroughly unlikeable and their stories were barely fleshed out. I kept expecting something to happen to tie everything together and I guess it did in the end but it was still unsatisfying.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne Wehner

    Great title. "Meh" read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caryn

    3.5 stars. Ginder puts the "fun" in dysfunctional with this family leading up to a wedding across the pond in England. A more appropriate title "The People We Hate Before the Wedding," as this book never gets to the actual wedding. The book starts with a brother, sister, and their mother who decide if they should head to their half-sister's wedding. Chapters alternate by who is speaking. Ginder easily distinguishes characters with unique voices. This book was more a character study than pure plot, 3.5 stars. Ginder puts the "fun" in dysfunctional with this family leading up to a wedding across the pond in England. A more appropriate title "The People We Hate Before the Wedding," as this book never gets to the actual wedding. The book starts with a brother, sister, and their mother who decide if they should head to their half-sister's wedding. Chapters alternate by who is speaking. Ginder easily distinguishes characters with unique voices. This book was more a character study than pure plot, but there were many scenes that I found myself chuckling. It's also sad in spots as relationships self-destruct. The second half has us hearing from significant others as they propel the story along. I felt the book ended a tad abruptly and would have liked to see what happened with these characters when they returned to the States. Maybe he's saving that for a second book. Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Flatiron Books for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    1 star. There's a lot of hype about this book, but it just does not pass muster for me. The subject matter is interesting, but the writing is weak and cliche. Props to the cover design, though, which is honestly the only thing worth mentioning here.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rana

    Delicious fun. Empty calories but man, did it taste good.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Picked this up at my library, hoping for a weekend read of shallow people making snide and gossipy remarks about people at a wedding, literally. Ended up with a soap opera about the typical dysfunctional family dealing with planning an international wedding. Everyone is fighting and arguing with each other until the chapel bells ring. Maybe not the best book, but kind of a fun read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)

    The People We Hate at the Wedding turned out not to be at all what I was expecting. Upon closing the book, I couldn’t decide how I felt about it. There were some aspects that I really liked and others that just didn’t do it for me. Let’s just start at the beginning. This story actually begins a few months before the wedding, when Alice and Paul have received the invitations for their half-sister Eloise’s wedding and are attempting to figure out just how much money Eloise must have spent on them. The People We Hate at the Wedding turned out not to be at all what I was expecting. Upon closing the book, I couldn’t decide how I felt about it. There were some aspects that I really liked and others that just didn’t do it for me. Let’s just start at the beginning. This story actually begins a few months before the wedding, when Alice and Paul have received the invitations for their half-sister Eloise’s wedding and are attempting to figure out just how much money Eloise must have spent on them. The majority of the book takes place during the lead up to, and finally culminating in the moments before the wedding. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, for some reason I had expected this to be a story that took place during the wedding, so it took me a while to assimilate. At the same time, the pacing was a bit off for me, with most of it being on the slow side and the end sweeping up too quickly in comparison. “Catching a glimpse of herself in the blackened television’s reflection, she thinks: This isn’t me. This can’t be me. I don’t know who it is, but it’s not me. Or maybe it is, and that’s the awful truth.” Told in multiple points of view, this book opens alternating between Paul and Alice, and over time expands to include the points of view of some of the other family members: their mother, Donna; Eloise; and Eloise’s fiancé, Ollie. My first impressions of Paul and Alice were that they were both incredibly unlikable, narcissistic characters and if I’d had to read the whole book through their perspectives (or heaven forbid, just one of them!) I probably would not have finished it. Their constant negative thoughts and poor decisions made me uncomfortable and I kept finding myself wanting to either help or strangle them. Frankly, by the time I read a chapter through Eloise’s perspective, it was like a breath of fresh air. “Never expect someone to change, because he won’t. If you don’t love someone at his worst, you shouldn’t bother loving him at all.” While there were some great moments of writing here, a lot of it just wasn’t to my taste. Between plenty of swearing, use of unnecessarily big words, and sex that was described way too explicitly, I found myself cringing all over the place. But then there would be a witty remark that made me laugh out loud or a thoroughly sincere sentence that would make me stop and think. In some ways, the style of Ginder’s writing actually mirrored the message in this story. It got under my skin and made me uncomfortable. You know, like family does. And then it did something brilliant, and I loved it. You know, like family does. The People We Hate at the Wedding won’t be for everyone. But if a sarcastic and satiric writing style suits you, you might enjoy this story about dysfunctional family dynamics and the powerful bond of love that endures through it all. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via Goodreads Giveaway!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacey A. Prose and Palate

