Upon waking up married after a whirlwind night in Vegas, Peggy discovers that her uptight WASP “husband” might be the answer to her prayers–if only they can put up with each other for just one year.
The setup of Mating Rituals of the North American WASP couldn’t be more contrived. You’ve got a fake marriage, an aging dowager with capricious will-rewriting tendencies, and an odd couple that are so wrong for each other that they’re meant to be. The story unfolds along a predictable course, hitting the highlights and low points at just the correct intervals. In other words, this book isn’t going to change anybody’s life.
However, I really enjoyed Lipton’s characters, as well as many of the situations. As chick lit goes, it’s aiming a little deeper than most in the genre, and I have to applaud Lauren Lipton for that. Even though I knew where it was going, I still wanted to go there with the characters, and that’s saying a lot. I have a stack of half-read chick lit books that I’ve stopped reading simply because it all became so tedious. Lipton definitely got me invested in her characters and kept this jaded reader reading. So slip this one in your weekend bag–it’s worth a few hours of relaxation.