August 2019: The Wedding Party
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
We’re closing the summer with a romance novel by Jasmine Guillory! Tag us as you read poolside: #WellReadBlackGirl
Maddie and Theo have two things in common:
1. Alexa is their best friend
2. They hate each other
After an “oops, we made a mistake” night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it’s suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvouses, they find themselves regretting that the end is near. Two people this different can’t possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right?
But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.
Here’s the Reading Group Guide via Penguin Random House
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
When Theo and Maddie initially meet, he judges her based on her career, something that people often do without realizing it. Have you experienced either side of this?
Drew and Alexa getting married is a big step for them, and it affects Theo and Maddie as well. Have you ever had a friendship change because of your friend’s love life? If so, how did you handle it?
Maddie puts on a certain persona because she thinks that’s what the potential TV job requires. Have you ever behaved in a way that isn’t really you for the sake of a job?
In retrospect, do you think Maddie and Theo were bad at hiding their secret ﬂing? Did the ending surprise you?
Have you ever disliked someone at ﬁrst, only to become good friends (or signiﬁcant others) in the end?
Both Maddie and Theo talk about how their mothers sac-riﬁced a lot for them growing up, not thinking about their own needs and desires to provide for their children. Can you relate to this in any way?
Being a bridesmaid or groomsman comes with many obligations. Were you ever part of a wedding party? What was the experience like?
On the surface, Maddie and Theo are two very different people: Maddie is more casual and relaxed; Theo is a bit of a control freak and very organized. Do you think this is a case of “opposites attract” or are they more alike than they appear?