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Description - Unmarry Me by Nicki Reed

Ruby tells Mark she wants a divorce. It'll be a fake separation, a protest against marriage inequality. As soon as her sister Peta can marry her girlfriend, BJ, they'll get married again. 'Will we still be able to see each other?' asks Mark. 'Only in secret,' Ruby says. And so, in a mixture of chaos, impatience and bright ideas, the Unmarry Me campaign is born - t-shirts, badges, TV appearances. A flashmob, a dead rat and public humiliation. As Ruby discovers, speed-dating your own husband is weird. Being busted by the police in the boot of Mark's car is no fun at all. And when are they going to have a baby? Unmarry Me is another sparkling romantic comedy by Nicki Reed, author of the critically acclaimed Unzipped. If falling in love is easy, getting unmarried is quite a challenge.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781925240047
ISBN-10: 1925240045
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 155mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: The Text Publishing Company
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Publish Date: 18-Nov-2015
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Unmarry Me by Nicki Reed - Reviewed by (18 Nov 2015)

Unmarry Me is the second novel by Australian author, Nicki Reed, and the sequel to her first novel, Unzipped. On her second wedding anniversary, Ruby Wheeler hits upon the brilliant idea of asking her beloved Mark for a divorce. After all, if her older sister, Peta can’t be married to the woman she loves, then Rube and Mark and other happily married couples shouldn’t be, either. It will be a statement, a message to the High Court, which declared her sister’s marriage of just four days, unconstitutional when it overturned the same-sex marriage law.

But in the execution of the idea, unforeseen complications arise: divorcing for love is not as straightforward or easy as it might seem. Living apart from Mark as she waits to “unmarry” him is lonely and frustrating. And while exciting things like bright T-shirts, stickers, TV appearances, a flash mob and hot air balloons were certainly not on her initial radar, Ruby discovers that standing up for one’s principles can attract opposition, perhaps not unexpected. But the stalking and the encounter with the deceased rodent? Definitely a nasty surprise. Reed tackles a very topical (and highly polarising) issue, marriage equality, or, more accurately, the lack of it, in a witty, funny and original way. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, both in the dialogue and in Ruby’s asides and inner monologue. The unusual family structure also adds humour. Thirty-seven-year-old Ruby is a likeable, if slightly crazy, character, one who develops and matures over the course of her unmarryme campaign. And as well as the laughs, there is also a generous helping of wise words and succinct observations, and a smattering of lump-in-the-throat moments.

The support characters are also appealing, and the interactions between the couples, the sisters, the friends and the work colleagues are all quite entertaining. Present day Melbourne is well conveyed. While this is a sequel, it is not essential to read the first book, although many readers may well wish to seek it out. This novel is clever, funny and even a little thought-provoking. 4.5 stars


Author Biography - Nicki Reed

Nicki Reed lives in Melbourne with her husband and three sons. She began writing seriously at the tender age of thirty-seven, and now has two published works: Unzipped (2012) and Unmarry Me (2015). Nicki says writing Unzipped and Unmarry Me is the best fun she's ever had. Follow Nicki's blog at www.daysofhilda.com.

Books By Nicki Reed

Unzipped by Nicki Reed
Paperback, July 2012
$44.99