No-one Ever Has Sex at a Wedding by Tracy Bloom

I have FINALLY read a book that isn’t crime or thriller and oh boy it was fun! I loved this book, with a brilliant, heart-warming story and characters that work really well together.

In Katy’s opinion, weddings should follow some basic rules:
1) No-one should ever have sex. Of course. The married couple has the rest of their lives for that, and the guests should be too busy partying.
2) If you are heavily pregnant (as Katy is) you should obviously not be invited to three weddings in the space of one summer. Your husband’s accident-prone best friend, your attention-seeking colleague, your 73-year-old mother’s marriage to her Spanish toy boy – all without even an alcoholic drink to make them bearable.
3) During the speeches, it should not be revealed that you had a secret one-night-stand with one of the other guests.
4) Instead of laying bets on the length of the best man’s speech, guests should not be laying bets on whether a marriage will be in ruins before the end of the meal…
But this summer, Katy is lucky enough to be the special guest at the weddings that break ALL of the rules. What could possibly go wrong?

This funny, heart-warming story was a really enjoyable read, and a great exploration into relationships and the different ways to navigate love and marriage.

I liked that it didn’t purely focus on one main character – although Katy is the focus, there was enough time spent on Matthew and Ben to make the story really interesting. It was fast-paced, which I enjoyed and didn’t necessarily expect in a humorous romantic novel!

The novel starts with the marriage of Braindead (Craig) and Abby, and although at first I was a bit unsure about one of the characters having such a random nickname, it soon all made sense as he proved himself to be a brilliantly hilarious yet emotional character. His seriousness about his marriage being valid, while completely illogical, was genuinely quite sweet, and it was a great setting to start the novel off with. His ridiculous speech, which lets slip the revelation that Katy and Matthew have slept together years previously, sets off a chain of events that has elements of real anguish and heartbreak but also shows the funny side of navigating marriages.

Katy and Ben’s relationship is a sweet examination of how one couple doesn’t let a mistake years previous ruin their relationship, and in one speech by Ben he articulates this very well. It’s interesting, and sometimes awkwardly hilarious, watching the two of them navigate the fact that no one will let Katy’s one-night stand go. Katy herself is a great character, finding herself put into awkward situations, and having an element of ‘real-ness’ about her. Her jealousy about the friendship between her best friend Daniel and gorgeous model Erica is very relatable, and her humorous asides and inside thoughts are really witty.

Watching Matthew and Alison’s relationship is a more realistic look into the highs and lows of a marriage, and Matthew’s slow realisation as to the extent of the situation is really quite sad. However, because the book is very fast-paced, there wasn’t too much dwelling on this, and Daniel really livens up the situation. His flamboyant and bold personality contrasts really well with Matthew. Daniel’s grand gesture at the end of the novel represents development for both Matthew and Daniel and it’s really sweet to watch.

I really enjoyed this novel, and would 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, fun and amusing read!

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No-one Ever Has Sex at a Wedding
Tracy Bloom
Bookouture, 29th March 2019

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