Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Divorce Party by Laura Dave

Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 244
Challenges: none
New-to-me Author: Yes
Author's Website

Simple Description:
Maggie and Nate are getting ready to start their lives together. They will be getting married soon and they will be opening up a restaurant soon. However all of that is threatened one morning when Maggie decides to go through the mail that has been piling up. She finds statements from a bank that she wasn't aware either of them had an account with. When she asks Nate about it, she finds out that even though they are living paycheck to paycheck and trying to borrow money for the restaurant, Nate's family is rich. There isn't much time to discuss it before they have to leave to go to his parent's house. His parents are getting a divorce, and throwing a divorce party. It's the first time that Maggie will meet his parents and sister. She finds out that Nate has been married before. Are their other things about his past the he isn't telling her.

Then there is the story of Gwyn and Thomas, Nate's parents. They are getting a divorce, they say that they both want it. But that's not the real story. Thomas is hiding something from Gwyn and his kids, only he doesn't realize that Gwyn has already found out the truth and she has some surprises of her own.

Now what you really want to know....my thoughts:
You have one marriage ending and another hopefully starting. The book is told from Maggie's point of view and from Gwyn's. You learn all the insecurities that Maggie has in getting married, knowing Nate left out a lot of stuff about his past life and trying to figure out why. Trying to figure out if they can work past it and still go forward with their plans. Gwyn slowly tells the reader why her and Thomas are getting divorced. You learn all that Gwyn has been through and how she is going to deal with the divorce.

I think the book was very good, I liked Maggie and Gwyn. I liked each of their stories and how they fit together. You can't help but feel bad for Gwyn and like what she is doing with the party. You can't help but want to tell Maggie why Nate didn't tell her about his past and to try and convince her to go forward with the wedding. It's a quick read, one that kept my interest. I definitely recommend it.


bermudaonion said...

This does sound like a good book that is probably pretty true to life these days.

Kris said...

Bermudaonion - I agree, it didn't seem fake at all, it really did seem like something that could happen.