Author: Catherine McKenzie
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
Number of Pages: 390
Available Formats: Hardcover, paperback, E-Book, Audio
Rating Scale: 4Q, 3P
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Anne has always picked the wrong man. Maybe it’s time for someone to pick for her.
Arranged is a fast-paced, fun contemporary romance. Anne Blythe has just found out her boyfriend of three years has been cheating on her. Once she ends the relationship, she begins to reflect on her past relationships and doesn’t like what she sees. She realizes that she has never picked the right man, always putting looks above all else. After running into two ex-boyfriends who are both not married and finding out her best friend is engaged, she decides drastic action is necessary. She calls Blythe &Company, who she believes to be a dating agency. Once at the appointment, she realizes that they conduct arranged marriages. Anne, who believes she has hit rock bottom, decides her life needs drastic action and she signs up. Anne jumps through all the necessary hoops, including payments, testing, psychoanalysis and counseling. Months later, Anne gets the call that a match has been found. She flies to Mexico to meet her husband-to-be, who is a fellow writer named Jack. Once she meets him, she feels an instant connection with him. Although she is unsure, she marries him and the two are very happy together. However, there may be more to Jack than she thought.
I thought this was an extremely fun romance to read. Although, I wasn’t sure about Anne as a character at first, as I thought her to be a little shallow and self-absorbed, I enjoyed her character development throughout the course of the book. I also enjoyed Jack, who could have been a one-note character but was instead developed quite nicely. I loved their dialog together and found them to be very believable characters. Although the reader has to suspend their belief a few times in the book, I happily did so and wasn’t bothered by its far-fetching elements. As far as the writing, it wasn’t the best book, but I was absorbed in the story and had a very nice time. I thought the ending was perfect and, all-in-all, I am very glad I came across this book.
Significance of Book
Catherine McKenzie is an international bestselling author, and Arranged was very well-received by reviewers. It takes the fascinating subject of arranged marriages and makes it into a charming, fun romance.
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Awards and Lists
- Discuss arranged marriages and how McKenzie presents them in story
- Discuss the references to Anne of Green Gables
Justification of Selection
One of the reasons this book caught my interest was the fact that it revolved around an arranged marriage. I was curious about it and the fact that it looked like a fun, upbeat romance sealed the deal.