Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Borrow-A-Bridesmaid by Anne Wagener


Borrow-A-Bridesmaid by Anne Wagener
Kindle Edition
Published June 8th 2015 by Pocket Star

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade—or, in Piper Brody’s case, make a Craigslist ad offering yourself up as a hired bridesmaid! A hilarious, touching, coming-of-age novel from debut author Anne Wagener.

Piper is a recent college grad who decides to sell her body on Craigslist—as a hired bridesmaid. Her airport bookseller job just isn’t bringing home the turkey bacon, and no one’s going to pay her to analyze Milton’s poetry. Turns out, having an English literature degree from an upstanding university isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Piper’s Craigslist endeavor soon picks up steam, netting her clients such as Southern peach Stacey, whose interracial marriage causes a family feud, and Alex, a bride-to-be who’s so type A she’s type A-plus. Between fighting off matching T-shirt–wearing teams of “bustle bitches” at gown sales and learning more about fondant than the Cake Boss, Piper falls for Charlie Bell, the brother of a client. A fellow aspiring writer, Charlie’s the only person recently who’s encouraged Piper to follow her dreams. Not to mention, he’s pretty darn cute.

But when Charlie turns out to be the groom in one of her gigs—and set to marry the craziest bridezilla of them all—Piper must band together with her newfound friends and stop Charlie from making the biggest mistake of his life.

My thoughts about Borrow-A-Bridesmaid ~~

Oh my gosh! What a fun, hilarious story. I LOL'd throughout the entire book. When Piper decides to 'sell herself' on Craigslist as a bridesmaid-for-hire, I knew this was going to be a unique and amazing adventure. I mean really, who would think of doing something like that? But she needs some money coming in and this idea seems like a perfect fit for her. 

'Lin is distracted, eyeing my childhood companion Cheer Bear, who has a pair of pink lacy underwear draped over his face. "What happened to him?" "He was smiling at me like—like he could fix my financial crisis with a song about rainbows.'

Piper puts herself out there and in the process meets some very interesting people, some who become friends, and then some who she is more than happy to be done with. And I loved her roommate, Lin, the gay guy, who is there to support her all the way. 

And then Piper meets the man of her dreams. But wait, she is hired to be a bridesmaid, in his wedding? Did she read the signals wrong? I loved the way this dilemma was resolved—hilarious! 

There are so many great, fun parts in this story, as well as it being a wonderful escape. I loved every minute of it and it was such a treat to read. This is Anne's debut novel and I am really looking forward to reading more from her. I know I will be entertained! 

'She is officially the empress of badassery.' 

I received a copy of Borrow-A-Bridesmaid from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the author 

I'm a serial bridesmaid, amateur ukulele player, and dessert addict living in western New York. 

My first novel, Borrow-A-Bridesmaid, was partially inspired by my experiences bridesmaiding throughout my 20s. In total, I've been a bridesmaid 10 times, in 6 different states (and England!). In the book, my main character is paid to be a stand-in bridesmaid. Just to clarify, none of my friends hired me, unless you count chocolate fountains and delicious gourmet food as payment...

Beyond bridesmaiding, I found being in my 20s to be confusing as $#&!. One of the reasons I wrote this book was to explore some of those experiences in hopes of connecting with other people in their 20s (and beyond—graduating to a new decade hasn't cleared up much of my confusion) about things like career angst, awkward work situations, and LOVE, my favorite topic of all time.

When I'm not writing, I'm watching too much Netflix or reading.

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