Thursday, January 2, 2014

Book Review: The Longest Date by Cindy Chupak

Cindy Chupak, writer for Sex and the City and author of The Between Boyfriends Book, tackles the "longest date" of her life, her marriage, in this collection of essays.  The essays cover everything from the negotiations required in combining furniture to how to celebrate the holidays and everything else newlyweds go through in their first few years of marriage.  Chupak, as an older bride, also struggles with her fertility and suffers from miscarriages in some of these essays that take a more serious look at the trials of early marriage.

Writing
I found the writing to be very similar to what you would find on Sex and the City, which isn't a stretch seeing as the author wrote for the show.  Unfortunately that style, and therefore the style of the book, was just ok for me.  Like the show, I was never just blown away by the writing or its cleverness.  It wasn't bad necessarily, but it also wasn't anything that I've never seen before.

Entertainment Value
Again, I wasn't blown away, but I was entertained.  Chupak is definitely funny and has a great sense of humor.  I just didn't feel like she had a message that is new or unique.  It was pretty standard "isn't marriage funny" fare.  The essays where she discussed infertility and pregnancy loss stood out to me as the most original and earnest of the book and I enjoyed them greatly.

Overall
It's not a must read, but if you're looking for something light and fluffy with a bit of heart mixed in, it's not a bad choice.  It would also make a good wedding shower gift, if you're looking for something to buy a new or soon-to-be bride.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy to review.

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