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For the Love of Friends

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Wow! What a book that I honestly wanted to enjoy but it was to much. To much candy cane for me.
The story line was all about weddings I didn’t expect it to be only that.
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Lily agrees to be bridesmaid in five weddings over six weeks - to her boss Caryn, college roommate Sharon, her friend Megan, her brother Jake, and her sister Amy. As the expenses mount and time management pressures take a toll, Lily starts anonymously blogging about her experiences and frustrations as a bridesmaid, from Caryn’s catty friends and an awkward end to Megan’s engagement party to Sharon’s overbearing mother and sibling rivalry. 
This debut novel offers one of the better examples of a wedding-related story. Lily was a fun character to follow as you waited for her public venting to get her in strife. I am looking forward to what the author does next.
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"For The Love of Friends": 4⭐

(Thank you to @netgalley, @saragoodmanconfino and the publishers for allowing me to read this eArc copy in exchange for a review.)

What a snarky, most fun book to read! A new perspective on romance and womanhood that I absolutely adored!

Reading through the main character's perspective was absolutely stunning, so much fun and smart! The author has this really cute and adorable fluid writing which makes you crave for more!
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Lily Weiss is going through a complicated situation. She’s the bridesmaid of five weddings - including her younger sister’s. In addition to feeling the pressure of being single and 32, without having a date to accompany her, she’s also forced to face several absurdities from the other bridesmaids and family members involved. To survive this, she starts an anonymous blog where she tells about the plans, and exercises her true passion: writing. 

In the midst of so much frustration, she gets drunk and wakes up the next morning with an unidentified man beside her in bed. Nervous with herself, she runs out of room, doesn't even look at him and begs the bride not to tell her anything about the night before. She hates one of the groomsmen and believes it was him. Meanwhile, she ends up getting very close to Alex, another groomsman, and little by little this feeling becomes something more than just friendship.

I had so much fun reading this book! It was funny to imagine all this happening in real life. It's horrible to think that this pressure really exists, and that so many bridesmaids feel obliged to put up with such humiliating comments just out of respect for the bride.

It's a great book for anyone who enjoys conflicts between friends and family. Regarding the couple, the slow burn is real. Every time I thought something was finally going to happen, the subject changed and went back to wedding planning. But the ending doesn’t disappoint… And I felt like yelling out loud: I KNEW IT!

* I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Thanks to Lake Union and Netgalley for the gifted copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a fun and scandalous story.  Who can't relate at one time in their lives being caught in the middle of people behaving badly? Lily is 32 and single and gets asked to be in 5 weddings in one summer.  Getting caught up in all the drama and fed up, she starts writing an anonymous blog on the internet. 

Of course, it does not stay anonymous!  I thoroughly enjoyed this one and could relate to some of the people being jerks just because they were getting married.
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What a wonderful book full of sass and humor! I had a heyday with Lily Weiss (the MC) and I had love and at times intense dislike for her. I was up and down with her like some friends in real life. I can't even imagine being a bridesmaid to five brides within two months! Especially when they're not the calmest of brides. In fact, I'd put them in the Bridezilla category. To make things worse she is 32 and single. Her mother isn't all too happy about that. Lily has an outlet when she develops a blog where she can let out some frustration and the jokes are hilarious. I loved this one.

I''d like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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This is like a train wreck you can't stop watching. You know - <i>you just know</i> - this is going to end badly, in a raging ball of fire, but you can't look away.

I loved the writing. I found each wedding, each juggle and each thought and/or conversation felt realistic and easy to read. I thought Lily was easy to like and feel bad for but also cringe when she made realistic human mistakes. I loved her sassy side but that she also chose to tone it down for the love of her friends and family. 

The Bridezillas were a nightmare and easy to imagine being very, very real. I liked the friendship that grew during the story and also all the ups and down. Such a fun story, I loved it!

<i>A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.</i>
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This book was hilarious! I loved it. 

This is written from the perspective of the bridesmaid, for not 1 but 5 weddings all within weeks of each other! It had everything I could have wanted for a witty light hearted read and it was great. 

I absolutely loved Sara’s writing style, she captured the main character so well. She was witty and had a great dry sense of humour, which made her character endearing despite her hatred of her fellow bridesmaids and the demands made! 

I adored the crazy relatives - particularly Grandma and her constant reference to Lily as Joan. 🤣 The other guests and the usual arguments over hen dos and dresses, were so relatable - it was great! It was a really light and fun read, I’m sure everyone will love it! 

