ARC Review: Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison


Title:  Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger
Author: Beth Harbison
Publisher/Year:  St Martin Press 7/9/13
Length:  247 pages


Ten years ago, Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when something derailed her. Rather, someone derailed her—the Best Man who at the last minute begged her to reconsider the marriage. He told her that Burke had been cheating on her. For a long time. Quinn, stunned, hurt, and confused, struggled with the obligation of fulfilling her guests’ expectations—providing a wedding—and running for her life.

She chose running. With the Best Man. Who happened to be Burke’s brother, Frank.

That relationship didn’t work either. How could it, when Quinn had been engaged to, in love with, Frank’s brother? Quinn opted for neither, and, instead, spends the next seventeen years working in her family’s Middleburg, Virginia, bridal shop, Talk of the Gown, where she subconsciously does penance for the disservice she did to marriage.

But when the two men return to town for another wedding, old anger, hurt, and passion resurface. Just because you’ve traded the good guy for the bad guy for no guy doesn’t mean you have to stay away from love for the rest of your life, does it? Told with Beth Harbison’s flair for humor and heart, Chose the Wrong Guy will keep you guessing and make you believe in the possibilities of love.

My Thoughts

Beth Harbison has  become one of my favorite Contemporary or Young Adult authors because the stories are simple enough to follow and digest, even believe, but there’s a sense of romanticism to them and you just want to root for what seems to be the underdog.

In this story, we are taken through Quinn’s journey both past and present.  we’re given flashbacks of her life with Burke pre-wedding disaster, and then we get to see what her life has become through the decade that’s passed.

What i really enjoyed here is that we see that she’s a strong independent woman, but she hasn’t been able to really get past what happened to her.  She’s constantly reminded of Burke because she lives in the same town and sees his family (grandmother at least) who she adores, and that’s a constant thorn in her side.

Of course there’s the sexy hot older brother that played a key role in the disaster of her wedding day, and it’s always curious to see what will come of it.  What i also enjoyed here was that there was a great story to bring everyone back together.  Romance, another wedding, and the fear that something less than transparent was happening.

All throughout this story, we get the hilarious gay best friend Glenn who has made it his life’s goal to shake some sense into Quinn and gets her to do a different task a day for a month in the hopes that it’ll bring her to reality.  Does it?  that’s a VERY good question.  All i can say is that things don’t always go as planned – and it’s quite entertaining.

So my questions

1) What happens with Quinn and her jadedness?

2) Should we be worried about Dottie and Lyle?

3) who do you like more for Quinn:  Burke or Frank?

4) Is Glenn really happy?

so, nothing too deep, but rather entertaining to say the least.

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