Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Title: Mating Rituals of the North American WASP
Author: Lauren Lipton
Publisher: 5 Spot
Publication Date: May 29, 2009
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Age Group: Adult
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: Mating Rituals of the North American WASP is a comedy of errors. The two main characters, Peggy and Luke, are unable to communicate their true feelings for each other which leads to frustrating and confusing interactions. Hiding their true relationship from almost everyone else that they know adds an additional complication to their lives. Both Peggy and Luke are flawed characters which makes them easy to identify with. Neither has a true sense of direction or purpose. I loved the character of Miss Abigail, Luke's great aunt. She guides Luke and Peggy, often without them realizing it, and certainly seems to know more than she lets on.
Overall, Mating Rituals of the North American WASP was an entertaining, quick, and enjoyable book
Find a full list of the blog tour stops at Drey's Library. Thank you to Miriam at Hachette Book Group for sending me Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp.