"A delightful romantic comedy with unexpected humor and a wacky cast of supporting characters."
—The Washington Post
"Alex Wellen's engagement story is such a doozy, he lifted it frame by frame for his romantic, laugh-out-loud-funny first novel, Lovesick."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Pulling back the curtain on what men really think about getting married."
—Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP.com
"A screwball comedy about small-town love."
—The Daily Beast
"In his new book, Lovesick, CNN deputy political director Alex Wellen offers a new twist on the concept that only women want to get married."
"In the book Lovesick, Alex Wellen has created a character who steals our hearts from the first page. Andy just wants to marry the love of his life, Paige, but first he has to overcome the overt hostility of her father–who happens to be his boss–and the skulduggery of a group of geriatric goof balls."
—The Piedmont Virginian
"I love this book with a fondness that I have not felt since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time or the last airing of 'It's a Wonderful Life.' It's warm and funny and true, and I did not want it to end."
—Mary Roach, author of Stiff and Bonk
"Packed into this inventive, hilarious tale of small-town domestic realism is a parable for our times."
—Po Bronson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Lovesick is a fresh, funny look at the rocky road to real love and a happy marriage. Andy Altman is an ordinary-guy hero with extraordinary heart and the story Alex Wellen creates around him is as touching as it is entertaining. As for Andy' s best pal, 83-year-old Sid — don't get me started!! He's the kind of character that jumps off the page and sticks with you for a long, long time. Read Lovesick. You'll feel better about everything!!"
—Larry King, host of CNN's Larry King Live
"Alex Wellen has created memorable characters with emotional honesty, depth, and a great sense of humor. Andy and Paige will leave readers feeling simultaneously conflicted by their choices and warmed by the authenticity of a relationship that began when they were children. Lovesick is a must-read for anyone who believes that love conquers all, even when everything seems to stand in the way."
—Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the basis for the film, Mean Girls
"A humorous look at the adventurous transition from engagement to marriage."
- National Law Journal
Alex Wellen sets a young love story in a small-town pharmacy, peoples it with feisty senior citizens, adds an illegal drug ring and makes the whole kooky premise work in Lovesick…a delightful romantic comedy with unexpected humor and a wacky cast of supporting characters.
The Washington Post
In his first novel, writer and television producer Wellen (author of the memoir Barman) presents an uncommon love story; having already won the heart of his dream girl, college dropout Andy Altman now faces the hard part, winning the blessing of her crotchety father, Gregory Day, who also happens to be Andy's boss. After moving back to his hometown, Andy takes a job at the pharmacy and finds a great mentor in Gregory, the old pharmacist, until Gregory finds out that Andy's dating his daughter, Paige. Wellen balances a wacky plot about an illicit senior citizen drug ring with heartfelt coming-of-age storytelling and complicated family drama. Andy is endearingly dorky (charts and drawings of his amateur inventions are scattered throughout), and his close-to-cloying romance with Paige is saved by realistic roadblocks. A mid-book twist takes the story down an unexpectedly melancholy path, but Wellen pulls off a satisfying romantic conclusion. Part mystery, part romance and part screwball comedy, this novel keeps its varied elements from spinning out of control with a fresh, confident voice. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
A pharmacy assistant juggles wedding plans, demanding customers and potential insurance fraud. Smart, well-meaning Andy has a reputation as a bit of a bumbler. The prototypes for his inventions (like detachable heels for women's shoes) tend not to work very well, and he never finished his pharmacy training, which leaves him working as a mere assistant at an independent pharmacy in Crockett, his childhood hometown 20 miles northeast of San Francisco. Moreover, his boss is the father of his fiancee, and Gregory appears to think little of Andy as husband fodder. When Gregory dies, his blessing for the nuptials not explicitly denied but not exactly given either, Andy has to deal with his own neurotic feelings about the nuptials as well as the pharmacy's financial disarray. Gregory died with plenty of debt; he let many customers run up sizable tabs; and his habit of mixing legit pills with doctor's samples risks the ire of Blue Cross. Memoirist Wellen (Barman, 2003) constructs his debut novel with a handful of stock rom-com characters: Paige, the sweet fiancee; her greedy sister Lara, who distrusts Andy; Sid, an old friend of Gregory who dispenses sage wisdom at the appropriate plot points; and Brianna, the heavy from the big corporation who threatens to upend Andy and Paige's potentially idyllic future in Crockett. Wellen adds a few new twists to a familiar tale; he knows his way around the technical details of pharmaceutical compounding and patent law, adding both elements to the narrative with a light touch. But he's less surefooted when it comes to giving color to Andy's character, and the frothy tone and slapstick set pieces all but erase the tension that should arise from the possiblederailment of Andy and Paige's forthcoming nuptials. Though a split is part of the plot, the story is so easygoing it's hard to worry much about the eventual outcome. Fluff with some smarts but not much drama. Author events in Washington, D.C.