So I lied about perhaps being ready to read The Fault In Our Stars. I know I know — it’s amazing and life-changing and wonderful and I’ll cry my eyes out in a good way, but guys. It’s about children with cancer. CHILDREN. WITH. CANCER. Seriously? I’m not ready for that! So, I read another bargain bin book instead: Dress Rehearsal.
Dress Rehearsal would have been a truly excellent book had it been written by Meg Cabot, Marian Keyes or even Sophie Kinsella. Nothing against Jennifer O’Connell, I just feel like it was a very basic chick lit/romcom story — very The Wedding Planner-esque — that had a lot of potential but didn’t really WOW me. It didn’t have enough levels, you know what I’m saying?
The story is about a famous wedding cake “baker” in Boston named Lauren (coincidentally, I was just in Boston for work so it was fun to be able to relate to all the places mentioned). Lauren is a bit of a local celebrity because every snooty Boston bride wants her to design the perfect wedding cake to go with the perfect wedding day, but what they don’t know is that Lauren doesn’t even make the cakes anymore, and that she is studying her clients to prove a theory of hers: if a couple argues when choosing a cake, or chooses a certain type of cake, the marriage is doomed to fail. This theory, unfortunately, also applies to her friends’ relationships.
Lauren feels responsible for the fate of one friend’s failed marriage, so after a cake tasting gone wrong she and this friend team up to prevent their third friend from making the same mistake. What ensues is a nonsensical mix of the three of them meeting new men — or going back to some old ones — while trying to maintain their we-don’t-need-men-to-be-happy attitude, with a few comical moments along the way. The theory turns out to not be true in the case of Lauren’s friend, and Lauren “finds herself” and goes back to physically baking the cakes. (See, doesn’t sound that good, does it?)