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For the Love of Friends

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I have to say I really liked this book. I went in to it hoping for a fun rom/com and was not disappointed. The main character is in 5 weddings at once and ends up blogging about the disasters that come because of that. It was hilarious. I loved the self discovery and the characters. For sure going to read more from this author.
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As I myself have been a bridesmaid 18 times, I can certainly commiserate with Lily and her dealings with both the bride and bridesmaids. However, there is a certain line between sarcasm and snarkiness that can be perceived as mean and in writing her blog, I feel.she often crossed that line. Did I laugh out loud at times? Absolutely. Yet I can understand why she lost friends in the interim. I would read more from this author as it was certainly well written.
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A fun novel about the trials and tribulations of a girl who is always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Will she ever find her own one and only?
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I loved this book! It was hilarious, fast paced and interesting. Although it feels like a plot that I've seen numerous times, it still came across as fresh and intriguing. The main character, Lily, is a riot who is trying to balance 5 weddings and maintain her sanity. Her friends are driving her crazy so she decides to write about her experience somehow thinking no one will know its her. It's a story about choices, consequences and how those actions effect others. The writing had me laughing at certain points and stunned by some things people will ask of others all in the name of a wedding. I was happy to read about a character that would do anything for her friends, but was not without her faults. It was a realistic and satisfying read that left me wanting more. I recommend this book for anyone wanting a good laugh! I will keep an eye out for more from this author.
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In a book, when the main character wants something to stay anonymous, when does it ever actually stay that way? Sara Goodman Confino's slow burn romance is great if you're looking for a light, unique embodiment of "always a bridesmaid, never a bride". As Lily tries desperately to appease five different brides, the book exposes the mostly exaggerated, but I'm sure very real, emotional (and financial!) distress felt by bridesmaids. I like how this author managed to get the reader to simultaneously sympathize with and be infuriated by Lily while also remaining invested in the romance. Would recommend for anyone looking for a quick, interesting, romance!
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I absolutely adored this book - it was the novel that I had really hoped that Dolly Alterton’s Ghosts would be. It was beautifully written and was witty in its humour. I loved Lily’s character for the most part (although a few scenes with her bridesmaids did make me cringe a bit).
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Sara is a very talented writer and I’m excited to read her future releases. 

Highly recommend this novel if you want to go along for a ride with Lily and her bridesmaid experiences.  The novel was funny, fast paced and heartwarming. 

Many thanks to Sara, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley for the privilege of reviewing a digital ARC in exchange for an independent, honest review.
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This book was too good! Lily was a hot mess, and I related to all of it. She made some major mistakes, owned up to them, and learned her way through it. She also realized who were her real friends and who definitely were not. She didn’t make it out of the whole mess unscathed, but everybody needs a happy ending sometimes. I think this is an awesome book for anyone in their late 20s/early 30s, because we all know what a pain in the ass it can be to be in a wedding, let alone five of them. 🤣 I laughed my way through this entire book, but there were still enough heartwarming moments that hit me right in the feels. I loved it!
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3.5 stars

This was a light rom com with no real surprises but the writing was excellent. Lily was a smart, strong protagonist and it was nice to see her standing up for her friends and herself, while also going through the required self-development. With interesting side characters and a swoon-worthy love interest you are definitely rooting for, this book is definitely worth picking up. 

Thank you to netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Lily Weiss is a 32-year-old spinster who finds herself a member of five different bridal parties for weddings taking place only weeks apart. While she studied journalism in college, she works in PR for a scientific foundation - spending her days explaining the details of complex experiments in layman's terms rather than writing about her interests and making it big in the publishing world. Between feeling unfulfilled in her work and encountering increasingly difficult wedding scenarios, including instances of shaming regarding her physical appearance and marital status, she begins an anonymous blog called Bridesmania.

This book was such a quick read! I was consistently interested in where the story was heading next and really enjoyed that we followed Lily’s thoughts in dialogue and in blog format. There was endless drama, but that meant (for us readers) cozying up with a bowl of popcorn and watching it all unfold. Lily as the main character was comically entertaining and very likeable. I found myself always rooting for her and laughing out loud at her snarky comments on the blog.

As for the writing, it was at times difficult to follow the text conversations and dialogue, as the text conversations did not use quotes (it was sometimes hard to figure out who said what, or when the conversation began) and the dialogue was not always separated in a way that (to me) seemed clear! There was only one very minor typo that I noticed throughout the entire novel. Additionally, there were instances where I felt the insults coming from adults were very immature and a little ridiculous (think Gossip Girl-level pettiness)! However, I found the story’s overall message to be warm and fun, and the ending left me wanting more!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and sweet story about friendship and love. It’s definitely a fun book that could get you out of a reading slump or into the romance genre overall!

