Monday, July 13, 2015

I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

Author: Eliza Kennedy
Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Age Rating: Adult

  Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and has no business getting married. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights—and mornings, and afternoons—of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.

There are very few books that have made me literally laugh out loud, but I Take You by Eliza Kennedy is one of them. From the very first chapter I had a terminal case of the giggles; the protagonist and her best friend made it impossible for me to keep a straight face for too long. As much as I enjoyed Lily's wittiness, however, I couldn't really relate to her at all. She was a heavy drinker, did drugs, and cheated on her soon-to-be husband, Will, repeatedly.

I don't have to necessarily feel like the main character is a kindred spirit, but her behavior made me both love her and hate her at times. The thing that bothered me the most was her infidelities. There is a real effort made to explain how women in our society are slut-shamed and that there is a double standard when it comes to men. If a man sleeps around, he is considered a stud, but if a woman does it then she is a slut. I'm not disputing this fact; I think this is certainly true of the world we live in. I personally have no problem with women or men having fun and being in multiple sexual relationships. It becomes a problem for me when the person has entered an exclusive relationship, yet wants to have their cake and eat it too, so to speak. It's not fair to the other unsuspecting member of the couple and ultimately will end in nothing but heartbreak. If both people involved agree to an open relationship, that's wonderful; if not it just seems wrong.

There is a major revelation toward the end of the novel that complicates absolutely everything, and actually made me even more irritated with Lily. Let's just say she's not the only one my ire was aimed at, but in the interest of avoiding spoilers I'm not going to elaborate on that. I appreciated the fact that Lily's best friend, Freddy, stuck by her side through everything. I kept wishing she would try harder to talk some sense into Lily every time she saw her trying to seduce random people. Honestly though, how many times had she probably tried in the past only to have her advice fall on deaf ears? It would be absolutely exhausting to be friends with Lily, so kudos to Freddy for dealing with all of the drama. 

I know I make it sound like I absolutely hated the book, but that's not true at all. It was very well written and had a great combination of wacky parents, best friend antics, some serious talk, and the craziest deposition I've ever read in my life. If you are okay with the fact that you might have a love/hate relationship with the main character, then definitely pick up I Take You by Eliza Kennedy because it was an absolute hoot to read.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Blogging For Books to write this review. 

About the author: Eliza Kennedy attended the University of Iowa and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation she served as a law clerk for a federal judge, then practiced litigation for several years at a prestigious Manhattan law firm. She lives in New York with her husband and son. This is her first novel. You can connect with her on Twitter: @ElizacatKennedy. You can find more info about the book, including an excerpt, by visiting the website: I Take You.


  1. great review and insight! I also get books from Blogging for books and have the hardest time just picking one at a time:)

    1. Thank you! I know, it's terrible! I had it narrowed down to two this time and it took me at least 30 minutes to figure out which one I wanted most. Maybe the other will still be available when I'm ready for another one :)