A can’t-miss spring book

By Anne Davey, Staff Writer

March 27, 2013

It’s that time of year again, the pools are open all across campus and the sun is shining bright. No longer are you forced to hide in the warm confines of your room or the library to escape the chill and take a homework break. With this distraction from class work, impending projects, finals, and deadlines may be needed perhaps more than ever. While reading may not be everyone’s ideal escape, books like Bridesmaid Lotto, by Rachel Astor, might make you change your mind.

This charming and quirky book has all of the necessary elements to make it a perfect beach read (and by beach, the Slane pool still counts). Bridesmaid Lotto is fun, light-hearted and romantic while still being incredibly funny and witty. Astor truly keeps you on your feet, she’ll have you guessing what is coming next and wishing you could skip class just to read a bit more. Bridesmaid Lotto tells the tale of a 26- year-old girl Josie McMaster, finally settling into her skin and keeping everything just together enough to lose the dreaded ‘McMaster the Disaster’ nickname that has followed her around her whole life.

However, her life takes an unexpected twist when a bizarre contest is announced where a socialite is holding a lottery to pick her bridesmaids, in the hopes that one of them may end up with her oh-so-single movie star brother in law Jake Hall. Josie of course finds this incredibly humorous, not even batting an eye despite her life long crush on movie star heartthrob Jake Hall.  Her mother, however, has very different plans for her, entering Josie unwittingly into the contest.

The tale that ensues is so funny and relatable that this book is hard to put down. It leaves the reader wanting more, and praying for a movie deal in the future. It is nearly impossible not to read and picture yourself in the story, not to dream of a similar fate, or find yourself casting the movie in your head. Josie and the rest of the characters are relatable, sweet and charming. Though this book may not be the most stimulating, it may be exactly what you need, to take a break from all the homework and enjoy a good, fun read. If not now, perhaps in the summer, however it is surely a ‘don’t-miss’ read to add to your list. Especially for fans of similar books like the A-List series, Waking up Married, and the Endless Summer Series or movies like Confessions of a Shop-a-holic, Clueless, and The Devil Wears Prada.

Bridesmaid Lotto is certainly not a bank-breaker, as it is free on both the iPad and the Kindle. If you like it as much as you presumably will, the two following books in the series are available for just $5.99 as a package combo. This book will keep you laughing all the way to finals and right onto the soft sand of sweet summer beaches.