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Jen Glantz’s “Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)”

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Title: Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire): Stories on Growing Up, Looking for Love, and Walking Down the Aisle for Complete Strangers

Author: Jen Glantz

Publisher: Atria Books

Copyright: February 7, 2017

ASIN: B018R6RXFS

Format: E-Book, 320 Pages, $13.54 [Amazon Hardcover], $11.99 [Kindle], $11.90 [Audible], $16.21 [Barnes & Noble Hardcover], $11.99 [Nook], $11.99 [Google Play], $11.99 [iBooks], $15.95 [iBooks Audiobook]

Summary:

In the tradition of Sloane Crosley, Mindy Kaling, and Katie Heaney, a hilarious and insightful memoir about one New York City Millennial’s journey to find herself, her dream career, and true love, all while juggling a truly unique job as the world’s only professional bridesmaid.

After moving to New York City in her mid-twenties to pursue her dream of writing—and not living on the “Upper East Side” of her parents’ house anymore—Jen Glantz looked forward to a future of happy hours and Sunday brunches with her besties.

What she got instead were a string of phone calls that began with, “Jen, I have something exciting to tell you!” and ended with, “I’d be honored if you would be my bridesmaid.” At first she was delighted, but it wasn’t long before she realized two things: all of her assets were tied up in bridesmaid dresses, and she herself was no closer to finding The One. She couldn’t do much about the second thing (though her mother would beg to differ), but she could about the first.

One (slightly tipsy) night, Jen posted an ad on Craigslist advertising her services as a professional bridesmaid. When she woke up the next morning, it had gone viral. What began as a half-joke suddenly turned into a lifetime of adventure for Jen–and more insight into the meaning of love than she was getting from OKCupid—as she walked down the aisle at stranger after stranger’s wedding.

Fresh, funny, and surprisingly sweet, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) is an entertaining reminder that even if you don’t have everything together, you can still be a total boss—or, at the very least, a BFF to another girl in need.

Review:

I graciously received a free copy of “Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)” from Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.

Jen Glantz’s “Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)” isn’t my normal cup of tea but boy am I happy that I read it! In her feel-good memoir, Jen Glantz tells the tale of how she got into the bridesmaid business as well as several humorous anecdotes along the way. There were moments when I was crying because she had me cracking up and that rarely ever happens with me! Her storytelling style is compelling, clever, and wholly engaging. In what can loosely be considered a coming-of-age story, one glimpses the practical, genuine, and lively Ms. Glantz who has such a refreshingly hilarious way of looking at life. Whether it is having the bride’s back on the day of the wedding, running into ex-friends in the supermarket in her hometown, or dealing with the pitfalls of internet dating, Jen is the Jill-of-all-Trades who can handle it all. The writing was engrossing and relatable, and the flow of story was steady and it certainly kept my attention. “Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)” was a lighthearted and fun tale that had me captivated from beginning to end.

Reviewed by The Merry Wife of Windsor.

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