If you think Courtney isn’t going to ‘pop by’ within twenty-four hours of finding out we’re living together to check the status of my closet and where your toothbrush is, you’re an idiot. And I know for a fact that you’re not.”Ross, My Big Fat Fake Wedding Page 125
Author: Lauren Landish
Let’s just get this out of the way because it will probably decide if you are going to read this review at home or at work. And also whether you will read this book on a weekend alone, or with your kids around. This book is a NSFW book masquerading as a regular comedic love story if I ever saw one. There are some very descriptive scenes. So keep that in mind as you read this. I will try to keep the dirty to a minimum, but if you are under 18 this book is 100% not for you, even though the story is hilarious. Adults only. Preferably in the comfort of your own home, while you are alone. Trust me, you may need that.
So for shits and giggles here is my one word description of this book. Horny. There is no need for more, but because I am a good person here is the Goodreads Summary.
He needs a wife.
I need a husband.
It’s just temporary… what could go wrong?
I’ve always wanted the fairy tale wedding. Not for the princess perfect dress or big party, but for Papa.
My grandfather. The only father figure I’ve ever known.
It’s his dying wish to walk me down the aisle.
Gee, no pressure.
But I can grant that wish…
I just have to fake being head over heels in love with Ross Andrews, my best friend’s big brother whom I embarrassingly crushed on all through high school.
Handsome. Knockout sexy. Arrogant jerk extraordinaire.
Our childish pranks and tit-for-tat battles were legendary. Then I grew up.
Not that he ever noticed.
I know it’s a terrible idea, and we’re both in over our heads.
It could be the wedding of a lifetime or a total disaster.
How do we make it to the altar without killing each other first?
Or without falling in love for real?
Where to begin with my thoughts on this book. I mean first off I read it in just a few hours. The story is a train wreck, but it is pretty much written to be that way. I enjoyed the writing style and Lauren did a great job being descriptive. The story also made me laugh out loud more than a few times. But it also did a few other things that I did not expect.
Even from the Goodreads summary it sounds just like a pretty standard YA or even like early 20’s type book that is going to be filled with a cheesy love story and not much else. Now see I am no prude. I have no problem with sex scenes in books but there were SO MANY in this book. And they were so descriptive. Every. Single. Time. Had I started the book knowing that was going to happen I probably would not have as much to say about it. But man, oh man. I mean, I knew it wasn’t going to be specifically for a younger audience when on page 30 Ross and his dad are arguing and he says The one time I didn’t fuck the woman throwing herself at me, and it’s gotten me into more trouble than if I had thrown her the bone she wanted. But even that did not prepare me for what was to come.
The thing is the story was really good. I thought the way a few of the scenes played out was a bit over the top but the book did have a really good base for a romance story. Boy and girl fight in high school. Girl thinks boy hates her, and boy thinks girl doesn’t like him. Boy is an idiot and doesn’t realize girl has a crush. Boy hasn’t seen girl in years and sees her at a bar. Boy wants to sleep with her. Boy and girl fall in love. They don’t tell eachother. They basically ruin their relationship. The only extra thing thrown in here is the ridiculous plan for a fake wedding.
I also usually try to find a moral, or an underlying meaning to a book but this one really doesn’t have one. It is just a funny story with a lot of sex. I meant it when I said you would probably want to read this one when you were alone. You definitely would not want your kids walking up on you reading this.
I am conflicted about my final recommendations on this book. I want to recommend it because it was funny and I enjoyed it. But then again I don’t want to because of how descriptive this book can get when talking about sex. Granted the books itself is very descriptive about most things and it would have been odd for that to not have been described. I personally just enjoy being told they are having hot steamy sex and being allowed to imagine the rest. I guess if you like books like 50 Shades of Gray but don’t want it to be on that level you will probably enjoy this book. I give it a 6/10 because I just had a hard time wanting to read all those sex scenes. Had even just like 1 or 2 of those scenes been left out I probably would have enjoyed the book more.
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