For the Love of Friends

Lake Union: Amazon. Aug. 2021. 364p. ISBN 9781542027595. pap. $14.95. F
DEBUT Lily Weiss, a single 32-year-old, writes press releases for a science foundation in Washington, DC; it pays the bills but isn’t exactly exciting. Lily’s work bestie is the first to ask her to be a bridesmaid. Then Megan, Lily’s best friend from childhood, asks her to be the maid of honor in her wedding. A third request comes from her college roommate. Then in short order, both of Lily’s younger siblings get engaged. That makes five weddings (and five wedding roles for Lily) in six weeks. As Lily navigates the fraught waters of the weddings, the brides demand more and more of her time and money. Lily quickly realizes she’s going to need more cash— and fast. To generate income and flex her creative writing skills, Lily starts a blog in which she vents about the brides. She begins to resent these close friends, and the tone of her blog gets snarkier. When her posts go viral on Buzzfeed, Lily must figure out how to make amends and maintain a burgeoning romantic relationship.
VERDICT This is an appealing debut with depth and heart that fans of Jennifer Weiner will enjoy. Recommended for all public library fiction collections.
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