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Title: The Wedding Planner's Daughter
Author: Coleen Murtagh Paratore
Publisher: Published June 1st 2006 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2005)
ISBN: 9781416918547
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4.6 out of 5

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Twelve-year-old Willa Havisham is a classics reader, a cherry-cordial eater, and quite possibly the world's worst wisher. But when she and her glamorous single mother, Stella, move to Bramble, Cape Cod, Willa's wishes begin to come true: She makes her first-ever best friend, Tina. She bonds with her hip, candy-making Nana. And best of all, steely Stella is falling for Will Twelve-year-old Willa Havisham is a classics reader, a cherry-cordial eater, and quite possibly the world's worst wisher. But when she and her glamorous single mother, Stella, move to Bramble, Cape Cod, Willa's wishes begin to come true: She makes her first-ever best friend, Tina. She bonds with her hip, candy-making Nana. And best of all, steely Stella is falling for Willa's English teacher, Sam -- he's perfect dad material! But before Willa can marry off her mother, or dance with her adorable crush, Joseph, a pit gets stuck in the wishing well.... Can Willa undo the damage before Stella misses her chance to say "I do"?

30 review for The Wedding Planner's Daughter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Cute story! Our heroine is a 12 year old girl who wants her mom to settle in one place and find a father for her. Her mother is a wedding planner who is still nursing a broken heart. Very adorable!

  2. 5 out of 5

    stephanie

    Read this book years ago In therapy, it was pretty good !!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Harmony for TeensReadToo.com Willa Havisham may be the only twelve-year-old who reads classics, eats cherry cordials, and just so happens to be the worst wisher in the world. Her glamorous single mother, Stella, plans the most beautiful weddings and is constantly moving the two of them around. When they finally move back to Stella's childhood hometown of Bramble, Cape Cod, Willa begins to think her wishes are coming true. She's made her first-ever best friend, is bonding with her craz Reviewed by Harmony for TeensReadToo.com Willa Havisham may be the only twelve-year-old who reads classics, eats cherry cordials, and just so happens to be the worst wisher in the world. Her glamorous single mother, Stella, plans the most beautiful weddings and is constantly moving the two of them around. When they finally move back to Stella's childhood hometown of Bramble, Cape Cod, Willa begins to think her wishes are coming true. She's made her first-ever best friend, is bonding with her crazy Nana, and, best of all, Stella seems to be falling for Willa's English teacher -- who just happens to be perfect dad material. But when, after a wedding disaster, Stella is ready to pack up and throw everyone out, how can Willa stop everything from going back to the way it was? THE WEDDING PLANNER'S DAUGHTER was a book I'd been hearing about for awhile, so when the chance came up to review it, I was excited. It ended up being one of the most hilarious books I've read in quite some time. The characters, Willa especially, were so well-developed and real. I could understand Stella's hesitation but also Willa's determination. Everything in the book was well-thought out and easy to relate to. I'll definitely be recommending this to my librarian and friends. Now I can't wait to read the sequel!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melia

    In the book the wedding planners daughter the theme is to never give up on your dreams. this book is the perfect book because Willa the wedding planners daughter is so relatabale while reading this book i felt as if i was Willa because everything she did i felt a connection to.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tally

    Rating: 3.5/5 It’s one of those rainy, slow days in my part of the world. I thought I’d review one of my favorite books to read on a cloudy day when you can curl up with a cozy book. Granted this is for a younger audience but I still enjoy it. THE WEDDING PLANNER’S DAUGHTER follows Willa the daughter of yes, a wedding planner. Willa is a bookish girl who moves with her mother to Bramble, Cape Cod, a picturesque setting. Mother doesn’t allow Willa near weddings as they might put silly, glamorous th Rating: 3.5/5 It’s one of those rainy, slow days in my part of the world. I thought I’d review one of my favorite books to read on a cloudy day when you can curl up with a cozy book. Granted this is for a younger audience but I still enjoy it. THE WEDDING PLANNER’S DAUGHTER follows Willa the daughter of yes, a wedding planner. Willa is a bookish girl who moves with her mother to Bramble, Cape Cod, a picturesque setting. Mother doesn’t allow Willa near weddings as they might put silly, glamorous thoughts in her head. Being a dreamer in the heart, Willa adds that perfect ingredient to her perfect, closed-hearted mother’s weddings. Just a little love. Crushing on a gorgeous boy nicknamed JFK while trying to get Sam the English teacher to sweep her mother into the land of love, it’s the perfect concoction of book love and romantic love. There’s the beautiful ocean lovingly depicted, taffy you can almost taste, and classical stories that you’ll want to pick up after you finish this book. It’s just a sweet story that you’ll want to pick up again and again. Next time there’s the wind howling and the pitter -patter of the rain drums on your roof, curl up and read a good book. ~Tally

