“Dear Holly and Mark, Surprise! I know neither one of you would bother to keep a record of your elopement, so I’ve decided to do it for you! This way, when you’re approaching your twentieth anniversary and your oldest kid has just wrecked the Volvo and your youngest has just come home from her cushy Westchester private school with head lice and the dog’s thrown up all over the living room rug and, Holly, you’re asking yourself why you ever moved out of the righteous East Village pad we shared for so long, and, Mark, you’re wishing you stayed in resident housing down at St. Vincents, you can open this diary and go, ‘Oh, so THAT’s why we got married.'”
No one would be able to call Cabot’s books high literature, but that doesn’t mean in any way they aren’t enjoyable. She has a great way of writing in a somewhat non-traditional manner. In some books, (Princess series) she writes as if the main character is writing in a diary. In some it’s emails, and in some it is texts. This book combines a great deal of her previous ventures. We get receipts, PDA messages, texts, emails, and journal entries…spread out from four to six or seven people.
This story, while the usual girl-hates-boy-falls-for-boy plot set-up, also includes another minor love story in that of the best friends of the main characters. The two main characters – Jane and Cal – are asked to accompany their two best friends – Holly and Mark – as they elope in Italy. The only trouble is, Jane is afraid this is a set-up with Cal and takes an instant dislike to him. Cal thinks Jane is crazy. He also doesn’t believe in love or marriage. Begin tension and hilarity. Add to this every possible hindrance to the wedding of Mark and Holly and you have yourself a story.
As I said before, I’m not going to claim this as high lit. It is fun to read though, for a break. Especially when one of the other books you’re reading is “War and Peace.” I already know how the story is going to end, and don’t expect any big surprises, but it’s always fun to see just how the story gets there.
“Every Boy’s Got One” was published in 2005 and written by Meg Cabot.