An easy 5 stars!
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Such a fun summer read. The second I read the synopsis, I knew that I would most likely love this and I thankfully, was not disappointed! This was so genuine and funny. I loved it.
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If you’re in the mood for a light, fun summer read, look no further than For the Love of Friends. Full of laugh-out-loud moments, I found this book to be very enjoyable. Anyone who has ever been a bridesmaid will relate to some of the things that Lily experiences when she is tapped to be a bridesmaid in not one, but five weddings that all take place in a six week period!
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𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗹𝗼𝘁
-Lily is a 32-year-old woman who finds herself agreeing to be a bridesmaid in 5 weddings in six weeks.

-Her brides are her sister, future sister-in-law, best friend, college roommate, and co-worker who all want 5 very different weddings.

-Lily's salary isn't enough to keep up with the rapidly mounting expenses of paying for 5 dresses, bridal showers, gifts, bachelorette parties, and travel.

-Desperate for a way to make some extra income, she starts an anonymous "Bridemania" blog and vents about the outrageous demands made by nasty bridesmaids, demanding mother, feisty Grandma, and the scariest MOB-zillas ever.

-One bright spot during her hectic life is a developing friendship with a handsome groomsman Alex, who leaves her notes at her favorite Starbucks.

☕𝗜 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁
-Raise your hand if you've ever been promised a bridesmaid dress "you'll definitely be able to wear again." Imagine five dress fittings in six weeks!

-This charming debut novel had several laugh-out-loud moments as Lily navigates her way through one wedding planning nightmare after another while her friends turn into Bridezillas.

-Lily's lack of judgment when writing her blog was a tad cringe-worthy, but I chalk it up to temporary insanity from dealing with extreme bridesmaid stress.

-Even after all the zany situations she was dealing with (some self-inflicted), I was impressed that Lily really had her bride's best interests at heart and was there for them.

-If you enjoy sweet stories and a few tears about friendship, self-discovery, slow-burn romances, making amends, saying yes to the dress, and lots of funny moments, pick up this book!
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Snarky & fun! 

This is for all your former bridesmaids who’ve known what it’s like to deal with bridezillas, momzillas, and the cost of weddings!
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For The Love Of Friends is the perfect summer read! It’s light-hearted, witty and engaging and worked in getting me out of the reading slump I was in. I really liked main character Lily and found her relatable and charming - her relationship with her dad is adorable and I felt sympathetic toward her relationship with her mum. 

This book was never short of high pressure situations and considering Lily is a bridesmaid in 5 weddings over 2 months, this is unsurprising. I liked the romance element in this story and thought it was sweet but was equally glad that it didn’t take centre stage and was more of an addition as I preferred the wedding drama!

Big thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I have so many warring thoughts about this book. If I take it as just the light, fluffy concoction that it is on the surface, it's fine. Really, just...fine. It was a quick read, contained lots of snark, had a completely predictable plot, and our heroine ends up with her HEA. Boom, automatic three stars. 

But if I dig any deeper into it, this book makes me want to tear my hair out. As I stated, it's 100% predictable. Like, there was absolutely nothing that was a surprise, or an unexpected twist. Even the part that was supposed to be the unexpected twist. Anyone who hadn't figured out who the mystery groomsman was way early in the book has obviously never read a romance novel before.  

And then there are the characters. Honestly, the only likeable characters for me were Alex, the love interest, and Lily's grandmother, who was hilarious. I would read a blog by that woman any day. But the rest of the cast? They're either extras from Mean Girls casting (Caryn's wedding), a feeble attempt to portray the struggle of living with social anxiety (Sharon), or our self-centered, judgmental heroine who lacks any sort of self-awareness. Also, how is it that she works in Public Relations and somehow doesn't realize that you shouldn't do shady things from your work computer? Or, like, how can you be an adult in today's society and not realize that? 

And while I'm glad that Lily gets a clue at the end and does the right thing by apologizing to those she has hurt, I honestly think she was totally justified in what she said about Caryn and Megan. Caryn allowed her bridesmaid-zillas to force Lily to go thousands and thousands of dollars into debt and to body-shame her and force her to change her appearance for the sake of her precious wedding photos. I'm sorry, no. You deserve everything you get for allowing that kind of behavior to continue. And Megan? Your bestie should always have your back and not suddenly drop out of your life and resurface only to criticize you and, again, body-shame you.  