*An electronic ARC of this book was provided to me by the publisher (via NetGalley) for an honest review.*
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I loved Lily as a character and could truly relate to her struggles: single, family being annoying about it, and kind of wasting her talents and career. She's sweet, fun, and she knows how to take care of herself. But on the other hand, I felt jealous for her. I mean, she got asked to be a bridesmaid in five weddings within just six weeks - meanwhile, I can't even get invited to a wedding as a mere guest! That kind of put me off because you want to relate to a character and not envy her. But when I held that though at the back burner, I actually really enjoyed the drama.

And boy, is it packed with drama! In the five weddings, Lily needs to do it all: parties, organization, bridal showers, dress fittings, all of it. And even though it's a lighthearted read, I could definitely relate to many of Lily's problems - and I certainly didn't expect the twists in this book.

Apart from making me feel sad for not having such a flourishing social life, I enjoyed Lily's drama and humor-filled journey in this novel. Fun, lighthearted read!

*Thank you to the Publisher for a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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First and foremost, thank you so much to @netgalley and #lakeunionpublishing for making this ARC available! 

32-year-old (and extremely single) Lily Weiss is just your average “fabulous career woman who refuses to settle for anything less than true love.” The caveats: her role as Director of Communications for the Foundation for Scientific Technology doesn’t really scream fabulosity, she has zero prospects in the love department (quickly becoming her mother’s worst nightmare) and she’s just been asked to be a bridesmaid in five weddings all taking place within the same two months! With the annoyances of dealing with bridezillas, even crueler bridesmaids, and the toll bridesmaid expenses are taking on her bank account she decides to start a blog, Bridesmania, as an anonymous writer spilling all the tea 🍵 on the drama unfolding within each bridal party. The blog not only is a way for Lily to release her frustrations, but it’s also a gratifying opportunity for her to be much closer to where she really wants to be in her career aspirations: a writer. Knowing how the internet “is a dark and creepy place”, true feelings and people can only stay anonymous for so long. How will Lily’s secret outlet affect her friends, family and most importantly a potential love interest she just recently met? Can all of her relationships be salvaged? 

This was such a great read! From the drama unfolding in each bridal party, especially Caryn’s crazy soon-to-be-sister-in-law, to Lily’s (or should I say Joan’s) hilariously kooky Grandma, I could honestly not get enough. It makes sense though with the movie Bridesmaids being probably one of my favorite movies of all-time (Kristen Wiig stan 🙋🏻‍♀️), this book gave me major Bridesmaids vibes. Loved this one, the only way I can describe it really as a whole was being an absolute treat to read!
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Lily is a single 30 something who is invited to be a bridesmaid in 5 weddings in the space of 2 months. Chaos ensues as she battles with 5 brides to be and their bridezilla demands and terrible friends, choosing to vent her frustrations via an online blog. You can probably guess how wrong this goes! 

This is, for the most part, a lighthearted read, although it does touch on some deeper subjects from time to time. Lily is a likable character, and its easy to be on her side against these dreadful brides she calls her friends. There's also the undercurrent of a budding romance that you know will result in a nicely tied together happy ending. 

Overall I enjoyed this book,  its entertaining, well written and laugh out loud at times. As an aside I do have to say that I find the American concept of asking someone to be a bridesmaid and then expecting them to pay hundreds , if not thousands, of dollars for the pleasure is utterly baffling!
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I don’t know how to say how much I loved this book other than to say I freakin’ loved this book.

Maybe it was because I used to be a wedding photographer and could totally relate to how over-the-top some brides can be.

I found this book laugh-out-loud funny at times, heartbreakingly honest at times and a real page turner. Even though I kind of knew what was going to happen, I wanted to make sure it happened. Plus there were a few surprises along the way.

The main character Lily was especially relatable. I mean, we’ve all been self-unaware at times haven’t we? (If not, maybe it’s time to talk to some of your friends). Plus we’ve all done things just to make our friends happy. Well I know I have.

This book doesn’t officially come out until June 2021, but I think it’s going to be a hit!

 

For the Love of Friends by Sara Goodman Confino. #FortheLoveofFriends

Thanks to #NetGalley for the advance copy
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Thank you to NetGalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review!

This book was a sweet read!
I adored the main character and how dedicated she was to making her friends and family happy despite the stress and consequences of attending all of these weddings.

