The Romantics

23 Aug

I’ve been reading a lot about the upcoming release of the movie, The Romantics, with Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, and Anna Paquin, which is scheduled to be released September 10. It looks charming and smart and that put it on my must-see list of movies. But I’m the type who typically prefers to read the book before I see the movie, so I did just that and finished the book by Galt Niederhoffer this past weekend.

The basic plot is this: A group of college friends reunite for a wedding between two of their nine members. Except for Laura Rosen, the rest of the group have paired off together and are married or in the process of getting married. This wedding is between Lila Hayes, Laura’s former roommate and best friend, and Tom McDevon, her ex who she’s still in love with, at the Hayes’s family estate in northern Maine. As the weekend progresses, details of this group’s complicated history and dynamic are revealed after a drunken evening and swim lead to a missing groom.

It was a quick read and had I had a day to devote to it, I could have easily finished the 277-page novel in one sitting. And while the reviews on Amazon weren’t always rosy, I personally enjoyed the author’s style of writing, how she developed the characters, and the nuances of this group’s relationships and all of their secrets and flaws.

So, if you haven’t seen the trailer, take a look:

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