Book Report

Cabo, by Will Chase. 2017, first edition. 254 pages.
BY: JEANNINE PEREZ

Cabo, by Will Chase. 2017, first edition. 254 pages.

This is the story of a destination wedding gone very, very wrong.

I read this 254 page long accounting of Will's struggles for the perfect destination wedding in Cabo, feeling as though I had stolen someone's diary and was violating their privacy by peeking, but then devouring all. It was much the same feeling I had when I was a child, and I sometimes hid under the kitchen table to eavesdrop on adults.

Will tells us at the beginning that this is a true story, and that he wrote it the book a year after it happened. (The wedding was scheduled for, and he began writing this book when he returned to Cabo in 2013.)

The first pages of Will's book were interesting, informative, and almost painful to read. His book goes back and forth between Will and Hannah (his bride to be), her family and two daughters, his family and friends (who were not always completely helpful), and the roles played by each of these people. The timeline of the books spans from his proposal to planning a perfect destination wedding to the fiasco, and an ending which I'll leave for you to discover.

The account begins in Minneapolis, then jumps ahead to his return to Cabo to write this book after the wedding. It includes a description of his painful bout with Montezuma's Revenge, and his struggles to make something positive out of one of the hardest times in his life. Will writes all of this with much insight into his own feelings, and an understanding of the reactions of others.

It's always a pleasure to read descriptions of the Baja, the exotic scenery there and Cabo's famous arch. I particularly enjoyed his descriptions of the paradise that he immediately saw in Cabo, and reading brief paragraphs about Cabo's history will interest both tourists and residents. It is always fascinating to read another person's take on a place that has become familiar.

Will writes about the beauty he saw and then gives a blow-by-blow accounting of how it quickly changed into the "worst week ever.” This is told with day by day, hour by hour, blow by blow accounts of his experience.

So, why should we want to read further, past the positive and on to someone's description of a time he calls "The week from hell"? I won't divulge his ending, but will give you a hint with this quote "...but I wouldn't change a thing.” And then, of course, is the fact that he dedicates the book to "the love of my life."

I emailed Will at cabofiasco@gmail.com and found out that he is now working on his second book, which is about the modern day American West. I also learned that he has always wanted to write, likes tequila, and lives now in Minneapolis.

“Cabo” by Will Chase is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. If you read it, let me know what you think! Visit me at El Caballo Blanco, my bookstore in Loreto, or email me at betojeannnine@gmail.com.