BOOK REVIEW: For the Love of Friends
by Sara Goodman Confino
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
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?
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For the Love of Friends was a breath of fresh air! I love rom-coms, and while this book isn’t technically listed as a rom-com, I would consider it one. Amazon shows it in the following categories: sibling fiction, women’s humorous fiction, and friendship fiction. Either way, it’s comical and there’s a fun little love story intertwined in it.
Lily is in her early 30s and one summer she finds herself in five weddings, including both her brother and sister’s weddings (and they’re quite a bit younger than her). She knows all these weddings are going to get expensive, so she starts a blog to document her experience and try to make some money on the side of her full-time job. The blog becomes cathartic for her as she deals with all of the craziness that comes with weddings—brides, family, mothers-in-law, etc.
The story is action-packed and fully entertaining. I loved it!