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Posted May 12, 2011
A quick and quirky read
My Perfect Wedding by Sibel Hodge is a fun, light-hearted caper with just enough love story thrown into the mix. The story takes place in North Cyprus, away from the hustle and bustle of the ever-changing and up-to-date UK. Kalem and Helen are looking to make a new life for themselves in the beautiful countryside of the Mediterranean. With their perfect wedding only a week away, they're ready to settle into their new home, Kalem's new job, and an entire new way of living. The simple life! They soon realize it's going to be anything but simple when they stumble upon plans for the elaborate heist of a centuries old artifact and the plot to kill the President himself! Instead of looking the other way, Helen and Kalem set out to do whatever it takes to keep the President , and his treasure, safe! Sibel Hodge has created quirky, easy to love characters. Moving the story along with non-stop action and amusing twists and turns. Honestly, this isn't a book I would typically read purely because it just isn't "my thing". The story unfolds very quickly without giving much background information and tends to be repetitive. Ms. Hodge uses alot of dialogue which I found a bit unorganized, but overall this didn't take away from the appeal of the book. I think this book would be perfect for a late teen, early twenty-something reading audience. That being said, there are sexual situations in this book, but they are not graphic and are written in a sort of cheeky way. If you are looking for a quick and fun read, this will definitely do the trick! Written for the Juniper Grove blog, ~Hazel O'Shea
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Posted September 23, 2013
I have never laughed at a book as much as i did this one. From the very first sentence to the last i giggled like a loon, smiling and wishing i had a friend like Helen Grey, i secretly howled at her idea of smuggling contraband biscuits as i have oftwn done. Cried with laughter at her future father-in-law and his antics. Truly a great read with belly chuckles galore.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2011
Think Lucy and Ethel
My Perfect Wedding by Sibel Hodge can be described as 'chick lit'. Remember that before you pick up this book. It is a great book for a beach day or a lazy day at home. The book is an easy, quick read. You can read it in an afternoon. I read it while sitting outside my son's school waiting for him to get out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
On the way to her wedding, Helen Grey ends up in jail. Yes jail.. What a way to start a marriage! This book will have you laughing out loud. Think Lucy and Ethel...I still get a kick out of them.. Timeless humor. Sibel Hodge has mastered this kind of humor. Most of Helen's problems are of her own making. She perpetually has her foot in her mouth.
Unfortunately, I read this book without reading 14 DAYS. The first book in the series. I have since purchased it and will reread Helen's story after reading book one.
Helen and Kalem are great characters. Reading this book has made me wish for a vacation in Cyprus. Ms. Hodge did a great job describing the place, now I would like to see it for myself...someday.
Posted April 9, 2011
The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men...
In My Perfect Wedding, we journey with Helen Grey as misjudgment and plain bad luck land her in one messy situation after another. Granted, her foot also appears to be permanently attached to the inside of her mouth, so a good deal of the trouble is of her own making.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Hodge does an excellent job of bringing us inside her character's head. Helen's voice permeated the text, creating a distinctive personality that set the wacky, off-beat tone of the piece. Unfortunately, however, the free pass to her inner workings shows that there isn't all that much going on inside.
Helen's emotional range is limited, with panic, self-pity, and giddy happiness dominating the majority of the book. While shallowness and materialism have their literary place - think Lydia Bennett from Pride and Prejudice - in a heroine, I found the personality type utterly insipid. Her reactions and thinking patterns were those of a young adolescent, rather than a grown woman. To resolve this discordance, I ended up allowing myself to see her as a girl half her supposed age (and ignoring the issue entirely when her libido came into play). Suddenly, her behaviors were understandable, though only slightly less grating. At the very least, her self-centered attitude was consistent, even through trite life lessons that most learn at a young age. Think the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want".
On some level, the farcical situations in which Helen landed herself were quite funny. The second incident involving nuts was particularly so. At the time, these scenes seemed random, but the author tied them together neatly towards the end of the book. I concede that they were necessary in that respect, yet many of them were too far-fetched or wholly illogical, the initial confrontation with the bodyguards serving as a prime example.
As effective as the text was in portraying the main character, the repetition of certain words sparked my ire. One was "[insert adjective here] looking" in describing a good number of the people and things that she sees, e.g. a "hefty looking" man. Another writing tick, arguably more tiresome than the last, is "the simple life". Paris Hilton associations aside, there are other ways to describe a lifestyle involving no major department stores but plenty of agriculture.
My Perfect Wedding strikes me as a book fit for beach reading or slapstick entertainment à la sitcom. For depth or provocation of thought, however, you may need to look elsewhere.
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Posted March 25, 2011
Main character Helen Grey has left the U.K. and moved to Cypress with her fiancé, Kalem where he is starting a new job. Helen has played a joke on Kalem that gets the two stopped at the airport. Fortunately things get sorted out and they are on their way to their wedding. But after Helen uncovers an assassination plot that includes the theft of a priceless bust of Cleopatra, complications threaten to cost Helen the perfect wedding she has planned and also land her in jail.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I laughed out loud at some of the one-liners. I liked the main character, who is funny and witty. In fact Kalem and his family are all likable and fun character. Since this book is a screwball comedy, the main plot with the criminals and the way Helen tries to prevent the crime are implausible. However, this doesn't detract at all from the story. The madness is part of the fun. A very funny scene from the book occurs when Helen falls into a tub full of fish and crabs.
I love Ms. Hodge's very readable style and her knack for good storytelling. Her description of the setting was so well-done, by the end of the book I was ready for a vacation in Cypress.
Posted March 15, 2011
My Perfect Wedding
I found the main character, Helen, an endearing, yet at times frustrating (even infuriating) character. She's a smart and successful woman, yet she continually makes shortsighted and obviously incorrect decisions. In addition, her luck is so terrible that even somewhat harmless thing still backfire. Helen and her fiancé haven't made it on their plane in the first chapter before security is detaining them as suspected terrorists due to a couple practical jokes gone wrong.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The other main characters also add spice to the story. Helen's fiancé, Kaleem, alternates between a foil for Helen's questionable actions and a partner in crime. Kaleem's uncle appears to be a Mediterranean Redneck, but eventually showed I'd underestimated him. Kaleem's parents are sick in their hotel room most of the book, yet provide an ongoing joke regarding the number of condoms they're using. We've got a few villains, some friends of the couple-to-be, and even some celebrities round out what would be described as an ensemble cast were this a TV show.
After the airport episode, things continue going downhill for Helen. There is mystery, suspense, a touch of terror, and plenty of chances to shake your head and laugh while saying, "Helen, what are you thinking?"
How you'll react to My Perfect Wedding is largely dependent on your sense of humor. If you prefer something sly and subtle that sneaks up on you this might sometimes seem too over-the-top. For many of us, it's full of laughs.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
Posted July 5, 2011
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