The Wedding Beat by Devan Sipher

88%

12 Critic Reviews

But déjà vu is not a fire-able offense, especially in this genre, and Mr. Sipher, a contributor to the Vows column in The New York Times, brings some unexpected edge and wit to the game.
-NY Times

Synopsis

Sometimes the best man isn't even in the wedding party...

Gavin Greene is a hopeless romantic. He's also a professional one: He writes the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, covering spectacular parties from coast to coast. But there's a thin line between being a hotshot reporter on assignment...and being a single guy alone on a Saturday night at someone else's wedding.

Everything changes on New Year's when Gavin meets Melinda, a travel writer with an adventurous spirit. A moonlit stroll across a Manhattan rooftop seems to seal the deal. But she slips away.

Gavin crisscrosses New York City to find her again, navigating stressed-out brides, gossip blogs, a budget-cutting boss and a his daft but well-meaning parents. Along the way, he learns there's something worse than losing the woman of his dreams -- having to write an article about her wedding.
 

About Devan Sipher

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Devan Sipher has been writing about weddings for The New York Times 's “Vows” column for more than five years. He received a master of fine arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He lives in New York City, and is still single. Author website: devansipher.com
 
Published April 3, 2012 by NAL. 272 pages
Genres: Romance, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Susannah Meadows on Apr 25 2012

But déjà vu is not a fire-able offense, especially in this genre, and Mr. Sipher, a contributor to the Vows column in The New York Times, brings some unexpected edge and wit to the game.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathy Altman on Mar 03 2012

A quick, quirky read that marries self-deprecating humor with the bittersweet romantic challenges of a lonely man.

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Spunky Bean

Excellent
Reviewed by Shelly Bell on Apr 15 2012

If you enjoy chick lit, you’ll love this book. It’s laugh out loud funny at times and towards the end, I could definitely see the movie potential.

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Review Fix

Excellent
Reviewed by Ethan Bello on May 02 2012

The best part about The Wedding Beat is its fast paced writing style. There isn’t a single extra word or sentence lingering within the pages.

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Commitment Now

Excellent
Reviewed by Blog

first – time novelist and wedding reporter for The New York Times, Devan Sipher offers a humorous look at a perspective readers don’t often see (or even consider): the funny, smart, attractive male who is unlucky in love.

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Romancing the Book

Good
Reviewed by Ashleigh on Apr 05 2012

The suspenseful twist was something that I had expected as a reader, and it made me love this book in the end. I can’t wait to see what is next from Devan. This book will be a re-readable one for sure.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Jen

Wedding Beat is a charming and funny look at the pursuit of love and romance from a man's point of view — a point of view that makes it largely unique in the genre of romantic women's fiction.

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Lit Stack

Good
Reviewed by Angie Dilmore on May 08 2012

It’s pure chic lit, but written by a guy about a male protagonist, which I found to be refreshing.

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Books in the City

Good
Reviewed by Blog on May 06 2012

The Wedding Beat is humorous but with more serious truths weaved throughout. I enjoyed the sarcastic wit of Gavin and found myself chuckling throughout the book.

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The Book Chick

Good
Reviewed by Jonita on Apr 16 2012

My most recent amazing read was Devan Sipher's debut novel, which I will admit that I was glued to yesterday despite the fact that I was supposed to be helping with the tiling of my kitchen backsplash.

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My Book Adddiction

Good
Reviewed by Jeanne Stone-Hunter on May 05 2012

Devan Sipher writes a witty, laugh-out-loud funny story about hapless reporter, Gavin Greene. Sipher’s humor is low key and wicked.

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Law Reigns

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 19 2012

I found the first two chapters to be jarring, but by chapter four I was able to fasten my seatbelt and cruise through the rest of the book.

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