I Take You

A Novel

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Meet Lily Wilder: New Yorker, lawyer extraordinaire, blushing bride. And totally incapable of being faithful to one man.

     Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and has no business getting married. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights—and mornings, and afternoons—of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.
Unapologetically sexy with the ribald humor of Bridesmaids, this joyously provocative debut introduces a self-assured protagonist you won’t soon forget.


“I have not laughed this hard or this much at a book since Bridget Jones's DiaryI Take You is wickedly smart, hilariously funny, sexy, clever, and stupidly accomplished for a first novel. In short, the most enjoyable read I have had in YEARS. I completely loved it.”
—JANE GREEN, New York Times bestselling author of Tempting Fate

“HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I Take You is the funniest book I've read all year. I drank four bottles of chardonnay by myself because I couldn't get to a book club fast enough. Eliza Kennedy makes infidelity sexy again!”
—GARY SHTEYNGART, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story

I Take You is sexy and smart in equal measure—Eliza Kennedy’s heroine Lily Wilder is great fun to be around, even if she’s not always sure who she’s taking to bed. Kennedy’s witty and brash voice will win you over by the end of the first page.”
—EMMA STRAUB, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers

“This fun, warmhearted novel is the rare great read about love and marriage that doesn’t tacitly promote a set of dated ideas about how women should feel, think and behave. Instead, it romps along merrily while being subtly revolutionary about sexual politics—no small feat, as anyone who’s tried to romp merrily while revolting can attest.”
—EMILY GOULD, author of Friendship: A Novel

"In this whirlwind story, which reads not unlike a quickie engagement, the ultimate question is whether one can be both promiscuous and in love. Lily, basking in the glow of Key West's free-love attitude, is guided toward yes. This book has the effect of three Bloody Marys at brunch: it'll leave you flushed, giddy, and prepared to embrace your wild side."
Kirkus Reviews

Reader's Guide

1. What were your first impressions of Lily as you read about her steamy tryst with Phillip, followed by romantic comforting from Will? When is she powerful? What makes her vulnerable?

2. Does Will possess the qualities of your ideal man? What makes him the kind of guy women should want?

3. How did Anita (Will’s mom) shape his image of women? If you were Anita, would you go to great lengths to get Lily out of the picture, or would you welcome a free spirit?

4. Which of Lily’s “mothers” would you want to have in your life? Henry’s ex-wife club includes Lily’s mother, Katherine; down-to-earth Ana; and society queen Jane. Gran is also a strong mother figure in Lily’s life. Would you be happy in the shoes of Trina, Henry’s much younger current wife?

5. Is Lily’s appetite for men just a quest for good sex, or is she craving something else, like the thrill of deception?

6. As Lily navigates the deposition of Peter Hoffman, what does she learn about herself? What do the EnerGreen case and her career, in general, really mean to her? As a role model, what does Gran inspire Lily to be?

7. Who is your Freddy? What is the best advice a friend could give to someone in Lily’s position?

8. How does the tragic history of Teddy and Lee affect Lily as an adult? What motivated the three teens? How does Lily’s reunion with Teddy change the way she feels about the incident, and about her past?

9. How does Lily's dad influence her expectations of men? Is he a good father?

10. In chapter 18, Lily considers why she said yes to Will. How is he different from the other guys she's dated? Why isn't he enough?

11. Lily’s character is a twist on the stereotype of the hot, commitment-phobe bachelor who has serious second thoughts on the way to the altar.  Are Lily’s fears equally common in men and women?

12. Did Will’s disclosure to Lily in chapter 21 surprise you? Did you think her reaction was justified?

13. How did you react to Will’s lengthy e-mail that unfolds in chapters 23 and 24? Is he right about human nature and monogamy?

14. In most romantic novels, marriage is the happy reward at the end of the story. I Take You turns that storyline on its head, introducing a character who is already engaged to the perfect man—and struggling to feel happy about it. What makes this a refreshing approach to romantic fiction? Do you and Lily share any of the same attitudes about commitment, sex, and relationships? Ultimately, what does I Take You say about the ingredients for a good marriage?

15. What do you predict for Lily’s future, and for Will’s?

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