The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date
by Jasmine Guillory
Berkley (January 30, 2018)
320 pages
Advance copy provided by publisher

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In an effort to include some fun, feel-good reading in my list of Best Books to Read on Spring Break 2018 (you can find the 2017 list here), I stumbled upon The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. Not only am I always excited to support debut authors, but I'm also making an effort to include more diversity in my author selections; The Wedding Date covers both. 

While I primarily read literary fiction, plus a few mysteries and thrillers thrown in from time to time, I do enjoy a departure; I experience more than my share of broken characters, family dynamics and serious topics in my professional (and often personal) life, yet these are the stories I am drawn to most often. 

What I love most about The Wedding Date is that, while it is certainly a witty, smart, funny and romantic story, it includes real world problems. When Alexa and Drew meet cute, at the very beginning, one might worry, as I did, that this could easily slide into predictable territory. To Guillory's credit, her reluctance to shy away from topics like the pitfalls of interracial relationships and body image issues prevents this slip; I am hopeful this will endear her to a larger audience. 

They were all wearing those barely there dresses - the kind that you couldn’t wear a bra with, the kind that Alexa always walked right by in the store - and their bodies looked perfect in them. She looked down at herself in the forgiving red and white polka-dot A-line dress she’d felt cute in before leaving Drew’s apartment and sighed.

Another aspect I appreciate is that Alexa and Drew are each struggling with very relatable issues - busy careers to maintain; complicated pasts; difficulty with communication - and they seem to cope with them in very relatable ways, like the consumption of In-and-Out Burgers and long runs. 

Carlos squeezed out three ketchup packets onto his hamburger wrapper and grabbed a handful of fries. Ugh, he always took all of the ketchup. Drew should have just gotten his own damn hamburgers and gotten drunk at home alone in peace.

Before I make this sound like it's all business, there is plenty of comedic relief and a few hold-your-breath romantic gestures. Additionally, I absolutely adore Alexa's personality and can relate to her desire to remain tough, even when she most wants to break down on the couch with ice cream and television. 

The Wedding Date was unexpectedly delightful; I will certainly recommend this one to many friends and fellow readers who are looking for an entertaining, yet thoughtful, romantic escape. 

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