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arely

    I read this book when I was 13, and some of the books of the rest of the series when I was 14 and 16, when I discovered it was part of a series. What I like about this book is that it can be read as a stand-alone book, as it doesn't end as a cliffhanger. I've read books where in order to entice the reader to read the rest of the series, the author will leave the book with a serious cliffhanger. I must say, sometimes this works, but if the book isn't four to five-star worthy, I won't buy the othe I read this book when I was 13, and some of the books of the rest of the series when I was 14 and 16, when I discovered it was part of a series. What I like about this book is that it can be read as a stand-alone book, as it doesn't end as a cliffhanger. I've read books where in order to entice the reader to read the rest of the series, the author will leave the book with a serious cliffhanger. I must say, sometimes this works, but if the book isn't four to five-star worthy, I won't buy the others. This book, on the other hand, does not end as a cliffhanger, but you end up wanting to follow Willa's life as she grows up. In this book, we get to read as Willa makes friends, crushes, mistakes, and happily-ever-afters. If you like teen romance, this book is the way to go—as well as the rest of Paratore's series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nakia Surgeon

    This book is amazing 😎. I just a door this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather Alderman

    This was a cute audiobook I listened to with my daughters on a road trip. A funny, sweet story of a girl trying to find and keep a home.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kati Kettleson

    The Wedding Planner's Daughter was an okay book. In the beginning I found out that the main character's name was Willa, but her full name is Willafred. Her mom, Stella, is the only one that calls Willa by her full name though. We also find out that Stella is a single mom, not by choice. After Stella graduated college, she worked in New York City as a manager at a store. While working she met a poet, Billy, who she later married. During the engagement, Stella planned the whole wedding by herself. The Wedding Planner's Daughter was an okay book. In the beginning I found out that the main character's name was Willa, but her full name is Willafred. Her mom, Stella, is the only one that calls Willa by her full name though. We also find out that Stella is a single mom, not by choice. After Stella graduated college, she worked in New York City as a manager at a store. While working she met a poet, Billy, who she later married. During the engagement, Stella planned the whole wedding by herself. She found out that planning weddings was her new passion. The day after Stella and Billy got married, Billy had an amazing day planned out. They never got to see each other again though, because the hot air balloon that he was going to pick Stella up in crashed into the ocean. After this, Stella found out she was pregnant. After losing the man of her life, the two moved many times. The reason they moved was because once Stella thought she was falling in love with another man, she couldn't handle it. After many moves, they ended up in Bramble, Cape Cod; where Stella was raised. In Bramble, Stella's business was booming. The next door neighbor, Sam, always caught Stella's eye and his eye always caught Stella. After a Memorial Day picnic, Stella and Sam started dating. Then Stella found out he was going to ask her to marry him, so Stella and Willa had to move again. They were gone for a month when Willa ran away back to Bramble. After this, Stella moved back to Bramble to be with everyone. Once they were settled back in, Stella said, "Yes" to Sam's proposal. Next they got married, moved in together, and started a business together(a hotel & weddings). I wouldn't recommend this book to people because it was kind of boring; even though some of the lessons were good to know. One of the lessons I took out of this book is that things happen for a reason, and don't push things to happen; if they were meant to happen they will. If I would recommend this book to anyone, it would be girls seventh grade and under because in seventh I would've probably liked this book. I also think this book would be a good lesson to younger girls. This book was okay because it wasn't hard to understand, and some of the things that happened were unexpected to me. One thing I really took to heart in this book was that family will always be there for you, no matter what you've done to them or what they've done to you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Love the quotes from classics at the beginning of each chapter. eg Nobody sees a flower – really it is so small – we haven't time – and to see takes time. Georgia O'Keefe Before built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out. Robert Frost, Mending Wall Love Love the letter from Willa to her mother: "Dear Mother, I hope you like the cordials. I know Father used to send them to you. I know about the heart-shaped trunk. I know about the poems. I know why you're so afraid. I'm sorry I rui Love the quotes from classics at the beginning of each chapter. eg Nobody sees a flower – really it is so small – we haven't time – and to see takes time. Georgia O'Keefe Before built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out. Robert Frost, Mending Wall Love Love the letter from Willa to her mother: "Dear Mother, I hope you like the cordials. I know Father used to send them to you. I know about the heart-shaped trunk. I know about the poems. I know why you're so afraid. I'm sorry I ruined your business, Mother. You were a wonderful wedding planner. But your weddings were missing something. Go ahead and try a cordial. Take the pit in your hard and look at it. I know it's small and ugly now, but if you plant it and water it, give it sunshine and space for roots, someday that seed will blossom. That's why Father sent you those cordials and poems every week. And even though it was a foolish idea, that's why he planned to pick you up in Poet's Park and whisk you off in a balloon the day after your wedding. He did it because he loved you. That's the thirteenth secret ingredient. Love. You can get away with wilted flowers or a wrinkled dress. Those twelve ingredients you so perfectly planned. You were right, Mother. They all matter so much on that one fairy-tale day. The next day, all that matters is the love." Yours truly, Willafred Havisham The Wedding Planner's Daughter Love this: The secret is to write the truth and put your heart into it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Corine

