Title: Mating Rituals of the North American WASP
Author: Lauren Lipton
Release Date: May 29, 2009
Publisher: 5 Spot
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
After arguing with her live-in boyfriend about his inability to commit, Peggy Adams flies to a friend’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas, and wakes up next to a man she can’t remember. Hung-over and miserable, she sneaks out of the sleeping man’s hotel room and returns home to New York, where her boyfriend apologizes for the fight and gives her a Tiffany box containing a pre-engagement ring. Not what she expected, but close enough! The next day she receives a phone call from the Las Vegas one-night stand, Luke, claiming she’s already married to him¬-and he faxes her the license for proof! Both are ready for an annulment, until Peggy arrives in quaint New Nineveh, CT, where Luke cares for his Great Aunt, and the old woman makes Peggy an offer she can’t refuse.
I was first attracted to Mating Rituals of the North American WASP because of its hilarious title – any author who would name her book that surely has a great sense of humor. And I was right – Mating Rituals of the North American WASP is a funny and irreverent novel that has a lot of heart.
The characters in Mating Rituals of the North American WASP are the best aspect of the book. Peggy is thoughtful and very nice, but is also insecure about her boyfriend Brock. After all they have been dating seven years and all she gets from him is a lousy promise ring? On the other hand, Luke comes across as cold and completely unfeeling at the beginning. However, underneath he is struggling to maintain his family’s estate, burdened with the knowledge that his aunt can no longer afford the house she lives in. These are complicated and well-written characters that the reader can’t help but feel attached to.
The plot of the novel is believable, which is more than I can say about a lot of chick lit novels such as this. The reader can feel Peggy’s desperation to save her business and understand Luke’s wish to simply be rid of his family’s crumbling home and to care for his aunt. The story is interesting enough and the ending is happy, though predictable. The book takes a little too long to come to its conclusion – in some cases, it seems that drama is created for the sake of drama. Still, the pace of the novel is brisk and the plot advances are satisfying. The commentary on WASPs is also very amusing.
I enjoyed Mating Rituals of the North American WASP. It would make a great beach read – light, fun, and and very sweet. I recommend this one to any fans of chick lit.
Thank you to Miriam at Hachette for organizing this blog tour and sending me this book to review!