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The Bridesmaids: True Tales of Love, Envy, Loyalty . . . and Terrible Dresses (Picador True Tales) Paperback – April 29, 2014
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“An entertaining beach read… [and] a nice way to provide your besties with reading material for the bachelorette weekend.” ―Lauren Conrad
“A surprisingly moving oral history of wedding party experiences, ranging from brothers who have served as bridesmen to the 13-year-old responsible for folding Princess Diana's legendary train at the royal wedding.” ―The Cut
“Hysterical….The Bridesmaids will have you cracking up in your lounge chair.” ―Cosmopolitan.com, Getaway Must-Haves
“Whether you're a seasoned pro or a wedding party newbie, you're sure to pick up some tips (and have a few laughs) while reading Lynch's heartwarming ode to being a bridesmaid.” ―Birchbox Book Club
“Lynch is something of a modern wedding expert… A collection of short, true stories based on her conversations with bridesmaids of all stripes.” ―The New Republic
“This insider's look at the bridesmaid experience compiled by Lynch is fun to read, as well as a cautionary tale for both bridesmaids and brides… A collection of tales both wacky and touching dished out by bridesmaids from all walks of life.” ―Natalie Papailiou, Shelf Awareness
“Some of the stories are absolutely hilarious; some are so touching you need to wipe tears from your eyes…. If you are a bridesmaid-to-be or planning a wedding yourself, I highly recommend pickup up this book.” ―The Oklahoman
“You can't go wrong with this book.” ―Library Journal
“Lynch explores the true stories of bridesmaids… including the woman who carried Princess Diana's 25-foot train down the aisle and a woman who walked down the aisle of a prison to support her sister.” ―Chicago Tribune
“An intimate oral history of the silly, funny, and lovely aspects of being a bridesmaid; readers can decide for themselves what they think about the modern wedding experience.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Eimear Lynch is a writer and editor who has worked at Condé Nast Traveler, Town & Country, and Bloomberg Businessweek. A five-time bridesmaid, she lives in Brooklyn. Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.
Top customer reviews
Each writing segment was told in a very "first this happened, then this happened" style, and the essay would usually end either at the end of the wedding or in a very few simple sentences about whether the bride had gotten divorced since or, if not, how long she'd been happily married now, with the bridesmaid telling how they felt about it on a very basic, surface-level summary. No effort seemed put forth to reflect on the experience and its impact on either the writer's life or how their own story mirrored the wider role of a bridesmaid on a larger, less personal scale.
While there were definite moments of humor (my favorite anecdote involving a 35-lb. cat that would NOT stop trying to crash the reception, causing the bridesmaid to eventually give up and start dancing with the cat), overall it was a dull, monotonous read, with many points being repeated over and over. (We get it -- you never wear the dress again, and you should think long and hard before committing to being a bridesmaid.) The only thing that kept me from giving this book 1 star is that the editor obviously made an effort to include a wide variety of bridesmaid experiences, from essays by male bridesmaids, nuns, and (bizarrely enough) a bridesmaid that had had sex with the groom in public at Burning Man the day before the wedding while his future wife looked on approvingly.
Still, I felt that this book could have really been amazing with a more seasoned editor and more talented, reflective writers. As of now, all it seems to be is a book where the writers either complain about the Bridezillas they had to deal with or talk about how perfect their friend's wedding was. (And don't forget one last complaint about how unflattering the dress was.)