A sharp and hilariously relatable novel about the business of weddings, the toll they can take, and the lengths one exasperated bridesmaid will go to for the love of friends.
Lily Weiss is her mother’s worst nightmare: thirty-two and single—the horror! She’s also a talented writer but hides behind a boring job at a science foundation. To her friends, she’s reliable and selfless, which is how she winds up a bridesmaid in five weddings in six weeks. Anything for her three best friends and two (younger) siblings, right? Even if her own love life is…well, she’d rather not talk about it. To keep her sanity, Lily needs a safe place to vent.
And so her anonymous blog, Bridesmania, is born. The posts start pouring out of her: all the feels about mom-zillas, her vanishing bank balance, the wicked bridesmaids of the west, high-strung brides-to-be, body-shaming dress clerks, bachelorette parties, and Spanx for days, not to mention being deemed guardian of eighty-eight-year-old Granny (who enjoys morning mimosas in the nude) for her brother’s destination wedding.
So far the blog has stayed anonymous. But as everyone knows, few things online remain secret forever…
When all is said and done, can Lily help all five couples make it to happily ever after? And will her own happy ending be close behind?
***Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.
enjoyable/easy to read:
For the Love of Friends is a light, easy read with surprising maturity.
98% of this plot is entirely predictable. We all know what to expect going into a story about demanding brides and an anonymous blog… Not to mention the whole ‘I’m attracted to you, but we should just be friends who talk and hang out constantly‘ thing. So by around the halfway point, I started to consider skipping the rest of the book – not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but because I knew where it was going. I’m glad I kept reading, though. Because when everything blows up – exactly the way you know it will – Lily’s reactions are so refreshing and honest. It’s so nice to have a realistic response to a crazy situation – it made the whole story that much more enjoyable.
So while I’m sure you’ll be able to predict what happens here, I’d still recommend For the Love of Friends. The narrative is lighthearted with unexpected warmth and a welcome perspective on some very familiar tropes.