    I have found myself on a major dysfunctional character reading binge lately and I absolutely love it. The People We Hate At The Wedding is no exception. Maybe it is because I can absolutely relate to the craziness that was rampant in this hot mess of a family -- from the mother and the son not speaking to each other over a misunderstanding to the animosity Alice harbors towards her half-sister Elosie, or maybe I just needed this snarkiness in my life at the moment. There were moments from the re I have found myself on a major dysfunctional character reading binge lately and I absolutely love it. The People We Hate At The Wedding is no exception. Maybe it is because I can absolutely relate to the craziness that was rampant in this hot mess of a family -- from the mother and the son not speaking to each other over a misunderstanding to the animosity Alice harbors towards her half-sister Elosie, or maybe I just needed this snarkiness in my life at the moment. There were moments from the rehearsal on to the end of the book where I actually laughed out loud, but there were also moments were I cringed and wanted to gag (trash can therapy sessions, NO THANK YOU.) This is a story about three siblings who are stumbling along through life, displeased as to where they currently find themselves, jealous of their half-sister who seems to be living the life that they wish they could have lived, and blaming everyone along the way for their problems . Alice (bless her heart) is just stuck in grief over a loss that happened five years ago and she can not move on from it. Paul (Alice’s brother) is an absolute door mat and struggling with what he wants to do with his life and poor Eloise just wants everyone to get along and be the perfect happy family. But not every family is like a Norman Rockwell painting and this particular one has messiness and drama in spades. The only thing that Paul and Alice can seem to agree on is their loathing for Eloise as her impending marriage approaches. I did feel that this story dragged a bit in the middle and I wish there was more focus on the actual wedding then the time leading up to the big event. That being said, I still found it to be a solid 3.5 star read. If you like snarky characters and flawed families, then this would be an enjoyable read for you. Many thanks to Netgalley and FlatIron Books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gillian At Home

    This is - hands down - one of the best novels about family, social class, and thirtysomething malaise I have ever read. This is the novel I was expecting The Nest to be. I feel like I've just been to a family wedding and spent the whole time with the most interesting people there. Grant Ginder has created a family of charming, funny, intelligent characters who all come to London for a wedding. Shifting back and forth between perspectives, you have time to enjoy seeing what's inside each family me This is - hands down - one of the best novels about family, social class, and thirtysomething malaise I have ever read. This is the novel I was expecting The Nest to be. I feel like I've just been to a family wedding and spent the whole time with the most interesting people there. Grant Ginder has created a family of charming, funny, intelligent characters who all come to London for a wedding. Shifting back and forth between perspectives, you have time to enjoy seeing what's inside each family member's head. I loved spending time with each of them and their wry observations and biting commentary - I actually giggled reading this on the subway. This book is smartly written. The language is perfectly chosen, but the writing is unpretentious. Unlike a lot of books about people with money, this one doesn't fall into the trap of trying to prove it "belongs" with too many references to brand names or materialism. It was pitch perfect. Congratulations to Ginder, who makes it look easy. I enjoyed this so much, I will read anything he writes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth☮

    This is a look at a group of people as they appear for a wedding in England. The two half siblings are American and resent their "perfect" sister whose father is decidedly rich. The story is told from various POV's and adds to the narrative that takes us from California to Philadelphia to England. These people are all a mess (which is what I like about them). The people they hate at the wedding? Themselves! A great summer read as it is quick and engaging. Nothing too heavy to focus on while rela This is a look at a group of people as they appear for a wedding in England. The two half siblings are American and resent their "perfect" sister whose father is decidedly rich. The story is told from various POV's and adds to the narrative that takes us from California to Philadelphia to England. These people are all a mess (which is what I like about them). The people they hate at the wedding? Themselves! A great summer read as it is quick and engaging. Nothing too heavy to focus on while relaxing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This was fine. I didn't like it nearly as much as I was expecting to, and I think it's because it just felt too overwrought. Like, yes, all of those things might happen in a family, but it was the worst possible outcome for all of them and it was just too much. It wasn't even fun in the way that CRA and its sequels were, just more and more miserable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sterlingcindysu

