‘So Happy For You’ is the latest book by Celia Laskey.
Robin and Ellie have been best friends since childhood. They’ve been through everything together, from Robin coming out to the death of Ellie’s dad. But when Ellie asks Robin to be her maid of honour, Robin is reluctant. It’s not that Robin isn’t happy for Ellie; she just hates everything about weddings and marriage—plus the guy Ellie’s engaged to. There’s also the matter of the crazy (not to mention dangerous) wedding rituals that couples are resorting to in the hope of securing a lifetime of happiness. Despite her misgivings, Robin finally says yes. But as the wedding day approaches, she gets the feeling that everyone in the bridal party is out to get her. And it seems Ellie is willing to do anything for the perfect day. After all, marriage is about sacrifice.
Nothing could have prepared me for the twists and drama in this book, which I thought was initially a quirky spin on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, but it really was quite the comedic and dark story.
Robin and Ellie have been best friends since childhood living in each other’s pockets but as they become older. They become polar opposites, Ellie becomes obsessed with finding the one and getting married whilst Robin, an outspoken feminist hates the concept of marriage and sees it as an antiquated tradition and is content living with her girlfriend Aimee.
But despite their differences, when Ellie finally becomes engaged, she asks Robin to become her maid of honour and under Ellie’s pressure and guilt, Robin reluctantly agrees. As the big day gets closer, Ellie becomes more unhinged and manic determined to have the perfect day, no matter the cost.
I loved this story, it’s witty, it’s dark and really focuses on societal pressures to settle down but giving it a bit of spin with the clever storyline. I initially didn’t like Robin, I found her brash and outspoken but as the story progressed, I loved her.
She was fun, committed and even though she doesn’t believe in marriage, she supported Ellie. Ellie was an astonishing character, taking the term ‘bridezilla’ to a whole new level, she was manipulative and manic with her behaviour and quite regularly through the story, her actions shocked me!
This story is a great book that I highly recommend. It’s dark, witty and really delves into the incredible pressure that women are put under to have the perfect wedding and marriage.
From strange traditions and charms, ‘So Happy For You’ is a story of
friendship, drama and forgiveness and I loved every second of it!
You can buy ‘So Happy For You’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.