Questions to Ask Before Marrying – Melissa Senate

Title: Questions To Ask Before Marrying
Author: Melissa Senate
ISBN: 0373895607
Pages: 256
Release Date: June 1, 2008
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the back cover:

Ruby Miller and her fiancé, Tom Truby, have questions 1 to 14 almost covered. It’s question 15 that has the Maine schoolteacher stumped: Is their relationship strong enough to withstand challenges?

Challenges like…Ruby’s twin sister, Stella. The professional muse, flirt and face reader thinks Ruby is playing it safe. And that the future Mrs. Ruby Truby will die of boredom before her first anniversary or her thirtieth birthday, whichever comes first.

Challenges like…sexy maverick teacher Nick McDermott, Ruby’s secret longtime crush, who confesses his feelings for her at her own engagement party.

But before Ruby can plan the wedding that may never be, Stella announces she’s pregnant by a one-night stand whose name might be Jake (or James? Maybe Jason?) and who lives somewhere under the glittering lights of Las Vegas. Ruby and Stella hit the road to find him—with a lot more than fifteen questions.

And after three thousand miles, a stowaway relative and hitchhiking teen lovebirds bound for an Elvis wedding chapel, the Miller sisters might get some answers.

Questions To Ask Before Marrying is a light, fun read that is easy to finish in one sitting. It’s one of those books that will take your mind off of whatever is troubling you; its enthusiastic, quirky tone will leave you in a good mood.

I enjoyed reading about Ruby and the struggles she went through in order to determine who she wanted to be with: Tom or Nick. While I didn’t agree with some of her choices, I thought the character was well-written and very easy to relate to.

I had a little more trouble with Stella. Her insistence that Ruby isn’t in love with Tom was frustrating, especially since it didn’t seem like Stella cared what Ruby had to say on the matter. Her personal journey was a little more difficult to relate to, though I had sympathy for her.

The novel is very short, but deals with a lot of different issues on opposite ends of the spectrum, so it gave me the sense I was being jostled around a bit. Time also does not pass evenly; sometimes days will go by from chapter to chapter. It takes a bit of adjusting and as a result, the book does not flow smoothly.

Questions To Ask Before Marrying is a fun and light read that most chick lit lovers will probably enjoy. And in case you’re wondering, the New York Times article that the title of the book is based on does actually exist:

Questions Couples Should Ask (Or Wish They Had) Before Marrying


  1. This sounds sort of cute! I love that the article actually exists too!

  2. I’m not big into chick lit, but sometimes I just need a book like this!

  3. this is awesome!:) you have an amazing list of chick lits.. when i need to pick one up, i am definitely coming here for a recommendation and i am sure this one will be one of the first few i pick!:) i love chick lits!:)

  4. This sounds like a good one, perfect for those not so serious moments. Thanks for the great review!

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  6. I am not into chicklit. It looks like a fun read though.

  7. I read this one a few months ago — I’m sort of addicted to Red Dress Ink novels, though I’m not sure they’re still being published? — and loved it. Like you, I found Stella a bit annoying; I couldn’t understand why she couldn’t just leave Ruby to make her own decisions and stop pressuring her to “see” what she sees in Tom. But I really had fun on their journey!

  8. sounds like a very nice book!! 🙂

  9. This is on my TBR list. I do like the author and have read 2 or 3 of her previous novels. Thanks for the review.

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