Book Review: You’re Invited

Amaya and her best friend Kaavi have had a falling out so it’s a bit shocking when she’s invited to Kaavi’s wedding…especially since Kaavi is marrying Amaya’s ex-boyfriend. Amaya has dark thoughts and seems a bit unhinged, especially when she flies to Sri Lanka, determined to stop the wedding. By the time the big day rolls around, someone will be dead, which will definitely put a damper on the nuptials.

It was fine and I thought the twist at the end was good and somewhat expected (in a good way – it didn’t feel overly unbelievable). But for something touted as The Guest List meets Crazy Rich Asians, I thought it could have used a bit more glitz. It’s small, but one detail really bothered me: they continuously talk about a Hayley Paige as the height of fashion. Despite the fact that Paige herself is in a massive legal battle and the designer is no longer involved in her own brand, the dresses (in their heyday) are not the height of fashion. They are beautiful and by no means cheap, but they’re not couture (few things are). If they’re trying to capture the ostentation of Crazy Rich Asians, they’re going to need something a bit bigger than Hayley Paige. And since this detail was mentioned more than just about anything else in the book, the whole thing lost just a bit of shine.

3 out of 5 stars.

Pair with: Rum punch