The Singles by Meredith Goldstein

65%

11 Critic Reviews

The characters were interesting but not that well-developed.
-Everyday I Write the Book

Synopsis



Take an instantly recognizable social dilemma—attending a wedding alone—add a good laugh (and maybe a cry), and meet The Singles, the warm and witty debut by Boston Globe “Love Letters” columnist Meredith Goldstein.



Beth “Bee” Evans’s first vow as a bride is that everyone on her list be invited to bring a guest to her lavish, Chesapeake Bay nuptials. When Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe, and Nancy one by one decline Bee’s generous offer, the frustrated bride dubs them the “Singles,” adrift on her seating chart as well as in life.
 

About Meredith Goldstein

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MEREDITH GOLDSTEIN is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe. In addition to “Love Letters,” she co-writes the paper's society column, “Names.” She lives in Boston.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Plume. 250 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Boston.com

Below average
Reviewed by Rennie Dyball on Apr 24 2012

It’s a lot to keep track of, but Goldstein’s endearing (if a bit one-note and not always completely believable) characters are worth the effort.

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Borrowed and Blue

Excellent
Reviewed by Erika on May 01 2012

If you’re thinking, “Gee, they sound pretty dysfunctional,” you’d be right. But that’s exactly what makes Goldstein’s single characters’ stories so brilliant, witty and at times, heartbreaking.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova on May 02 2012

The Singles is the perfect light read to tote along this wedding season!

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Write Meg

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Apr 16 2012

I like that the novel didn’t offer easy answers, and things weren’t sealed and clean by the end.

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Chick Lit Plus

Good
Reviewed by Sara on May 03 2012

I found The Singles to be charming and heartfelt. I laughed and cried during a few scenes and felt as though the characters were developed very realistically.

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Early Nerd Special

Good
Reviewed by Clementine Bojangles on May 23 2012

Overall a very fun, smart read about a topic that’s been well-covered. Goldstein has a fresh voice that will resonate with readers–especially those looking for good “new adult” titles.

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Novel Escapes

Good
May 22 2012

Regardless of its short and sweet nature, The Singles is still a fun read and is a novel that everyone who has ever sat solo at a wedding should be able to relate to.

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Everyday I Write the Book

Below average
Reviewed by Gayle on Jun 16 2012

The characters were interesting but not that well-developed.

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Entertainment Realm

Below average
Reviewed by Amy Steele on May 23 2012

Therein lies the disappointment with these undeveloped, roughly sketched characters. With short chapters, a fluffy plot, and characters you’ll forget as soon as you close the book, The Singles is a certifiable beach read or rainy day-with-pot-of-tea read (if you, like I, dislike a lot of sun).

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Chick Lit Central

Good
Reviewed by Melissa Amster on May 04 2012

Overall, this was a great story from a fresh new voice in chick lit. It was easy to get caught up in the characters' lives, both in their past and present forms.

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The Book Chick

Good
Reviewed by Jonita on May 02 2012

I enjoyed The Singles and can recommend it without hesitation to anyone looking for a light and engaging read. This will be perfect reading material for the warmer and more relaxed days of summer.

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