Title: Effie at the Wedding
Author: Tracy Marchini
Publisher: Squirrel Books
Release Date: March 30, 2011
Intended Reading Group:
Middle Grade/Young Adult
Just adorable snark.
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Effie has a million reasons why she's not thrilled to be at her sister's wedding -- and the monstrously pink bridesmaid's dress isn't even on the list. When Effie finds herself locked in the bathroom, she thinks she might just stay there. After all, it's better than hearing from her mom about how often she's been to the buffet or how beautiful Ophelia looks in her wedding dress.
In this hysterical young adult short story, Effie will have to find a reason to celebrate... or get used to her porcelain throne.
Laugh out loud funny. That's what Effie at the Wedding truly is! Effie is the younger sister. She's sure she's not as pretty, she may be a little overweight, and she has no idea why her sister would want to get married to a doctor. Doesn't she know that doctors don't have time for their wives? GOSH! What Effie does know is that she absolutely cannot be a part of this wedding. Especially in her Pepto Bismo pink wedding dress.
Tracy Marchini has created the perfect voice for Effie. She rings true as a young girl who is slightly self-centered (okay maybe sometimes a lot) and doesn't want to loose her sister to someone new. Effie's snark is hilarious, and the way she shares her reasons for things with the reader is in the form of lists. It is truly these lists that make this book. Effie's lists range from things dealing with herself, to dealing with other people, and each of them is giggle worthy. Her reactions to things and people are hilarious as well. While Effie may be a young girl, looking at things through her eyes is brutally honest in the best way possible.
This is a short story, but Marchini manages to bring a character and her surroundings to life almost instantly. It needs to be said, that as far as short stories go, this is a gem! Tracy Marchini has created a character who is lovable, adorable, and downright hilarious. I'm not going to lie, I got to the end of this wishing that there was more Effie and more wedding. Too cute! If you're in need of a quick read, and a lot of giggles, give this story a try. You'll definitely get both.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.