Thursday, March 5, 2015

Book Tour #16: ♥ Beauty & The Bridesmaid | Review

Thursday, March 05, 2015


  • Beauty & The Bridesmaid
  • Lisa Souza

  • Publisher: Mark Souza (August 3, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985677220
  • Genre: Chick Literature, Women's Fiction
  • Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles
  • Source: Review Copy was sent free of charge via CBB Promotions.
  • Synopsis: Could love be a nip/tuck away? Having endured her mother's fourth wedding, hypnotized by makeover shows, and tempted by Zvengali-esque image consultant Kennedy J, über bridesmaid Dot Lindell launches into an odyssey of self improvement, plastic surgery and therapy. Then new and improved Dot encounters former high school hottie John Miller and begins a risky deception, convincing both herself and John she's a totally different person. Maybe she can pull it off: after all she's unrecognizable. But then John introduces Dot to his best friend - and that bully from her nightmares - Jack Weston. And Jack's changed since high school, too. He's grown dangerous. Beauty & the Bridesmaid is a darkly comic tale of transformation and choices, frenemies and friendship, the heroic saga of a nice woman who just wants to look in a mirror and feel beautiful, but may find the price is higher than she bargained.

  • Dorothy Alana Lindell has been overweight for a while, so she decides to undergo a transformation through proper dieting, and and plastic surgery mainly, rhinoplasty, and liposuction. She is rather insecure, so she does almost every possible change possible to herself and her her body. Unfortunately, a bully from her school recognizes her and off the story takes off.. I did like the concept of Beauty and The Bridesmaid, it shows a woman believing in superficial beauty, but her reasoning is mainly pressure from society. A lot of people say "It's society that's ugly, not you." I beg to differ though, because we mainly all belong to ONE whole dominant community/society though, later, we develop sub-groups of ethnicity, race, sports, etc. Okay enough of my sociology lecture, moving on..
  •  Many readers can understand Dot and even relate to her, her struggles are similar to how people like you and I might think as well. No matter how much confidence humans can achieve, there will always be some insecurities we might have. I liked Dot's character and her obsession with her physical appearance was fascinating to read about. I don't believe she mainly wanted to be pretty, but rather she wanted to be more accepted in society, since "skinny" is more accepted. The romance is decent overall, but it was mainly a miss for me - I liked the focus better solely on the female lead. I liked that Dot faced her fears - it's an admirable trait.
  •  I liked that it's a humorous novel.. for the most part. There is "dark humor" in there as well which I didn't like too much though -  It's basically a story of the "ugly ducking" turned into the beautiful swan. Beauty and the Bridesmaid did have a couple of grammatical errors which made me cringe, although, I liked that this is a woman's POV who just wants to "fit in." I loved reading about her transformation, for some reason, I like reading about those - it's amazing how people can change overnight. This did remind me of a similar Korean movie called 200 Pound Beauty. Beauty and The Bridesmaid is a light, and fun read. This is a debut novel, and I do appreciate that it is well done so I would rate it three butterflies.
Recommended for fans of 200 Pound Beauty, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Jemima J.
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35 comments:

  1. I havent read those books you mentioned at the end of your review but Beauty & The Bridesmaid sounds interesting. The idea of "dark humor" caught my attention. Great review, Benish :)

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    1. Thank you Lucia♥ it is an enjoyable read overall x

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  2. Omg, this does remind me of that korean movie, 200 Pound Beauty! This book sounds really good, although I'm very picky when it comes to heroine POVs, I think I'm going to like this one. Great review! xx

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    1. I agree, the movie was amazing especially the beautiful songs - thank you for stopping by ♥

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  3. I like the humor, despite the darker subject of a women thinking plastic surgery is the answer. Great review Benish.

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  4. Awesome post! the humor is quiet genius :)

    http://spafurnish.com

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  5. I am impressed that they were able to put humor in a book which has such a moral and big message to it. I am intrigued and eager to try this one because I want to know more about her believing in this modern day society and how it affects her. Great review!

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    1. I agree, the humor was really great in this novel, thank you Olivia ♥

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  6. Sounds like this presented some interesting thoughts on beauty and society to ponder. I haven't seent thsi before and I am curious.

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    1. Thank you Heidi, hope you enjoy checking this one out ♥

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  7. I love the cover and I love a story that has humor. Although, it's a bummer that the romance was a miss...I hate when that happens. Seriously. I'm all about a heroine like Dot! I'm gonna have to check this one out as I'm a fan of Confessions of a Shopaholic and I'm also interested in 200 Pound Beauty...I've never heard of that one!

    Fabulous review Benish! ♥

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    1. Thank you Cristina ♥ The romance was a miss for me, but nevertheless the heroine is amazing! 200 Pound Beauty is a Korean movie, you must check it out soon x It's on youtube, I believe.

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  8. Cute, I love chick lits like these that have an overall message of acceptance for who you are. Too bad about the romance, it would have been a nice and fluffy inclusion, but I'm glad that it didn't overshadow the main message of the story. Wonderful review Benish, I've got to check this one out when I'm in the mood for such a book xx

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    1. Thank you Joy, I really hope you try this one out for yourself :)

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  9. This sounds like a great easy going summer read. I will have to check it out!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  10. Reading about bullying or girls "trying to fit it" makes me sad. :( Happy you enjoyed it though.

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  11. Hmm, I do agree with you, we all belong in the same community, I mean, you shouldn't feel pressure to lose weight for anyone but yourself. So I probably wouldn't like this, since I hate superficial characterisation. I can see what the books trying to show, but still.

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    1. Thank you for dropping by though Kristy :)

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  12. I can't wait to read this. I think it's fascinating she has a Rogue/Xmen thing going on. I can only imagine how powerful ppl will want to use Twyla!
    Sometimes I wish they'd leave romance out.
    We don't always need it, do we?
    Lol

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    1. I answered this on my newer post :) x

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  13. I do like these kinds of books - even when they aren't perfect they're usually still fun and relatable.

    http://www.fwiwreviews.net/2015/03/review-deal-off-campus-1-by-elle-kennedy.html

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    1. Ignore that link - I meant for it to be a generic link for my blog lol

      Karen @For What It's Worth

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    2. I agree, the concept is pretty cute overall, I liked reading this novel.

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    3. & Oh, don't worry about it! Lol :)

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  14. I hadn't heard of this book before, I like how you think it's like the Ugly Duckling, turning into a Swan!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  15. I agree, I also love reading about characters transformations! I like that there was some humor in the book too! Thanks for the awesome review! :)

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  16. Very detailed review! Nice, I gain info about bridesmaid more :-)

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  17. Impressive and worth a read! Thanks for sharing. Keep it up!

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