- 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.