Seating Arrangements

Seating Arrangements

by Maggie Shipstead
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Seating Arrangements 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I do NOT like to give a bad review for a book. I typically just try to forget it. The author is probably a good writer; there was definitely interesting character development. But in the end...the storyline was *yawn* BORING! I really thought this book was going to go somewhere great ……..unfortunately, it was a total disappointment. I agree with some of the other reviews, one minute you hate the character and the next minute you feel empathy for them. However, in the end, I didn't like any of the characters and I wanted them all to just go away! Why did I waste my time finishing this book? I’m not sure I would try another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe B&N recommends this book. It was terrible and difficult to read. The characters were not engaging, the story not entertaining and the writing mediocre. It was not funny at all. Don't waste your money or time on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other reviewer who said teenage girls might like the book. I'm not sure who else would! It actually sounded like a teenage girl wrote it. No character development, poor premise. I just wish it would all go away. I'm so mad at myself for wasting my money on this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was boring and predictable. Teenage girls might enjoy it. No depth of characters. Seems like the author found most her words in a thesaurus, so indulgent. Sorry I wasted my time and money. Am shocked other people reviewed this book highly. Much better beach reads out there!
maggiemayMK More than 1 year ago
This is actually the first book review I have ever left. The description and the review of the book sounded so delightful and funny. I have never asked for a refund of a book before, but this one would have qualified. The author gave OVERLY descriptive narrative of the landscape ( which sounded lovely(, the people ( who were extremely boring) and the events of the weekend. The funniest point of the story was when Livia broke Agatha's finger( and I think that is a bit sad). I bought this on my nook thinking that after planning weddings for two daughters it would be a hoot. Unfortunately, I did not find it entertaining at all. I wish the author well of course, but maybe the editors and sales staff did not promote this properly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. A literary novel in the guise of a beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really enjoy reading and usually i am not really hard to please but this book was really bad. i only finished it because i started it. trust me don't waste your time or money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The setup seems so simple, but Shipstead writes characters that disgust you on one page and leave you nodding empathetically on the next. We know how important it is to care about other people, but Shipstead shows us how terribly vulnerable the caring makes us.
4joyTN More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and go through lots of random books. I wish I had read the reviews of this one before I bought this book. I saw that Barnes and Noble recommended it and just got it. We are planning a daughter's wedding and I thought it would be fun to read. Unfortunately, it is BORING and I kept putting it down and then kept on thinking that it would get better. It did not. The husband is a major whiner and she could do a lot more with the other characters. I am sorry to have to say this about this author. She looks so cute. However, I DO NOT think Barnes and Noble should be recommending this book to us!
wattfarms More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed the book for the most part, I did get tired of the father's insecurities and indiscretions as they increased and become so overpowering. What a weak character and role model as "head of the family". It was finally a relief to be done with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is stunning--absolutely brilliant, sharp, funny, and poignant. A delight for all seasons (not just a summer read)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shipstead's characters stay with you after the pleasure of reading Seating Arrangements is over. I was enthralled by her characters (who would never be my friends), cared about their experiences, and wondered how they would change and develop. The book widened my perspective and made me reflect on what values I hold most dear. A thoughtful, provocative, brilliant read. It will be my book club's choice for September.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dissappointing plot. An easy read, as well as an impressive debut novel for Maggie Shipstead, but not the next great american novel I was hoping for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. The characters were well developed, and I enjoyed the periodic changes of perspective. Would definitely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book club pick for the year! This book is great fun to read. The writing is so luscious you will find yourself re-reading sentences just for the pleasure of them. And walking a mile in Winn Van Meter's topsiders is a trip into a parallel universe of privilege, skewed priorities, and crazy-bad choices.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and this is my first B & N review. I loved this book! Shipstead's writing is wonderfully engaging, witty and fun. Her characters, especially the Van Meters, are so well-crafted I feel like I could invite them to dinner. The best part for me, was no one died, no wars were lost or won, no life journeys were realized and yet this story and it's characters will stay with me for a long, long time. Thank you, Maggie Shipstead!
The_Book_Wheel_Blog More than 1 year ago
Sit down with this one!   A social satire, Seating Arrangements is a wonderful debut novel by Maggie Shipstead about the Van Meter family, who comes together for the wedding of their pregnant daughter to another socialite from the Duff clan. With clandestine affairs, falls from grace, and secrets abound, the weekend unfolds in the most unlikely of ways. Taking place on the exclusive New England island of Waskeke, no character is left untouched. With the exception of the bride and groom, who defied the proper order of things by becoming pregnant before the wedding (and having the audacity to get married with her belly bulging), the family is pitifully hilarious. The Van Meter family consists of the bride, a wife who assumes her husband is a cheat, a faithful husband trying to gain admittance to an exclusive golf club, and a daughter who fell from grace all on her own. Then, there is the groom’s family, which includes a wannabe Buddhist and a playboy. By the time you throw in the bridesmaids and the cooky aunt, hilarity ensues. If you’re looking for a fun, social satire, then this is the book for you. It is vaguely reminiscent of Tigers in Red Weather, which was my favorite book last summer and both are sure to delight. 
evesdrop More than 1 year ago
The majority of this story was told from Winn's point-of-view. What a wimp! He is surrounded by women, including his wife, whom he always seems to be comparing to what he could have had in the past, or what he wants now with his daughter's trashy friend. He actually attempts to carry out his long-time fantasy with his daughter's friend, which I found to be totally revolting. He whines and wishes for things to be different in his life instead of appreciating what he has in the present...a faithful wife and two daughters who love him, and yet who can not connect with him because of his emotional distance. If you really want to read this book borrow it from your local library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely enjoyed every minute of this book. Characters and the setting were amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was seriously over rated. Much ado about nothing. Don't bother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot about a little.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring!! Had to look up many words on my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a sadly boring book. I will definitely not look for another book by this author. I am angry with myself for wasting the time to finish it.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
What a great read! really enjoyed it. I could really connect with the characters. Can only recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A perfect Summer pick. Maggie Shipstead is here to stay!