    I SO LOVE THIS BOOK! Ever since my friend in school lent me this book, I didn't want to put the book down even if my subject teacher is getting angry at me for reading the book. I read it like four times over and over again, reviewing the scenes and getting the same giddy happy feeling or the deep dark feeling in Willa's point of view. I like Willa very much. She's just like me but I wear glasses and I don't normally go to the library but the bookstore. I can relate to the main character of the I SO LOVE THIS BOOK! Ever since my friend in school lent me this book, I didn't want to put the book down even if my subject teacher is getting angry at me for reading the book. I read it like four times over and over again, reviewing the scenes and getting the same giddy happy feeling or the deep dark feeling in Willa's point of view. I like Willa very much. She's just like me but I wear glasses and I don't normally go to the library but the bookstore. I can relate to the main character of the story a lot like not having a father because of some complications and out to set a new one. I like the fact the Coleen Paratore made the story somehow relate able to the readers. I like it when she gets all happy and giddy when she sees or talks to her crush, Joseph Francis Kennelly. Plus, I related a lot to Willa Havisham since I read that book when I was 12. I recommend for the any one of the readers out there to read this book because it is one of the books that are worth your time reading it. It really makes you relate a lot. But I mostly recommend it who are under the stage of puberty maybe around 8/9 to 16 years old. And like any other story, you just want to be there even as a small character as long as you witness the story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex Gaboury

    "The Wedding Planner's Daughter" is one of my favorite books of all time!! Ms. Paratore's writing catches on to the reader so fast that you MUST read on!! Enter the world of Willa, a seventh grader who has moved so many times. As you read on, your reading area transforms into Cape Cod. You can hear the waves crashing and your toes wiggling in the sand as the story unravels. Willa will make friends, lose friends, and face the ordeals of a tween/teen. She also faces the challenges of a mother, a d "The Wedding Planner's Daughter" is one of my favorite books of all time!! Ms. Paratore's writing catches on to the reader so fast that you MUST read on!! Enter the world of Willa, a seventh grader who has moved so many times. As you read on, your reading area transforms into Cape Cod. You can hear the waves crashing and your toes wiggling in the sand as the story unravels. Willa will make friends, lose friends, and face the ordeals of a tween/teen. She also faces the challenges of a mother, a different kind of mother. A business mother. Meet the characters of her quaint town. Meet the friend you had in seventh grade, the perfect Nana (sweet as candy :)), the amazing teacher you had, the snotty kid in the cafeteria you wished would just go away, and all in this wonderful village. Laugh with Willa, cry with her, and jump into the waves of this amazing book! I am so excited to read the next book!! Thank you Ms. Parartore for this book!!!!!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandie

    This is the second book I have read by this author in this series of stories. I like her habit of starting each chapter with a quote and I like the way her characters think throughout the book. The characters she has created are real and likable. You can relate to them easily and feel as if you are part of the town of Bramble where they live. I have enjoyed both stories in this series so far but actually liked this first story best of all. I feel like the writer puts out some important messages This is the second book I have read by this author in this series of stories. I like her habit of starting each chapter with a quote and I like the way her characters think throughout the book. The characters she has created are real and likable. You can relate to them easily and feel as if you are part of the town of Bramble where they live. I have enjoyed both stories in this series so far but actually liked this first story best of all. I feel like the writer puts out some important messages in this book through her characters and I believe Willa would be a very good role model for young girls. She has problems with her mom and problems talking to the boy she likes....she hasn't matured physically yet and yet she has a clear idea of what she wants and what path she should be on, she is smart and funny and you just know that she is going to grow up to be a very smart and talented young lady.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna-Kristina

    The Wedding Planner's Daughter, is a typical embarassing, stumbling, bumbling, teenage love story. The whole book is about this girl's summer and trying balance meeting the perfect guy, doing household chores, helping her mom, and babysitting! I learned that (and this is kind of an odd lesson), that the best guy for you will always come in time, you just have to wait. I just found mine a little more that a 4 days ago!!!! Love takes time! Read the book you'll understand what I mean.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    This is so pretty and sweetIf you think dreams are importat read this, it's sweet all she wants is a father when she relize that's not what she wanted. if you want to know more R.E.A.D IT. You'll think it's sweet it would be a great chick flic.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Galilea Estrada