So yes, this was a three-star read for me, despite my issues with it, because it really was a fun and funny book. I loved Lily's blog posts. They were the best part of the story, and the author definitely knows how to write snark very well. If you're looking for a light summer read with a lot of humor, definitely check it out. If you're looking for something deeper, with nuanced character development, this will not be your thing, Honestly, I think this book would make a great movie. It has all the elements of a great rom-com.
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How would you feel if you were 32-years old, incredibly single, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 invited to 5 different weddings! Mind you, the weddings all happen within a span of 6 weeks. That is exactly what Lily had to go through in this book by being in the wedding party of her BFF, college roommate, work bestie, future sister-in-law who doesn't seem to talk, and her can-never-do-anything-wrong baby sister. With things going all different directions when her life was already a mess, Lily needed an outlet to vent; therefore, an anonymous blog Bridesmania was born. 

The only wedding / bridesmaids drama I know is from the movie Bridesmaids. If you haven't watched it, I strongly recommend it for you to watch it. Let's say this book was Bridesmaids on a steroids! There were constant drama that kept me on my toes (or should I say fingers?), and I felt Lily so much. Luckily, I have not been invited to that many weddings at the same time, but reading about what Lily was going through in each wedding was overwhelming and some what worrisome in a funny way. It's good to know that people will act crazy under a lot of stress!  

Lily was such a relatable character, and I was rooting for her happiness the entire read. When the cute Starbucks love notes start to come, I was in the clouds screaming for joy. I especially loved reading about her growth when the anonymous blog Bridesmania was discovered by everyone. I meant 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦. It was a nightmare, even for myself as a reader, but Lily learned that not everything is about her. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At many times, I literally laughed out loud - That's when you know the book is 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 good. It was such a cute summer read and honestly, I'm excited for future books from Sara Goodman Confino. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for giving me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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At thirty-two and still single, Lily Weiss is her mother's worst nightmare. She's a talented writer but hides behind a boring job at a science foundation. However, her three best friends and two younger siblings see her as reliable and selfless, which is how she ends up being a bridesmaid in all five of their weddings in the span of six weeks. As wedding preparations ramp up, Lily needs a safe place to vent, which is how her anonymous blog Bridesmania is born. The posts start pouring out of her, and Lily doesn't hold back. But as everyone knows, few things online remain secret forever...

This was such a fun, snarky and dramatic read! I think it would work really well as a movie or a TV show. While Lily did have some selfish tendencies (who writes horrible things about their friends online to make a little money?), I found her to be very selfless as she put up with a lot to be with her friends on their special day. The romance was good, however I would have liked to see more of it as Alex and Lily had a really great dynamic together. While the plot was predictable and it took me a few chapters to get the characters straight, this was a super enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC< which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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This was such a fun read! The author did a great job with the characters, especially the main character, Lily. I found myself getting frustrated on her behalf with all the various demands from all the brides (not to mention some of the “suggestions” made to her by other bridesmaids). This book kept my attention with the plot and the humor. I look forward to reading future books from this author!
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This book kept me engaged and entertained. The story is fun and relatable. Being a bride that had to deal with rescheduling her wedding because of covid, I could relate to how ridiculous some things become. 

While I don’t think I completely connected with the characters and sometimes found them borderline unlikable, I still really enjoyed this as a whole.
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This book is super cute! Also, it made me hope to never ever be a bridesmaid if this is really what our friends turn into when they get married…eek! Reminder to self: if I ever get married (Lily and I are two peas in a pod here haha) do not do any of the things Lily’s friends do!

Seriously though, this book is hilarious but also emotional. Lily is a bridesmaid in FIVE weddings! Lily is also single and her mother won’t let her forget it! If Lily could just find a way to love herself enough to let someone love her she might still get that happily ever after all her friends have after all!
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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? To keep her sanity, Lily needs a safe place to vent. And so her anonymous blog, Bridesmania, is born. 

For the Love of Friends is a typical summer read- everybody knows that summer is the best season for weddings and everybody knows it's impossible to survive being a bridesmaid in five weddings over two months without some major damage to one's sanity. 

This is a first for me by the author and one I enjoyed and would read more of their work. The book cover is eye-catching and appealing and would spark my interest if in a bookshop. Thank you very much to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.

3.5/5.
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