    Isn't this a great title and cover! I predict this will be a summer beach-reading hit. I read this on a cruise and passed it around when I was done--thanks for the arc! One thing I think will get some negative comments are the stock characters Ginder brings out for our review--young woman in debt, gay guy, unhappy wife who still thinks about her ex and priviledged rich woman who works in non-profits are all accounted. But Ginder puts the twist on them by making them SO outrageously mean/spiteful Isn't this a great title and cover! I predict this will be a summer beach-reading hit. I read this on a cruise and passed it around when I was done--thanks for the arc! One thing I think will get some negative comments are the stock characters Ginder brings out for our review--young woman in debt, gay guy, unhappy wife who still thinks about her ex and priviledged rich woman who works in non-profits are all accounted. But Ginder puts the twist on them by making them SO outrageously mean/spiteful/generous, etc. In other words, whatever their main vanity is, it's magnified to outlandish proportions. The story is told through different viewpoints and is easy to follow even with flashbacks. I bet anyone who reads this will think their life is a piece of cake afterwards!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

    I put this one aside for the time being. I felt like although it was hilarious at times, it was a bit too cynical and crude for me. I didn't think that was possible, but I think I am just not in the right mood for it. May revisit it later this summer.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mairzi

    Yet another bad book that doesn't live up to the promise of its great title or description on the book jacket. It is not "bitingly funny", "slyly witty" or "surprisingly tender". It is boring and predictable filled with characters who are so poorly drawn the reader never gets a sense of who they are or what motivates them. I read so much about this book earlier this year that made it sound so promising and can only conclude that these glowing recommendations were not based on anyone actually rea Yet another bad book that doesn't live up to the promise of its great title or description on the book jacket. It is not "bitingly funny", "slyly witty" or "surprisingly tender". It is boring and predictable filled with characters who are so poorly drawn the reader never gets a sense of who they are or what motivates them. I read so much about this book earlier this year that made it sound so promising and can only conclude that these glowing recommendations were not based on anyone actually reading this book but rather on the synopsis and admittedly wonderful title.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I was so disappointed in this book. I didn't care for any of the characters. There were plot points to explore in deeper ways and it felt unfinished. Oh well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    I would like to thank BookBrowse and Flatiron Books for the Advanced Reading Edition of "The People We Hate at the Wedding" by Grant Ginder for my honest review. The genres of this book are Contemporary Adult Fiction, and Humor and Satire. I find that the author describes his complex and complicated characters as completely dysfunctional as a family unit. Their relationships with others and their relationships at work are also dysfunctional. This novel is witty and there is satire surrounding one o I would like to thank BookBrowse and Flatiron Books for the Advanced Reading Edition of "The People We Hate at the Wedding" by Grant Ginder for my honest review. The genres of this book are Contemporary Adult Fiction, and Humor and Satire. I find that the author describes his complex and complicated characters as completely dysfunctional as a family unit. Their relationships with others and their relationships at work are also dysfunctional. This novel is witty and there is satire surrounding one of the half-siblings weddings. There are three siblings in total. Two have the same mother and a different father and live in a comfortable home in America. Their father has just died and there is anger and resentment towards their mother. The other sibling lives in England, and is getting married. She shares the same mother, but her father, who is still living, is very wealthy so she has had many opportunities in education and travel that her siblings have not. There is a tremendous amount of jealousy. There is going to be an elegant wedding and the family from America has RSVP'd. There are mixed feels of resentment, jealousy, and confusion. Don't ask about their significant others, please don't. Grant Tinder describes family dynamics, with love and hate, encouragement and support,emotional feelings and hope, learning self worth, and learning to communicate. Is it possible that one can love and hate at the same time? The author discusses many modern issues such as being gay, adultery,and abuse in relationships. I would highly recommend this intriguing and humorous book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    Cutting. That's the best word I can think of to describe this book. Some family stories are warm and happy, and this is sharp and cutting and messy, and yes, at times, funny. Grinder shows family dysfunction in all its completely ugly reality, and has created characters who are simultaneously hateful and worth investing in. There were parts of this book that were just plain gross (read: the garbage can scenes), but in my opinion, when a book is gross and I keep reading, it's a sign of quality wr Cutting. That's the best word I can think of to describe this book. Some family stories are warm and happy, and this is sharp and cutting and messy, and yes, at times, funny. Grinder shows family dysfunction in all its completely ugly reality, and has created characters who are simultaneously hateful and worth investing in. There were parts of this book that were just plain gross (read: the garbage can scenes), but in my opinion, when a book is gross and I keep reading, it's a sign of quality writing and plot. I do wish more of the book had been set actually in England and involving the wedding. The last 20% was my favorite and there were a few laugh-out-loud moments toward the very end. If you have a family that sometimes drives you to tears, and if you understand that life isn't all warm and fuzzy for all of us, this is the summer book for you. Thanks to Net Galley for the digital ARC for review - all opinions are my own.

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