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.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.
Title: Effie at the Wedding
Author: Tracy Marchini
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Short Story
Publisher: Squirrel Books
Publication Date: March 30, 2011
Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Tracy Marchini for sending me a copy of her book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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My rating: 4.5/5
Effie is definitely feeling depressed. Her sister is getting married, and she's trying to stay away from her overly zealous relatives. She doesn't want to lose her sister but is scared that things will inevitably change.
Marchini's characters are infused with humour. Effie wants her sister back as her sister is the negotiator in their family. With Ophelia getting married, Effie is worried that she won't have anyone to step in when her family gets too overbearing, as they tend to do. Coupled with her sensitivity in regards to her weight, and her relatives wise-cracks, she feels lost and miserable without her sister being around to step in. She has a wicked sense of humour though, and her comments throughout the short story had me cracking a grin or outright laughing. When trouble befalls our enterprising protagonist, we are left with bated breath wondering how she'll react to the situation.
Marchini captures that feeling of bittersweet loss, when family dynamics change due to close siblings getting married and moving on to the next stage in their lives. The siblings left behind are left to wonder if they will still have as close a relationship as they had before the wedding. With Effie's mother, aunt and grandmother making comments, it's easy to see why Effie is left feeling so bereft.
All in all a cute, and humour filled read as Effie travels the minefield that is Ophelia's wedding. Will she travel through it unscathed? Her dress might not, but she is making memories that she'll look back at fondly later on in life. Readers will enjoy and commiserate with Effie as they will find themselves relating to her various predicaments.