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Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire): Stories on Growing Up, Looking for Love, and Walking Down the Aisle for Complete Strangers Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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"Full of humor and candid reflections, [Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire)] tackles the relatable struggles of young adulthood." (Bustle)
“Writing with wit, self-awareness, and genuine interest in the life stories all around her, Glantz expresses a warm appreciation for everyone confronting the challenges she faces. Readers will feel as if they’re chatting with a friend, laughing while trading horror stories about the trials of dating, wedding mishaps, and that crazy job you love to hate. A winning suggestion for fans of Faith Salie, Sloane Crosley, and Mindy Kaling.” (Booklist)
“Funny and at times touching, the book is a thoroughly modern story about love and youth, right down to the open, not necessarily happy-ever-after ending. Quirky and bighearted." (Kirkus Reviews)
“[Glantz] writes in a charming and funny fashion that makes her easy to root for.” (Publishers Weekly)
“If you've ever been to a wedding, been in a wedding, or had a wedding, this book will go down easier than the third rum and coke at your best friend's cousin's bachelorette party you somehow had to go to. With warmth, humor, optimism, and more than a few embarrassing moments, you'll bring a little bit of Jen Glantz to every wedding you go to from here on out. You can practically feel her cheering you on, or at least stressing out with you. I feel you, girl. And so will many others.” (Alida Nugent, author of You Don’t Have to Like Me)
"Meet the new best friend you didn't know you needed. Jen Glantz will find her way into your heart one first dance at a time. Always a Bridesmaid For Hire is the amusing real-life story of what happens when you carve a career path no one has ever heard of, and make everything up as you go along. This taffeta tale will leave you in stitches, wondering what REALLY happened behind the scenes at every wedding you've ever been to." (Laurie Davis, author of Love at First Click)
“Reading Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire) feels like splitting a bottle (or three) of wine with your funniest, most honest bestie, as she regales you with disastrous, thrilling, and just plain ridiculous stories from her life. Jen is hilarious, so real, and utterly full of heart--you can't help but fall more and more in love with her with every page." (Gabi Moskowitz, co-author of Hot Mess Kitchen and producer of Freeform's Young & Hungry)
“Humorous and poignant, Jen Glantz is the perfect blend of talented writer meets everyday girl. Jen is the kind of writer you admire while secretly wishing she were your best friend. This book will leave you nodding your head in agreement while cheering Jen on in her quests to embrace adulthood and discover love. A beautiful read!” (Hannah Brencher, author of If You Find This Letter)
“Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) reminds me of the esteemed Nora Ephron, with the laugh-out-loud moments of David Sedaris. I read the last page and then thumbed right back to the first to re-read again. This book will introduce Jen Glantz to the world; you don't want to miss this skilled humorist’s debut.” (Molly Ford Beck, founder of Smart, Pretty, & Awkward and host of Forbes’s Two Inboxes podcast)
“A hilarious backstory full of wit that details how one tipsy idea turned into an overnight sensation. From moving to New York to pursue a writing career to helping brides she's never met on their big day, Jen's book will be relatable to anyone looking for love or just trying to figure things out.” (Popsugar)
About the Author
Jen Glantz is the world’s first professional bridesmaid and founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She’s the heartbeat behind the website The Things I Learned From and is the author of the bestselling All My Friends are Engaged. She can be found in New York City wearing old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store, or two-handing slices of one-dollar pizza.
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The heart of this book is obviously Jen’s impromptu Craigslist ad, turned viral sensation startup business…but beyond the makeup, hairspray, and endless amount bobby pins, this book is really an introspective look at the relationships we form with others and the love we cultivate for one another.
As the chapters ebb and flow between past and present, Jen shares childhood lessons that have (or haven’t) prepared her for many of life’s challenges (think, impossible demands at work, underwhelming first dates, and all of the uncertainties in between).
Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) is a book about how repeated failure is, in and of itself, success. Perhaps that a little bit how love works…you have to kiss a lot of frogs (and learn a lot about yourself in the process) before you can appreciate a Prince Charming when he shares your love for $1 street pizza and converse.
Score Card: Cover Art: 5/5 | Content: 5/5 | Ease of Read: 5/5
I was provided an advanced e-copy of this title by Atria (the publisher) in exchange for my honest opinion about it...but I bought my own copy literally the second I finished it because it's just that good. I'd recommend this to friends, family, and strangers alike because it's got heart and soul unlike any other book I've read in a while.
My critiques are that, like with many books and autobiographies, 20% less would have gone a long way, but of course many publishers push for a certain length so I can't put that on Jen. I also wish it was truer to the title and shown more of the Bridesmaid for Hire life she created and less of the friends that surrounded her. One of the best stories was her first gig, the second best being a later gig about leaving the job behind including the unlikely friends/bodyguards she meets after the event ends. It's a shame there wasn't more of them.
Overall I found this book a pleasure to read - the subject is light-hearted with a bit of suspense and nostalgia all mixed in. The humor seems to come from the heart and definitely had me laughing out loud in public while reading some of the chapters. The stories are authentic and illustrative in their tone and wording, which allowed me to really visualize every moment Jen shared about her life.
1) Loves Pizza - this was mentioned at least 50 times
2) Has a meddling mother
3) Has a life that's a bit of a mess. Seriously, buy an alarm clock and take a shower before leaving the house.
This book would have made a good-ish article or short story (100 pages or less). But it's 300+ plus pages left me feeling unsatisfied that I never heard more than a couple of quick wedding stories with insufficient detail to be fully immersed or entertained.