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Book review: Bridesmaids by Jane Costello

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This is surely one of the best chick lit books I’ve read this year. Imagine watching your favorite rom com, best friends over, ice cream and popcorn included – well this book is BETTER. Hell, imagine a date with Ryan Gosling (yeah, I see you drooling already). Well you know what? THIS BOOK is better than that!

Never ever would I tell this is a debut, it’s brilliant from every possible aspect.
The story is amazing and keeps your interest till the very last page. It follows Evie Hart, a 27 year old journalist who’s never been in love. Of course, she’s had few short term relationships, but she never felt those butterflies we all get when we’re in love. But that all changes one day when she’s invited to be a bridesmaid to a friends’ wedding and meets handsome Jack.

I love weddings but it’s a fact they are stressful. But what happens when you get to be a bridesmaid not to one, but three weddings? Well Evie sure handles it well, though of course not everything goes smoothly.

There are so many reasons why I loved this book. I’m gonna start with the writing style, which I absolutely LOVED. Though it’s an easy read, the short chapters made it even easier to follow. The humor just adds to it, I was laughing so hard my face still hurts. Just the thought of some of the funny situations Evie finds herself into makes me laugh again and again.

Evie is definitely memorable, she’s a character I will never forget. She’s funny, sarcastic at times, and she feels real. She’s fun and easy going, and above all she’s a darn good friend.

Which brings me to another thing – this is not just a romantic comedy, though there’s a fair share of romance in it, this is also a book about friendship. The bridesmaids, all of them, are so different yet you can’t help but love them. The bond between these girls is so strong, and they do try very hard to overcome every problem that goes their way. But of course, my favorite girl was Evie, loyal and always with a good advice for her girls.

And finally, a good rom com would be nothing without a strong, handsome, witty male character the heroine would flip over. Jack is amazing and someone that will win your hearts instantly. Not just because he’s handsome (do I seem that shallow to you?*cough*) but because he’s fun, smart, kind and you know…a gentleman. Yeah, that’s the word!

I admit some parts felt predictable, but nevertheless I enjoyed the story completely. I was surprised with the epilogue (no, I’m not gonna tell you why) but I was really happy with how things turn out in the end, not only for Evie but for all of her friends. There’s just one thing that disappointed me – Charlotte. When she was introduced in the book I swear to God I thought it would be a character I would understand the most (because of her weight problem), but some stuff happens (again, no spoilers no no no) and she really really disappointed me. But this just makes the characters more real, because whether we admit it or not, we all have flaws. And even our best friends – they have too.

I could go on and on about this book forever, but it all goes down to this – THIS IS A MUST READ! I don’t care if you’re a chick lit fan or not, this is a great book and you’re missing a lot for not reading it. I’m a pretty down-to-earth person (yes, just like Evie) and I would never ever make a fool out of myself for screaming in public (in this case the internet) but *screams* JUST READ THIS BOOK – NOOOOOOOOOW!!!

Now I’m off to another by Costello, ‘The Nearly Weds’, hip hip HOORAY!:)

My rating: 5/5

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