I received a copy of Dangled Carat from Hilary Grossman in exchange for my honest opinion.
I loved this book, and so will any woman who’s waited years for her significant other to whip out a diamond ring. Dangled Carat is immediately more riveting than your usual chick lit book, as it’s all true!
This book could have been a little depressing – a story about how a woman is desperate to marry her partner but can’t get him to commit. However, Grossman’s tongue-in-cheek retelling of how she waited (somewhat) patiently for her man to be ready for marriage – while all of his family and friends not so subtly tried to convince him to pop the question – was witty and emotive.
Grossman moves fluidly between past and present as she remembers her long path to marriage. She also manages to write about a partner who refuses to marry her without painting a picture of a man that women would immediately hate. In fact, the reader grows to like Marc – and, although his commitment issues aren’t explained n depth, understand his reasons for moving through relationship markers at a glacial pace.
Personally, this book struck a cord with me; my boyfriend and I have been dating five years, but due to money, medical issues and studies, marriage isn’t on the horizon for years to come. Funnily enough, I’m probably the more commitment phobic of the two of us, but I still recognise much of what Hilary felt (ok, having read her memoir, I feel that we’re buddies now and I can use her first name!). For some reason, a ring seems to offer some reassurance that a partner won’t suddenly up and leave us… In reality, a ring make little difference these days, but the symbolism still means a great deal to many women.
Well-written, funny and with a cast of excellent supporting characters – who the author is lucky enough to know and love in real life – I would recommend this book to any chick lit or memoir lover. A little more truthful and different than a typical summer beach read, this is one for the women out there who get a little tired of reading the same story over and over again. Get a copy of Dangled Carat here or here! I’d love to know what you think of it.