    I like this book because she knows the 13 ingredients because her mom is a wedding planner she goes to the beach parties girl drama just a little her mom getting mad at her

  17. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I thought that the book was a very romantic because nothing is more romantic than a man speaking poetry to young women.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

    i think the book was awesome and romantic

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    it is really good and it just good to take a break from a mystery and have a nice fun to read book

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara Canny

    The wedding planners daughter is one of my favorite series. The books follow a young girl named Willa, named after a willow tree, and her single mother who is obviously a wedding planner. Throughout this story, we see Willa grow up, get closer to her mother, and be accepting of having another person in her mother's life. This is a wonderful book for girls of single mothers, or mothers that are remarrying, because of the characters in the story. In addition to this, it is a girly book but also ha The wedding planners daughter is one of my favorite series. The books follow a young girl named Willa, named after a willow tree, and her single mother who is obviously a wedding planner. Throughout this story, we see Willa grow up, get closer to her mother, and be accepting of having another person in her mother's life. This is a wonderful book for girls of single mothers, or mothers that are remarrying, because of the characters in the story. In addition to this, it is a girly book but also has that taste of adventure within it. I loved re-reading these books and I know there are many out there that love this series too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Loretta Marchize (on hiatus)

    Such a cute book! Read it in one evening after a stressful day of track at the middle school. I love Willa! (my review is super short because I read it not last night but the night before and then I went to bed. And really, it's short. Nothing much to say) (view spoiler)[Stella and Sam are so cute together (hide spoiler)] Content: One or two kisses on the cheeks (romantic boy kiss girl ones- along with a few times that Willa's grandmother kisses her), Willa wishing she was more developed, and a co Such a cute book! Read it in one evening after a stressful day of track at the middle school. I love Willa! (my review is super short because I read it not last night but the night before and then I went to bed. And really, it's short. Nothing much to say) (view spoiler)[Stella and Sam are so cute together (hide spoiler)] Content: One or two kisses on the cheeks (romantic boy kiss girl ones- along with a few times that Willa's grandmother kisses her), Willa wishing she was more developed, and a couple getting married are mentioned as kissing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pyrate Queen

    Twelve year old Willa has never had a father. So when her mom Stella Havisham decides to move back to her hometown of Bramble, Cape Cod, Willa hopes that she will finally be able to settle down. These dreams increase when the Poet moves in next door. But even the magic of Romantic Cape Cod can't seem to meet Stella's heart. It takes a lot of meddling, some mixed-up magic and a major wedding to make Stella see the light.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was OK. The beginning and middle of the book was pretty good. Now the problem i had with the ending was it seemed like the author was squishing everything in at the end. It went from slow beginnings to a quick end. She put too much in the end. I wish she saved the wedding of her mom for the second book. She really rushed that end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Warner

    It is difficult to rate this book because I read the series out of order. I read #2 "The Cupid Chronicles" several years ago and caught up with this first installment just recently. I didn't like how mean and cold Willa's mom behaved. I did enjoy the beach setting and learning about Willa's backstory.

  25. 4 out of 5

    kelly

    4.25~This book was one of the first series that I read in my childhood, and I realized how much this book has an impact on me. There were some parts that I cringed at, and some parts I understood more with age. I can't wait to continue the series as I go down memory lane for my love for these books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dahlia Hampton

    Tweleve year old Willa Havisham is a classics reader, a cherry cordial eater and quite possibly the wor;ds worst wisher. But when she and her glamorous single mother, Stella move to Bramble , Cape Cod. She makes her first-ever best friend. But before Willa can marry off her crush, Joseph, a pit gets stuck in the wishing well. I'm wondering if Willa can undo the damage.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Very cute story of a young girl, her mom and a host of other fun characters. Mom's broken heart affects all of those around her, but especially her daughter Willa. Willa loves to read and this book references lots of great books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Smith

    I really like this book. The plot is just a little slow at times, but I found it keeping me entertained the whole time. I've read this book several times. The author does an amazing job in making sure that the reader can imagine the setting and the characters (who are easy to love.)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Note: I did not read this recently. I read this probably at least five times as a child and loved it. Forgot about it until seeing it a list on here. Still have fond memories of it, especially the Cape Cod setting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Galion Public Library Teens

    Review by A.E.: "This books wasn't exactly up to my reading level (only 191 pages) but it was still a good book. It vividly explained the life of an insecure wedding planner's daughter and how she (Willa) felt about her life."

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