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The Wedding Girl – Review

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The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham

Age: Adult

When Milly Havel was 18 years old and studying in Oxford, she made a single, impulsive move: marrying a gay man so that he could stay in England. 10 years after that fateful summer, Milly is getting ready to start a new life, with a new man. With less than a week before the wedding, the secret Milly kept for so long will finally reappear in her life.

I’m not the biggest fan of chicklit, nor do I have the patience to get through audiobooks. For reason, I picked up the audiocd version of The Wedding Girl (bonafide chicklit), and somehow, I ended up really enjoying the story and the characters. I think something has to be said for the fact that the only audiobooks I have started and completed are those read with a British accent. Why that is? I have no clue. But if you have an accent and you’re narrating a story, chances are I’ll actually finish the book.

I thought the story was clever, and the characters were very enjoyable. Milly’s mother is what I pictured Mrs. Bennett to be like in preparing the weddings for Elizabeth and Jane. Very fussy, very determined to see her children in successful and wealthy marriages. I didn’t really attach myself to any character in particular and for such a light-hearted novel, the author went into some pretty heavy themes. There were discussions about single parenting, homosexuality and religion, deception, family loyalty, and honest and identity. I thought the ending wrapped up much too neatly, but I honestly wasn’t expecting any other ending.

Madeleine Wickham is best known for her novels as Sophie Kinsella, the Shopaholic series. If you like that series, then you’ll enjoy this book too. If you liked the Shopaholic move, but haven’t read the book, then you’ll probably enjoy this title as well.

The Wedding Girl
by Madeleine Wickham
Read by Katherine Kellgren
Macmillan Audiobook, 2009
ISBN 1427207348
8.5 hours on 7 cds

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The Dunderheads – Review

The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman

Age: 6-9 years old

The Dunderheads are a group of kids with very special talents. From a photographic memory to the ability to spit farther than anybody else in school. Mean teacher Miss Breakbone has a penchant for making students cry and confiscating everything she sees. The Dunderheads are a smarter group than she anticipated. By putting their individual strengths together, they are able to fight back against her mean ways and save the day for one of their close friends.

This book is adorable. An odd description, I know, but its fitting. This short book is a fun read for boys and girls alike in 1st and 2nd grade. This book will teach younger kids to stand up for themselves, acknowledge their individual talents and learn the art of sharing and teamwork.

The Dunderheads
by Paul Fleischman
Candlewick Press, 2009
ISBN 9780763624989
56 pages

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