However, there was A LOT of body shaming in this book and it made it incredibly hard to get through as it was just so disheartening to read. The characters were incredibly bitchy and mean (and I understand why for the story) but constantly reading about how they were body shaming one another wasn't fun for me.
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This book has a great premise- a 32 year old woman who works in PR gets asked to be in five weddings all within the same two months. Two are for her younger siblings. She starts writing an anonymous blog about her experiences. 

I read this book in one evening and thought it was a fun light read. Lily, the main character was well developed. Some of the side characters were less so, and all the brides turned into some version of bridezillas which was the most cliche part that I enjoyed the least.

There is a romance storyline as well that was a slow burn and there was good build up which I enjoyed. I liked the authors writing style and found it engaging. 

This book is great for anyone looking for an fairly light  fun read that does have good character development and an interesting premise and plot. Not the kind of book I will revisit or read over and over again but definitely an enjoyable read!

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher, and The author for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review an ARC of For the Love of Friends by Sara Goodman Confino. Can you imagine being in five weddings in one year? What if all the weddings were within two months, you were perpetually single and oh yeah two of the weddings were for your younger siblings. Yeah I know sounds terrible right, but it would make a great book and it did! Lilly is a thirty-two year old PR person for a science foundation who lives in DC with a roommate. She happily agrees to all of these weddings then watches as the brides become more and more insane and she decides to blog about it to try and make some more money pay for these weddings. I loved Lilly and was with her 100% on the blog. Everything happening to her was absurd from a chest minimizer to having to room with her Grandma at a destination wedding. I would definitely recommend to anyone who happens to be in a few weddings!
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I read this book in two days because I needed the distraction. It's a fun, light read. My experience was that it lacked some depth when it came to the characters, but I loved that Lily, the protagonist, was a level-headed, confident woman. I usually prefer romance and chick lit when I need light reads, and I was getting weary of women protagonists/narrators who feel so badly about themselves--to an extent that they look down on themselves. Confino does a wonderful job of breaking that pattern in 'For the Love of Friends.' It was refreshing to get to know Lily :)
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You know this is a good book when it made you rewatch 27 dresses after reading it. This book is more practical though because let's be honest, no one has 27 real friends. 

Lily is under the stress of being a bridesmaid for 5 weddings, all happening within 2 months. All the demands from her soon to be bride friends is no joke to her bank account and the attitude from other bridemaids is making her blood boil. To make it worse, she is under pressure for being single at 32 years old and everyone around her including her 24 years old baby sister is getting married instead. Lily did what she does best to release the stress and frustration- writing. She wrote her bridemaid's journey on blog. When this backfired, Lily needs to think and act fast to save her friendships, relationship with her family and the only man she ever loved. 

What I love about this book:
-Lily is very talented at writing, all her blog post is hilarious. 
-It is not the perfect ending. It is too good to be true if Lily managed to earned her forgiveness from all her friends. However, I am sure eventually Lily will have her friend back because despite her snarky post, she is a good friend in heart. 
- Highly recommend if you are looking for light and funny story about friendship, family and wedding stuff.
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What do a best friend, a best work friend, a former college roommate and two siblings have in common? They are all scheduled their nuptials with weeks of each other and asked Lily Weiss to be a bridesmaid. Yes, without a hint of romance in her own life, Lily has agreed to be in all five weddings.

In this debut novel, Sara Confino takes us down the rabbit hole of high drama in modern day weddings with the expenses, personality conflicts and bridal demands – all with great humor, snark and  pathos. Faced with the possibility of mounting debit and frustration with the interpersonal dynamics, Lily decides to put her Journalism degree to good use by creating a blog to generate income and let off steam. To her delight she rediscovers her love of writing, which has been buried under her daily work     of writing press releases for a scientific organization. As the weeks progress and the wedding planning and activities take on a frenzied pace, the blog, authored anonymously, begins to take on a life of its own. You can probably guess what happens, but the outcome is still satisfying.

Lily is a delightful character – likeable and flawed in a very relatable way. The brides, their attendant bridesmaids, and mothers at times are a bit overdrawn and melodramatic, but overall they reflect the insanity hinted at if you watch even one episode of “Say Yes to the Dress.” I particularly appreciated Lily’s self-reflection and maturity as she embraced responsibility for her efforts and looked to the future.

I look forward to more books by this author. 

My thanks to the author, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley for the privilege of reviewing a digital ARC in exchange for an independent, honest review.

This review is being posted immediately to my GoodReads account and will be posted on Amazon upon publication.
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